Wednesday, March 31, 2010

This and That

I had originally planned on taking pictures every day of the first week we were in Brazil, and blog about them, but it just didn't get done! We did take some pictures though, and I thought you'd like to see some of them.

We have been told that there are basically two seasons where we live in Brazil: hot and wet, and hot and dry. We are now at the end of the hot and wet season. It rains pretty much every afternoon, and we are VERY thankful when it does. It is amazing how a few clouds and a little bit of rain cools everything down so nicely! The second week we were here it didn't rain much, the temperatures were in the high 90's to low 100's at bed time!

When we arrived at our house the first day our front yard was flooded.
Jeremy and Jed Duarte made a hole under our gate to let the water run out.
My new washing machine! Lawanda Duarte had to translate it for me. I was kind of surprised to see how long it took to go through a cycle.

Most brazilians don't have dryers, and I was definitely willing to not have one as well, but I still prayed that the Lord would provide one for me. I was told that during the rainy season it would be very difficult for me to get my clothes dry on the line. Sometimes ladies have to put their clothes out and bring them in from the rain 2 to 3 times a day. With three little ones that like to get dirty everyday, I would be spending most of my days doing laundry. The Lord, through very specific means, provided a dryer for us. Although I don't use it every time I wash clothes, it is a blessing to have during the rainy season.

Our washer and dryer. Our neighbor gave us a dog. We named her Pepper. She seems to be a very good guard dog!
Bethany and Allie both enjoy helping me sweep and mop our porch.
Judah is getting settled in pretty quickly!
The Lord really helped us through the first few days of getting adjusted to a new home. Although we know that life in Brazil is just beginning and harder times are yet to come, God has without a doubt proved Himself faithful to us. Jeremy and I both thought there would be many more tears and hardships the first few days, but God has given us such a peace in knowing that we are exactly where He wants us!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Home Sweet Home!

God gave us a nice little house directly across the street from the church and the Duarte's house. I posted some pictures of it a while ago, if you would like to see some pictures that were taken before it was painted you may go here. These pictures were taken when we first arrived at our house.

The girl's room. Jeremy bought a trundle bed for the girls to sleep on and a lady in the church bought some sheets for them.
Our kitchen.
Another view of the kitchen. The door in the back leads to the laundry area and another bedroom and unfinished bathroom. The door to the right is the girl's bedroom, and along that same wall is the bathroom and our bedroom (of which I forgot to get a picture).
The living room.
The house is small, but just right for us at this stage of our lives. We thank the Lord for giving us exactly what we need!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Final Destination: Cuiaba, Brazil

After a short night of rest (the kids slept about 6 and a half hours, Jeremy and I only got a few minutes) the stewardesses turned the lights on and served breakfast at about 4 am. We ended up having an extra seat on a row of four seats, and the girls were able to stretch out over two seats each. This made for a much more comfortable night.
We arrived in Sao Paulo about 6 am. We had about 6 men pushing carts to transport all of our things through customs and back to check in. We praise the Lord for helping us make a smooth transition through getting our luggage off of the belt and through customs. When we arrived at the counter to recheck our luggage in Jeremy and I looked at each other and asked "Did we just go through customs?" They didn't say a word to us as we walked through. What a blessing!
The line to check in our luggage was extremely long! We thought for sure we would end up missing our flight from Sao Paulo to Cuiaba, which was to leave in less than an hour. The men pushing our carts went through a different area and we ended up in a separate place all by ourselves. It took only a few minutes to get checked in, and we were able to make it just in time to board the airplane.
Looking pretty and perky early in the morning.
Judah enjoyed his early morning nap while we dealt with all the boxes.
Boarded on the airplane and ready to get to our new home! Judah is awake and ready!
Bethany worked on her second breakfast shortly after takeoff.
Juice and a sandwich...yum!
After a few hours of flying we arrived in Cuiaba. Upon arrival we had our hands full trying to get out of the airplane and safely down the stairs with the kids. The captain saw our predicament and offered to carry Judah down the stairs for us, AND he let us take his picture. Allie was pretty excited! During the flight she kept asking to see the captain, and now she was able to meet him!
Finally here! The picture below was taken by the Duartes when we were walking into the airport in Cuiaba.
The following pictures of the kids are pretty interesting. They show how each one responded to the new place.
Judah is curious!
Allie is shy and hiding behind mommy.
Bethany is trying to find something mischievous to do!
We are all here safe and sound with our all of our luggage!
Loading up the truck for home.
The ride home! Quite tuckered out in the back seat!
So thankful for strength, grace, and safety during the flight and over the few days following! God is good!
Next up ...our new home!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Moving Day

March 3 came much quicker than anyone expected! We had a great last visit with my parents and said our sad goodbyes for a while. Then we headed down to Orlando, Fl. We spent the night in a hotel near the airport. The next morning we were ready for an adventure! Especially the kiddos!
Judah crawled around the hotel room exploring new territory.
Bethany ate her yogurt for breakfast.
Grandpa met us in Florida to take us to the airport and drive our van and trailer to NC to be sold.
Arriving at the airport.
Unloading the trailer.
Stacking the boxes high!
Waiting to get out of the van.
...still waiting...
That's about all of the boxes.
The last thankful for those men who stand around with carts just waiting to help!
Out of the van and into the thankful for strollers!!!
Oooh, so thankful for strollers!
Checking in. Each box had to be under 70 pounds or we would be charged extra. We had the all within a pound or two, and none of them were overweight.
Putting the zip-ties on the duffel bags.
All finished checking in and ready to go through security.
The girls riding in their stroller.
Finally, to our destination at the airport. We really didn't have very long to wait after we found where we were supposed to be. We just relaxed and enjoyed taking pictures of the kids!
Silly pictures!

Jeremy grabbed one more burger for us before we were to eat the airplane food for a day.
Waiting in line to get on the airplane. Since we had little kids we were able to board early with all of the business class passengers. I am so thankful they gave us that preference. We definitely needed it!
TAM flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Waiting to fly...
The girls were so excited to be on the airplane!
Judah is just always happy and excitable!
Supper and sleep!
We prayed fervently that the kids would sleep well on the airplane since it was an all night flight, and they did. The flight was about eight and a half hours and they slept about 6 hours. It was about the longest possible that they could sleep. At other times the airplane was taking off and landing and serving supper and breakfast. We had a good trip and we are thankful for God's grace through all of the time of adjustment.