Jan 30, 2008

The beautiful breakfast that Andrew and Makaela made for us...pancakes, vegetarian "pigs in a blanket", and fruit kakobs...
Samantha in front of the lot next to our house where they hold "Carnival" activities...which means as of the last 2 weeks and one more week to come we don't sleep very well, as they party until about 6 in the morning--lots of people and crazy loud music...along with a live band of drummers.
Samantha in front of our house...

This is the English school where we study Portuguese
Samantha's Sunday morning bouquet... Every Sunday morning I take one of the girls for a walk while Andrew and the other girl make a special breakfast (and we provide the bouquet on our return). :) The girls love to gather flowers along the way. There are so many varieties and they flourish like weeds...we find them in the ditches along the roads, cracks in the sidewalks, and on trees.

Our church here in Horizontina--it's only 2 blocks from our house
View from our church window...the house next door was demolished and the view is of another house. If you look closely you can see their washing machine on the back porch. Thanks to the tropical climate, this is very common. Most people don't use dryers, so having the washing machine outside is very practical.

At a local River Sabbath Afternoon
Posing in front of an "animals prohibited in the water" sign --lucky for Theo who detests swimming

Jan 25, 2008

Our friend, Shirley Richter, wrote us this poem before our move to Brazil. Her husband Jay, is the president of the Christian radio station KRQC, in Davenport, Iowa. Andrew was his right hand man while we were there, which will explain the adorable punch line at the end of the poem. Thanks Shirley! :)

Our Prayer

As we send you on your way
To a home far away
We assure you we will pray
For your safety day by day

For no distance can erase
The sweet memories we trace
Of the friendship so true
That we have found in you

We'll thank God for you
As you seek adventures new
And pray that He will guide
And stay close by your side

We will pray for His love
To keep your hearts from above
In all of your trials
You'll face across the miles

Now in case you failed to know
Our feelings deep we will show
For our constant prayer will be
Hurry back to KRQC!!

Shirley Richter

Jan 21, 2008

This is one lucky cow...I'm sure glad that the North Dakota cows don't know how good their cousins have it...
Sitting in paradise--Makaela, Samantha, and Camila

Jan 20, 2008

Autumn and Loda in front of a 100 year old church in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brasil
Overlooking a beach with Junior and Camila

Oyster Traps
First beach we stopped to admire--very quiet and charming