Today is a multiple joyful day. It is a great #ThrowbackThursday. It is a day of many memories.


For my international friends who are not so familiar with the Netherlands, I will try to explain in brief what we are celebrating today. Today His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, esquire of Amsberg celebrates his birthday. We also call the royal family the oranges. This is the reason why everything in the Netherlands turns orange as with soccer. So we cannot be recognized in the world by our red-white-blue flag, but by the color orange.


In 2012, I had just finished my studies. On Friday, April 27, 2012, I moved to Roermond. Back then there was no King's Day on April 27, but we still had Queen's Day then on April 30. Because Monday, April 30, 2012 was a day off, I chose to move on the Friday before. Then I could use the long weekend to furnish my house. Now 11 years later, I realize how blessed I am to have been given this opportunity. Also, I now live in the same house for the longest time.

Hours of Prayer

Third, I am thankful for the anniversary of the Tides Prayer App. Launched on April 27, 2015, it is now celebrating its eighth anniversary. It has helped many people start praying, and boosted vocation with Kerk en IT.

So today has every reason to be grateful.

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