Category Archives: Amsterdam

The Second Annual Amalgamated Santerklucia Holiday Weekend

It was around this time last year that we first started playing with the idea of a Dutch / Swedish / American holiday mash-up. Looking back on what I wrote at the time, I’m surprised to discover that the tradition … Continue reading

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Sunflowers

We were out over the Atlantic Ocean, on our way from the Netherlands to the United States. I decided to rewatch the “Sunflowers” (Amsterdam) episode of Ted Lasso — now that our family had concluded the show’s third and final … Continue reading

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My Favorite Hour in the Netherlands

I had already filled up 56 (of an eventual 84) pages worth of my Leuchtturm1917 journal before our family even made it to Amsterdam. So, it felt kind of amazing that I was able to purchase a new journal at … Continue reading

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City of Ducks

Our family regularly speaks in paradox — particularly through the illustration of a pair o’ ducks, which we learned in the first month after moving from the Netherlands to Ohio in 2012. And it’s become a very helpful tool for … Continue reading

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Cycling Spring

Do you remember the “Arab Spring” from a couple years back? It was a time when many Arabs across the Middle East and North Africa took to the streets in protest. Some countries deposed their authoritarian regimes. Others continue to … Continue reading

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Learning Church Leadership

Our H2O Production Team arrived at 7AM this morning to set up for today’s worship gathering in Bowman Hall. Shortly after starting, they encountered an elderly man in the lobby, just outside the room where we meet. He had long … Continue reading

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Amsterdam Asps

We were already a family when we moved to Amsterdam in the last week of January, 2003. Marci and I had been married for almost five years. Elliot was ten months old. Still, we really grew as a family during … Continue reading

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