Grow up!



When I was 7 years old I decided I would move to the United States! My parents loved the country and were always talking about moving there. They planted a dream in me, that I still haven’t let go. I didn’t know yet how or when, but one day I would move. As a kid, I didn’t think about what that would mean, leaving my family, my culture, my friends.. Everything I knew in my little world. I always thought I’d become a famous singer. I thought as soon as Id set foot on American soil I would be handed a record deal. Then I could fly back and forth whenever I would please. So what’s everyone crying about?.. Oh how nice it was to be so naive 😉 I know better now, it takes 1200 bucks and 20 plus hours to see my family. Not a little walk to the house I grew up in to have a cup of coffee to catch up with my mom, shopping sprees with my little sister, or driving down to see how opa and Oma are doing. People often think when I tell them I moved to this country alone, that I must have been the black sheep of the family.. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. My family is very close. I had a wonderful childhood and have the best parents. Me and my mom had our daily Oprah session, where I would come home from school and we’d make snacks and watch Oprah together. Now we talk on the phone every other day and talk about the Ellen Show. Opa and Oma have figured out email, so we stay in touch. I might be thousands of miles away, but I’m still very close to my family. I often wonder if I would have stayed in holland some of my adult life, maybe until I was 20, if I would’ve ever left… I had no clue how hard it would be to persue my biggest dream. I left right before that stage in life when you start thinking about the consequences, and things that can go wrong. I thought I was invincible. Even though I only had money to pay for a car and one year of college, I knew I would be here forever. I had no plan B, this was it! And I’m still here, living with my sweet puppy and favorite person in the world, happier than ever. Living in a house surrounded by trees and flowers and silence, except for when our redneck neighbors work on one of their 5 pick up trucks that are broke down in the yard.. Haha I didn’t say I was finished dreaming! I still have big plans, but it’s nice to share those with the person you love. As independent as I have been, and as fast as I’ve had to grow up, I love not having to feel alone anymore. So far I’ve found everything I’ve ever dreamed of! I’m happy 



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Update!

Haven’t written a blog in over a year!! What!!? Just a quick catch up: last year me and Charlie moved to his hometown in Alabama. I thought I had lived in the south living in Texas.. But this is a whole different kinda south! And I absolutely love every little bit of it. We live in a small town right now close to Charlie’s parents. Charlie’s mom has taught me some amazing southern cooking. So you’re probably expecting I’ve gained about 50 pounds?? Running these crazy hills down here helps even things out 😉 my favorite is breakfast!! Biscuits and gravy, grits with butter, bacon and eggs!! YUM!

On the music side of things, me and Charlie have started a duet called “BamaDam.” We’ve recorded in Nashville at sweetsongnashville studios. It was an amazing experience that no one can ever take away. I’ve learned so much with the help of great people.

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Right now I’m doing a tour with my friend Natalie. We met at Western Texas College in Snyder, where we both worked in the bookstore. She has set up her own children’s show called “the Sockrockerz”

So far we’ve traveled through Virginia, Washington D.C, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and are now in New York close to the Canadian border.

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The shows are in small town libraries. The kids that show up are always so excited! The love getting to dance and jump around, and it’s great for the parents too, cause after the show, the kids have no energy left haha