Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Silver Anniversary

25 years and many miles together...  click on the image to go to Picasa Web Albums and view this short slide show.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Thanks for the Walk

top of barragem, 2010

Greyson and I walked up to the dam this Saturday.  It took us about an hour.  So glad his "poofy" legs made it!  Thank you, pal.


Sunday, May 13, 2012


What "Mother" Means

"Mother" is such a simple word,
But to me there’s meaning seldom heard.
For everything I am today,
 My mother’s love showed me the way.

I’ll love my mother all my days,
For enriching my life in so many ways.
She set me straight and then set me free,
 And that’s what the word "mother" means to me.

Thanks for being a wonderful mother, Mom!
Karl Fuchs
(used with permission:

Happy Mothers' Day to my mother - a wonderful woman, incredible example, and extraordinary inspiration!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Few Years Ago

This weekend the church in Joao XXIII is celebrating its anniversary/homecoming weekend.  Doesn't seem like all that long ago in some ways, and very, very far away in others...

I don't remember it being on Mother's Day weekend that year (1998), the first inauguration services and all.  It may have been.  My life was so busy, I may have not even known!  There's cute little Dalton with his thumb in his mouth and juice in his bottle, or maybe iced tea!  Isn't William darling and Byron so skinny!

I was apparently known for always carrying a bag of some sort and always having lots of snacks for the boys to eat and other wonders.  I often pushed the boys in a baby buggy made for two that my Uncle Regene had sent down or rode my bike with Dalton in the baby safety seat and William in a little over the handle bar chair made of metal tubes and plastic strips.  Those were the days.  While the church was being built and lots of boards were here and there, Dalton was always going behind something to do you-know-what in his diaper.

Somehow I lived through those days and am here to tell about them.  Now my problems with diapers and bottles and thumbs seem so small and piddly when compared to the problems I face with teenagers and rising young men.  Happy Mother's Day out there to all of you missionary mothers.  And a happy anniversary weekend to all the folks at the Igreja Batista em Joao XXIII de Fortaleza.  Wish we could have been with you, maybe next year!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Little Green Blessing

As I walked along the beach taking photos during the retreat of the various waterfront activities I came upon a group of bushy plants with small purple flowers.  At least ten hummers were buzzing all around.  Several flew right near my head!  I decided to try to capture some photos of the little fellows and just stood still.  This little one came near and landed quietly on a small branch of another type of vegetation.  I moved slowly in to get my picture.  After taking the shot, the little thing looked right at me.  I reached out my hand and gently touched his feathers.  He did not fly off but just moved over a little on the branch.  As I moved my hand back he did fly away.

I often chatter with the hummers on the island and chirp at the green parakeets and whistle with the redheads and sabias.  This was a unique blessing for me during the long weekend with several personal disappointments.  Seems that every new group of people that come to the island assume that little old me knows no Portuguese and little about Brazil.  I have to prove myself all over again... 

It gets some old and tiring.  

Yes, I speak Portuguese.
Yes, I live in Brazil.
No, I don't live on the island.
Yes, my boys were all born in Brazil.
Yes, I've lived here for years.
Yes, I speak English.
No, I don't wear bikinis, ever.

I suppose I shouldn't be frustrated with the little stares and funky looks.  I shouldn't be surprised at all, after all I have lived in Brazil for more than 17 years now.  But I do.  I just want people to sit and talk with me like I was a real person...  

I guess that's why I end up talking to birds.

Thank you, God, for one little green blessing!

Crazy Experience

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