Friday, July 23, 2010

The Gospel Train

I guess you could say I blog more for the grandparent's sake. I usually put the videos on here for them.

Allie had a song stuck in her head that she learned in preschool, and she has been singing it over and over. We usually sing it 'traveling' around the house holding on to each other's backs. And usually there is a baby doll or two in between us all and Judah laughs. This time it's just Allie. Jeremy caught her on video doing a beautiful job singing while coloring! She didn't even know we were video taping her. I love it--hopefully you will too!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Park Fun

A couple of days after we got our new van we wanted to take our kids for a ride--they always get so excited when we go places. So we loaded up and went a few miles away to a restaurant/store called Sinuelo. They have a small zoo there with the most interesting of animals being the spider monkeys. The girls loved to watch the monkeys, and their different personalities were humorous.

After looking at the zoo we went and played at the little playground they had. The kids had fun getting some energy out!

Monday, July 12, 2010


A couple of weeks ago I posted this video of the girls saying their Sunday school Bible verse in portuguese. Each week they have added a new fruit of the spirit from Galatians 5:22, and the words, so far, haven't gotten any easier. On Sunday morning, Jeremy took a video of the girls saying their verses. I couldn't resist putting them on the blog.


A couple times each week Jeremy visits our local meat shop. It is about a five minute walk from our house. He has been doing this for about 3 months. He usually picks up the meat that we need for the week--ground beef, roast, bifes, or whatever is on the menu. Since he has been frequenting this local meat store Jeremy has become very acquainted with the owner and his wife.

Last Wednesday they invited themselves over to our house and brought all of the fixin's for churrasco (brazilian barbeque). She came over about 10:30 and took over the kitchen (which was fine with me--she had just the right personality to do so and feel comfortable!). She made some rice, salad, and homemade salad dressing.

Jeremy set the table.
We invited Jed over to help with understanding and translating. He also did a great job grilling the meat. They brought some "picanha" over to grill out for us. Brazilians consider this cut of meat to be the best part of the steer (even better than filet mignon) because of the flavor. I just learned on Wikipedia, though, that in America it is divided among other cuts of meat. It is part of the top sirloin. Interesting.

The meat on our make-shift grill.
Jeremy and Isabel deep in conversation.
The salads and dressing that she made.
The girls took their chairs out to our front yard where Jed was grilling and watched him for a while.
Such pretty little ladies.
The meat is almost done! Yum!
Her husband wasn't able to come until it was time to eat. He was tending to his store.
Jeremy and Juariz
Juariz and Isabel.
Jed is ready to eat!
Isabel and Judah. Judah missed out on almost all of the festivities and woke up from his nap at the very end...just in time to say goodbye!
We had a good time talking and getting to know them. We are praying that the Lord will give us influence in the town where we live and it seems like He is giving us favor with many people in town. This couple are Jehovah's Witnesses, but don't seem to be completely devout in their faithfulness to it. I think they come and go. Please pray that we will have good opportunities to share the gospel with this couple.

Juariz is also a police officer--he captures and locks up corrupt police officers. He has invited Jeremy and Jed to go with him on Wednesday to see his place of work and show him around. Jeremy is very excited about this opportunity. Please pray for wisdom and prudence in dealing with him and for their salvation. Wouldn't it be great to see this couple come to Christ!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Seven Wonderful Years With the Man of My Dreams!

Yesterday, Jeremy and I celebrated our 7th anniversary. I am so thankful for such a wonderful husband! I looked through our pictures and found some of us throughout these seven years (couldn't find a good one for year 2007, though, I need to look some more!). Just thought I'd post some of them here!

Fall 2003
Spring 2004

Fall 2004

Spring 2005

Summer 2005

Summer 2006

Spring 2008

Fall 2008

Spring 2009

Spring 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

Pecan Chocolate Chip Pie Recipe

A downhome recipe that my wonderful mom has made for as long as I can remember! Just a little twist on a typical Pecan Pie. Jeremy really likes this pie, and he generally doesn't like pies (he is more of the cookie and candy type). I well remember her bringing it to church gatherings and having none to bring home. I made it for our Fourth of July celebration, and I thought I'd share the recipe with you.

Pecan Chocolate Chip Pie

2 pie shells, uncooked
1 cup chopped pecans
6 oz. chocolate chips
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup butter, melted

Divide pecans and chocolate chips between the pie shells. Mix eggs, sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Divide between pies. Bake on cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. May be refrigerated.

Independence Day Celebration

Last Monday was the day we celebrated the Fourth of July with all of the American missionaries in our area. It was a busy day and very exciting. We started it out with getting our new (to us) van! This is a very exciting milestone for us. We have been looking and hoping for just the right vehicle for a couple of months, and last week the Lord led us to get this van.

It is kind of a Brazilian version of a mini van--just a little bit more 'mini'! It seats seven passengers, but the two seats in the back are more like 'jump seats'--pretty small. They can also fold up into the floor to give us more trunk space which will be very appreciated at grocery shopping time!
(the van)
(the parking place for our van--we want to keep it sheltered from the extreme sun, so we park on the porch)

Judah's all dressed and ready to go to our Fourth of July party!
We loaded up our new van on Monday evening and set out for the party. We were all invited out to Peter and Zirlene Doolittle's house for the celebration. They run the camp that everyone attends during the year, so they had lots of space for the fun.
Bethany is obviously enjoying her meal.
Jeremy just a little thirsty!
Jed and Janalee Duarte
Alex and Chico
Missionaries John and Joyce Rhael talking with Zirlene.
Shari Pinto and Isabella
Bethany enjoying a roasted marshmallow
Allie enjoyed hers too!
The 'lighting' of the desserts! We sang "God Bless America" as we watched the sparklers.
Judah looking for some mischief!
Kevin, Jeremy, and Allie roasting marshmallows.
Lawanda, Jed, and Jenifer ready to light the desserts.
Judah and I.
Jeremy and I.
Allie is ready to dive into her cupcake!
Stanley Doolittle, Bethany, Allie, Judah, and Janalee
Our sweet Allie!
Sorry some of the pictures were a little out of order, but I was having a hard time getting them loaded (part of the reason why this wasn't up two days ago!). I just gave up and let them be out of order!

We had a great time of fellowship with the other missionaries as always. We enjoyed an All-American meal of Hamburgers(Lawanda made some really yummy homemade sesame seed hamburger buns, they looked American!), hotdogs, potato salad, baked beans, and LOTS of yummy desserts! Jed brought some fireworks and did a great job with them! The kids enjoyed playing with other kids around their age that understood English! Everyone had just a little too much sugar! AND, thanks to Jed riding with us in our van, we made it home without getting lost!

I know over the next few months we will have lots and lots of interesting adventures with our new van. We don't know our way around the city all looks the same to us! I haven't driven yet, but Jeremy says he feels like he's playing a game of Frogger (you know that old Atari game) except with real people...everywhere. You have to dodge the bicycles, motorcycles, and the people on foot, not to mention the other people driving cars. Everyone watches out for themselves and seldom follow the laws. Motorcycles are especially bad as they scurry around everywhere and anywhere and come from nowhere just when you want to turn! Definitely an adventure!

Thanks for reading our blog...hope you all had a good Independence day!