Tribute to My Heroes

Recently a friend was announced to go pioneer in another nation.

My first thought when I heard the news was joy and happiness for them. My second however, was one of…oh wow, she just had a new grandbaby arrive…

My 2nd thought didn’t diminish my joy for them. It just made me think of the sacrifice that some women make to follow their husbands into the mission field.

It just made me pause and appreciate them all the more because some sacrifices are truly greater.

I know one day I’ll be there myself.

When we go back to our mother church for our harvester’s we often hear people say, “Thank you for your sacrifice, or we appreciate you guys” although I feel unworthy of such attention, I truly appreciate those people.

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Never Forget

Tonight in church while singing Nothing But The Blood I was taken back to a time in my life where I’d made some mistakes.

Some really big mistakes.

It came about because recently I was speaking with someone who’s made a mess of her life and I was feeling immense sadness at what lie ahead for her to set things right.

I was once too in a similar situation.

If you think back, honestly, most of us were. We’ve all made a complete mess of things at one time or another.

Some of us made such a mess that it took moving mountains to set things in order. Mountains that only God could move.

While encouraging my friend, I was thinking back and pondering on how well I remember who I was when I’d made those horrible mistakes.

I remember it quite well. Too well one might think.

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Dougie

Since my last post I’ve been asked more about Douglas so here’s the full testimony about his life. I wish everyone could meet him in person. He’s truly a joy to be around. His smile goes from ear to ear and the fact that he finds joy in the simplest things that most of us take for granted makes him a blessing to be around.

So… Here it is.

Here he is with Pastor Genaro

Douglas is 18 years old and has had a difficult life. He’s the 4th child in a family of 8 and was born unwanted like many of his siblings. He’s never known his Dad and his Mother barely speaks to him. The day he was born his mother left the hospital without him. She ended up sending one of his older brothers to get him from the hospital later.

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Good Things Are Coming

Hello Peeps!
Hope this blog finds y’all well. If not, well, then I hope it at least encourages you a little.

Things have been going really well lately, but before I get into that I wanna back track a little.

I’m not sure if some of you remember my post called ‘If it’s Not One Thing… ‘ where I wrote about my back troubles, among some other things?

Well, after getting some MRIs while in the states, it turns out I have 2 herniated discs, 4 protruding discs, and a tear in one of them as well.

And I have no idea how all that wonderfulness happened. 🤔

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My Brother’s Keeper

In this post I wanna talk about family and personal responsibility.

I’ve been changing some things in our home regarding the way we work together as a family. Just like most families, a lot of things change as our kids get older; new problems arise, as well as new attitudes. The obstacles we have as parents aren’t going to be the same ones we had when we were raising toddlers.

The struggle is not as simple as when they’ll take their first step or how to get enough nutrients into our picky eaters.

If only it stayed that simple.

Now we’re raising individuals. Individuals trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in life. Individuals who have their own tastes and desires, gripes and fears. Now we’re trying to shape minds and attitudes.

Now, I’m hardly an expert. I’m figuring all this out as I go. I’m picking the brains of those that have gone before me and succeeded. I’m scouring my bible for godly wisdom and direction.

I believe it’s my job to be an expert on those living in my home.

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If It’s Not One Thing… 

Do you ever feel like life gets ahead of you sometimes. Like, before you’re done dealing with one problem 3 more have popped up?

Yes?

Sigh… Ok good, I’m not the only one.

So what do we do when things get overwhelming? Honestly, sometimes I just wanna hide under a rock. Sometimes,  I’ll joke with my husband, “I’m going to hide under my rock now!” The “rock” of course, being my bedroom. My place of solace, where the boogie man aka life, can’t reach me.

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Sweet 15

Olá y’all!

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Yes, I did just say that! Haha! What can I say? I’m a southern girl livin’ it up in Brazil. Well, maybe not “livin’ it up” but I’m definitely trying to make the best of my life here.

Anyhow… my sweet, amazing, beautiful daughter just had a birthday and not just any birthday either, it was her “15th birthday”! I’m actually looking more forward to her 16th birthday but she’s half Mexican so her 15th should be special too, right?

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We decided to celebrate with a Mexican themed party and it was sooo much fun.

Mexican culture is hardly anywhere to be found here in Brazil, with the exception of 2 or 3 Mexican restaurant and lots of paletas, so we figured it’d be fun to bring some of the culture to them! Well, Tex Mex culture anyways….

There were some decorative things I had to make myself, but I don’t mind the challenge and when Manuel came and preached for us he brought me some stuff I’d bought from Amazon for decorations.

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Impact

Impact. Isn’t that what we all want our legacy to include? That we had impact?

Whether it’s in the ministry, in a nation, in the lives of others or maybe even in our trade. We all desire to matter and to have impact.

I’m just like everyone else. I desire to make a difference. I desire to make an impact somewhere. I desire to leave this earth knowing that my life had meaning.

Lots of things that we pour our hearts into can be thankless. Parenting, for one. You always hear that parenting is a thankless job. I don’t necessarily agree with that at all, btw.

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A Taste of Brasil

Hey guys!!!

So how are things with you all??? No seriously! I wanna know. Don’t forget how important your comments are! Nothing makes me happier than hearing from y’all, especially living the way over here.

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Not that long ago we had a special visitor! Now, we’ve actually had lots of visitors since we’ve been here. Any missionary knows how special it is when people invest and come preach for you. Not only is it a blessing for your church but…..oh how it feeds our souls as well! Can I get an A-men!?

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Anyways, back to my “special visitor”. We were so blessed to have Manuel Delgado come do a revival for us, for many, many, many reasons. One of those reasons is that he speaks Portuguese. One of the unique challenges of being here in Brazil is the language. Our fellowship is really young here in Brazil. There’s no conferences in Portuguese, no conference videos in Portuguese to bring home and share and so on.

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I Was Mugged!!! 

Hey y’all!

We’re now in the fall season slowly inching our way into the winter months…. Opposite seasons remember? After 3 years here, it’s still a little strange celebrating Christmas in summer and July being “the coldest month” in Belo.

Right now it’s usually mid to low 80s during the day and in the 60s at night. Very nice weather, indeed.

I’ve been meaning to blog for a few weeks now. I’ve gotten all my pictures ready. We had a wonderful revival recently and y’all know how much I love to share our church events. However, we also moved recently and my kiddos started homeschooling so that’s taken up some time.

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