The evolving concept of HOME

Last week I finally returned to the Netherlands after several weeks hanging out in Seattle reacquainting myself with the city that was home for over 10 years. It was good to wander familiar streets and reminisce…to share meals with family, old friends and new friends I’d only “met” digitally…to finally be home for Christmas after 3 years abroad. There were a few days where the sun came out (I was shocked!) and the Olympic Mountains seemed to tower over the Seattle skyline.

Olympic Mountains

One of the most beautiful photos I have seen of Seattle and the Olympic Mountains by Steve Ringman – Seattle times

I spent a couple hours parked just soaking in the beauty that surrounds this city…trying to memorize it for when I had to leave. There was a lot of familiarity and I was afraid that I would go back and immediately want to pack up and move “home”. I had moments when I did. Things are easier without the language difference. I have a lot of history there. I miss being physically present at Bethany Community Church. I really enjoy a lot of things about Seattle. But now is not the right time for me to move back…maybe someday. I surprised myself when at the end of my trip I was ready to come “home” to Groningen. It was a good feeling to have. That after almost 3 years here I really have friends and a community that I was excited to come back to. I wanted to come back to work. I wanted to get back on my bike…although I have a couple flat tires to fix first. I wanted to reconnect and get more involved with Vineyard Groningen. I was ready to come back to my life here in the Netherlands. I feel like a giant pause button was pushed on my life for 2012 and I was ready to get back to living and I felt a complete peace about doing that in Groningen.

Here’s to 2013 and getting back to living. 🙂 I’m not yet sure what I am going to do with this little ‘ol blog but for now I’ll keep it going and see where it takes me.



7 thoughts on “The evolving concept of HOME

  1. Yay for finding a new place of peace and sense of “home” in a new city and space. High hopes for a wonderful year for you back in the Netherlands! 🙂

  2. It’s weird when you suddenly call your home abroad and it feels more like home in your heart than the city you grew up in. Being back in Vancouver now for almost 6 months I still feel like Europe is more home to me.

    Hope you keep up the little ‘ol blog, can’t believe it’s almost been a year since we met!

    • I am so thankful we met a year ago…that photo shoot was one of the most special experiences I have had. You were sneaky in moving back to Canada. 🙂 Sad to not have you here in the Netherlands but maybe we’ll connect somewhere else? Who knows? xx L

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