Thursday, November 16, 2017

Where in The World Did October Go?

Honestly, sometimes my days fly by so fast it leaves my head spinnnnninnnnng...

It is so trite.  And so true.

I really was going to make an effort to post more often and before I know it...another month...and a half has disappeared.  

So, here we go!  October Highlights.  Drumroll please!

Our 10th Year Wedding Anniversary on October 6, 2017

There are few things better in this world than dinner out with this handsome guy!

My first cooking class ever-Vegetarian Food with my dear friend, Vani!



This morning was good for my soul...in many ways!  I could get addicted to cooking classes!


A wonderful field trip with my students to the Sao Paulo Symphony Hall



Pictures simply cannot do this place justice!  It is one of my favorite places by far that I have visited here in Brazil the last 10 years and I have seen a lot of amazing places.

Just to prove I do work here as a teacher, this is me during Parent/Teacher Meetings!

Every month finds us attending many birthday parties and October was no different.  I think we only had four this month...if I remember correctly!  This is Noah with his little classmate friend, Manuela.  Her party was a new experience for me.  Her mother hired a crepe catering company.  I ate two huge plates of crepes and salad.  It was out of this world!

Chloe enjoyed getting all made up as much as I enjoyed the food!


Noah even allowed a little painting...

Noah and his friend, Gilherme


Like I said...it was heavenly!!!

More art classes...

I was so honored to have a fellow Griggs teacher from out of town give a class on music for me.  He is an accomplished violinist and captivated my students and I's attention.

She is one of my favorites.  Her afternoon birthday tea one of my favorites.  Words can in no way describe my love, admiration or respect for this woman who God has used to bring much joy to my years in Brazil.  I love her.  Dearly.

Oh, have I mentioned before that part of my Brazilian journey is learning to LOVE afternoon tea times with friends???  Brazilians do so many things well, but one thing they are professional at is eating.  Oh, do we ever EAT WELL!!!
That is all for now, folks!  That is our October journey in a nutshell.  

November is well...almost over and my children and I are super excited that our schoolyear is also almost over!!!  Whohhoooo for summer vacation just around the corner.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

September Gone By

It was full.  It flew by.  It was a special month.

My 40th (see previous blog for more on that!).  Several days after, celebrating with my birthday buddy and friend, Flavia!




Noah's 4th...




8 hours at the park with family and friends and he still did not want to go home!  We had a delicious brunch and God gave us a beautiful, not-too-hot-not-too-cold day.  Later in the day we had more coffee and cake and they just kept playing!
Visiting friends with new babies...


Pedro Miguel




Sofia

Grandparents Tea with Noah's Class...

Noah with his great grandma, Ruth

As not one of the four grandparents could be present, my father in law's brother and sister stood in for the grandparents.  It was so special to have Noah's great aunts and uncle there for him.  Of course, the guest of honor was his 83 year old great grandma, Ruth!

And lots and lots and lots of Health and Fine Arts classes...

Planning their chapel presentation for later in October.  We have been given the entire chapel time to present our High School program and we are super excited about that.  My students are working hard on making it a great presentation.

My dear friend, Richard, graciously agreed to be our guest speaker in September and gave us basic First Aid training.

Architectural Watercolor Painting Class

Requirement: you have to use your fingers!

Fine Arts: Student's choice of project.  The results were amazing!
My students amaze me.  Humble me.  Inspire me.  They may very well teach me more than I teach them.
While there was much, much more that happened, these are the highlights.  

We are well on our way to mid-October.  It is warming up in our urban corner of the world.  It is Spring now.  Summer is coming!

"Come, let us bow down in worship, 
 let us kneel before the LORD our maker; 
for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture
the flock under His care."  Psalm 95:6-7

We are experiencing His gracious care in so many ways.  All we can do is kneel before Him in GRATITUDE.

Blessings on each of you,
Jama


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

"With All My Heart:" Celebrating 40

On Thursday of last week, my sweet students planned a really sweet surprise birthay celebration for me.  I was touched by their love and "carinho."  One of my student's mother made this delicious chocolate cake.






"I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your marvelous works!"
Psalm 1:9




This was my birthday card from them.  We have fun selfies together, but unfortunately as they are minors I cannot post those.  They were quite pleased with themselves in surprising me!


Some of my sweet gifts.
 Friday, September 1st was my actual birthday.  Big 4.0.  I shared the scripture above because while last year I was in panic mode at the thought of leaving my precious 30s behind...this week I just felt overwhelmed with gratitude.  I am well.  I am healthy.  I am raising my children.  My husband and I are nearing our 10 year anniversary.  Our children are healthy.  How.blessed.am.I?

My precious friend, Juliana, spent Friday afternoon with me while the children were at school.  She brought me cinnamon rolls and we sat and talked and talked and talked.  Perfect birthday afternoon.  Thanks, Ju, for sharing my special day with me!


Saturday I just wanted to eat Mexican food with my three favorite people.  That is exactly what we did.  It was fantastic!

I have decided my son doesn't know how to take a normal picture.  Ever.  Someday he will love these pictures!!

One of our two huge plates of food!



This special gift came from a dear friend of mine, a fellow teacher and sister in Christ.  She gave it to me saying that owls are a symbol for teachers and it just really touched my heart.  This semester has been super, super challenging and difficult on many levels for me and most of August was spent overwhelmed and frustrated.  This gift, with its simple message, gave me hope.  While I never dreamed I would be a teacher, God has put me there and will keep me there.  Thank you, sweet Camila.  God used you this weekend to encourage and inspire me.
And so to my parents who called me, to the many Whatsapp messages and untold numbers of Facebook messages to a few special emails to my husband who took me to lunch and my mother in law who cooked on Sunday so I did not have to, to my precious High School students, THANK YOU!!!  My world is so full.  My heart is so full.  I am so loved and incredibly blessed and each of you are a special part of that blessing.

                                                                       Celebrating 40,
                                                                                    Jama