Saturday, July 21, 2012

Jesus loves me, this I know...

I know Judah has been the center of the blog lately, but I came across this video tonight and thought he was so cute!  This video was taken about a month ago, Judah is growing up so fast!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Judah's Surgery

Judah's surgery went really well a couple of weeks ago, and now I'm finally getting around to posting pictures of our day!

We got up early in the morning and headed off to the hospital.  Judah wasn't quite awake yet...

Judah and Jeremy head into the hospital.

We checked him in and Judah got his bracelet.  And then the waiting started.  The surgery was supposed to start at 8:00, but as we were sitting in the waiting room we saw the surgeon walk in just a few minutes after 8:00.  We waited for about an hour and noticed another little boy with his mother sitting close by and asked if he was to have surgery too.  We found out that he was scheduled with the same surgeon at 9:00--it was already a little past 9:00.  Shortly there after we were called back.

Jeremy ended up going back into the room with him for the surgery since he is a little more advanced in Portuguese than I am.  

Judah obeyed perfectly.

Jeremy had to dress in the doctor's gear.  During the surgery the doctor called him in the room to show him the cut and explain everything he was doing.

Judah with his gas mask.

After the surgery he was put in a regular room for a few hours.  Here he is before he really started waking up.

Shortly after he woke up he was starving.  They brought him some beans and rice, which he gobbled up pretty quickly, then came the pudding... with sprinkles.

And here we are on the couch just passing some time.

Judah preferred drinking out of the hospital cup rather than his sippy cup.

Passing some more time...

Finally, the doctor came in, gave us some simple instructions, and we were off.

Once again we are blessed to have had a great experience at this hospital.  Judah has recovered well, and at his follow-up appointment the surgeon said that it looked as if everything went well.   

And just in case you're curious what the hospital looks is a stock photo of the hospital that we go to for any problems that we have.  There are several private hospitals in our city, but this one just seems to be the one for us.  

Sadly, many are left with no option but to use the public health care system, which, in our experience is a big mess.  We have been truly blessed with God's provision to be able to use a good private hospital!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thanks for praying!

Thank you so much for your prayers for Judah.  The surgery went well, and now he is at home resting.  Hopefully, I'll be able to share some pictures in the next couple of days!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Surgery for Judah

Please pray for Judah.  Tomorrow morning he will have an outpatient surgery.  After he was born one of his testicles didn't drop, and the doctor is going in to correct this.  

 It's a minor surgery, so just pray that there are no complications.  Oh, and pray for his mommy too, she has a few butterflies in her tummy... none of her kids have ever had surgery before.  ☺

Story Time

Part of the reason for lack of blog posts is that my pictures are in great disarray.  Our camera card reader died, then we had computer troubles, then I got busy... not a good combination for picture organization on the computer!

Anyway, I was browsing the pictures on my camera card and came across this one.  I just had to share it.  It's a couple of months old, but thought it was great!  We were babysitting while Omar and Tracy went on a date.  All the kids asked for story time with Jeremy.  He kept them mesmerized for quite a while!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

101 uses for an old tic tac box

Okay, so I'm not actually going to give you 101 uses for an old tic tac box, but Bethany could!  Someone gave her a box of Tic Tac's, she gobbled them up, and I think she was more excited about the neat-o box than the candy!

She was just having so much fun drinking out of the Tic Tac box that I just had to share her cuteness with you all!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Incredible Edibles

We received a package a couple of weeks ago from a friend in Canada.  It was "chock full"of all kinds of goodies!  One thing the kids have really enjoyed from the package is the Lego candy she sent.  They are super cute!  You can really connect them just like real Legos, and then comes the best part--eating them!  Pure sugar! ☺

I wrote the above paragraph and then started thinking, wait, maybe these are "old hat" to all of you that live in America.  Ha!☺  In any case, we're enjoying them!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Family Camp 2012

Family camp was way back in February, but I still wanted to share some of the pictures that I took during the week.

Missionary Peter Doolittle hosts the camp for a week every year during the week of Carnival.  During that week there is lots of partying, drinking, and lewd activities that go on in certain areas of the city, and it is refreshing to be able to get away from that into the "country" for a week of rest.

Here are some snap shots of our week:

Allie and Bethany met a veteran missionary daughter, Leah, who speaks English.  She is married and grown now and still comes to camp.  She was so sweet to make time for them and pay attention to them.  The girls loved it when she let them hold her 3 month old baby!

Allie is trying so hard to make friends here in Brazil even though there is still a language barrier.  She really enjoyed playing with this little girl that was her age, Suzana.

One of the highlights of camp is the zip-line.  This year Allie mustered up enough courage to go down all by herself!  Below is a picture of her with Pastor Lorival, he just had finished "putting the gear" on her.

Here she is about to go "flying".  She did great!

