This is the Faith Christian School choir in about 1974. These kids, and the ones not in the picture, are an important part of the legacy that is my life. That's me holding the certificate that stated we won the competition that day. I can still name every kid in this picture – our school was ... Read More about Faith Christian School – A Legacy Story
Peonies will always remind me of Mom DeKok and the legacy of love and forgiveness she left me. From the time I was three I wanted to be a wife. I set that as my first personal goal. Really. What I didn't realize was that when a woman marries the man of her dreams, she is also marrying into a ... Read More about Forgiven & Regret-free
In 1974, at 16 years old, I could hardly wait to watch the first episode Happy Days. When Richie Cunningham sang the words, "I found my thrill, on Blueberry Hill . . ." I heard another voice in my memory and knew all the words to a song I thought I'd never heard before. After the show, I asked my ... Read More about Blueberry Hill
One of the first things I noticed about Arie and Laura DeKok was perhaps an ordinary thing, but then again, perhaps not. When Jon’s dad came into the house from the barn, fields, or from walking the fence line, he’d call out, “Hello, Dear!” Wherever she was in the house, Mom would call back, “Hello, ... Read More about Hello, Dear!
Our maternal grandparents didn't have a lot, and saved up for a year to buy my brother and I new winter coats. Grandpa was on disability/social security, and Grandma taught piano lessons for $1 per week per student. There were not a lot of extras for them. We were normal kids, and enjoyed getting ... Read More about Christmas Coats