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October 07, 2017

Building our Dream Playground

Building our Dream Playground

The grass was so green, the sun was setting, and there was the most beautiful rainbow I've ever seen right over the playground. It was 6:30 at night and there were literally hundreds of children there. It took everything in me not to burst into tears.

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August 16, 2017

My Oldest Kids Moved Out!

My Oldest Kids Moved Out!

There’s been a major shift in our family these past few months. I think I was in denial about it for a long time, but I'm starting to come around and be able to talk about it without getting emotional. 6 of our 17 to 19 year old young adults transitioned from our home to smaller, independent living apartments. I can’t believe I even just wrote those words. I guess that’s how it happens. One minute you’re telling them to brush their teeth and not watch too much TV and eat their vegetables and helping them with their homework and tucking them into bed, and the next you’re helping move them into their dorms and very own apartments.

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August 07, 2017

In this District, Girls Play Soccer (Dutch and English)

In this District, Girls Play Soccer (Dutch and English)

Het is even voor zessen als ik vanuit mijn kleine slaapkamerraam op het voetbalveld kijk. Drie meiden in knalroze tenue doorkruisen het veld en lopen gestaag richting een van de gloednieuwe voetbaldoelen aan de andere kant van het veld. Ieder een bal onder de voet. // It is just before six when I look at the soccer field through the small window next to my bed. Three girls in hot pink shirts cross the field, making their way to one of the brand-new soccer goals at other end of the land, a ball dribbling at their feet.

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