Sunday, August 27, 2017

Gender Reveal Sunday Funday

So our big news was that we finally found out the gender of our baby! (This is what we did while you all were watching the eclipseP.)

It was also my birthday this week, and I was so blessed by the many well-wishers and lovely time with my little family:)
(ending the day with a milkshake rather than cake)

Reads from the Interwebs:
1. When hard things happen back home: YES! I feel so drawn to scroll down Facebook to "discover" what is going on...and yet need to find balance...
2. Practitioners in ministry: who are your two or three?
3. Double standard on corruption: so much to unpack and work through here
6. Edge X conference: WHAT? Ok, so wishing I would be in Indy for this! Indy ppl: check it out!
7. Flying economy class

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Funday August

The promised Father's Day video:
Many apologies--my computer died and I still don't have the information from it because, well, Brazil. And I am trying to fill in the missing spaces and use Caid's old computer, but somehow when making videos it hasn't been happy and has skipping problems. Just jump it ahead a bit, and hope I can figure it out soon!

Some highlights from our week:
1. Finally got my pre-natal doctor set up and went in for check-ups and the blood test thingy where they have you drink sugar and sit for two hours. Yes, this is a highlight, as there was lots of daddy/daughter time and I got to sit and read. By myself.
2. Teaching at the International school. I stopped teaching in 2012 to focus on Living Stones, but it has been really neat to be back (not full-time though, and with an assistant who will take over once pregnancy takes over me). And oh my goodness...the school has the best lunches ever.
3. Teaching English at Living Stones. The two days I am not at the International school, I am at Cajueiro and Guadalajara. The leadership at both places asked that I go back to the basics and offer English classes to the students--which is the easiest and funnest for me to do, especially while pregnant (basketball just WASN'T gonna happen).
4. Cajueiro Claro Bible Study and Preaching class. Not only do we love our church, but everyone has homework of putting together and posting a five minute lesson on the Bible chapter we discussed together. In Portuguese. Each week. This has been fantastic and challenging for Caid and I, and a much needed "dig into the Bible and Portuguese" time.
5. Old and new friends. Taco Tuesday is a basic staple to our lives, and I don't know what we would do without our amazing English speaking friends/teammates. Friday we met with some new friends (and ministry) and were blessed as well.
6. Pre-natal yoga. I found a couple of moves that have been helping with digestion and oh-my-goodness-so-much-burping. If hairy babies cause more heartburn, I am birthing a monkey.
7. Stay-in rainy Saturdays. Finally saw Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2, and the best part? Baby Groot and teenage Groot. Made me look sideways at my daughter and wonder how we are going to manage in ten years.

Reads from the Interwebs:

About Charlottesville:
1. Who is willing to pick up their cross? I knew Ann Voskamp would have something posted soon:).
2. How to talk to kids about race and racism: I want like all the lists of resources ever. For eventually when I have some space in a suitcase.
3. Love cannot look away: from my cousin or second cousin or something like that...from family:).
4. The false equivalency of the alt-right and Black Lives Matter: yes, I know there were "all sides," and yes, I saw hate and violence from both sides. And yes, that hate and violence was wrong: but to call them equal, or the same thing is also wrong. I understand that there are unbalanced and horrible people involved in BLM (and anti-fa, or whatever other groups were involved), but it is an important movement, and there are many important things to be learned from BLM, as well as many wonderful people involved in it (that I know and love). Looking at the heart of both sides (yes, both sides messed up!), I clearly see what is hate doctrine, and what is standing up for our brothers and sisters who have real needs and issues that need to be addressed.
5. My mother posted this video on Facebook, and I appreciated it. Especially the part about getting over the hot air of the press, and getting to the real race issues: education and prisons.
5. For our white friends desiring to be allies: from Sojourners

About everything else:
1. My favorite post I had to post on Facebook as soon as I read it because it couldn't wait: Dear future missionary: how to prepare for missions
2. Living as an acceptable outsider: it has taken a while to be okay with "acceptable outsider." But so true.
3. The art of belonging

