What’s your best family memory?
It’s difficult to pinpoint one with the amount of travelling we do but one that stands out is when we biked through the foothills in Kananaskis Country (Alberta). The boys would watch the beautiful surroundings and wildlife from their Chariot, chit-chat, eat their snacks, and go for a nap when they got tired. At night, we were staying in a tee-pee but there were signs warning us about a recently spotted bear so I was terrified. Needless to say, we slept in a hotel the second night but still laugh at the fact that I placed the space heater by the entrance and made Nick look through the flap every time something moved–as though any of that would have warded off a wandering bear, haha!
What’s your favorite thing to do as a family?
Early every morning, when the boys wake up, we cuddle in bed together or when one of us is gone for a work trip, we’ll call and all chat on the phone. As of late, Jonah (almost 4) even makes sure to include their yet-to-be-born sibling by touching my belly and telling him or her a story or singing a song. It’s our favorite way to start the day!
What is your favorite family tradition?
Our Saturday and Sunday activities have become a tradition! Week days are often hectic but on Saturday we make breakfast–occasionally Elliot (who is turning 2 this month) starts the blender without the lid on–and do something active together. Then on Sunday after church we snuggle on the couch with books, puzzles, cookies and tea, and make phone calls to family in Alberta or the Netherlands.
What’s the best thing about your family?
We love community! We believe that families, while being the foundation of society, should focus outward rather than inward. That’s why there’s always an extra plate of food, cup of tea, or mattress and pillow. In fact, Nick dreams of having a huge home where we can host anyone who ever needs a place to stay, just like we’ve had the privilege of spending the night at someone else’s home when on the road. And we are blessed by all the people that come and go!
What do you think makes a happy family?
Prayer, share, and serve together–it keeps us very close while reaching out to people around us and already teaches the boys that happiness isn’t about what you own or accomplish, but rather in living with and for others.
What three words best describe your family?
Communication, contentment, and quality time. And if I can add one more: lots of hugs!