Wednesday, July 16, 2014

One Year Later...

Yesterday marked one year since we arrived in Brazil.  We saw it fitting to celebrate with the boys from Hope House. We celebrated with a dinner of hamburgers and french fries, classic American food, and ice cream for dessert.  We were also blessed by some friends who made a beautiful cake for us and brought it over.  They even used real cream and fresh strawberries in the cake - two things that aren't too common around here.

The absolutely delicious cake!
Our wonderful friends who made the cake.
One of the Hope House boys, Pedro.
He loves to help with the babies.
 I thought it would be fun to do a post of the past year in photos.  When I went to select the pictures, there were a lot of things I wanted to share.  Some photos you may have seen before, others maybe not. Looking through the pictures I was reminded of how faithful God is and how much of an honor it is to be able to serve Him. I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane...

July 14th, 2013 we left with mixed emotions. We were sad to be leaving our wonderful family and friends in the U.S., but we were also excited to see what God had for us in Brazil. We arrived in the middle of the night and were greeted by friends who were anxiously awaiting our arrival.





We made many new friends over the past year...









tried many news foods and discovered how to make many familiar foods with the ingredients available...

tapioca
dragon fruit
chocolate chip cookies
worshipped, prayed and enjoyed fellowship...








did lots of grocery shopping...




completed our DTS...


celebrated Christmas, Thanksgiving and many birthdays...

Caleb turned 8.
Joshua turned 10.
Thanksgiving 2013.
Christmas 2013
Josiah turned 3.
Erin turned 12.
Micah turned 7. 
Arianna turned 5.
had lots of fun and did lots of dancing...















had many wonderful visits with the boys at Hope House...








spent 6 months studying Portuguese with this wonderful woman...



received our first visitors...






went from being 7 months pregnant to having two 10 month olds to enjoy life with...

Isaac and Jacob arrived on September 9, 2013.




learned to enjoy life with lots of little creatures...





experienced Brazil's love of futebol (soccer)...




took lots of family pictures...







and said lots of goodbyes...








Overall it's been an incredible year of growth. I can't wait to see what the Lord has for us this next year.