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A Very Handsome Plot Twist

September 20, 2012

Let’s put the snake on the table:  I am really bad at blogging.  I have ideas, I have intentions.  I have no follow through.  Maybe it’s because I work a lot, or maybe it’s because my particular nature of work takes a lot of mental and physical energy, or maybe I’m just lazy.  I’ll leave it up to the reader to decide. So today I’m not here to offer apologese or grand plans to write every single day.  I’m just here on a whim, a desire to write.  And I also have something important to say.

I have lived in Amsterdam for one year and eighteen days.  That is so strange to me, just how fast it’s gone.  It seems like minutes ago I was that nervous girl stepping off the plane at Schipol airport, looking for her host parents and what lie ahead.  Seriously, it feels like minutes ago. But, it feels like ages ago in other ways.  Because I’m not that girl stepping off that plane.  So much about my life and about my self has changed since that day one year and eighteen days ago, that I’m not sure I even have the words for it all right now.

I may not have words for it, but I have a name- Jozef.  My game changer, my plot twist.  My very handsome plot twist.  What would this year have been like had I not met that guy?  Fun and adventursome, probably, but a lot less joyful.  Because that’s the word I think of when I think of Jozef.  Joyful.  The joy of knowing this amazing person loves me and the joy of getting to love him back.  It’s pretty great, actually, and I feel incredibly lucky.

So why am I telling you all of this?  Why am I bragging about my super cool boyfriend? Because I’m very excited to let you all know that, rather than moving back to the States in December,  I’ve decided to stay in The Netherlands!

Jozef and I will fly back to Colorado for Christmas and stay through New Years.  Then, we’ll fly back to the Netherlands together and start working on this life thing.  In Dutch it’s called “samenwonen,” on our immigration paperwork it was called “family formation,” you would probably call it “living together.”  We generally call it “in 3 months,” not that we’re counting 🙂 I am so ready to start this new adventure with someone I love so very much.  We’ve given this a lot of good thought and have talked about it endlessly with one another.  But as with any new and big step, this comes with a lot of excitement and a healthy dose of fear.  So I hope that no matter your views or opinions, we can count on your support and love, because we both need and welcome all we can get!

I’m so excited for everyone back home to get to meet Jozef during Christmas, and I’m equally excited to see everyone I’ve missed so much since coming here!  And if you’d like my new address for all your care package needs (you know how I love a good care package!), leave me a comment and I’ll send it to you.

And perhaps you can expect more blogging in the future.  Perhaps 🙂

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Yo Dilly permalink
    September 20, 2012 8:09 pm

    Wow, cool! Great that we may keep you in our humble little country!

  2. Michael Shahsavari permalink
    September 21, 2012 12:26 am

    Well Sarah …. We have never met but I feel like I know you. You have been giving a lot of your time and attention to my three wonderful grand children. I am coming to Amsterdam to visit the kids and grand kids the week of Thanksgiving in November. I am not sure if you will be there, but I sure hope you will be so that I can give you a big Opa hug and say thanks for loving my grand kids and this Jozef guy at the same time …..I keep thinking we shoul name him Joyzef for all the joy he has brought you 🙂
    I am so happy that you have found a whole new life in this tiny wonderful land. It is always so much more exciting when it is not planned. I hope to see you and Jozef soon 🙂
    Opa …. Michael Shahsavari

  3. Jan Nyenhuis permalink
    September 21, 2012 3:00 pm

    WOW! I expected this when we saw you in Amsterdam! Follow your heart, but let your mind make the decisions! Keith and I will love and support you and your decisions. But we will NOT bail you out of circumstnaces you get yourself into!!! Our children have known this and ontinue to know this. God speed as you walk life ‘s path.


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