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You still fit on my lap

My little boy,

 

They’re off to school – your sister, and your three big brothers too.

But you’re still here, my little boy, ‘cause you are only three Read more

Meet the “real” Saint Nicholas!

He is on his way! He travels by boat – a large steamboat – from Spain to the Netherlands. Of course his helpers – “Zwarte Pieten”, Black Petes, since their faces are black from soot – travel along, in their bright colored outfits and funny hats with feathers. Read more

Saint Martin’s Day

We don’t really do Halloween. In the fall you may see the typical decorations like carved pumpkins on the front porches, but it never really was a tradition in the Netherlands to celebrate “All Hallow’s Eve” on October 31th. Although it’s becoming more popular now over here, Halloween has to combat another holiday that is celebrated around the same time, November 11th: Saint Martin’s Day, or in Dutch: Sint Maarten.

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Love You Forever: Book review

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.
– Robert Munsch

I read this quote somewhere and it got my attention. What a sweet way to express your love for someone! When I looked it up, it turned out to be a rhyme from a book, “Love You Forever”, written by Robert Munsch.

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The value of helping children memorize Bible verses

“To Timothy, my true son in the faith…” 1 Timothy 1:2. From the very first sentences in the letter to Timothy you can sense the deep love apostle Paul had for his younger brother in the faith. Paul himself didn’t have children, but he had a great father’s heart for his followers, his children of faith. Read more