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Being Someone

Most of us want to belong. It provides us with the security of being part of something bigger than ourselves, but it also gives us a sense of identity. When Gerrit was about 6, he got a Batman costume for Halloween. Then Karen’s mom made a Robin costume for Tuck by hand. It was amazing. … Continue reading »

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Life’s not Fair

In the movie “The Lion King” Simba’s uncle Scar famously sneers the line, “Life’s not fair, is it.” As parents we’ve had opportunity to quote Scar many times over the years, complete with our best imitation of Jeremy Iron’s voice, because it turns out he was right. Life just isn’t fair a lot of the … Continue reading »

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We have a rich history of traveling in our family. Karen grew up as a missionary kid in Venezuela and Colombia. Her parents’ work took them to most of the countries in South America during that time, and later to Russia, Latvia, and Canada. I grew up in a Navy family, moving up and down … Continue reading »

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