Monday, February 9, 2015

Baby Shower

Join us for a baby shower honoring Rachel Ferguson
Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 3pm
Anna’s house: 1154 Tecumseh Indianapolis, IN 46201
Rachel has a short list of things she can bring to Brazil- call 317-784-1535 to not duplicate gifts
It’s a girl!  Ana Sofía Carol Ferguson

Wish list for Baby Ferguson (and Rachel)
1. Yoga for pregnant women DVD
2. 2 nursing bras (size 34G, or DDDD)
3. 5 size small (have medium and large) cloth diapers (try bum genius) 
4. Pack and Play to bring to Brazil
5. Easy fold-up compact stroller to bring to Brazil
6. Car seat for when return to USA (late 2015?)
7. 3 nice washable heavy totes for diaper bags (two pockets)
8. 3 travel “changing tables” with pouches
9. Sweat resistant and washable sling 
10. Up to 35 pounds front baby carrier 
11. White or gray cloth collapsible storage bins
12. Cloth diaper (disposable) liners
13. Baby thermometer 
14. Big thing of diaper rash cream
15. Head band flowers/bows (especially green and blue)
16. Monetary gifts to buy diapers and many needed items in Brazil
17. Décor is grey and white and sky blue—the walls will be decorated like a sky with sparrows. 

Five Months Pregnant

Four and a half months of weird things happening to my body and when I finally get to the doctor he asks "Any questions?" And I smile and say NO.
What is wrong with me? But really. I don't have any questions. I can't find them in my brain. Why didn't I make a list? Because really, I have been blessed with a fairly decent and normal pregnancy from what I can tell. 
It has been a journey to get to the doctor. After ten years of not having any insurance (except for travel insurance while in Brazil), I am finally covered by Medicaid #pregnancyperk. But free isn't easy. The first month of pregnancy I was oblivious. The second month I was in Brazil. The third month I spent waiting for the paperwork to go through--oh wait--send in more paperwork...the fourth month I waited for an appointment. We showed up at the appointment and they said someone had switched our networks since we made the So almost 5 months pregnant, and we finally get to see our OBGYN. And we tell him we are moving to Brazil soon. Oh well. 
Today we were able to have an ultrasound. She was so professional, finding all the parts of the baby and showing us how they were normal and healthy ("Here are the four chambers of the heart, here are the two kidneys. Here is the brain--it is a good size...") And, of course, she was able to tell us it was a healthy baby girl:)
We are very excited and immediately went shopping. Do you realize how little those socks are? It has been a great month..thinking about our baby Jam-era-zilian and about being a missionary and upcoming lent.

Saturday, February 7, 2015


Lent is coming up--February 18.
Caid tells me this is where I should remark that I am not Catholic. True. But a great idea is a great idea and I think spending time preparing our hearts for Jesus is always a good idea.
I have consistently been encouraged by Ann Voskamp and her blog. She has a free download of a book called "Trail to the Tree," and that got me thinking and working more to celebrate Lent. For the past couple of years, I've have been deliberate in this, and enjoyed the results. This is my updated outline of my favorite tool: a chronological, parallel outline to reading the Gospels for Lent (47 readings, which is the 40 days of Lent, including Sundays) Think about joining me in reading this year!

Day 47, Wednesday: Preparing for Jesus
What do we learn from Jesus’ genealogy?
John 1:1-18
Matthew 1:1-17
Luke 3:23-38
Luke 1:1-80
Matthew 1:18-25

Day 46, Thursday: Jesus is born
What are Magi, and how many were there?
Luke 2:1-38
Matthew 2:1-23, Luke 2:39-52

Day 45, Friday: John and Jesus
What was John’s message?
Matthew 3:1-17, Mark 1:1-11, Luke 3:1-23
John 1:19-34
Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4: 1-13

Day 44, Saturday: Disciples
What did it mean to be a disciple?
John 1:35-51, 2:1-25, 3:1-36
Matthew 4:12, Mark 1:14, Luke 3:19-20

