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Yes, I am WAY behind on blogging anything.  What can I say? Life has been very busy lately.  We have been busy with Fundag, our kids club.  It meets once a month, and we’re really excited about the future.  As far as our church goes, we’re still over family ministry – everything from birth through 18 years old.  We lead the youth and coordinate the elementary aged children.  Busy?  Yes, I’d say that we’re definitely busy.

We’re going to be helping with a neighborhood party that the community center where we meet is a part of.  That will be one week from today.  We have one more Fundag in June before we break for the summer.  We had some kids and parents very concerned that we would start back when school starts again.

Fundag 2016

Fundag 2016

In the autumn, we’re also praying about a next step – something that would involve kids and parents.  We’re praying and planning with our Fundag team about when/what to do.  It would be a family-style service in Dutch but that would most likely also meet at the community center.  We had a Good Friday service for the whole family already.  It was mostly children with some parents as well.  It really excited us about things to come!

Fundag Good Friday service

Fundag Good Friday service

Personally, our lives are very full.  Grace is in her final term of the school year.  She doesn’t get out until early in July, so when she sees that her American family and friends are finished in a few weeks, I’m sure we’ll hear about it!  She’s doing really well in school, and we’re very proud of her.

I'm pretty sure we have the cutest children to ever grace this world!

I’m pretty sure we have the cutest children to ever grace this world!

Samuel is a very busy little boy.  I remember when Grace was little, and I would talk to other moms, I didn’t appreciate enough the differences between a calm, little girl and a very active little boy.  Seriously, so far while typing this blog post, I’ve had to stop at least five times to tell him to stop doing something.  My mantra for these days is “It’s a phase.”

We had a Europe-wide retreat recently that was near a sea.  The hotel had a wonderful lobby area with plenty of seating, but we found that we couldn’t sit as a family because one of us could talk to people and the other had to chase after Samuel.  I used to look at children whose parents put a harness on them and think, “Can’t you have better control over that child?!”  Now, I totally get it.  While sitting trying to talk to friends, one asked, “What if you just let him go?  What’s the worst that could happen?”  Since he ran straight for the sea every time he had a chance, I said that there was plenty of terrible things that could happen.  Now, we’re happy to be at home where the running is more contained.  I’ve learned to lock the back gate when we go outside, or he can open it and take off.  Seriously!  How can a 20 month be so fast?!  At least I’m in decent physical shape and can keep up with him.

Samuel had fun playing at our retreat.  This was a moment when I could take a picture instead of chase him.  Thank goodness for moments like that!

Samuel had fun playing at our retreat. This was a moment when I could take a picture instead of chase him. Thank goodness for moments like that!

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