An open letter to my husband.

Written March 9, 2020

I want to write something beautiful today, as I remember your life and what it meant to the people around you.

Inevitably, it will make some people sad, even if I say it is not written to be sad. …


I always joke about how I should have a Reality TV Show. It wouldn’t even need to be scripted for maximum entertainment. The camera could just follow me around all day and record the actual stuff that really happens.

Of course, for maximum enjoyment, it would be best if they…


I’ve been slowly planning a semi-permanent move to Costa Rica. I say semi because as long as my mom is with us, time will be split between here and the States. Here’s why.

Today I’ll have a lot of time to reflect on this move, traveling on the bus to…


For those of you that follow my Costa Rica adventures, you may remember little Joshua. He only weighs 47 kilos at age 14 and a half, but he has more talent packed in there than anyone I’ve ever met, with the exception of my husband, Fred

I have watched this…


It was a little over a year ago when I wrote of the most incredible story, here, about a truck, the universe and how it tends to know what it’s doing. It doesn’t need any help from us. …


There is a popular saying that I will paraphrase, that goes like this — hang out with the people you want to be like.

How about you hang out with the people you like?

I get the concept of hanging out with people you want to be like, or the…


Valentine’s Day 2021 has come and gone. Since I am a hopeless romantic, I tried forcing myself to write something inspiring and uplifting. A story of hope and all kinds of mushy stuff, without the sadness, like what I wrote a year ago, here.

Last year this time things were…


Today was a very interesting day in my world of finance. Now let me preface this by saying, I am the absolute worst businessperson in the world. Not only do I not balance any of my checkbooks, I don’t think I have one set of checkbooks that I write consecutive…


I see a lot of fighting on social media these days and it makes me think about the dangers of the drama that ensues.

I have been asking myself where it comes from, for quite some time.

I have always loved to learn. To be honest I spent a large…


The past few days I’ve been helping a friend. She doesn’t have a car and her daughter has lost the vision in one eye. So we’ve been trekking to the doctor for exams and intravenous steroids.

I sit in the car and wait. Something I am used to, as I…

Giulia Grotenhuis

I’m a simple girl that writes about keeping it simple.

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