70 Years of Freedom

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Yesterday marked the 70th anniversary of Guernsey’s liberation from the Nazi occupying forces during World War 2. Freedom is definitely worth celebrating and as always, I like to decorate, hence the above photos!

My Gran was evacuated to England during the war, along with her younger brother and sister. She left a young girl of twelve years old and returned to the island a young woman of eighteen – five long years away from home. The photo used in my display above is a photo she had taken with her siblings to send home to her parents before they returned to the island. My Gran, Doreen is the girl on the left.

As for my Grandpa, well he stayed on the island during it’s occupation and seemed to have fun causing general mischief for the German soldiers. I always remember my Grandpa in particular on Liberation Day, the stories he shared, his cheeky character and loving nature. Above pictured is his identity card which he used during the island’s occupation, I especially love that his red hair was called hellblond!

I marked the day by taking my girls to visit their Great Granny Doreen in the morning and then headed into the town centre in the afternoon to watch a bit of the cavalcade with my Mum, see some impressive helicopters (which delighted Blossom) and visit The Husby at our church’s Love Freedom family activity marquee.

Calling all Guerns! How did you celebrate 70 years of freedom?

Behind the Name

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Betsie, Nollie, Papa, Willem, Mama, and Corrie Ten Boom.

The name of The Open Home has such deep meaning to me.

Firstly, the name is a tribute to a family that for many years has been an inspiration to me, the dutch Ten Boom family, well known amongst Christian circles for their endeavours to protect the Jews during the second world war.

I first read Corrie Ten Boom‘s books in my early teens and I was quite simply amazed at the humility and unshakeable faith of her family.

The Hiding Place is a compelling story of courage and faith – a must read for all Christians and history enthusiasts. This book alone however does not give full insight into the vast impact this family has had for the Kingdom of God. It is therefore best to read this book sandwiched nicely between Corrie’s two other books, In My Father’s House and Tramp for the Lord.

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In My Fathers House: Corrie’s Papa, Casper Ten Boom at work.

The Years Before The Hiding Place

In the years before The Hiding Place the Ten Boom family quite literally ran an open home.

What I love most about this family is how they so humbly walked with God through their daily lives. They simply did life together as a family and a community. They ran a busy home fostering children and taking in many an elderly aunt along the way, whilst also running a business and working in the community to feed the homeless, run youth clubs and teach those with learning disabilities.

They opened their home to their community in such simple ways and yet the lives of many were blessed through them.

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Tramp for the Lord: Corrie Ten Boom

The Years After The Hiding Place

In the years after The Hiding Place, Corrie amazes me further with her openness to travel the world into her old age, becoming a tramp for the Lord, as she calls it.

Her family suffered greatly during their imprisonment during the war and yet after all of this she opened her heart once again, travelling the world to share of God’s unfailing love and amazing grace.

I want a heart like this. A heart that is open to serve God, wherever, whenever, no matter what.

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The Husby and I inside the hiding place when visiting the Ten Boom family home (now a museum) in 2011.

The Open Home is therefore a reminder to me to walk humbly with God, opening my home with love and my heart with courage.

Where do you find inspiration?

And so it begins…

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I always thought that I would start a blog ‘one day’, once settled into family life overseas when I would have lots of interesting stories to tell and tips to share about how to do family life in a different way.

Well the start of this family life that I’ve hoped for is swiftly approaching but I find myself not in the exciting African location that I had always imagined this stage of my life unfolding in. In fact, I find myself where I have pretty much been my whole life, on the same teeny-tiny British island of Guernsey, otherwise known as home. And surprisingly, even to me, this is okay.

So I’m not going on an African adventure, but just because life doesn’t always work out as planned doesn’t mean it isn’t worth sharing. Life is still an adventure and I still have stories to share.

So let me introduce you to The Open Home, the place where I record my memories and share snippets of my story. Not too different from my real life journals.

By sharing my story with you here I hope you too will be encouraged to find joy in the journey and live life with an open heart.

And if like me you like to focus on the little things and want to enjoy where you are on the way to wherever you’re going then please stick around, I’d love to connect with you here.

Do you share your story online anywhere?