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The Amazing, Invisible, Sheep!

by Toiny Westberry 23 July 2014
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A couple of weeks (months?) ago I read, on the front page of our local paper, that the Schäferbier was brewed, bottled & ready for the Schäferlauf.  Now, Schäfer = sheep.  Bier is obvious & lauf = walk.  I quickly deduced that the sheep beer was ready for the sheep walk, but what was a […]

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A Last Goodbye

by Toiny Westberry 25 June 2014
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Last Tuesday, after a long day at Beekse Bergen, we deep into an epic Magic (the Gathering) battle in our rented bungalow just outside of Den Bosch, when my phone rang.  I didn’t have to answer to know it was my mom.  I didn’t have to answer to know my Tante Lia had passed away, […]

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My Fancy Futuristic Car

by Toiny Westberry 24 May 2014

Ever have a week, really a month, where everything goes wrong?  Yep.  That was me the last several weeks.  Thankfully it was not people-wrong, but mechanical-wrong. It started with the The Big, Red, Intimating, not-out-of-order Machine, it went out-of-order. Our hot water supply went to nil, our showers came to an end and the house […]

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Going Full American

by Toiny Westberry 17 May 2014

I know the photo is a little soft, but it is my favorite of Dane on his birthday this week.  It is just so him.  He finally, at age 7, has his first wiggly tooth and in this photo you can still see the precious baby teeth peeking out. His hair is poking out in […]

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Squeal-y, Hug-y and Happy

by Toiny Westberry 26 April 2014
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If you ask Tess what was the best part of our whirlwind trip back to the states; the answer is one word: “Becca!” The dynamic duo was reunited and their unbridled joy at seeing each other had all of us, at least us mommies, in tears.  I could feel waves of warm happiness radiating out from them. The air literally quivered […]

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My Kids

by Toiny Westberry 23 April 2014
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I am a photo junkie.  It is a rare occasion that I leave my camera tucked away in its padded little bag. I love reminders of my happy  moments.  I really love photographic reminders of my happy  moments.  Thankfully my kids are great sports and almost always indulge my need to snap their picture. That does […]

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My Beautiful Boy

by Toiny Westberry 19 April 2014
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This past week we faced the worst turbulence ever, 18+ hours of travel, 3 trains, 2 planes, a subway and a bus to spend four days in the states with our beautiful boy.  Then we turned right around and did it again.  I am a travel bug.  I love to travel, but I do not recommend […]

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Eigenwijs

by Toiny Westberry 26 March 2014
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Do you know what is worse than going to the funeral of my beloved Aunt? Going to see Oma the next day. The minute she saw us, she started to cry. It literally broke my heart into pieces and I dropped on the floor and just held her. Her head on mine, her body shaking […]

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Tante Marianne

by Toiny Westberry 19 March 2014
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There is sunshine and light and laughter in every one of my days.  Even my dark days.  On the days when life has me down, things are not going my way, when I just need to cry. There are always my kids (and sometimes other peoples kids) and they always manage to put a smile […]

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The Golden Child

by Toiny Westberry 12 March 2014
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I just put the Golden Child on a plane.  My heart hurts.  I hate this part of living here.  We did have an absolutely wonderful visit, filled with gorgeous weather, lots of laughter, some yelling, sibling rivalry and amazing amounts of shopping.  Not so much me, but Soren.  He has inherited a love of shopping from his Oma […]

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