Friday, April 30, 2010

Verses in Portuguese

The girls have been working on some verses and songs in Portuguese. This video is from a couple of weeks ago, and I am finally getting around to posting it. Please excuse the way they look, they had just gotten their baths and were getting ready for bed when we took the video.

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Love

I just thought I'd share a couple of conversations that have occurred in our home recently.

Three nights ago Allie was sitting on my lap while I was combing her long, wet, tangly hair. We were engaged in small talk, probably something to do with hair. Out of the blue Allie says "Mommy, do you know why I tell you I love you so much {meaning so often}?" I say " No, Allie, why do you tell me you love me so much?" Allie says, "Because I just love you SO much!"

Last night Allie and Bethany were all bathed and ready for bed. They were sitting on the one of their beds together snuggled under a blanket and waiting for daddy to come and have Bible and prayer time with them. As they were sitting there they were talking. The conversation went something like this: Bethany said, "Allie, did you know I love you?" Allie said "Did you know that I love you too?" We went to see what they were doing and thought it was so sweet to see them cuddled together. I love it when conversations like this go on in our home. It truly is a blessing of the Lord!

This is how we get them to play together ...lock them in the dog pin! Just kidding! We really don't! They begged and begged to see what it was like inside for a minute.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Laughter

Just thought you'd like to hear a baby laugh for a while. I just hope Jeremy doesn't mind that I put this video on being that he is acting kind of silly too! video

Friday, April 23, 2010

Sickness

One of the most un-fun parts of life...sickness. I've been pretty sick for a couple of weeks now which will explain for the silent blog. I am starting to feel better for most of the day now and as soon as I get my camera recharged, hopefully, we'll be back in business!

Please pray for me though as I still have quite a ways to go before I can operate full force. We have put language school on hold for a couple of weeks for me and are just doing what really needs to get done throughout the day. Which means there's LOTS of catching up to do!

~Esther

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Judah Is 8 Months Old

I know every one probably says this about every child they have, and I say it too. I can't believe how quickly time has passed. My baby Judah is already eight months old!

I think he is the happiest baby I've ever seen. Sometimes he smiles so big I think his face will pop! I'm so thankful that the Lord gave him to us. He is such a precious gift as are all of our children.

He started crawling a few weeks before we moved to Brazil. About a week after we got here he was determined to sit up by himself. The poor guy has suffered some pretty rough bumps and bruises learning how to do some things here, but slowly he is learning how to catch himself a little better when he does fall.

About the time he started sitting up by himself, he also started pulling up by himself. I was encouraged by this, because I was hoping his desire to get around wouldn't be squelched by the ceramic tile flooring!

His first tooth finally arrived the night before Easter. The second one should be here any day now!

Just thought I'd give you a quick update on our sweet little boy. The video below was taken on Easter Sunday for the grandparents, but I thought I'd share it on my blog as well. Please enjoy!

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Easter Sunday

This is a picture of Easter Sunday morning with our new Pastora Alemão (German Shepherd). "Lady Sunshine" is what the girls named her. Bethany really likes to tease her, and these past couple of days Lady Sunshine runs when she sees her coming!
I think they look so sweet in this picture.
Allie's trying to help Judah.
Always love Bethany's silly smiles!
Waiting for everyone to come to church.
Sunday School. This morning both girls learned their verse in Portuguese and said to the teacher. The little girl in green that is sitting next to Bethany has been motivated by Allie to learn her Bible verse and get a sticker each Sunday.
Allie getting help with her craft.
Bethany watching.
Bethany never forgets that she gets a lollipop in Sunday school. This week the teacher made Allie and Bethany "pirulito" (lollipop in portugues) in order to get theirs, and all of the brazilian kids had to say "lollipop" in order to get theirs.
We had a wonderful Resurrection Sunday! We are overwhelmed with gratefulness to our risen Lord for His strength and power in our lives!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sunday School

The highlight of the week for Allie and Bethany is Sunday School. They love it! They still don't understand what is being said and taught, but they enjoy being around the other kids. They have made friends of some of the other little girls in church, and love to run and play with them.

