By so very fast...
It is almost like January did not exist...but oh it did. It flew by much to my chagrin, but it was a wonderful month long vacation. Every January since my childrens' births, we have spent several days at the beach house. However, for various reasons I decided this year we would spend January in the city and just enjoy being with friends and family and doing things around the city. In hindsight, I am so very glad with that decision and know it was the right one. While I don't truly rest while at home, with to do lists yelling for attention, we managed to do a lot in one month. We worked some and had many wonderful outings and even squeezed in a three day trip to the interior to visit relatives.
Here is our vacation in pictures...
|Noah playing with his little buddies who live next door. His first time playing video games!|
|Our Chloe loves to takes selfies...this day we went to the park as a family, then lunch at the Mall.|
|Introducing little nephew, C., to our friend, Juliana. We had a sweet afternoon tea with my sister-in-law.|
|This days outing was to yet another beautiful park with my friend Vani, and her son. We spent a wonderful few hours talking while the children once again played out bundles of energy.|
|Ice cream for all at the end of a hot afteroon.|
|Yet ANOTHER rainy day (it literally rained almost our entire vacation) found us back at SESC on the weekend with daddy.|
|Chloe learning to skateboard!|
|Soaking her feet and learning to play the guitar. Think she might take after her daddy?|
|Chloe's very special outing with her "big sister," Amanda. She was treated to lunch, a movie or two and playing at the Mall playground.|
|A fun Saturday afternoon outing with Tio Wellington, Tia Tati and the two little boys. A one hour presentation full of clowns, singing and laughter!|
|Noah and Chloe with their newest favorite bombeiro!!!|
|My children spent three days in the pool and I spent three days in the shade...and still burnt to a crisp. Sigh. Story of my life.|
|After three days in the sun, my children were just.very.brown!|
|On our last day in Indaiatuba, we had a picnic. In the rain. Tried to fly kites. Tried to fish. It was simply marvelous.|
And then we headed home. Back to School on January 29th. 2nd semester graduate school for daddy. 3rd grade for Miss Chloe. Pre-school for Mr. Noah. Third year teaching American High School in Brazil for mommy. This semester is American Literature and may prove to be my biggest personal challenge yet! However, as I have survived Debate, Speech, British Literature, College Preparation, American History, Fine Arts and Health, I think I will survive American Literature!!!
We continue to be blessed. So blessed. God is so good. All the time. It is overwhelming to see His continued provision and protection over our lives. Sometimes He doesn't allow us even a clue to how He is caring for us. Sometimes He shows us enough to humble us. I had a truly bizarre experience the other day that could have very well ended in myself and my dear friend being very seriously injured. However, by God's gracious hand, we were spared from danger by a manner of 20 seconds. I parked my car in front of the pharmacy, the entire front consisting of class windows and doors reaching from ceiling to floor. I hugged my friend goodbye and she left to visit a friend in the hospital next door and I entered the pharmacy to purchase a medication. about 20 seconds after we hugged goodbye and parted ways, the glass door we had been standing in front of literally shattered in a billion pieces, causing a horrific bomb like sound and sending glass everywhere, including all over my parked car. There is no explanation for the explosion, but I believe it was a little sign from my heavenly Father of how He is taking care of me...every single second of every single day. Wow! And to boot, my car was completely unscratched. Not.a.single.scratch.anywhere. Go God!!!
Have a blessed February and know that His angels have been given the command to surround you with His love and protection.
Because of Him, Jama