Monday, July 31, 2006
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Anyways, after lunch we went to Kabouterland. It is a family attraction in a far off (45 min away) village. This is a place where gnomes and trolls are the main attraction. You can walk around the park and view live animals such as foxes and owls and mice etc.. and also view displays made up with gnomes and trolls some underground displays as well. There were also a couple very nice playgrounds, always a hit with the kids. It was a neat little place to spend an afternoon in. Our kids also had their first taste of poffertjes. Tiny little pancake like thingies. By the speed at which they were inhaled, I would say they really like them.
Last night we were able to visit with Betty Bosma, formerly Nauta, and her husband Marco. Betty lived in Surrey for a year while working for the Schoen's. It was really neat to catch up with her again and finally meet her husband.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
All in all things are going quite well. We're still jet lagging a bit and having a bit of fun adjusting to the time change. Hugo and I are having a bit of a hard time falling asleep at a reasonable hour. We'll get there though...
Monday, July 17, 2006
We were picked up by the Airport shuttle at 12:30, of course a half hour earlier than they had said. So we quickly got loaded up, as quickly as you can load up 11 rubbermaid totes, 4 suitcases, 5 backpacks, one pack'n play, 2 strollers, 3 car seats and 7 people... There were 2 vans in case you were wondering.... The first photo is of the kids and our stuff just after we arrived at Vancouver airport.
We had an uneventful flight to Heathrow. Aidan didn't sleep a wink until we landed because he was too busy watching cartoons. At Heathrow, we were supposed to have a relatively short layover, but it turned into 6 hours of complete and utter boredom and hunger (it did help to have 2 gamboys and a stack of comics with us). We moved three times (and had to wake up Aidan each time) because first we didn't know which gate we would have to go to, then we found out which one and then just before we were to board, they changed it again and we had to walk to a shuttle bus and go on the plane the old fashioned way. Thankfully the crew were very helpful as we lugged 2 small suitcases, 3 backpacks, 2 duffle bags, 1 diaper bag, 2 strollers, a car seat and five kids throughout the airport and up the stairs of the plane. After a very short flight during which all the kids except Marc slept, we arrived in Schiphol (where we had to wake up Aidan again). We deplaned with a lot of help again and went to pick up our luggage. We were the last to get there so there was only our stuff and one lonely suitcase on the carousel. Of course, we were missing one of our 14 pieces of luggage. So I went into the line-up, I guess we weren't the only ones to be missing stuff, and waited for my turn. Meanwhile the Feunekes family had already seen us and knew that we just had to get our luggage. When I was near the end of my turn, the missing suitcase turned up as it had been sent on the next flight. Thank-you! So we managed to push our three loaded luggage carts and two strollers through the exit and into the waiting arms of the Feunekes relatives. The whole family except Arjen and Renate and kids made it to meet us! After an extremely pricey bite to eat from the Burger King, we loaded up the trailer that Dad had rented for our stuff and off we went for the two hour drive home. By the time we arrived at mom and dad Feunekes' it was just after midnight. So we got the kids off to bed and by 2:00 we were all sleeping. (big sigh) The worst is over. We've left the country and we've packed all our stuff. Yippeee!!! Our journey has officially begun! Today we heard a sermon about how Satan tempted Christ and how he does the same to us all the time. What a treat to worship in an over 100 year old church! Beautiful!
This is a photo of the kids at Heathrow, not looking so perky as at the beginning of our flight....
Thursday, July 13, 2006
It feels like the whole packing thing will never ever end... Of course it has to as we are being picked up Friday at 1:00, but it seems to take forever....
See photo for more info on that....
Had to say good-bye to more family today. We've never had to say good-bye knowing that, the Lord willing, it will be 3.5 years before we'll see eachother again. Thankfully it's not like 60 years ago when families immigrated from Holland to Canada. When they stepped on the boat to go they thought they'd never see their families again. Today we can stay in almost constant contact if we want. Even going to the Mission field nowadays is different. There's email access virtually anywhere. It's not like the old days where once a month or less a plane came by and dropped a mail bag out. However, electronic contact is still not the same as personal face to face communication. But, we'll take it anyway!
P.S. Mikah now says that she 70% wants to go and 30% wants to stay... One of her reasons for wanting to go was because you can see neat fish in the wild in Indonesia....
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
We had a good time with family this past weekend. It was hard to say good-bye, not knowing when we will see eachother again. But we can take comfort in the fact that one day regardless of what happens we will all be together in heaven with our heavely Father. Our life here is just temporary.
So now we get down to the nitty gritty stuff, the last little details. Pray for us that we will get everything together in time.
My parents, two sisters and a brother posing with our kids and my sisters little girl Iris(wearing the yellow shirt in the wagon).
Saturday, July 08, 2006
This camping trip Aidan learned the art of peeing in the lake without pulling his bathing suit down, Marc hasn't learned that art yet.... "It's like a water fall Mommy!" he says... Mikah learned how to do hand stands in the water... we had to watch like, hundreds of them and grade her on them...
The kids made some new friends. Particularly the kids of the D. Flokstra family! Keep in touch eh?
It's good to be back with the rest of the world. It felt a little strange not to be able to check email or read the news on the internet for a whole 4.5 days... Sad eh?
The Lord willing we will spend this weekend in Vernon and head back to Aldergrove on Monday where we'll tie up any loose ends that need tying before we fly out on Friday.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Tomorrow it's off to Ellison park we go. The kids are very excited to go camping. Hugo and I are wondering how it will go with all 7 of us under the roof of one tent trailer....
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Today Grandpa Moesker asked Mikah what she liked about Indonesia. She said that she liked that you could catch goldfish in the wild there... huh?? Wonder where that came from? The other day she told me that she 60% wanted to go and 40% wanted to stay, but she did acknowledge that actually she has no say in the matter...
It's July 1st so the countdown is on, exactly 2 weeks until fly date...
Happy Canada Day! God keep our land!!
Or as Marc says, "Oh Canada we stand on guard for me!"