Their first Sunday school lesson was on Jesus calling His disciple to be "Fishers of Men". At the end of the lesson each child was to tell the teacher a way they could tell others about Jesus or invite someone to church. After they did they could go "fishing".
Here Lawanda is telling Allie what the lesson was about and letting her go fishing.
There's Bethany's fish!
This little girl sat next to Bethany for a long time rubbing her white skin and touching her hair. Bethany didn't seem to notice.
Jeremy and Judah enjoyed Sunday School as well.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Out To Town

A few days after we arrived in Brazil we had to go register with the police. We had to get finger printed and fill out a bunch of paper work. After that we decided to make a quick stop to part of downtown Cuiaba. There are several little shops to walk around and look at. On this particular day they were giving some of the local people a chance to set up booths and sell things that they had made.

While we were looking around a college student stopped us and wanted to ask Jeremy some survey questions. Mostly about what he thought about the "feira" and about the women being able to stay home and make homemade items to sell. It seemed kind of like a craft show to me.
Allie enjoyed looking around at all of the interesting things as well.
After we were done looking at all of the booths we bought some great fresh squeezed orange juice for about 50 cents from one of the booths and sat down on a bench to enjoy!

Later that evening we had to do some grocery shopping. Jeremy drove the Duarte's truck for the first time in Brazil. It was quite an interesting ride as traffic here is quite different than what we are used to in the States!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Welcome To Brazil!

When the Lord called us to Brazil, He led us specifically to work under and learn from the Duarte family. They are now planting the Remnant Baptist Church in a neighborhood of Cuiaba, Mato Grosso, Brazil. We are so thankful for the time and effort they devoted to us before we came and since we have been here. They have taken us in like family and showed us how to do things, where and how to buy our food, etc... They have helped us probably more than we'll ever know!

It is their church that we plan to help until we get more established. The people of the church had a surprise welcoming service for us on the first Saturday night we were there. Many people gave us gifts and gave testimonies welcoming us to Brazil. We are so thankful for the people the Lord has put in this church. We pray that we will be as much of a blessing to them as they are to us!

We were asked to come to the front of the church after the service was over. Since everyone spoke in Portuguese we didn't have any idea of what was going on. Lawanda Duarte was translating for us what Pastor Antonio and others were saying by way of testimony.
One of the men of the church, Adilson, giving a testimony.
His wife, Lucimar and daughter Camilly, gave us a gift.
A beautiful handmade rug for our floor.
Athays made a pretty flower with which we can decorate our house.
Some of the other ladies of the church gave us small kitchen items. In the picture below I am holding a cake plate. Someone gave us a pretty bowl to match our kitchen, a soap holder for our sink, a silverware holder and a few other necessities! We are so thankful for the giving spirit of the people of the church.
And last, but not least ...one of the teenage boys in the church made this yummy cake for us all to enjoy! It displays the brazilian flag, made from dyed coconut. I think this picture is funny ...it looks like Judah is thinking "Hey, let me see what that tastes like!" Poor little guy didn't even get a bite.
We had a great evening of fellowship after the service, and we are so thankful for the way the Lord led us here!

More of This and That

The first week we were in Brazil we had to order furniture. The houses don't come with kitchen cabinets ...when you move you take them with you. There are no closets, most people buy wardrobes or dressers. Another thing that many brazilians do is have their table on their porch. Since our house is very small we decided that would be the best thing for us to do.

Below is a picture of the table we bought.
We often take for granted the things you already have at home when you go on your first shopping trip in a different country. Stocking the cupboards takes on a whole new meaning when you have no idea what is in that can or package. I can't always just go to the store and get what I need ...I can't read what it is! When we went shopping I bought a cake mix just for fun. I thought it might be good to have around for a quick dessert. I've thought a couple of times about making it, but I have no idea how to make it. I don't know what the directions say, they are all written in Portuguese.

Every day we are finding something small that we need or should have gotten at the store. There are no yard sales or goodwills here in Brazil. You generally have to buy everything new. We are finding as well that most things are more expensive here that they are in the States.
Since we had to get some cabinets for the kitchen made, we borrowed some metal shelves to use until we got our cabinets.
Since it is so hot and humid here the kids have to take baths every day. I didn't realize how spoiled I was when before I only gave the kids baths every other day. They are all getting used to it though. Judah especially loves to go to bed all clean!