Last night we were sharing some photos of our family with friends who came to celebrate Year 31 of arrival in Brazil. These two floated to the surface of the pile. Continue reading
Clockwork. Smooth. That was our trip from Nashville to SJCampos. We arrived safely and whole, grateful to be back at home. Continue reading
Thursday night, Mark Blackwelder, director of FHU’s Graduate School of Theology, invited us to a picnic on their farm. Also present were Guilherme Luz, graduating this year, and his parents, Dionísio and Vilma, who came from Brazil for his graduation.
Vicki and I enjoyed lunch today with Nick and Amy Fowler at Amy’s parents’ home in Mt Juliet TN. Our paths happened to cross on this trip.
Nick and Amy are sponsored by the Mt Juliet church. Nick and Jonah came to visit us in SJCampos last year. We’ve had some good contact with them over the past couple of years. We met Nick the first time at Polishing the Pulpit 2013. Continue reading
As I sit working on the back porch, at our little picnic table, I seldom see birds of the same markings and coloring. There are so many different types and species, it’s amazing. I can name only a few, like parrots, hummingbirds, swallows, martins, or the ubiquitous sparrow. One list says there are 860 species in São Paulo state.
Watching a slew of large, lively green parrots—four, five?—in the wild, up in the trees near our house. Never seen so many of them before. No idea what type they are, but see flashes of yellow underneath.
This is our special meal for many special occasions. First, shepherd’s pie, vegetarian version. Then, sweet-and-sour carrots with green peppers. Then, cauliflower and broccoli salad, with bacon (vegetarian exception). Sweet tea, US southern-style, to wash it down. For dessert, homemade brownies. Maybe some ice cream on top of that, even though I’m lactose-intolerant. Continue reading
Leaving for home tomorrow. Has been a great time here with family and with Somers Ave., but I’m ready to sleep in my own bed. Three and a half weeks away. Not as bad as months, by any stretch. But getting to see the new kiddo made it all worth it, as well as play with grandkids #1 and #2. Continue reading
A number of Americans, apparently unhappy with the direction of the country, have asked me what kind of country is Brazil. Happened again recently. I even wrote a post last year encouraging Americans to move here. So here’s another swipe at the same idea. I slightly tweaked my reply to today’s querist.