The queen celebrated her birthday here in Almere, and of course we were there!Don’t if it was worth it, but the kids liked it. And don’t be misled by the seemingly nice weather on the pictures: we’ve had almost every type of weather the time we were waiting for Her Royal Highness to arrive.Funny: The […]

Backblog: changes in the house

I did not tell you yet we made some changes in our house during Easter weekend. Sander and Gwen from our church came to help us, and I am really proud of the job we did in just a few days. I am almost going to believe I am a handy guy. Truth is that […]

A more lighthearted post on spring and sex

I’m sitting behind my desk in the office, window open. The weather is very good, one of the first spring days of this year. From my place, the view is great: into the forest, a green and quiet scenery. Little birds are singing and flying around, through the trees I see a squirrel. Spring is […]

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain

This was the main theme during the service held for Beata‘s funeral yesterday. A memorial service, but at the same time a worship service. It was a beautiful and moving experience. Her children all participated in the service as musicians. Her husband Flip shared some poems he had written during the year that she was […]


Life’s full of paradoxes. Especially the christian life, and especially with Good Friday and Easter. Jesus died so we can live; He takes our sin so we can be righteous. There are numerous of these in the bible: God takes the route we least expect Him to take. Nice thoughts, if we are the beneficiaries. […]

Easter thought

Made by Sarah Brown.This is what she writes: Lately I’ve had a lot jumbled up in my head about Christianity. I’ve been wondering why our lives, as Christians, contradict the way Jesus lived his life. Why don’t we hang out with the prostitutes and tax collectors? Why is it ok for a lawyer in the […]

Miracles happen

Here is double proof that miracles do happen – an Ibach piano and a Dell notebook. Both are ours, both were given to us. These are the kind of stories you think only happen to others: on a Sunday night somewhere early March, Mira and I discussed the need of an extra notebook. Mine was […]

Over the Rhine

As I said, I was in retreat these last few days. I went out for the day and returned at dinner time, because it’s still not the time to stay overnight while Mira is at home with the kids. Wednesday afternoon I enjoyed a long walk at Rhijnauwen and Amelisweerd, in the surroundings of Utrecht. […]

In retreat with myself

The next few days I’ll be in retreat with myself. Tomorrow and Friday I will be in my uncle’s place in Arnhem, an appartment on the 8th floor with great view over the Rhine and Uiterwaarden. I hope it will inspire me with great vision for my own life and for Agapè 🙂If anything useful […]