Category Archives: Family

Creeping In

When we first moved back, a lot of people were curious about our kids and how they identify themselves: do they feel more Dutch (after all they were born here and lived here the first 7, 5 and 2 years … Continue reading

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  I have written before about juggling two cultures and all the traditions and holidays that come with that. Fourteen years in I feel like I am starting to get the hang of it. Halloween was the first big US … Continue reading

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Leaving is Hard

Leaving never happens all at once.  For us, the leave-taking started back in February when Maarten and I finally, after more than a year of deliberating, decided to move our family back to the Netherlands this Summer.  Since then, in … Continue reading

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100% Qualified

Here’s another piece I wrote for our local MOPS group, an organization that supports moms of young kids.  So naturally, this was geared toward young(er) mothers, but is relevant for all parents, at all stages of life. There are always … Continue reading

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Who’s got your Back?

I originally wrote this piece for our local MOPS group, but thought I’d share it here, as well, as it speaks a universal truth for all of us, not just us mothers, although that is who I was writing for … Continue reading

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California Part 2

So The Drive.  Good Lord The Drive.  But you know what?  It was doable.  We’ve reached that point, folks – especially you with little ones – we’ve reached that point where Maarten and I have to pull over for bathroom … Continue reading

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3 Little Ninjas

Oh my goodness.  I’m so glad these three little ninjas are getting their stuff together and taking Ninja Practice outside.  Seriously, thank God.  My littlest ninja burst into tears and stomped off to his room 4 times today muttering about … Continue reading

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