Passionate designers

We (Marloes and Lonneke) are the authors and publishers of the Me and My Big Move workbook. We are moms, friends, cousins and former design colleagues. We are passionate about providing people simple tools and techniques to solve  or talk about problems and to create the bigger picture. As visual thinkers we experience daily in our work that by drawing the conversation with others is much more effective than just talking. 

The power of drawing for kids 

The idea of the workbook years ago when Marloes experienced the impact of life changing events on her kids (5-7 years) multiple times. She discovered the power of drawing, exploring and playing together as powerful tools to talk to her kids and help them to regulate emotions and adjust. She shared the idea of a big move workbook for kids with Lonneke and they started drawing and tested it on friends. We were overwhelmed with interest and decided to give every every child and parent the opportunity to stay connected to their child true life changing events like a big move. We loved our journey of creating this amazing workbook together with teachers, psychologists and experienced moms.

who are we?

Marloes Huijsmans

Age: 40

Lives in: Taipei, Taiwan

Together with: Hubby Ernst, daughter Kaat (7) and son Kees (5)

I was born in: Tilburg, The Netherlands

My favorite place: The beach!

One day I would like to live in: Sydney, Bondi beach

I am a super hero at: Making drawings

I am learning to: Play tennis 

When I feel sad I: Visit the beach and go for a walk, or hug my kids. 

I am happy when: I can draw, play sports or go on adventures with my kids.

My biggest wish: That my drawings can help kids feel strong and confident!


van den  Elshout

Age: 38

Lives in: Seattle, USA

Together with: Hubby Maarten, daughter Julotte (4) and son Thoas (2)

I was born in: Tilburg, The Netherlands

My favorite place: Amsterdam

One day I would like to live in: Tokyo 

I am a super hero at: being a tour guide for our visitors 

I am learning to: make Vlogs

When I feel sad I: I get on my bike and explore or I watch an feel good movie 

I am happy when: When the sun is out or when we go on a trip with our family. 

My biggest wish: That publishing this workbook will help a lot of kids and eventually to give them a great keepsake.

So we are Marloes and Lonneke: cousins, colleagues, teammates, moms and as you can see in this picture of 1988... we really grew up together!

Ever since we skied on that slope, we have been around. We both studied Architecture in Delft and worked as teachers, designers and projectmanagers in the same organisations.

Two years ago, we both moved with our families! But this time it was not to the same neighbourhood or city....not at all! Lonneke moved to Seattle and Marloes to Taiwan. Talking about distance here ;-). But, as two souls are connected, our paths have crossed again. Or we just make them cross! This time we meet online and in a very creative way.

We started our own project: Me and My Big Move, the Workbook.

The start of... 

 Me and My big movworkbook

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