It was so nice meeting some of you at the lovely gathering last weekend and thank you for welcoming me to the group. My father and his family were born in Germany and during WWII, they fled Germany and moved to the Netherlands. During the war, my father and his family were in hiding in many different locations in Holland. After the war ended and he found his parents, my dad lived in the Netherlands for a while and then immigrated to the United States. I was born in California and when I was about 1 month old, we moved back to the Netherlands as my oma and opa still lived there. My oma and opa became Dutch citizens and my oma had a prominent business on Kalverstraat in Amsterdam. I lived with my family in the Netherlands until I was 5. I attended school in the Nederlands and Dutch was my first language. While I was there, we lived in the Biljedemeer (sp?) and then settled in Amstelveen. When my parents divorced, my mom took me from my dad and went back to the United States. I went back to Amsterdam when I was in high school to visit my oma and opa and they sadly passed away when I was in college. I still have family friends that are alive there that have known me since I was an infant. I traveled back to Holland this last summer to honor the family that saved my oma and mijn overgrootmoeder. The family was awarded Yad Vashem from the Israeli government. While I was there, I had a chance to visit with my old family friends and had a wonderful time. I have wanted to move back to the Netherlands for a long time and now is the time for me. I have been in education for 20 years. I am a teacher and school principal and want to go back home to teach or be a principal in the Netherlands. I'm working to relearn my first language as well to help that effort. After talking to Jacqueline (sp?) on Saturday, she suggested I write and ask for any guidance and help that could be given by this group. I am hoping to gain or regain (I'm not sure if I had it or not) Dutch citizenship and move back home. I would welcome any help or advice for this endeavor which includes any help with relearning my language and any advice anyone might have to help me move back home to the Netherlands. You can respond here or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My cell number is 360-513-3346 if anyone would prefer to text me. I want to thank you in advance for any help that you are able to provide.