My Dad


Dear readers …. I received some very bad news a few days ago. My dad died in a car accident on his way to his house in Spain. I am devastated by the news and will leave for the Netherlands with my two boys and my husband this evening. In my absence a group of truly wonderful blog friends have volunteered to write guest posts on Bloesem Living and BKids. I am very touched by their support for me and my blogs. Sufiya, who most of you know by now, will be responding to emails until my return.  While I am unable to focus on my blogs right now, my dad would have been proud that I am not completely abandoning my readers and sponsors. He was my example when it comes to work, my friend and mentor … and very proud of the Bloesem blogs. So in honor of him, although you won’t be hearing from me in the next two weeks, Bloesem blogs would like to continue spreading beauty to the world …. I leave you in the very capable hands of my blog friends and Sufiya who I am sure will treat you to some amazing new finds! A happy picture of our last family vacation in Spain last July. 

My best, Irene … and PLEASE promise me don't forget to enjoy LIFE!

Bloesem loves comments
  1. Msria Pauls

    I’m sorry… I’ll prqyer for you and your family. Stsy good!

  2. Anne

    I am so so sorry for your loss. And so sudden, that must be truly devastating. I hope being with your family will give you some comfort in this sad time. Love from France

  3. Twirling Betty

    I am so,so sorry for your devastating loss. I hope the comfort of being with your family in the Netherlands will bring a sliver of comfort in this difficult time.

  4. Lisette

    Such terrible news, I’m so sorry for your loss. I wish you and your family love and strength. Hugs!

  5. Lucy

    Wat een prachtige foto en wat een ontzettend triest nieuws. Heel veel sterkte en liefde toegewenst.

  6. Martine Vianen

    Dear Irene, what a terrible message.
    I read your blog for over a year, so this hurts me. Losing your parents seems to me the worst thing. It is so common that they are there, but we all know that that is not the case. Life is so fragile and you never know when it is your time. It never is, and sometimes you are as a human being in the wrong time and place. As your father … A lot of strength with the loss of your loved one.
    X Martine.

  7. wsake

    i´s so sorry for your loss – all the best to you and your family! i´m sure he was proud of such a beautiful talented daughter!


  8. corinne delis

    He bah wat een niet leuk bericht om te lezen op de vroege ochtend, vreselijk gewoon :(. Ik wens jullie heel veel sterkte in de komende periode. Corinnexxx

  9. Miranda

    Wat een vreselijk nieuws! Ik wens je heel veel sterkte toe.
    Mooi geschreven en prachtige foto!

  10. Andrea

    Oh, lieve Irene, wat een afschuwelijk nieuws. Heel veel sterkt. Zijn in afstand ver maar in gedacht heeeel dicht bij jullie! Dikke kus en hug. Andrea

  11. michelle

    such tragic news. I hope you find comfort in the memories and love and warmth from your loved ones.

  12. margo slingerland

    alle kracht & liefde van de wereld toegewenst!

  13. Jennifer

    “Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean.”

    All the best to you,

  14. Laura

    I’m so sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you and your family xx

  15. Stefanie

    I’m so sorry for your loss and I wish much strength to you and your family.
    Hugs from Switzerland!

  16. Annemarie

    Wat een vreselijk nieuws, maar wat knap geschreven…
    Heel veel sterkte!

  17. bibi

    Oh wat verschrikkelijk… heel veel sterkte de komende tijd.
    My heart goes out to you and your family!!!

  18. Tuia

    I am so sorry for your loss! So sad to suffer such a blow when you are not expecting it. Strenght and hugs to you and your family!

  19. betsy

    Oh, Irene, I’m so terribly sorry for your tragic loss. Sending you love, healing and peace…

  20. Maaike

    Arme jullie.. Wat een akelig nieuws.
    Veel sterkte en put kracht uit lieve woorden van onbekende mensen die met je meeleven.

  21. Nicole

    I am so terribly sorry for you. I lost my father when I was very young and it is still hard. Long distance <3

  22. Karen Barbé

    Dear Irene,
    I’m so sorry to hear this. I love that you’re honouring your father by keeping on with Bloesem and all the other projects in your life. He must be feeling so proud of this strong daughter he’s brought up.
    My thoughts are with you.

  23. Susan

    Dear Irene,

    What devastating news to hear. I am SO sorry for you loss. Take care and you and your family are in my thoughts.

  24. Marloes

    Wat een verschrikkelijk nieuws! Veel sterkte de komende tijd en lang erna…

  25. Anyta

    Heel veel sterkte. Uit jouw bericht lees ik een groot verdriet maar ook veel kracht. Jouw vader zou trots op je zijn!

  26. Vikie

    Ok, ich probiere in deutsh (eine sprache nicht weit von neederland sprache).
    Ich bin wirklich traurig für dein Vater, das inst nicht einfach…so ich kann nuch sagen : du bist eine tolle Frau, bleibt wie du bist, und nimmt gute Sache das den anderen geben an dich…
    Ich bin mit dich in diese traurige Moment
    Enchuldige mich für mein approximativ Deutsch ^^
    Viele und viele Grüsse von Frankreich

  27. Kylie

    My sincerest thoughts are with you and your family. It is such a sad time. My dad passed 15 years ago now but it feels like yesterday. Take good care of each other. Kylie x

  28. AphroChic

    Oh Irene, I am so, so sorry. I am thinking of you and your family. It sounds like your father was an amazing man. Thank God you had his love, and that he had yours. xo

  29. Amel

    So sorry for this terrific news…
    My father died 2 years ago, and the only advice I have, it’s that I’ve been lucky to know him until now…

  30. Kim

    Very Sorry to hear about your loss, condolences to you, your family and friends.

