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Tue
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Jun '14

The Netherlands in Texas

We’ve been gone from The Netherlands for a year now.  At times it has flown by, and at times, it feels like we just got here.  While we’re in America, we do an awful lot of traveling.  This weekend, we were in Spring, TX for morning and night services.  After church Sunday morning, someone told us about a store in Spring called The Little Dutch Girl.  We were hoping to have enough time to go check it out between services, and when we went, we weren’t disappointed.

Our new favorite store in Texas.

Our new favorite store in Texas.

When we walked in, our senses were immediately overwhelmed with things we haven’t seen in a long time.  All three of us were walking around finding some of our favorite things.  When Grace reached the hagelslag section, she was in heaven.  Hagelslag is sprinkles that you put on bread with a little butter.  They didn’t have Grace’s absolute favorite kind, but we did go ahead and get her some that will take care of her breakfasts for a while.  When we showed people, they thought it was crazy to have chocolate for breakfast until I reminded them what Pop-tarts and cereal are: mostly sugar.

Hagelslag

Hagelslag

There were plenty of other things that we enjoyed seeing, but we couldn’t get everything.  I had to remind Grace that it was like buying American things when we’re in The Netherlands.  When it’s imported, it’s going to be much more expensive.

They had pins among other things, and when I saw this one, I really laughed.  My family thinks that I’m pretty opinionated/outspoken (as we all are), but when I come back from The Netherlands, I’m worse than normal.  We like to say that the Dutch people speak with candor.  Others call it bluntness to the point of rudeness.  I’ve gotten used to it, so it’s normal for me.

Probably the funniest thing we saw in the store

Probably the funniest thing we saw in the store

All in all, we were really happy with what all we found.  We weren’t able to get absolutely everything that we wanted, but we got enough to tide us over for a while!

Grace with our goodies

Grace with our goodies

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