Courageous or Crazy

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Courageous or Crazy
Celeste is an American Expat currently living in Leiden, The Netherlands with her husband, two small children, and two large dogs.
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  • Expats Again! 1 year ago 18 months after moving back to Texas, we accepted an opportunity with Vinny's work to move back overseas to Belgium!  I have decided to start a new website reflecting this new chapter in our lives.  Feel free to continue following our adventures at Putting the Belle in Belgium
  • More 1 year ago More (Frank Sinatra)I fell in love.  But it wasn’t love at first sight.  The first time the Dutch doctors popped my third child into my view (despite their “Ah, mooi”s) I screamed at the crying, gooey alien.Five months earlier I’m lying on my back with gel on my stomach and my husband's...
  • Am I Wrong 2 years ago Am I Wrong - Nico & VinzThe sun has beat upon Texas for months.  Last Wednesday, I awoke to the sound of raindrops on my windowpane, like kisses from heaven.  Little Man, Holden rushes into our bedroom at 6:30 a.m.  "Holden!  It's raining!" I smile into the darkness."What?  What you say,...
  • It's Been a Long Day Without You, My Friend 2 years ago See you again (Wiz Khalifa)June 2014  - The sun is shining on a bright Dutch day. The North Sea wind teases the leaves of the school courtyard. Summer beacons. I feel happy and hopeful. Not only for the warm, long summer days that stretch ahead, but also because this is the last day I will be...
  • Been here Before? 2 years ago Pompeii by BastilleJuly 7, 2015Loads of groceries sit snuggled in the trunk of my SUV.  The air-conditioning blasts as my dashboard glows, indicating 95F outside.  Beams of orange and red stretch across the Texas sky. The sun says goodbye on another warm, humid day.  I’m driving across the...

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  • Top 5 What The. . . ??? Moments. . . Since Moving to The Netherlands Writing Contest March 2013 After moving our family to The Netherlands 14-months ago, there have been at least 18-handfuls of oh-my-I-don’t-know-if-I-can-do-this-moments. My husband and I moved excitedly and exhaustedly. Our two large dogs moved apprehensively. Our...
  • La Vie En Rose Expat Culture Shock The high dive represents a rite of passage. Mine was at Jack Carter pool in Plano, Texas, but irregardless of where you grew up, the high dive at your community pool terrorized your small, but important, youthful world. You gazed for months with...
  • All I Really Need Education and International Schools The overwhelming task that lay before me – each step to be approached and passed like mile markers on a stretch of highway in the desert – prevented me from indulging myself in too many heartfelt, tearful, fully-aware goodbyes. It was a sunny...
  • Am I becoming European, or not? Top 10 signs Expat Blog Awards 2013   My college roommate and best friend squints her eyes and leans towards the refrigerated rows of plastic, cardboard, and glass containers.  Happy oranges, green fonts, and sunshiny citrus groves smile and wave back to her – begging for...

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