Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Presents! The kids got to pick their gift from a pile of toys (who wouldn't like to do that?!) but we did have to convince the twins below to pick two different toys rather than the same one!
My good friend Anja got engaged this month, and they had a special blessing service at his church, followed by an engagement party after. In Brazilian fashion, the engagement wasn't a surprise, her boyfriend planned the date and told her 'they were getting engaged on Dec 5'! I didn't think there was any fun in that - but he did at least get down on one knee and propose during the service, which is not a Brazilian custom apparently! I also got to visit with his family one evening, and they were so warm and welcoming - what a blessing!
The WorldVenture field Christmas party was held one Saturday with barbeque and lots of goodies. This year, again, I made a lot of cookies for a lot parties, as well as to give out as gifts to my co-workers at the Lar and Vila Andrade. They always appreciate and ask for my recipes, because making Christmas cookies isn't really done here. I enjoy baking, although it is difficult to roll out sugar cookie dough when it is 90 degrees out! (I know, I'm not getting any sympathy from anyone in a blizzard zone!)
Here are two second-year students from Vila Andrade. Douglas is reciting Psalm 118:24, "This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it." Mayara is reciting a poem, "God, make my life a little light within the world to glow - a tiny flame that burns bright wherever I may go." They also recited these at the graduation ceremony.