Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

The day after my parents left, we headed to Curitiba to celebrate Thanksgiving with the missionaries.

We all met at the Farlows and had a wonderful time of fellowship and sharing blessings from the past year.

Fun playing "Apples to Apples Jr."

Grandpas on childcare duty!

Thanks be to God for ALL His abundant blessings...
We are blessed beyond what we deserve.

They're HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"This is the best day of my life!" Daniel

Gramma had to start kissing his freckles right away if she was going to get them all before she left.

They brought Jeremiah a little red wagon for his birthday.

So much fun!

First day out sight seeing - Sand Dunes
A little coconut juice to cool down
Dad couldn't believe this was as beautiful as the Caribbean.

Our Sunday was very special. Dad brought the challenge and James translated for him.

We only had Roberto with us but he really enjoyed getting to know my parents.

Our dogs just loved Dad

We went to a Fort on the island that was built in the 1700's.

The beach by the Fort was beautiful, calm and perfect for the kids to get wet.

Phil, Mary Ruth & Rindy came down for 24 hours. We headed out for a little fishing and exploring together.

Small fish but lots of fun!

Thanks Rindy for helping bring my parents down!

"Have I gotten all the freckles?"

Tchau! We love you!!!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Trip to the Falls

Last week we were invited by the Christian Hospitality Network to participate in a getaway for missionaries in South America. They hosted a 3 night stay at a hotel in Foz de Iguacu, Brazil. This is the location of the world famous waterfalls that run along the boarder of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.

We left early Monday morning in a 3 car caravan (8 kids and 8 adults), and made the 10 hour trip there. We enjoyed some great family time at the pool. Our kids were able to take the American Red Cross swimming class. Daniel went from having a fear of water in his face to actually swimming with his face in the water. We are so proud of his accomplishments!Hannah learning to put her face in the water while floating.

Daniel learning to relax while floating on his back.

While we were there, we celebrated Jeremiah's 3rd birthday. On his birthday we had our trip to see the falls. I am not sure if he will remember going but I know that he had fun on our hike. The falls were spectacular. It is impossible to see them all at once. We went on a 1,200 meter hike and the entire time were seeing different parts of the falls. When Mrs. Bush saw the falls she said, "Poor Niagara." This just give you an idea of the enormity of the falls. This was the first view as we stepped off the bus.

At one point there was a bridge you walk out on and there was so much spray off the falls that we were VERY wet when we got done.
Here is a view of the bridge.

There were loads of butterflies all around us. Hannah and Daniel both had "passengers" ride along with them for part of our hike.

We are very thankful for the opportunity we had to go on this getaway. God knows just what we need and when we need it!