JUST A MOM?


A woman, renewing her driver’s license at the County Clerk ‘s office, was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation. 

She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.

‘What I mean is, ‘ explained the recorder,
‘do you have a job or are you just a ..?’

‘Of course I have a job,’ snapped the woman. 
‘I’m a Mom.’

‘We don’t list ‘Mom’ as an occupation, ‘housewife’ covers it,’ Said the recorder emphatically. 

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall.   

The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient, and possessed of a high-sounding title like, ‘Official Interrogator’ or ‘Town Registrar.’ 

‘What is your occupation?’ she probed
What made me say it?  I do not know.   

The words simply popped out.
‘I’m a Research Associate in the field of
Child Development and Human Relations.’

The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and
looked up as though she had not heard right.   

I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words.
Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written,
in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire. 

‘Might I ask,’ said the clerk with new interest,
‘just what you do in your field?’  

Me & Them ;-)

Me & Them 😉

Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice,
I heard myself reply,
‘I have a continuing program of research,
(what mother doesn’t)
In the laboratory and in the field,
(normally I would have said indoors and out).
I’m working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family)
and already have four credits (all daughters).
Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities,
(any mother care to disagree?)
and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it).
But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers

and the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money.’

There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk’s voice as she
completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.

As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career,
I was greeted by my lab assistants — ages 13, 7, and 3.
Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model,
(a 6 month old baby) in the child development program,
testing out a new vocal pattern.  
I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!
And I had gone on the official records as someone more

distinguished and indispensable to mankind than ‘just another Mom.’

Motherhood!   

What a glorious career!   
Especially when there’s a title on the door.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL OF YOU!

May your troubles be less,

Your blessings be more,

And nothing but happiness come through your door !

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The last time!


This is so beautiful and sad at the same time… With my 4 kids, I never realized those ”last time”. The happy thing is that our 14 years old boy (looking like 17) still wants a hug, loves to hold my hand, to shop with me…  All 4 still creep into our room for cuddles. From now, I’ll definitely cherish those times and keep them as precious memories! I think this poem title should be: those joyous/happy times or those precious memories or the virtuous mom… !

The Last Time

Christmas In Music!


Part 2: Play some Nat King Cole!

When our kids were little, our dream and prayers were that one day, at least one or two of them will choose and love to play an instrument. I can’t believe that today our dream came true! Marc and I feel bless to have so talented kids. This year, Michael & Nema are having some piano lessons and Daniel & Dara are in a guitar class. Wow, believe me, our house is everyday full of music, praise & worship. It’s amazing how fast learners they are and how easy they can switch between any kind of instrument, especially our oldest: Daniel !

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Beside that, our girls love to sing. So, we were very proud to enjoy their music school recital and their wonderful schools concert and appreciate again their amazing talents! Bravo to all their music teachers and we are proud of our fantastic 4!

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China Beach Adventure !!


No we haven’t been to China ….. YET lol

My parents in-laws (Opa and Oma for our kids), are visiting us from Belgium. Among many places we visited with them, China Beach in Sooke (Vancouver Island) was their favorite place! I definitely agreed with them. If you’re not like me, dead scare to meet black bears, you will enjoy this wonderful, peaceful beach. Here are some of my favorite pictures of our day adventure. Enjoy!!

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Happy CANADA Day!!


1st July 2014, our first experience with Canada Day was sunny (28 ° C), no rain ( “no national shower” as we call it  in Belgium) 😉 and many other surprises!

Here are some pictures to tell those unforgettable moments!

A great sunny day!

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We were on a military base!

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We begin to feel Canadians!

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We rode a Pony, played golf and caught fish!

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We enjoyed ourselves!

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Finally, we supported our Belgium Team to victory with almost a heart attack 🙂 Way to go Belgium!!!

No heart feelings our American friends…

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