Through a child’s eyes


Thanks to our Aunt Bonnie, each kid has a journal. For the older kids, they can write down or draw out what is going through their minds as we embark on this adventure. I can tell you what my kids are experiencing, but to listen to them in their words or read their writings is much grander. Through a child’s eyes, we see the world differently and on various levels. Maci enjoys drawing what she sees. Her first entry was a red ripe strawberry. She loved that we found these beautiful tiny strawberries at the market. Mary Kate has to have my eyes and ears. She wants to tell me and know that I am watching every move and listening to each and every word she has to say. When it comes to journaling, I never knew my nine year old could write this much. Lance is taking off with the idea of writing down all his thoughts that he can choose to share or keep to himself. For now, he is so proud of what he writes each day he is eager to share with both Royce and I. He has some great writings and one day he would like to share on our blog. We were just thrilled that his last entry he wrote that the highlight of his day was church. For those of you that know my boy, that is impressive.

For the past two Sundays, we have been attending a Dutch mass here in our local village. To attend a Catholic church in another language is quite beautiful and truly a different experience. We didn’t understand a whole lot was said, but truly felt HIS presence. We mumbled our prayers and responses in English and joined in the singing as best we could in Dutch. This will hopefully help with our pronunciation. We joined the locals after mass for some koffie and koekjes (coffee and cookies). This was an excellent way for us to practice our Dutch because most of the people that attend mass here are the elderly and most do not know English. I was opening the door for a few of these precious ladies and Lance says to me, “Mom, these folks ride bicycles faster than me, I don’t think they need the door opened for them.” I love life through a child’s eyes. Keep those thoughts going Lance and write about it!




  1. This post made me laugh out loud! I love Lance’s comment about the ladies and their bikes. I also love the idea of them journaling. It will be a true treasure for each of the for years to come! And thank God for our faith and the gift of the Eucharist. It is amazing to me how you can immediately feel at home no matter where you are in the world when you receive Christ in the Eucharist.

  2. That is one of the most precious pictures – to see Church!!!! written in Lance’s handwriting and to know what an impact that made on him. The picture brings tears to my eyes. Thank you Bonnie for thinking of the idea of journaling for those kids and I’m glad to hear Lance is sharing his still. He still mentions to me about reading the party in Bon’s journal, which I love him seeing even an adult reflecting on some of our own life’s mistakes. This is a dumb question, but I assume you have Mass for the Feast Day of the Assumption? I will be interested to see how that is.

    • There is no such thing as a dumb question. I say that because I have to tell that to myself often even if I have to ask it in a funny language. YES we get to attend mass tonight here in Schijndel at 19:30 to celebrate the Feast Day of the Assumption!

  3. Oh my Jess…this is so awesome. I hadn’t checked your blog in a while. So very special to me that he’s enjoying writing. He will not regret it! And yes…there is something beautiful about a formal worship service in a foreign language…I sort of think of it as meditating or chanting…you can slip away to the place where we are always supposed to be when we are in church! You guys are awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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