End of an Era

Jeremy finished his four years at CRTS last Friday!

The words of Psalm 25 express our deep appreciation for the way the Lord has led us: “All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.” We are so thankful that God has walked with us these last four years and has, through the good days and the bad, shown us his love and faithfulness and deepened our love for Him.

It’s kind of hard to believe that our CRTS years are behind us now – though the fact that Jeremy is now gone all day working is making it sink in a little faster!

Here’s the group of men who will be graduating in September. Precariously perched atop the pyramid is Iwan Borst. On the second row is Han Gil Lee, John Boekee (he’s graduating with a Bachelor’s degree) and Jon Chase. And on the bottom row is Hilmer Jagersma, Jake Torenvliet, Jeremy, David Pol and William DenHollander.

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And here’s a group photo of all the seminary students, some of their wives/girlfriends and kids, and some of the professors and clerical staff (Dr. Visscher’s not in the photo because he took this picture).

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After Jeremy’s exam we had a potluck at the seminary. It’s also known as the Zombie Lunch (the result of seven exams in two weeks), though most of the guys were pretty perky this time around. Lots of chatting and eating and convivial joking.

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Speaking of convivial joking . . . perhaps you’ve seen the CRTS Facebook page where they’ve posted each graduating student’s profile? Well, during the potluck Leanne and Dr. Visscher announced that they had, with the assistance of former student Rev. Gerrit Bruintjes, compiled a report on who the most popular student was.

Jake won! (Annika’s a little hard to impress.)

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Hilmer was not in the top four, so he disputed the validity of the report. 😉

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After a busy day of celebrating (potluck, post-potluck gathering, bonfire at night), it was lovely to have a relaxing weekend at home with no papers or exams or anything looming on Jeremy’s horizon.

Yesterday, James finished his second Logic of English book. We didn’t have any balloons, so we celebrated by lighting a candle instead. James was so pleased!!! I took out a compendium of Dr. Seuss stories the other day and James has been practising his reading daily and is very excited to be able to read some actual books.

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Watching the smoke dissipate.

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The weather has finally started getting warmer here! Our tulips and daffodils are beginning to bloom, along with our forsythia bush. The kids have been playing outside a lot, which has been good for all of us.

James flipped Jeremy’s boat over a few weeks ago and the kids have been having endless amounts of fun playing with the (gross) water in it!

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The play set is also getting lots of use. June could swing allllllllllllllllllllllllllll day long!

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Alice has been exploring the backyard, one blade of grass at a time. 🙂

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The other day June announced she was “going to town.” She put on her shoes, put her purse over her shoulder and, “Bye! I’ll be back in a few minutes!” It was one of the first times that she’s totally copied what I do, and I was reminded what a precious thing it is to have a daughter.

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2 thoughts on “End of an Era

  1. jrdeleeuw says:

    Did June get a haircut? Little sweetheart! I love the angle of that photo of her on the swing from below…so sweet! And James just looks so old in the next picture of him on the swing!


    • arenda says:

      Yep, I gave June a haircut. Her hair keeeeeeeeept falling into her eyes all the time, so I did a little bob with bangs. So far, so good. 🙂


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