  31. Noelia

    My Deepest Condolences. I dont think there is anything else to dsay but we are all here supporting you!

  32. danni remender

    so very heartbreaking. Sending good thoughts to you and yours.

    Into each life some rain must fall,
    Some days must be dark and dreary.
    ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    but not all days, happier days will be there again.

  33. Petra

    Beste Irene, wat een vreselijk nieuws. Het moet moeilijk zijn om dan aan de andere kant van de wereld te zitten en miet onmiddelijk bij de mensen die je lief zijn te kunnen zijn. Het verlies van je vader op zo’n brute, plotselinge manier moet hard te verstouwen zijn. Veel sterkte gewenst. Petra

  34. Tina@FlyingHouse

    I am stunned and my heart is aching in my chest for you and your family. I am so, so sorry to hear of your sudden and tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  35. lydia louw

    Love to you and your family. Veel sterkte en kracht, neem de tijd die je nodig hebt, volg je hart en vind je weg.
    Woorden schieten tekort – ik stuur je een knuffel en zal aan je denken.

  36. yael

    so sorry to hear the sad news Irene, in hebrew we say – SHE LO TE’DI OD TSAAR -I hope you never know any more sorrow. take care,

  37. Ada Bea

    I am so, so sorry to hear your awful news. This is just so sad, my thoughts are with you, Ada x

  38. carole / trompette

    Reading you from the very very beginning, feeling like “sharing” your so fine taste and my feeling is a very sad one for you and your family today.

  39. Craig

    My deepest condolences to you and your family all the way down in New Zealand.

    Take care

  40. gretchen

    I hope you strength through your sorrow. If you keep his memory alive, he will live in your heart forever.

  41. fiona

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  42. Petra

    My sincere condolances. I also lost my father suddenly 10 years ago and so he never got to play with my children; they never knew him. What a beautifull memory you have.

  43. Lisette

    Oh Irene, wat vreselijk! Mijn hart gaat uit naar jou en je familie. Heel veel sterkte!


  44. Lisa

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    Have a safe trip home and take great care of yourself and your family.

  45. lizzie mackay

    Hi Irene
    I’m so sorry to hear your sad news, my heart goes out to you and your family.

  46. norma lydon

    Dear Irene,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    Norma L.

  47. kk

    so sad to hear of your loss. any death is sorrowful to deal with but a sudden one …well it hits in a strange way. i have exprienced the long goodbye of cancer and the gone without warning.
    my thoughts are with you….

  48. Linnea

    Irene, I am so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts are with you and your family. Sending love & hugs. xoxo

  49. Manon

    Het liefst wil je alles in je leven dicht bij je houden wat je dierbaar is. Je vader is daar absoluut 1 van. Sterkte !

  50. Niina

    So sorry for your great loss. Lots of strength to you and your family in these hard times. Love will remain throughout.

  51. Caroline

    Mijn diepste medeleven. Ik ben zelf een papa’s kindje en kan me niet voorstellen hoe moeilijk het moet zijn om iemand zo dierbaar, zo onverwacht, te verliezen. Sterkte toegegewenst aan zowel jou als je familie.

  52. Saskia

    Zo’n enorm en onverwacht verlies! Over de hele wereld wordt er met je meegeleefd…………. ook ik wens jou en je familie heel veel kracht toe.

  53. Hagar

    Dear Irene,
    I am so sorry to hear about your dad.
    heart breaking.
    My thought are with you and your family.

  54. Rosalie

    Lieve Irene, wat een tragisch nieuws! Gecondoleerd en wij wensen jullie enorm veel sterkte met het verlies!
    We denken aan jullie!
    Heel veel liefs van ons,
    Didi, Rosalie, Annissa en Lennox

  55. Nicolet

    Brok in mijn keel, de pijn, het verdriet dat jij en je familie nu voelen. Heel veel sterkte.

  56. Samantha Thomas-Domingo

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Irene,
    My sincerest condolescences go out to you and your family at this sad time. May you all be blessed with strength and courage.

  57. Lorraine

    Wat afschuwelijk. Gecondoleerd en heel veel sterkte voor jou en de jouwen!

  58. angela

    with tears in eyes. I’m so sorry to read such a news. be strong Irene, life can be so hard sometimes. My deep condolences to you and your family. thinking of you……

  59. Majka

    I’m so, so sorry to hear your terribly sad news. My thoughts are with you and your family. Majka XOX

  60. desiree

    Wat een prachtige foto van je vader en je zoon… vanaf de sterren is hij vast net zo trots op jou als toen hij dichterbij je was, iets wat hij in je hart altijd zal blijven X

  61. fenny setiawan

    Irene, I am sorry for your lost. I sent you a PM on twitter when I knew something happen (but not sure about the news). I hope you and your family are well. Please be strong. God bless.

  62. fliss

    Oh Irene,
    I am so sorry to hear this terrible news. Sending you lots of love, my thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Big love to you all. X

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