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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Desires of My Heart

Hey y’all!

Today I wanna get real. Let the nitty get gritty, the rubber’s hittin’ the road… And so on…

I wanna talk about desires. Will. Destiny. The hard stuff.

The bible says that if you,  “delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart”.


Sounds so nice, doesn’t it? There’s even tons of clipart!

So… I mean,  what does it REALLY mean to,  “delight yourself in the Lord and he’ll give you the desires of your heart”? It’s such a pretty and quotable verse,  isn’t it? It’s one we say to feel good and hopeful inside.  Continue reading “Desires of My Heart”

Boa Viagem

Oi gente!!! (Hey guys!!!)

I just returned from a two week trip to the US! It was an awesome trip even though it began a little rough because of Texas’ and Florida’s bad weather, not good weather to fly in. I missed two flights and panicked but it all turned out okay. At least I learned some things that’ll help when I travel next time!

Our mother church blessed my daughter by sponsoring her to this years South Texas Believers Boot Camp. She was so happy. She wasn’t sure if she’d ever have the opportunity to attend and had made peace with that, so it was an unexpected, wonderful surprise for her. It was special for me too, because I attended the same camp when I was a 17 year old new convert. I attended the 4th annual boot camp and she attended the 23rd….man, that makes me feel old! The experience changed my life dramatically for the better. I was a drug addicted rebel when I went. I had only been to The Door Church twice before going to the camp and came back completely changed and never touched a drug again. Her background is very different (Thank you Jesus) so her experience was different but with the same result. God dug deep and exposed issues of her heart and she’s thankful. We’re all thankful!

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Perserve

Well,  hello there peeps! It’s been so long!!! April’s been a fun month for us but I’ve been missing everyone! Even you that read and don’t comment! Hope to hear from you all down below.

But first here’s a pic of this….

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Glorious, isn’t it?

We’ve been keeping busy with the usual… educating our munchkins,  exploring our city and sharing the gospel. Can’t get better than that!

Our daughter turned 14 this month and she received the news she’d be going to boot camp this year for the first time. She’s beyond excited and so am I! I went to the same boot camp when I was 17. How awesome it is to share this experience with her.

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Giving Christmas

Ahhhh…… Christmas Day is here!

I. Absolutely. Love. Christmas.

Even before I gave my life to Jesus it was my favorite holiday. As I sit here, my heart is so full of gratitude. I am overwhelmed by what Jesus has done for me. I am immensely grateful for His birth. I can’t even imagine who or where I’d be without Him.

I’m also so grateful to be here in Brazil. I’m grateful to spend Christmas with our friends and church family here. Grateful. Grateful. Grateful.     You get the point.

As I’ve stated in many of my post….being a missionary has been such a blessing in so many ways. Being in Brazil has been such a blessing. Knowing the Brazilian people has been such a blessing. Seeing lives changed by the gospel has been such a blessing.

Isn’t it true that any time you strip all the “extras” from your life you’re left with what truly matters; Jesus, family and friends? Simplicity….ahhh, say it with me my dear friends. Simplicity. Let’s be honest America is full of extras. Don’t get me wrong. I love those extras; I miss those extras…a lot. I love receiving those extras in the form of care packages in the mail. wink! wink! BUT sometimes where you are in life forces you to enjoy life without them. And you don’t need to leave the country to be in that position. I’ve been broke many of times and been forced to choose between an attitude of ungratefulness or contentment. So be of good cheer! It’s possible!

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