Today is our one year mark! Unbelievable—six more months to go! This month was a good one—full of adventures!! We decided to keep one of our rental cars from our last trip to the interior for a month—just to see how we fared driving here in Salvador—which by the way is “muito complicado”. For the most part we did fairly well…but then one day we didn’t see that the road had stopped and there were stairs!!!! The wonderful thing about the Brazilian people is they know how to pitch in and help—as soon as we heard the crunch and got out to see what had made that “terrivel” sound—within minutes there was a meeting of the neighborhood minds trying to help us—they got a truck and a rope and leaned on the car to right it and then pulled us out! (Paul was so appreciative that I and one of the Elders captured this moment on our cameras!!) We offered to pay them for their help but they refused to take anything. We had to go back to these Elder’s apartment a few weeks later and they had put up a pylon thing—so maybe there were others who had done the same thing???
As you can tell my “portuglese” is coming along wonderfully! Let’s be honest—my language skills are horrivel!!
Below is a picture of the “bamboo tunnel” going into and leaving the airport here in Salvador.
A couple of weeks ago we did get to enjoy one of the perks of being a SENIOR couple—and that was having a few of our kids grandkids come down to visit us here in Bahia!! Aaron and his wife Kristen and their two children—one of them our newest grandson that we had not met yet—and Kacey and her fiancé Sam braved the long 22 hour flight and came down here for a week to visit us! We were so excited and were so sad when they had to get back on the plane and leave us behind!! We had such a fun time with them—showing them around Salvador, taking them to church and then we went up to a nice beach resort a couple of hours north of us for a few days. It was a little piece of heaven for us and made us realize how much we love all of our children and grandchildren and miss them! Here are a few pictures of our visit:
We cannot thank them enough for coming down! They brought us some much needed supplies—Tami and Craig also sent us some supplies earlier in the month and we so appreciate having some things to share with our missionaries!! Thank-you! Thank-you!!
Below are a couple of those pictures again of “well you don’t see that everyday”. The first one is two boys with a horse out in the water at the beach—the two boys were holding onto ropes attached to the horse—being pulled by the horse. The second one is a guy transporting a bicycle on his motorcycle.
We have gained such a deepened appreciation of so many things over the past year! Love for our family, love of this wonderful restored gospel, and a love for these wonderful people here in Brazil! We love and miss you all—this church is true! Thanks for all your support!!
Paul and Kaye