I made mashed sweet potatoes (they are white, not orange here) and green beans, and Thursday evening we all (Americans and friends) gathered at the Taylor's home for feasting. It was a wonderful time! Friday we "decorated the tree" and I made apple cider to smell up the house and nostalgically sip:
Growing up with a real tree every Christmas, I couldn't bring myself to buy one of the fake ones here, so opted instead for a Pinterest idea tree: the bottom shelves have the nativity pieces for Ana Sofia (who can reach those shelves) to play with. We have plenty of space to add ornaments as the years go by. There are hooks on the bottom shelves, where I will be adding our stockings, as soon as I finish sewing them!
Black Friday (which IS something celebrated in Brazil too), Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday...I didn't realize there is also Giving Tuesday!
We have so many friends posting of many worthy things to give to, and I love that about this season! Just wanted to let you know of the two things currently on our hearts, if you wanted to be a part of them:
1. The three children (Werick, Taina, and Rafael) who were orphaned the end of last month when their dad killed their mother. They are still in transition, and still do not have all of their basic needs taken care of. You can learn more here.
2. Our friend Tyago, who is a music, youth, and English teacher here, and was accepted to Liberty University's Masters program for further training. We are so proud of him, and invested in his future:
Reads from the Interwebs:
1. Three ways to be more grateful this season: love these important questions!
2. The sheep butcher and right versus wrong: different is different. I really love (and am related to) this missionary family!
3. Why being single in missions might be better: love these points--so true! Don't worry, it isn't against married missionaries:)
It is almost December!