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Saturday, April 1, 2000
In the afternoon we went to the
Intratuin garden centre
in Enschede to buy some lime and fertilizer for the lawn.
The fresh smell of young plants made me remember going to
the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam. Of course, there was a
section dedicated to eastern with lots of marble eggs. One of
these marble eggs looked so nice, that I decided to buy it.
At one point we also came along an outdoor swing couch/bench
made by a Swedish company called
When we tried it, we were sold. We had been looking for
some kind of swing for Andy, because
we had hear that it could be benificial to children with
the Kabuki Syndrome. After having arrived at home, we decided
to buy it. So, I went back to the shop, but because it was
close to closing time, and some things went wrong, I did
pay for it, but were unable to take it with me.
Monday, April 3, 2000
Today, Li-Xia got the
swing bench, and I spend the whole evening
putting it together. We had to move around some furniture,
and figure out which would be the best place to put it.
Of course, we tried it out. It can swing without making
any noise, and it swings very easy. It seems that lifting
your shoulder is enough to keep it swinging. It is very
relaxing to swing. I hope we will be the first in a new
"swing bench" hype.
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Saturday, April 8, 2000
Recalibrating my visual cortex
Today, I got my
pair of glasses,
and although the strength remained the same, things in the
corner of my glasses looked differently, probably because of
the increased refraction index. This means that my visual cortex
needs to be recalibrated. Luckily, this happens completely
automatic, and only takes about a day.
Saturday, April 15, 2000
Last thursday, my mother became 70.
She was the first to turn 70 among her 11 brothers and sisters.
She was a little disappointed because hardly anybody came to
celebrate her birthday. We knew the reason for this, because
we had organized a surprise party for her. Around one o'clock
one of my sisters went to catch her. She was very surprised
and emotionally touched when she discovered what we had
organized for her. Almost one hunderd people (childeren included)
came to the party, which lasted the whole afternoon.
On the way home, we four times saw a rainbow. Two times a
complete rainbow, and the last of these was a complete double
rainbow, which we observed the last 15 km on the high way.
We were just driving on the border line of the rain. On the
right was the sun shining, on the left it was raining. Really
amazing phenonema. At certain points there were three yellow
bands visible in the primary rainbow. I can't remember having
seen such a beautiful rainbow before. We tried to wake up
Annabel, but she was too deep asleep.
What a pity, that she missed it. Of course, we did not tell
Sunday, April 16, 2000
This morning, I by accident left my pen case in the church.
And because my pen case is also the place where I keep my
bank passes and such, I decided to go back to the church
this evening, knowing that there was a prayer meeting.
And because I felt a little strange walking away immediately,
I decided to stay. It is a prayer meeting where some people
from our church pray for a revival in our church. Although
it was the first time I attended this, I did feel at home
from the start. The prayer time lasted about two hours,
but I would not have hesitated to stay, if they would have
told me, that it would take another two hours. Of course,
we also did some singing and sharing, but most of the time
we prayed. We especially prayed for the young people (that
is below 30 years), sensing that God wants to use them.
There are two ways of doing intercesion. One is some form
of power praying. From the outside it seems quite impressive,
but one thing it does for sure, is draining your energy.
The other form is waiting. You step in the presence of God,
by worshipping, and empty yourself. Then you take your time
and wait for what God will bring to your mind. This way of
praying for sure does not drain your energy, no just the
opposite, it fills you. So, it does not make your tired at
all. That is why I felt that these two hours were not too
Now I am quite sure that it was far from accidential that I forgot
my pen case in the morning.
Eastern Sunday, April 23, 2000
Movie about the life of Jesus
Because of Eastern, movies about the life of Jesus are shown
on television. Yesterday evening, part of such a movie
was shown on Dutch television, and today the second part
was shown. I always watch these kinds of movies with mixed
feelings. To what degree are they correct to what is written
in the Holy Bible? But what is even more important: Is the
image that is given about Jesus correct? It is not the physical
appearance that I am worried about, but how His character and
attitude are depicted. Some movies show him as a political
figure, as a kind of liberation fighter. Others show him
as a idealist, who was killed in the end. These movies usually
end with the crusification. Some depict Him as being anti-hero,
who only by accident was given the role that we now ascribe to
him. There are even movies that depict Him as being mentally ill.
But even, if a movie does not any of the above. Then still there
are otherthings. Is He depicted as serious, easy-going, doubtful?
Of course, this raises the question: What kind of person was He
really? Can we answer such a question from the scriptures?
(Many people dare to even think about these questions, afraid
that they are to get a wrong picture of Him.)
But before I wander off too much. The movie I saw, did depicted
Jesus as a man with emotions, sometimes doubting, but also
going round smiling, especially when He performed a miracle.
I found this a refreshing interpretation. As if He was living in
another reality, where things impossible for us were normal
for Him. On other hand, it did not once show praying in the
early morning, as He used to do.
One thing became clear to me. If you would want to make a
movie that would retell all the stories from the Bible, that
would have to be a 10 hour movie at least.
We went to the Intratuin
in Enschede again. This time, just to look for
some plants. After having looked around for some time, we bought two
plants with the following names: Azalea japonica 'Schneeglanz'
and Spiraea nipponica 'Snowmound'. After we came home, I planted
them in our front garden.
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