School Is OVER!!!!

It’s official, since yesterday: in Edmonton, the school is over, it is holidays youpie! Our kids had a blessed school year.

The system here suits them so much. After our return from Burkina Faso in 2010, Daniel and Michael had continued their studies in Dutch in Belgium. Despite these two-year break with English, they impressed us with their good results. Each received a big congratulation from their schools for their efforts. We are proud of them!

The big surprise is our two miracles: Nema and Dara. They started grade 3 in September 2013 with the kindergarten level (they could neither speak, read nor write in English) to reach their current level in all subjects assigned in English. Congratulations girls!

Now, time for well deserved rest! Happy Holidays to ALL!!


Nema and Dara in their class.



Michael at his school.




Daniel + Daddy = Football


Face Tomorrow With A Smile!

I would like to share with you this interesting text I received a month ago from the Women Ministry of my church. It makes me smile…

Is vacuuming on your to-do list this week?
Are you facing this task with a smile?
Maybe these fun facts will help:

• It takes one second to vacuum one
square foot of floor space.

• If you live in the average U.S. home of
2,400 square feet and vacuum once a
week, you will spend 40 minutes each
week and 35 hours a year vacuuming.

• In one year you will vacuum the
equivalent of 3 acres of land.

• It would take you 281 years to vacuum
Central Park in New York City and
33,683 years to vacuum the state of
Ohio. (Time to call in the Merry Maids!)
Do the maths for the size of your home and
the frequency of vacuuming, and you may
find you’re on your way to keeping a
significant part of your city or state clean!

So keep smiling!

Moving… again!!!

A year ago, in this same period, we were packing for our move to Canada, Edmonton. I vividly remember all the stress, insomnia and tiredness during two months!


After one year, we are again in the process of moving, this time to British Columbia, Vancouver Island.  We have never been so relaxed, enjoying the beautiful summer in Edmonton! The reason: our stuff will be packed and unpacked by movers. So, we really feel blessed and we are enormously grateful to God.


A few days ago, we found our home in Vancouver Island. What a relief! Once again, God was faithful. The house is in Shawnigan Lake, a dream location with its lakes, ocean and mountains, the view is breathtaking!

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy!  😉

Warmland Place, 2616


De Vries HomeWP_20140524_005

Thank you to all who think and pray for us. Take care!


Job Titles.

When the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) asked for examples of important-sounding, obscure, and even bizarre job titles, one writer offered hers: Underwater Ceramic Technician. She was a dishwasher at a restaurant. Sometimes, titles are used to make a job sound more important.
When the apostle Paul listed some of God’s gifts to the church in Ephesians 4:11, he did not intend for these to be understood as high-sounding job titles. All the parts of the body are necessary for the body to function properly. No one part is better than another.
What was of primary importance was the purpose of these gifts. They were “for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to . . . the stature of the fullness of Christ” (vv.12-13).
It matters little what title we hold. What is important is that we strengthen the faith of God’s people. When we gauge our effectiveness by the standard that the Bible gives us, it will not matter when we are moved to another role or no longer hold a specific title. Out of love for God, we serve to build up fellow believers, and we let God give His commendation in heaven as He sees fit (Matt. 25:21).
God’s gifts to us are not for us but for others!