July 23, 2020 Off By Janneke

Our friend Jantien, recently became a mother after nine years of waiting! She wrote a lovely text in which she played with words and perspectives. I asked her if she wanted to be a guest blogger. And she agreed!

Quite a change to have such a little one to take care of. Is n’t he the cutest!

Here she writes:


Thinking how I can organize refueling moments … I’m sitting in the garden. I hear Olov in the background … and I wonder; is he almost asleep … or should I just take him with me … those budding mom questions and insecurities. And as I often do, I try to do everything at once. Making motherhood my own, time for myself, time with others … I wonder what I would like to do now … just nothing. Just carefree in the sun on the grass …

Meanwhile, I write my notebook, listen to Olov, think about what we are going to eat tonight and whether I will go out today or not, what motherhood looks like, how things are going with me and with Jan and with people around me, and how it all goes on … and on … and on … and on … And that in a single moment. I can see the grass from the corner of my eye. Olov is silent. And suddenly remember me;

Jantien, you can do it now. Lie in the grass. Do nothing at all, take a look around you. See the sky, feel the sun. Even if it is only one minute. Just one minute! And there were more. And after I had just stretched out, I took some pictures. And then I suddenly felt it; breathing space in my head, thankfulness. For nature, for Olov, for being a mother, for Jan, for people around us, for flowers, for so many things. 




Like to play with words and be a guest blogger as well? Just send your favorite text and we can talk about it.



16 There will be an abundance of grain in the earth, On the top of the mountains; Its fruit shall wave like Lebanon;

And those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth. 

17 His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun. And men shall be blessed in Him; All nations shall call Him blessed. 
18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things! ” psalm 72:17, 18, 19
Maybe, this blog makes you sad, maybe your wish or prayer for whatever is unanswered. Of course with this blog, I do not want to hurt your feelings. Jantien, the young mother, said to me that she was encouraged by this psalm very much: Not for young moms only. But for all of us:
Love and blessings,