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Finally a family of 5!

Posted by on April 23, 2021, 2:38 PM in Caressa

And there he is, our son; Levi Martin van ’t Veer. Yesterday night, around 3:30, I felt the first contraction. Luckily you don’t forget experiences of this level, I knew immediately that things were serious. For a second I considered to wait it out, but good thing is that I didn’t. We rushed to the hospital, basically ignored every red light – I mean, time was of the essence! And an hour and 10 minutes later, we (well I) got to hold our mini man in my arms. The Bible tells us 365 times that we shouldn’t fear. “Do not worry about the day of tomorrow” and things like that. Even though I am aware and know this very well, things can stay a bit scary when you don’t know how they will exactly play out. But every time, looking back, I can see the hand of God in every step. The oldest two were taken care of, we reached the hospital in time, delivery went well and fast… And that’s where faith grows, testimony upon testimony, time and time again, the reminders of God’s faithfulness and love for us. And this confirmation was found again in our baby. The day before I gave birth I prayed: “but Lord,...

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Waiting, waiting and more waiting

Posted by on April 16, 2021, 2:30 PM in Caressa

Waiting, one of the things we’re all doing at the moment. We’re waiting for the world to open up again, we’re waiting to see friends and family again – in a way that we’re ‘used to’, we wait to travel and wait to go out and see the world. And me? Well, I’m still waiting for our little one to make his entry. Today is the day I’ve reached 40 weeks, full term as the doctors would say. The baby is ready. But out of experience, I know that it can take quite a while longer. Worst case scenario, it’ll be 12 more days. And I am so done. I miss it to sit on the floor, to be able to play with the older two. I miss it to leave the house without considering where the closest toilet might be, because well you know, 5 minutes is about the max that I can go without. I enjoy the movements in my belly, but I miss it to sit comfortably on the couch, without cut off nerves or well, a constant water melon laying on your lap. Last week I came across the following Bible verse: “Be completely humble, and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”...

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Prayer works.

Posted by on April 9, 2021, 1:59 PM in Caressa

Some of our good friends have been abroad for a while now, they left in the beginning of January. Right before leaving, they put their car up for sale, which has been at her parents in the meantime. The parents are out and about for a while now as well, so, we were asked to babysit the car. And in case a buyer would be interested, that we preferably would sell the car. You have to know that we’re not talking about a fancy sports car, but a simple –ugly- little red car. Standing there, on our doorstep. At some point last week, just passing by the car, I asked God if He just could make sure that this –ugly- car would get sold, so that I didn’t have to look at it anymore. The next day, Rein gets a message that someone is interested. And yesterday, these people came by. And the car? Sold! Hurray! While this is a fun story, this week wasn’t all that glamorous. Something I prayed much harder for, much more serious as well, didn’t happen. Not the result that I was hoping for. But still I believe that prayer works. Because I know, that it’s not because I didn’t pray hard enough, or...

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