Day 304: Family Day in Schijndel

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Family – I’m thankful that there are people that love us and invite us to be together to share meals and conversation and company. The simplicity of just being and relaxing and talking and sharing food and drink together is pretty amazing. Do you ever think about that? I usually take it for granted, but today I really felt grateful for my Dutch family.

We spent the day in Schijndel with Gerard and Anita and their girls. We got there around 11:15 and had coffee and dessert. Soon after we had a nice lunch with hot baked rolls, cheeses and meats, and some even had Hagel slag on rolls. After lunch, Gerard took us to just over the border to Belgium to a Trappist abbey where they make beer. Jeff was in heaven! I was happy because the sun peeked out a few times.

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From there we drove into Eindhoven as we had never been there before. We happened upon the Daf truck museum and spent a bit of time walking around there, exploring this popular Dutch company’s history. Charlie was thrilled!

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We walked around the city center for a bit before heading back for dinner.

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After dinner, Gerard took Char and Juliana to Rio’s dairy farm for a quick visit, at Charlie’s request. He wanted to see the cows, ride the tractor and play on the go-cart. What a lucky kid!! Watching Gerard play with and entertain Charlie made me think of my dad and how he and Charlie always play together. I am thankful for their special relationships.

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And then to finish off the evening, more family came to join the fun. Franca and Henk and their daughter came, followed by Opa Tijn, and then Rio and Helma with their kids. The kids played soccer outside together and we sat around drinking and eating again!

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Life is so good. I am thankful tonight for Gerard and Anita for being so generous and opening up their home to all of us, and to Gerard for showing us around, and for the rest of the family for just being family.

I love you all!! xo