Day 43, Sunday: Samaritans
How were women treated in Jesus’ day?
John 4:1-42
Luke 4:14-30, John 4:43-54

Day 42, Monday: Healings and Miracles
What was Jesus’ message?
Matthew 4:13-25, Mark 1:14-20. Luke 4:31-32
Mark 1:21-28, Luke 4:33-37
Matthew 8:14-17, Mark 1:29-31, Luke 4:38-39
Mark 1:32-39, Luke 4:40-44

Day 41,Tuesday: Fish
Why don’t we see miracles like these now?
Luke 5:1-11
Matthew 8:2-4, Mark 1:40-45, Luke 5:12-16
Matthew 9:2-17, Mark 2:1-22, Luke 5:17-39

Day 40, Wednesday: Passover
What are the witnesses to Jesus being God?
John 5:1-47

Day 39, Thursday: Sabbath
What is the point of the Sabbath? 
Matthew 12: 1-21, Mark 2:23-28, 3:1-7, Luke 6:1-19
Matthew 4:23-25, Mark 3:7-19

Day 38, Friday: Sermon on the Mount
What stands out to you of Jesus’ teachings?
Matthew 5:1-48, 6:1-34, 7:1-29, 8:1
Luke 6:20-49

Day 37, Saturday: Jesus and John
What are the similarities/differences in Jesus and John?
Matthew 8: 5-13, Luke 7:1-17
Matthew 11:2-30, Luke 7:18-35

Day 36, Sunday: Great Love 
How do you show love?
Luke 7:36-50, 8:1-3

Day 35, Monday: Rebuked
What is the unpardonable sin?
Matthew 12:22-50, Mark 3:20-35, Luke 8:19-21

Day 34, Tuesday: Parables 
Which is your favorite parable and why?
Matthew 13:1-53, Mark 4:1-34, Luke 8:4-18

Day 33,Wednesday: Across the Sea
Why wouldn’t Jesus let the healed man go with Him?
Matthew 8:18, 23-34, Mark 4:35-41, 5:1-20, Luke 8:22-39

Day 32, Thursday : Back to Life
Who and how many, in all the Bible, were raised from the dead? 
Matthew 9:1, 9:18-26, Mark 5:21-43, Luke 8:40-56

Day 31, Friday: 12 Sent
What do you believe the Bible says about Demons and spirits?
Matthew 9:27-34
Matthew 13:54-58, Mark 6:1-6
Matthew 9:35-11:1, Mark 6:7-13, Luke 9:1-6
Matthew 14:1-12, Mark 6:14-29, Luke 9:7-9

Day 30, Saturday: 5,000
Why is rest so important?
Matthew 14:13-23, Mark 6:30-47, Luke 9:10-17
 John 6:1-15

Day 29, Sunday: Walking on Water
What does faith look like? 
Matthew 14: 24-36, Mark 6:48-56, John 6:16-7:1

Day 28, Monday: Hypocrites 
How have you been  a hypocrite?
Matthew 15:1-28, Mark 7:1-37

Day 27, Tuesday: Pharisees
Would you have been more like a Pharisee or disciple?
Matthew 15:29-39, 16: 1-12, Mark 8:1-21

Day 26, Wednesday: Peter
Why couldn’t the disciples tell others Jesus was Christ?
Matthew 16:13-28, Mark 8:22-9:1, Luke 9:18-27

Day 25, Thursday: Transfiguration 
What was the point of the disciples seeing Jesus transfigured?
Matthew 17:1-27, Mark 9:2-32, Luke 9:28-45

Day 24, Friday: The Greatest
What makes children so special/important?
Matthew 18:1-35, Mark 9:33-50, Luke 9:46-50

Day 23, Saturday: Jesus Chooses
What is wrong with saying goodbye? 
John 7:2-10
Luke 9:51-56
Matthew 8:19-22, Luke 9:57-62

Day 22, Sunday: Feast
How did Jesus teach, and how was it different from normal?
John 7:11-53

