I can write a long epistle and I can also put it briefly. Well...
My children's book THROUGH HEAVEN is finally published after being put on hold for more than two years (it was like that with THROUGH THE WINDOW, that would have been published in 1997, but didn't see the light of publish day until 2000). In true spirit of the times, this book has the scoop in the virtual world, it's available in the iTunes Store as iPhone and iPad app!
Don't hold back for money's sake: it's only $0.99! You get the whole book for it! (including music and more!)
With thanks to - among others - the following people
Immigrated on: World Animal Day, Tuesday, October 4. 2011
Left Thousand Oaks on: Thursday, October 13. 2011
Moved in new house in Davis on: Friday, October 14. 2011
Official lease start date: Saturday, October 15. 2011
Written on: Monday, October 24. 2011
How have you been doing lately? I know you all have been dying to hear something from me , and I feel very ashamed that it took me over 5 months to write a new blog.
You Dutch people must feel awkward that I'm writing in English now. I could write it in Dutch too, but maybe I'm a little bit too lazy for that, I'm not sure.
Besides that, guess I always want to do things thoroughly and writing in Dutch feels like I'm not doing it thoroughly. But I hope you can all understand my English?
The update is a big one: Jeroen and I have immigrated to the United States of America. I wrote about Jeroen winning the DV 2011 Lottery, and thus winning Green cards to live and work in the U.S.A. We started out in Thousand Oaks, which is near L.A., and it seems like paradise to us, because of its fabulous trees and views. Keith and Amber were there to assist us in our first steps on American ground, and they did that in an unprecedented manner.
I have been waiting to write the next US blog until Jeroen and I had more certainty about our emigration. That moment has now come. Where will I start, well, let me think...
May 14. 2010 Jeroen got the announcement he was selected in the DV 2011 Lottery of the US Government. This is a Lottery by which means you don't win money (well, for the time being that is), but you win the right to live and work in The USA. Because only about 2.5 % of the Lottery participants wins, it's kind of a big deal. To us it was and is!
I always had that magic thing going on with the US. Sometimes it just killed me (figuratively) that I wasn't there. You can call it 'homesick'. Yes, I'm Dutch, but that's the way I felt about it. Then Jeroen and I visited America (Washington, Oregon, California) together in 2009 and he too fell in love with this country. It was the second time we entered the US Lottery and this time we got it all right. Jeroen did, and because we are married, I was the lucky 'Appendix' and am allowed to travel with him. Then we had to wait for a year! Jeroen had lucky number 252##, which meant that we were not among the first ones to have the emigration interview at the American Embassy in Amsterdam (they start in October each year). I calculated we would have our interview around May 2011, and May it was.Read on ....