dinsdag 29 maart 2011

Momo - the mole

Last year we went to an exhibition about nocturnal animals. Do you still remember? We did, and because it was fun, we decided to go to the new exhibition also: Momo the Mole, about underground life. The exhibition was in the NME centre in Woerden, which is located near a great park.


I was looking for a nice way to learn Bible passages by heart and discovered this website: www.bijbelinbeeld.blogspot.com

(The blog happens to be from one of my former colleagues, isn't that fun!?)

We started right away and it seems to be a succes! We enjoy it, used signs to help, and the first passage is in our hearts:  "Laat het veld van vreugde opspringen met al wat erin is; dan zullen alle bomen van het woud vrolijk zingen voor het aangezicht van de Heere. Psalm 96 vers 12 en 13"

We've placed our 'Bible Plate' (Bijbelbord) on our dining table, and it offers nice opportunities to practise the passage and talk about the meaning. So in the past week we talked about how God's creation honours and praises him, by simply being there and doing what it is created for. And in this way we can also praise God: being the person God made us to be and living a God-centred life.

Hooked on English

"Dutch Homeschool Award Winner"
One of my homeschooling colleagues nominated Action for this, and I think she's right! This time I bought a 'Hooked on English' set. It's this set and we like it. (By the way, Action charges only 15,95 euro ;-) ) It consists of several workbooks, dvd's and cd's, flashcards and reading books.

We like the audio cd best.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzzhdzMxZ2I&fs=1&hl=nl_NL&rel=0]

Chicken pox

Chicken pox alarm! Fera got them on Boas' birthday and now also Jona has a few. Fera was a bit feverish for a day or two, but did very well. And she recovered soon. We're happy to have a healthy Fera again!

Boas' birthday

Finally, the day had come... Boas' fifth birthday. I can't believe I have been a mother for five years already! What a huge privilege, having such a wonderful big boy.


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Teuge International Airport

We've visited Teuge Airport, eh.. beg my pardon.. Teuge INTERNATIONAL Airport, as it is called. Although this outing hadn't much to do with animals, Boas and Fera enjoyed it much. And to me it meant memories of my youth. It reminded me of the countless holidays we spent there with my parents, watching parachutes and planes. Talking about twenty years ago ....

Sleepover cake

Jos and I attended our church' 'Equip-time'. Jona came with us, and Boas en Fera went to a sleepover with aunts and uncles. That's the joy of being a big family :-). And so they went... fully equiped with 2 delicious cakes!

I think they were delicious.... however, we didn't get any chance to taste.  But, came home from the Equip time fully fed, though.
Thank you, guys, for caring for our kids!

maandag 14 maart 2011


little brother

Dairy farm

We visited an organic dairy farm and learned a lot. We've seen newborn calves and a real milk robot. And we've tasted fresh cow milk. Learning from life is so much fun! I think this adventure changed Fera's frame of reference: After I had taken a shower, she said: 'Mummy, you also have to dry your udders (uiers in Dutch), hè?'

Ebony and ivory

My Father knew it was a big wish. Especially a very heavy wish. But nothing is too big or too heavy for Him!
3 strong men

After taking this picture, I went away again. I couldn't stand it... Man, this was scary!! The noises I heard coming from the stairway reminded me of the last stage of a birth (you know), and I discovered that I prefer being not the spectator ;-). But they made it, and there she was .... our little Laurie piano.   
isn't it amazing?

reading practice

I got a laminator for my birthday. Wonderful present! It encouraged me to make some reading practice materials again. Since our kids love to play games, I try to make up different word games. The quartet card game I found on this website. You can also find many words and picture cards there, for example to play 'word memory', matching words with pictures. At the moment, Boas and Fera's favourite word game is a combination of 'hide and seek' and 'word memory': we hide cards, we seek them and match them.  

windowsill art

We've started sowing our first seeds inside the house. Last year we had our first 'square meter vegetable garden' and I definitely want to give it a go again.

I'm loving it, nature at home. It's such a wonderful way to examine God's wonders day by day. And it makes me looking forward to spring and summer. I'm still not sure whether I was born in the right country, maybe only Boas was (Surinam).... ;-) No, that's not fair. I really, really, really like warmth, but after living abroad I've discovered the beauty and charm of four seasons also! But we'll see what He has in store for us.

woensdag 2 maart 2011

who learns young (2)


Two friends became seven and celebrated their birthday on a heather field. There was a lot of work to do! We had to remove all the little pines that grew on the field. Big saws and cutters were available, and off we went! Of course there was cake and presents too! Boas was very, very excited and worked like a real lumberjack.

Thank you, we had a lovely day.  

big sandpit