SignMyCar! Belgians Living in the US.


SignMyCar! Belgians Living in the US.


Lize Van De Keere - Ann Arbor, MI

Interview conducted in April 2015 | Story Published in June 2015

SignMyCar! Belgians Living in the US.

Lize holds a Master in Special Education. After her graduation in 2013, she decided to get  a wider professional experience by becoming an Au Pair for children with special needs. She worked with several families in Washington DC the following year. Towards the end of her stay, she met James.  After her return to Belgium, they kept dating and later got engaged.


James and Lize got married by a romantic lake in northern Michigan in September 2014 . They decided to move to Ann Arbor, MI. This college city is James' hometown. You can learn all the details  in Lize's video interview below.

SignMyCar! Belgians Living in the US.
Lize's video interview

At the time this video interview was recorded, Lize had been living in the United States for less than two years. She talks about how her life changed from living the single life in Washington DD to owning her first house in Ann Arbor. She shares her experience of her first Michigan Winter and explains her tricks to deal with home sickness, among other things.

First homeowner experience

Lize is the first out-of-state SignMyCar! participant! She invited me to Michigan over a weekend while she had just moved into her first house, 5 days before my visit! Taking the time to meet with me under such circumstances was really nice of her.


Lize and James decided to move to Ann Arbor in Michigan to be close to James' family. They bought their first home in March 2015 and have been really busy remodeling it. Fortunately, Lize's father, a very handy man, came over from Belgium to help  with the remodeling. Her father was there while I was visiting. I was very impressed by the quality of work and his determination to complete as much work as possible. He was up really early and keep on working on as many projects as possible. Lize was very happy about it and said that her father took a lot of care and pride in "putting love throughout the house".

Detroit, Michigan

Despite everything that was going on, Lize and James took the time to give me a tour of Detroit, MI.  I had a lot of bad stereotypes on Detroit and I must admit that it is now one of favorite city in the USA. It's a city that has a rebirth vibe, that is full of art and innovation!

Full-time nanny

A few months after moving to Michigan, Lize found a great employment opportunity. She works full time as a Nanny for a family in Ann Arbor. The parents are both teacher at Michigan University and treat her very well. Lize loves the little kids she provide care for. "I really love being around small children" Lize smiles. You can discover more about Lize's life in the US in her video interview above. Lize really gave a great interview , emphazing the importance of embracing your new life somewhere else.

SignMyCar! Belgians Living in the US.
SignMyCar! Belgians Living in the US.

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