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Summer Holidays… Not quite… 2017

Yes, we are back from summer hols and today was the first day of school.

The first day my boy steps into a new chapter of his school life! My teenager! More about that in another post… maybe.

Usually, i fill this post with all the sights we have seen and the things we have done and the food we have eaten while on holiday. But not this year.

This year was spent dealing with the long-term medical needs of both my in-laws who were in the hospital from May to July. We spent 2 plus weeks as their full-time, 24/7 carers, the rest of the time training the 2 hired helpers/carers. It was what we needed to do and we did it with as much love and patience as we could. Only God and the support of our family and friends around the world helped us through it all.

 

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We spent tons of time learning medical stuff and dealing with medical stuff and buying medical stuff etc…

Only God and the support of our family and friends around the world helped us through it all. i thank you all for all your kind words of encouragement, your support, your prayers and just your friendships.

 

Thank you to family who put up with us being unavailable and for your never-wavering support in all ways; big and small. Thank you to my parents for being understanding and caring for my boy so i could care for my in-laws. Thank you to friends who helped lots, including being drivers and bringing yummy home-cooked food to us. Thank you to friends who just dropped by to visit, just because we could not go out to you.

i apologise to family and friends whom we have missed out on seeing and spending time with. We will make it up to you next year.

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Thankful that we were able to attend a dear friend’s wedding (congrats again, my dear!) and we did get to eat some lovely and much-missed foods, even though we were home-bound most of the time.

 

i also wanted to thank my dear friend who has helped to hold the fort down in Switzerland.

 

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Because of a friend’s care, i am able to return to a flourishing garden. Thank you ❤

You all have been just wonderful! Thank you. We love you all.

 

While it has been a trying, tiring and stressful time, it is also our duty to care for our parents and parents-in-laws. And because we live so far away from them most of the year, this was the time we could show our care and love to them. This has also brought our little family closer together; closer as husband and wife, closer as a family, closer to God too. i am also grateful that God has arranged such patient and caring people to be the long-term help for my in-laws. Thank you, God.

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He is all of 13 Years Old…

Yes, he is! My boy is now a teen! i am the mother of a teen! i’m in denial, which is why this post is a whole 1.5 weeks late…

He chose to celebrate it with 3 of his friends at the Laser Arena in Basel. He would have invited more, i think. But our car could only take that many 13-year-olds.

The guy who did the walk-through was really nice and friendly. When we got there, we were the only group playing laser tag. The rest of the groups were playing paintball. It was only for the last of our 3 games that the boys played with another group.

Here are some pictures:

 

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Top: The boys in their gear, fierce, right? ;), Middle: The playing field, Bottom: The score sheets.

 

 

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The happy teen with his load of presents… there is actually still a couple waiting for him in Singapore.
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Last but not least, our traditional birthday shot!

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i was in Belgium…

Two Fridays ago, it was Mother’s Day. Two Fridays ago, i packed my boy off to school and make sure his father knew the plans for the day and left for the airport. Two Fridays ago, i gave myself the gift of attending my first-ever writer’s conference, for an entire weekend!

It was the Europolitian, organised by the 5 regions of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) for Europe. Loved it!

It was held in the lovely city of Brussels, Belgium. i had never been there before and had a great time walking around a small part of the city for the Scrawl Crawl, which was a pre-conference event.

 

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Some of my favourite buildings we saw on our Scrawl Crawl through the city.
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The weather wasn’t great; it was rain one minute, sunny the next. But we made it through; rain, sun and fun.
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The Grand Place with its gold painted buildings. Quite impressive, indeed.

There was a lovely dinner after all that walking and then it was off to bed because we had an early start to a long day.

 

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The conference venue was a beautiful manor house in the suburbs, with lush green grounds, stunning grand rooms with wood paneling and sparkling chandeliers. It was an inspirational place to have the conference.

i enjoyed the lunches which were served from food trucks! And it was an informal stand up affair.

The keynote speeches were superb (one made many of us cry, another made us laugh a lot), the workshops were helpful and insightful, my one-on-one crit was good, the many chats with fellow attendees made it feel warm and family-like. i came away stirred and recharged with ideas to move ahead with my writing!

Thank you to the hardworking, amazing team which put the conference together.

 

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What a contrast! The cathedral at Grand Place on a rainy day and at night. Both beautiful!

The next one is in Switzerland in 2019 – i am definitely there! 😉

 

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