Thursday, January 28, 2010


.. “the practice of justice in imitation of YHWH”
Brueggeman’s – An Unsettling God

Deut. 10:17-21

“For the LORD your God is god of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. And you are to love those who are aliens, for yourselves were aliens in Egypt. Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. He is your praise; he is your God, …”

Are lives are full right now - we celebrated our 10th anniversary!! Malachi turned 4,wow. Ezekiel is 6 months, amazing. We are in the midst of charter school proposals, talking with community members and getting ready for a public hearing. We attended an immigration reform press conference/prayer meeting this week. Oh yea and our house is getting an addition we think, permits are driving us a little crazy! So these verses above speak to us in many ways.
I will someday put up some pictures. :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

so many events!

we enjoyed being in the cold for christmas. we spent a couple nights in chicago were we flew in and out of. played a lot in the snow, at least malachi could last in the cold, abram decided it was too cold, although i think he also didn't like his snowpants because they were overalls and he refuses to wear overalls. we had a great time with all our family - sad we didn't have time to see friends during this trip but it was short and sweet.

Ezekiel decided it was time to roll over on Christmas Day - the book inspired him

verwys family

all the verwys cousins and a new one on the way from the huizenga family!!

ryan's grandma van grouw was remarried over christmas to rev. andy bandstra - its a sappy love story if you ever want to hear it sometime...letters, friendship and second marriages in their 80's

the water tower in downtown chicago, we had to see it because it is in one of the books the boys have - it was so cold!

"our bookstore" in chicago that we always went to 10 years ago when we first were married and lived in hyde park

annika and ezekiel

HAPPY NEW YEAR - we watched fireworks at navy pier from the 33rd floor of my parents condo building in chicago

legos and duplos were the theme of this year - we have a love/hate relationship. i love that the boys are occupied for hours with these little blocks. i hate that they get all over the place and hurt when you step on them... but it is a toy that seems to last forever - since a lot of uncles and ryan enjoy building as well

the lego man outside the lego store in chicago - malachi was in heaven - he found out the power miners have dug deeper and there are now lava monsters in addition to rock monsters, wow! it made a little boys heart swell with joy.