Once in a while it’s a good to share how we’ve been. An Autumn update and a personal post on how life is to going. Long story short, it’s been good. We’ve been busy with positive experiences and only a few negative ones. We’re going into the end of the year more prepared and excited for the holidays. Last year we we spent a lot of time searching for our 2nd puppy. This year will calmer and a time of celebration and family.
Winter is coming fast and every city will be hosting Christmas Markets. While I love to browse around these, they’re always packed with people. There’s a fun Dutch saying, “kijken, kijken, maar niet kopen” (look, look, but don’t buy). Most of the people who do buy things are often tourists. We like to indulge in the fresh stroopwafels though. I’m looking forward to some warm and gooey caramel! We also have to start decorating for Christmas. This means grabbing our box from storage and hoping no spiders got into it!
I’m working almost done with my 2nd book. This language book covers more advanced Dutch. The chapters ranged from topics like Dutch customs and children care to looking for work and government interactions. I can’t say I’m 100% on the vocabulary but I know enough to get me by. In the spring I’ll be looking into starting the test taking process. There are at least 5 of them so saying that I’m nervous is an understatement. I’ll have to buckle down and review before I head into the testing centers.
This space has grown by leaps and bounds this year. There have been many times I’ve logged on and shocked to see my viewers go through the roof. It’s the biggest blessing I could ever ask for. This is only my 2nd year of full time blogging (even then it’s only 3 posts a week). I want to create more once my Dutch integration has been complete but for now I’m over the moon with it’s growth. I’ve learned so much during this year and I only want to grow more to create more.