Day 21, Monday: In the Temple
Why doesn’t the Bible tell us what Jesus wrote in the sand?
John 8:1-59

Day 20, Tuesday: Blind
Why do people get sick? What is the point of sickness?
John 9:1-10:21

Day 19, Wednesday: 70 Sent
How did Jesus send out people? What did they do?
Luke 10:1-42

Day 18, Thursday: Wash your Hands
Why were rules so important to the Pharisees? 
Luke 11:1-54

Day 17, Friday: Be Ready
How do you get “heaven rich”? 
Luke 12: 1-59

Day 16, Saturday: Mustard Seed
What is the kingdom of God? What is it like?
Luke 13:1-21
John 10:22-42
Luke 13:22-35

Day 15, Sunday: Cost of Discipleship
What is the cost of discipleship?
Luke 14:1-35

Day 14, Monday: Lost
What did it take to be found?
Luke 15:1-32

Day 13, Tuesday: Teaching
What does Jesus teach about the afterlife?
Luke 16:1-31, 17:1-10

Day 12, Wednesday: Lazarus 
Why did Jesus cry?
John 11:1-54

Day 11, Thursday: Thankful
What do you believe about the rapture?
Luke 17:11-37, 18:1-14

Day 10, Friday: Like Children
What does Jesus teach about singleness/marriage?
Matthew 19: 1-26, Mark 10:1-27, Luke  18:15-27

Day 9, Saturday: First or Last
What does it take to be great?
Matthew 19:27-20:34, Mark 10:28-52,
Luke 18: 28-43

Day 8, Sunday: To Jerusalem 
What does Jesus mean by the “Poor will always be with you?”
Luke 19:1-27
John 11:54-57, 12:1-11
Matthew 26: 6-13, Mark 14:3-9

Day 7, Monday: Into Jerusalem 
Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19: 28-44, John 12: 12-19

Day 6, Tuesday: Fig Tree
Mark 11: 12-19, Matthew 21: 12-17, Luke 19:45-48

Day 5, Wednesday: Questioning 
Matthew 21:18-26:2, Mark 11:20-13:37, Luke 20:1-21:38, John 12:20-50
Matthew 26:3-5, 14-16, Mark 14:1-2, 10-11, Luke 22:1-6

Day 4, Thursday: The Lord’s Supper
Matthew 26:17-20, Mark 14:12-17, Luke 22:7-14
John 13:1-20
Matthew 26: 26-29, Mark 14: 22-25,Luke 22:14-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
Matthew 26: 21-25, Mark 14:18-21, Luke 22:21-30, John 13:21-35
Matthew 26:31-35, Mark 14:27-31, Luke 22:31-38, John 13:36-14:31
Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26, John 15:1-17:26

Day 3, Friday: Crucifixion
Matthew 26:36-75, Mark 14:32-72, Luke 22:39-71, John 18:1-28
Matthew 27:1-10, Acts 1:16-20
Matthew 27:11-66, Mark 15:1-47, Luke 23:1-56, John 18: 29-19:42

Day 2, Saturday: Rest and Wait

Day 1: Sunday: Easter and on
Matthew 28:1-15, Mark 16:1-13, Luke 24:1-32, John 20:1-18
1 Corinthians 15:5, Luke 24:34
Luke 24:33-43, John 20:19-25
Mark 16:14, John 20:26-29
John 21:1-23
1 Corinthians 15:6-7
Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:15-20, Luke 24:44-53, John 20:30-31, 21:24-25
Acts 1:4-11


Carnaval is coming up, officially starting next weekend. Many of my friends in Brazil (especially in Paudalho) has been suffering from the town government corruption--most of them have not been paid for December or January--making a hard Christmas and holiday season (this is their summer). It also means that those who would normally help and bear most of the burden of cost for Carnaval Camp won't be able to this year. Please consider helping give some of these amazing kids a chance to go to Carnaval camp (think back to your own summer camp experiences and remember how life changing they can be).

Information and Donation here