So, the Return to Delft series continues, as I promised! This blog is dedicated to all the beautiful friends we left behind when we moved to the States.
We did life with these people. I was 20 when Anton and I were married. The majority of my young adult life was lived abroad, building friendships and a church with other young people, married and single. In fact, most of the friends seen here were single when we met them…or dating. We were part of their beginnings and their weddings. And, most of them had kids after we left! I felt like a proud aunt meeting all the children of our best friends. The crazy, awesome thing was that their kids took to us instantly. They loved us. They loved our kids. It touched my heart to realize they seemed to sense they were safe with us. They were family.
After ten years, it was so great to see everyone again! But, it hurt too. We had adjusted to missing them but now, now we realized all over again just how much we missed the friendships, the fellowship and the knowing of one another. We’ve seen one another’s mountain peaks and we’ve crawled through the deepest valleys. We’ve celebrated and we’ve cried. We lived the ordinary accented by the extraordinary.
These are our friends of the past. These are our friends still.
We are thankful.
My best friend, Solange, organized a wonderful party at her home to welcome us back.
All our friends contributed to the meal and Solange was the perfect hostess.
Seeing my husband reunited with his best friends choked me up inside.
Beautiful Solange with two admirers.
Picking up Erik’s oldest from school for lunch…the very elementary school Victoria and Judah attended when we lived in Delft.
Oh, the memories.
A big shout out to the O’Regans! When I first came to The Netherlands at the age of 18, I stayed in their home.
Their oldest, Sean, was but a baby (far left).
They introduced Anton to me and are partially to blame (in a good way) for the fact we are married.
They are an extension of the Janssen family and their visit from their home country of Ireland to Holland, at the same time we
were there, was such a blessing!