Bethany went down the zip-line with Leah and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Jeremy standing at the bottom of the zip-line deck watching Allie get geared up.

A favorite for my kids during the week was the "Sunday School" classes each morning.
 Judah, Bethany, and Johnathan Schrock were in the same class.  

Judah was being such a silly boy.  I told him to smile, and he just kept "eating" his hand. 

Allie doing some coloring in her class.

Jeremy taught the young teenage boys for the week, and at the end of the week one of the boys came to him concerning doubts about his salvation.  Jeremy was able to talk with him about it and the boy went away knowing he was saved!

I helped out with the young teenage girl's class.

Missionary Peter Doolittle giving announcements one morning.

The food was wonderful!

The pigs enjoyed picking out the soggy scraps from the place where the dish water drains.  The kids enjoyed watching them.

The special speaker for the week was Pastor Marcelo from Goiania.  His preaching was excellent!

We really had an enjoyable week.  The kids still talk about how much fun it was and when they can go back!

Sunday Afternoons

So, some of you might be wondering, "What do missionary kids do for fun on Sunday afternoons?"

Well, they build Lego towers on their toes, of course!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

long time no see

Two Sundays ago was our TWO YEAR anniversary since arriving in Brazil.  I can't believe I just wrote that!  So much has happened in these last two years, and even these past four years since I left my "home" in North Carolina and started traveling on deputation.  It is amazing to see the different ways God has worked in my life.

Last year around our one year anniversary I wrote about 10 different posts about it and didn't publish a single one of them.  That was when I *thought* I was seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel ended up being a lot longer than it looked.

I'm so thankful for the things God has taught us throughout this year.  Things that could never be explained in a blog post-- it has definitely been a year of growth!

So, you may wonder what is going on these days in the Lockhart home since blogging obviously has not been a priority in these past few months!

-faithfully teaches a Bible study on Tuesday evenings to some of the young people in church.
-teaches a kids Sunday school class each Sunday morning.
-helps me much around the house and with the kids to give me some Portuguese study time.
-preaches on occasion.
-treated me like royalty on our date the other night. 

-I think I may save the things that I'm doing now for another post.  After all, that is the reason that most women have blogs nowadays, right?  We want to tell the world what we're doing.  

-Is in the middle of first grade and she has a love/hate relationship with it.  Hates doing school while Bethany and Judah are playing.  Hates seatwork.  Cries bitterly when she gets anything less than an A+ on a test.  Loves reading.  Loves her Abeka academy teachers.  Loves the kids in her "class" (although they are probably actually 10 years older than she is. )
-She has officially become a book worm.  Sitting for looong periods of time engrossed in her book.
-Loves anyone that speaks English.
-Loves anyone that is her age.
-Lost her first tooth a couple of months ago and had to go to the dentist on Wednesday to get two teeth pulled and will get another one pulled on Monday.  Poor girl has her mother's teeth. )

-Wakes up way too early in the morning, but always with a super big smile!
-Loves being "mommy" to anything/anyone that will let her and is usually the one telling everyone what to do.
-Everything is big and exaggerated for her.
-She is working her way rather slowly through K-4.
-Loves helping me in the kitchen.
-Loves being the silliest and the center of attention!
-Is without a doubt a mommy's girl.

-Is potty training himself!!!!
-Has three mommies  (really, sometimes he'll call "mommy" and I'll come running only to find out he was talking/playing with Bethany!  She has him trained).
-Loves to cuddle when he wakes up in the morning.
-Anything that is not on the ground is meant to be jumped from, and sometimes jumping is preferred over walking to get from one place to the other.
-Loves anything "ball", "car", "block", or "tool" related.
-Always has a bigger smile when he is dirty; hence, he is a very happy boy!

Other tidbits:
-The water company is on strike so water is scarce around here.  I am in extreme conservation mode telling the kids whatever you do, DO NOT flush the potty {in one flush it uses up enough water to take a complete shower (albeit a very quick shower), and we only flush a couple times a day.  I know--it's gross} so if you're coming for a visit let me know so I can clean my potty ahead of time. 
-We finally are getting an official title for our house.  It's a long, complicated story, but I'm thankful for the way the LORD has worked things out, and for honest people!
-Carnival (Brazilian Mardi Gras) has recently ended, and we spent a week at camp.  We had a wonderful time of fellowship and getting to know more Christians in the area.  I took lots of pictures that I would love to share sometime.

That will have to do for now.  I "plan" to be back soon.  I'm just assuming you all want to know what my life has been like and what has been on my to do list these past weeks, so I plan to tell you about them.  Soon.

Saturday, January 28, 2012


Last month we had some family pictures taken.  I shared them on Facebook, but hadn't put them all up here yet.  Our missionary friend, Omar, took them, and of course we were pleased with the results!

Bethany-age 4
Allie-age 6
Judah-age 2