Hobbit & Holland

We were tested beyond our endurance to move our family of six overseas to the Netherlands, but we are slowly getting through this…together.

The boys and I just finished reading The Hobbit. As we read, we immediately related to Bilbo Baggins. Once he made the decision to go on this unplanned journey, he really wanted to go and eagerly ran to catch up with Gandalf and the dwarfs. As soon as he started facing any type of trial or tribulation, he longed to crawl right back into his cozy little hobbit hole where he felt safe and secure.

Our hobbit hole would be Texas soils surrounded with family and friends that speak English with a southern draw. We have all had moments where we want to pack up and move back home. God is good though and has taught us so many things we never knew about ourselves and our relationships with others. All our strengths and weaknesses were all clearly out on the table and could not be hidden. Growth comes from stepping outside of ourselves and all our comforts of life, even though our senses tell us to crawl right back in our hobbit hole as Bilbo.  As St. Therese of Lisieux, “may we trust God that we are exactly where we are meant to be.”

I look forward to sharing more about our journey and life here in Holland, but for now I will share one of my favorite songs that reminds me of the relationships Bilbo has with the dwarfs and our relationship with not only our family, but with new friends and faces we meet along our paths He has placed before us. We are pilgrims on a journey…

“The Servant Song” by Richard Gillard of New Zealand

Brother, sister let me serve you.
Let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace
To let you be my servant, too.

We are pilgrims on a journey.
We are brothers on the road.
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
In the night time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you;
Speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping.
When you laugh, I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow
Till we’ve seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven,
We shall find such harmony
Born of all we’ve known together
Of Christ’s love and agony.

Brother, sister let me serve you.
Let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace
To let you be my servant, too.


  1. Annell Salladay says:

    I really enjoy reading your postings. The Servant Song is one of my favorites, too–Tells us how we should be living this life–of course I am not there yet. But all we are expected to do is keep trying.

    I, too, enjoy lezing–probably more than I should. What kind of books do you like to read? I am in a book club and thoroughly enjoy most of the selections we read. Many, I would never have read if the group hadn’t chosen them. Being part of the group has broadened my interests considerably. Aunt Nell

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