Posted by Janneke in Thirty Days of Light, Trauma-Healing, War's Family
on Nov 22nd, 2011 | 0 comments
there is no mention, all over the internet, about how Dutch families celebrate their first Thanksgivings in the U.S.. Nor is there mention how Thanksgiving feasts evolved for Dutch immigrant families over the years. So it is up to me to enlighten you about one
Dutch family, the Jobsis-DeVries (later Brown family too).
There are plenty of internet links to Thanksgiving celebrations IN the Netherlands, as well as international Thanksgiving celebrations IN the U.S., be sure to check those out at the end of this post. However, here is our Thanksgiving story.
Our first independent...
Posted by Janneke in War's Family
on Jun 27th, 2011 | 2 comments
I have learned from family survivors of World War II, are actually magnificent miracles. (be sure to keep reading to the end forJewel’s rendition of Tis a Gift to Be Simple)
To have enough food, loving fellowship (gezelligheid), safety, time in nature, all of these are the gift of simplicity. Each is a miracle in its own right.
My mother, Bouk de Vries Jobsis, tells this family story about the magnificent miracles and simplicity….
As an only child in the war years, she would sometimes visit some of the large families of her aunts and uncles, sitting with her many...
Posted by Janneke in Trauma-Healing, War's Family
on May 2nd, 2011 | 8 comments
Since World War II, our tragedies are still great. Our hopes are still great. The enemy is often less clear.
4,000 people died. A nation mourned. Flags bore witness to our national pride and tragedy.
My mother, always pro-American but still a Dutch citizen became an American citizen. All my hyphen-American friends, found an even greater pride. That would be my Norwegian-American friends, Dutch-American, Canadian-America, and more. All my non-hyphen American friends found their greater pride as well. Americans stopped taking freedom and safety for granted.
We all found fear that day, I...
Posted by Janneke in Homesick-Heimwee, Trauma-Healing, War's Family
on Apr 5th, 2011 | 0 comments
Carl Jung heard a question and watched the interviewer with a twinkle in his eye.
I watch the documentary and wait for Jung’s answer.
The question was — “Do you believe in God?”
I am waiting for the “Yes.”
Instead, Jung –a pastor’s son, shifted in his seat and said, “No, I know God.”
“I know God.” That is what I strive to say daily. Knowing takes me beyond believing, beyond wondering what condition my faith is in today.
“I know God.” That is what I would remember to say, so you and I don’t argue about the existence of our Creator, and instead can just tell...
Posted by Janneke in Grace Stories, Thirty Days of Light, Trauma-Healing, War's Family
on Mar 17th, 2011 | 0 comments
Who prays for Japan?
All of us, I hope.
Here is a special prayer. Fred, my wonderful octogenarian friend who survived the World War II Japanese concentration camps (Jappenkampen) in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) sent this to me. He does not recall having a sense of faith while in the camps. He noticed that many lost their sense of faith in the camps, and some were able to hold on to a connection with God.
Fred’s faith grew once he had many years of freedom and visited Canada (which turned into an unexpected immigration – long story). Fred now lives in California.
I am fortunate to...