As you may know I am originally from The Netherlands and moved here in 2006 to marry my wonderful Aussie husband. Last week marked 7.5 years since I came here, just me with one suitcase ready to start a new life in a new country. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret my choice and would do it again in a heartbeat but I have to be honest, it is not easy living so far away from your family.
I miss them on birthdays and Mother’s Day, at Christmas time and school performances and on many ordinary days where I would love to just see, and spend time with, my parents and siblings (it makes me terribly sad that my children have to grow up without their grandparents around). I also miss them on days like today, I have been feeling under the weather for a few weeks now and I know my mum and dad would immediately come and help me out at home and with the kids if only they had been closer.
Before the children were born I could just hop in bed at the first sign of a cold or fever, leave the housework be for a day or two and rest up until better. Now that I am a mum ‘calling in sick’ is not an option anymore, who would look after the kids, prepare our meals and stay on top of our rather huge laundry pile? There is no time to sit and rest, it’s just a case of some aspirin to beat any fever and provide quick pain relief to help keep me going. Hopefully I’ll be all chirpy again soon but if you don’t hear from me tomorrow you can find me in bed!
Speaking of sick family members, don’t forget that we have two of the very handy ‘Unravelling the Magic of Discovery’ parenting guides from Nurofen to give away, a very handy book for parents full of useful advice and interesting insights to make life with little ones a bit easier. You can read my original post here or you can take a short cut and enter below.
P.S. Next holiday I will definitely make some more snaps of Oma with her grand children and of course both of them meeting Sybbie for the first time, I can’t believe she’ll be almost 18