About Derek & Dylan Taatjes.

On April 14, 2011 Derek Taatjes and his infant son, Dylan James, passed away in a tragic house ­fire, leaving behind Charity, mother and wife of 11 years, Ella (age 4) and Johanna (age 3). Additionally, the ­fire that took Derek and Dylan also ravaged the family’s home. In their time as a family of five, the Taatjes’ have left a lasting impact on their community, neighbors, friends, and...
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roots and home…

So my travels have come to an end.  The girls will probably forever be road warriors.  Their speedometer has tracked a lot of miles the last two months.  Overall, our travels have been a needed coping mechanism and also a great time of being with loved ones, many hours of reflection, and lots of mixed emotions.  They also have been very difficult in there own way as well. At times the girls...
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taatjes girls headed to the east coast

heading out of town…so the girls and i are heading east to visit with my family and some friends. we are going to be gone for 2 weeks. during this time i am taking a planned media break. so i will not be checking or responding to facebook, emails, text or phone calls. we just need to unplug and enjoy each moment in the moment. plans include plenty of beach time on the jersey shore; hugging...
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reality…

so this weekend was tough…i think lots of realty hitting home…literally home. being in a our new space is great, but the reality of it all sinks in…the main reality i think i most realized this weekend…is that they are gone FOREVER (well earthly forever)…therefore, I must endure this forever. I think most “tough times” in our lives pass at some point, if...
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Job says he longs for God (Job 23)

Job’s words articulated my heart this morning…   1Then Job answered and said: 2″Today also my complaint is bitter; my hand is heavy on account of my groaning. 3Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat! 4I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments. 5I would know what he would answer me and understand what he would say...
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