6:30 - I was up early sitting in our living room with a nice cup of hot tea having some quiet time before the day started... I have literally taken over Felipe's English Bible this year. It's the first time I have ever read the English Standard Version and I really like it.
I also have been counting all the amazing gifts and blessings in my life since the beginning of the year. I have been so encouraged by doing this! (I got the idea from Ann Voskamp, an amazing writer and woman of God. Check out her blog here and book here.)
7:30 - While Felipe makes the coffee and helps to get breakfast on the table, I like to get Sophia ready in the mornings. I often brush and do her hair here before breakfast.
7:40 - Eating bread with butter and drinking coffee. Almost every morning we eat homemade bread (made by our cook here at the Lighthouse Community Center). This is the typical breakfast here in Brazil - fresh bread and coffee.
8: 30 - Prayer time here at the Lighthouse. Every morning the team meets together to start our day with worship and prayer. I went around taking photos of the various groups meeting together to share and pray.
9:30 - Today here at the Lighthouse was a special day. Several times throughout the year we take time as a team to meet, pray, share and evaluate our missions work.
Felipe led the team during this morning evaluation time.
10:30 - Sophia and I spent some time in the Lighthouse park. Everyday I like to let Sophia spend time playing outside here. She is an active little girl and has lots of energy so this is an important part of our day. We are SO blessed to live near a playground!
As you can see by her clothing it is a little chilly here. It is more windy and cool up here on the mountain where we live.
Something very "normal" for us are the goats who roam around Lighthouse grounds. There is a family that lives across the street from us and they often bring and leave their goats to graze on the grass here on our property. Sophia loves the goats!
11:30 - I was starting to sort through some baby stuff today in the baby's bedroom and was also storing away stuff Sophia has outgrown. Sophia enjoyed being my little helper and wanted to try on things and play with everything I was sorting through.
12:30 - After lunch, Ivonete, our dear friend and also the amazing cook here at the Lighthouse, insisted on giving me a foot massage with some special foot lotion. Isn't she sweet? Just what a pregnant mommy needs...
Ivonete is such a servant and a blessing! I am thankful for her...
1:30 - The team came back together to meet and do team building activities. Sander, a missionary from Holland, led this time.
Meanwhile, Sophia and I were taking much needed afternoon naps...
Since I am not sleeping the best at night now late in my pregancy, I am trying to take a short nap every afternoon when Sophia naps.
2:30 - Felipe heads out for another meeting he has scheduled with the leaders of the various YWAM Community Centers.
4:30 - Vovó (grandma in Portuguese) came over for a surprise afternoon visit!
She called me at 3:45 and said, " Laura, I am here at the front door!" This is common here in Brazil to just pop in and visit someone unannounced. We love it when family comes over to visit. Sophia woke up from her nap happy to see her beloved Vovó.
6:00 -Vovó has left to go home and Felipe is already back at home. Felipe took some time to look into moving a wardrobe from one bedroom here in at the Lighthouse to another empty room. Soon a missionary will be moving into this bedroom, so Felipe promised to help her get the room ready.
7:00 - After dinner, I finally had a moment to hang up the baby items I sorted through and washed today. I was able to wash crib sheets, baby blankets, burp cloths, washrags, towels and various baby items. I am totally nesting at the moment and thankful for more time to be able to focus on my family and prepare our home for our baby girl - who will be here in just a month!
HOPE you had a great TUESDAY!
My goal is try to do a blog post of "Our Day in Photos" at least once a month to show a bit of our every day lives here in Brazil... This post came a little later than I wanted this month, but better late than never. I am not sure when I will do it next month. It will depend on our new born baby girl...