Why "Inkie" or "Ink"?
"Inkie" (often shortened again to "Ink") is short for "Ingrid" and is the nickname I've had since I was born. My family is Dutch and traditionally I would have been called "Ingridje" (or "little Ingrid"). However, my Dad thought this was too much of a mouthfuI, and decided to call me "Inkie". These days it represents the fun-loving, less serious side of me.
Who am I?
I am a gracefully aging (well, I like to think so) daughter, sister, wife, mother, step-mother and step-grandmother.
My ancestry may be Dutch, but I was born in
Australia and, will always be proud to be Australian. However, the older I get the more of the Dutch I find in myself, so it seems like you can take the Dutch
out of Holland, but you can't take Holland out of the Dutch! Interestingly, my children also have a fascination for the Netherlands.
At various times I have been referred to as a student, a teacher, a musician, a singer, a nurse, a hairdresser, a candlemaker, a minister, a drug and alcohol worker, a chaplain, a counsellor, a mentor, a computer enthusiast, a philatelist, a genealogist and a scrapbooker. Some of these skills were learned in a recognised educational institution but most were honed by making mistakes in the school of life....
Last but definitely not least of all, I am a Christian - that is, I have accepted the forgiveness provided by Jesus Christ's death and resurrection and I know I am a child of God.
To know me you must live with me, work with me, talk with me, laugh with me, cry with me, have fun with me, and just "be" with me. Strangely, some people I know have rarely (if ever) done these things with me, yet they still believe they know what is best for me.
True, my life has not been perfect (whose life is?), but it has been a great training ground. If I had lived my life any other way, I would not be the person that I am now. It seems God knew what he was doing when he allowed me to travel down this broken road....
So why do I need a website?
Well, for those who are really interested in getting to know me, here are some bits and pieces of my life. While many of the labels are the same as the ones listed above, I hope that somewhere in my ramblings you will also find a little of who I really am.
I suppose we all like to think that we have left our mark on the world, and this is just one of mine. If you really know me then you will know about some other places that I have left marks, too. Hopefully one of those places has been (or will be) your heart....
However well you think you know me, you are most welcome to have a good look around and get to know me even better. If you think it will help either you or me, please email a comment to me at and I will happily respond.