Monday, March 5, 2018

Felipe Started Seminary

Last week Felipe began a seminary course here in Brazil.  
He spent one week away from home participating in a week of intense classes at the seminary.  Felipe will now study from home, complete tests and assignments online, and once a month he must participate in a day of classes.  He also will have a week of intense classes, like he did last week, every six months. 

After three years of this seminary program, Felipe will earn a Bachelor´s degree in Bible and Theology.

Felipe chose this seminary program so he can study from home while still having classes every once in a while.  He also can still continue to work and serve in missions, at Casa Semear, while working towards his seminary degree. 

Here is a look at Felipe´s first week of seminary. 
(He quickly became the official photographer for the week!)
Group photo taken after the first class.

Felipe put together this video of his first week of seminary.

 The final night of the week, the class of fifty went out for pizza!
Felipe capturing the moment.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

We Love Life in São Paulo!

This space has been more quiet during the last months. Life has been busy and I am finding myself less and less behind my computer screen and more and more hands-on with my family.

We returned home to São Paulo on January 1st,
and we are adjusting back to life in Brazil!

We have spent the last few weeks reconnecting with family, friends, and our church. We have also been doing tons of practical things in order to get reinstalled back into "life as usual" in Brazil.

We were surprisingly greeted with a some reverse culture shock along the way.  Things take longer in Brazil than in the USA, and we are still getting used to the many delays here.  But overall, it is wonderful to be home again! 

Sophia returned back to her beloved school, and now we are beginning a busy season.

  Soon we will be hosting a family visiting from the USA (who are considering joining Action International),  we are attending the ACTION Brazil national retreat, Casa Semear will be officially starting in February (after a Brazilian summer break), and we will be moving to a new house too! 

We are going to be SUPER busy in the coming weeks, so please pray for us during all the special activities and changes! 

We are so happy to be back where the Lord has called us and planted us.  
We love life in São Paulo!

Below are a few fun photos we've snapped in recent weeks!
We saw monkeys one morning during a walk with some friends!

Açaí to celebrate our arrival in Brazil!

We went to the beach for a morning and had fun in the sun!  We live just a quick hour and half from the beach so it's easy to make a day trip there.
Jumping on our trampoline!
Playing at a nearby splash pad!

Here is the view from our small back veranda area.  We call it our beloved "tiny piece of sky." 

It's the summer kite season in Brazil. Everywhere you look there are people flying kites!

This is the entrance to our future home! We had fun looking at houses as a family. 

A shot of our current tiny living room.  Here's the guys enjoying playing video games! 

Celebrating Aunt Renata's birthday!
Sophia got to ride a pony at a friend's birthday party!

Josiah playing with balls on the trampoline!

This past week has been extremely HOT!  The kids had fun playing with water and Felipe had fun taking photos.

We are happy to be home!

Friday, December 22, 2017

December 19, 2017 ~ Our Day in Photos

Since we began living at my mom and dad's house in August, I have thought many times about capturing a little bit of our daily life through photos. We decided to take photos of our day this past Tuesday and make a "Day in Photos" post to document a little bit of our lives while here in the USA.  We hope you enjoy seeing snapshots of our day!

I woke up before everyone, early enough to have some quiet time to myself to pray, read the Bible, and read this awesome book, and all by the Christmas tree!

Sophia is dressed and ready for school. A before school photo by the Christmas tree.  Can you see my sister's cat climbing the tree?  Sophia wanted to get a photo with him climbing behind her.

I spent part of my morning working on our finances, plugging in numbers and keeping our expenses recorded.

Jessie did some reading and educational activities during the morning hours.

Josiah spent his morning playing around, and getting into things, which is typical of Josiah now.  He is tall enough to reach counters and table tops and open drawers, and he gets into everything!  We have to keep our eyes on him. 

I went to eat lunch with Sophia at her elementary school!

 Santa and Mrs. Claus just happened to drop by the lunch room for a visit too!

Sophia organizing a special treat for her class at the end of lunch.

She also shared some brownies with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  It was so sweet of her!

Meanwhile at home, Felipe was giving lunch to Josiah and Jessie, then Jessie caught the bus for school.

 Back at Sophia's school, I participated in a writing celebration in Sophia's class.  A lot of other parents came in for the celebration too.  Sophia wrote an informational book about owls,

Josiah had some outdoor playtime with Daddy!

And then some indoor time hanging out.  Felipe and Josiah were watching a service from our church back home in Brazil.  We are excited to return to Calvary in Sao Paulo soon! 

After getting home from Sophia's school, Felipe and I went out to run some errands.  Felipe and I took turns going into various places, while Josiah napped in his car seat. 

After running errands for about 2 hours, we rushed home just in time for the bus to arrive. 

Josiah greets the girls each day with a hug!  He is always happy when they get home from school!

Felipe helped my dad take the trash to the dump. 

 Sophia doing her daily reading and homework assignment.

Snuggle time!

And dinner time!

To end our day we went to my newphews' band concert.

We are in a busy season now, preparing for our return to Brazil.  We are thankful for this special time in the USA, but we are looking forward to going home. In just nine days we travel to Brazil!