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Father's Day Sunday Funday

Happy Brazilian Father's Day! Or, if you are like me, you are happy for a chance to "try again" in celebrating, since during American Father's day we were returning to Brazil and I completely forgot about it. Oops.
This week I suffered the mini-crisis of my computer crashing. Again. It has been at the computer doctor all week, but there is still no prognosis on if it will survive (fingers crossed). Fortunately, I was able to go back (I didn't delete my deleted videos) and rescue the footage about Ana Sofia's first day of school. So you still have a video this week:).
(Something happened in my second attempt at this...the beginning skips. so jump to 40 seconds in if you have any troubles!)
As we celebrate Fathers today in Brazil, I feel so incredibly far away from the men (many of them fathers, many more will be fathers eventually) I see in pictures, carrying torches and hate in Virginia. In our small little yellow church in the middle of nowhere Northeast Brazil, we had four fathers that we celebrated, and felt the absence of the so many more fathers who were not present. Our church is basically made up of 50% Living Stones children, and yet, no Living Stones child's father was there.

How often does the thought, "Where are the men" Go through my head? More than I want it to. And so I hug my husband tight and scroll through my Facebook and see many of them...marching in Virginia. How are we at a place where (those white) men feel so challenged to stand up for their (idea of lost) rights? Honestly, I feel almost a sense of jealously in me--if only I could inspire even a bit of that passion (horrible and misguided as it is) in the fathers of the Living Stone's children to be FATHERS. To be present.
I feel tied up as to what to do and the men (and the whole racism monster) in the USA...and to the men (and lack of fathering) in Brazil. My prayer this morning for the men at church was that God would bless them and make them strong, and draw them closer to His heart every day: for it is only as they learn to be sons (of God) that they will be able to be fathers. I'll keep praying.

It was a wonderful week, teaching and figuring out new schedules and enjoying life. Saturday was Ana's first school presentation (for dad): keep an eye out for my Father's day video coming the next couple of days (with just as much crying as you would expect from ten 2-3 year olds "presenting").
Reads from the Interwebs:
1. Bring your expectations to the field: yes, yes, yes! Please.
2. Language of Transition: I am building this, and working through this not just for me--but for my kids. I believe this is a fundamental need for all missionaries to do.
3. #Charlottsville: Since I am in Brazil, most of my news updates actually come from Facebook (great, right?) I have been reading a lot of what friends and acquaintances have been posting. I do not admit to be any kind of anything on the matter of race, or of finding out what actually happens in a country I am not living in. But I am praying, and I am feeling many things. Perhaps enough for a blogpost eventually, but not now.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Beginning August Sunday Funday

What a start to the semester! Here is the video of the trip that was here the last week of July:
This week was so full, and as I realized it, the first time this year we have been on a set schedule (since we were in the USA on home assignment, and then in Brazil during winter break/mission trip time). It was really good for all of us, as in the mornings we have breakfast and potty training, paperwork and planning (while cleaning up potty training misses), nap time, and then getting ready for school (or Living Stones) and lunch. I am teaching three afternoons a week at the International school, and so Ana Sofia is starting in the 2s-3s class there. She loves it, and comes home exhausted, which is nice for Caid and I:). Don't worry, a fun Ana Sofia centered video is coming soon! 

I am teaching two days at two different Living Stones programs, and Caid's schedule is coming together as well. We plan carefully our evenings, as this pregnancy is taking more energy from me than I had planned (but all is going well, health wise). I haven't taught at the International school since 2012, and I do love it (especially the incredible lunch!), and all the planning/organizing that comes at the start of the year--but I am so grateful that I have an assistant (teacher James) who does a great job, and will be fully capable to step in once my belly gets too big to handle four classes each afternoon! 

Reads from the Interwebs:
1. When Missionaries Starve: a good reminder. We just started an intensive Bible study with our church, and it is so good to listen (at least) once a week to someone who is passionate about the Bible. Just to remember. Always need to remember. 
2. Dear New Missionary: reading things like this just makes me happy and nostalgic and nodding my head like yeah...