365 Days of Joy: Week 12

I’ve decided to do 365 days of joy this year (inspired by the wonderful Raquel Kato, author of the Story of a Rose blog).  Some posts my be long, some may be only a sentence, but the important thing is finding joy in your everyday life, because there are so many things to be joyful about, and I tend to forget that. I’ll be posting one every week, and hopefully, along with joy, I can gain a little consistency in my life. 😉  So here we go, week 12!

e9f89a7fa61358c9e84f904b9c80ecf7After such a great week, it’s so easy to find reasons to be thankful!


Happy feast day to St. Joseph! What a man! I finished his novena, and it was such a beautiful experience. There is an Australian priest staying with us and he welcomed us to his daily mass for this wonderful feast day.

“Let us allow ourselves to be “infected” by the silence of St. Joseph! We have much need of it in a world which is often too noisy, which does not encourage reflection and listening to the voice of God.” -Pope Benedict 3/19/2010

Also, tonight there was a reception for Henri as he officially became a Consulate for Belgium in the Netherlands. There were over 200 people here for the reception to congratulate him. While I was mostly on baby patrol, I did get to meet the Belgian Ambassador in the Netherlands. Pretty fun stuff!


Holy cow, I’m 24! Does that seem old? I feel like it does. Am I supposed to be an adult now? I had a great birthday today: the family got me a beautiful bouquet of flowers, I had a private mass said for me, Leila prepared a wonderful dinner and cake, and a Byzantine priest said an blessing over me in Old Slovakian and sang a traditional birthday song from the Ukraine. I usually don’t like getting sung to, but this was absolutely beautiful. I also got to talk to my family (always hilarious), Munga and Bompa, and the Gonzalez family (also hilarious). The best was when Teo and Pepe told me I should come over for my birthday, but I told them I couldn’t today, but I’ll come over in late July and Pepe just looks at me and says “late July? hmmm, well I don’t know, I’ll have to ask my mom.”



Today was another eventful day at the Castle. The New Year for the Schutterij began with a ceremony on our courtyard. Also, it was a big deal because the old commander who has been there for over 50 years retired, so they included a ceremony for him. It poured in the middle, but after a giant, bright rainbow appeared over us and it was so perfect.


Skype date with Katie York, and a guest appearance from Allison Sutton! I hadn’t talked to those girls in so long, so I’m very happy we were finally able to find time!


The moon and sunset were absolutely glorious this evening. And today was nice enough out for me to sit outside for a while and write 🙂



Hockey Joy! The Wild have won 10 straight road games. They are in the top wildcard spot in their conference and they are kicking butt! So, while my March Madness bracket is completely destroyed, at least hockey can make me happy. Oh and NCAA hockey playoffs start soon. Go Gophers!


Guys, I discovered Netherlands Thrift shops! They blow U.S. Thrift shops out of the water. I’m obsessed. My only purchase today was a Delfts Plate Clock. It’s wonderful.


And that’s my week! Thanks for reading this week! God Bless!

Pax Ex.


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