We started church at the Mabery house at the end of October. We had 36 the first week and 47 the second. It's a good thing we love each other because it was a little tight in our living room. We turned the office into the kids' classroom, the carport into the toddler class, the veranda into the adult class, and the living/dining (and part of the veranda) into the auditorium.
13 November 2010
Mary had an amazing time at the Continent Care Conference this year. The Continent Care team raised enough money for all the missionary women to attend the conference for free (you just had to get there). Part of the team was made up of professional counselors who were open to meeting with us during the week. It was good to be able to talk with someone (Becky Holton) in my heart language about all of the transitions in this past year. In the picture is Ali Kaiser (my roommate from ACU)... I got to see old friends (Debora), strengthen the bonds between my other wonderful teammates (Valerie and Jennifer), and make new friends with missionary women who are in similar life phases (Julie and Stacy). I know it was beneficial for all who went. Thank you Georgia, Becky, and all of the team who did their best to make us feel appreciated and cared for. May God continue to bless you as you richly bless others.
Everyone had a great time with Grandma here. Mommy had to go out of town for five days to a conference and Grandma came to help Daddy take care of the girls. Grandma baked Halloween cookies with Aubry and read lots of books with Paisley. After Mommy got back from the CCC in Sao Paulo, Grandma, Mommy and Aubry went to see Peter Pan at the theater downtown. It's a beautiful theater and the modern version of Peter Pan was incredible. Aubry shouted "I believe in faries!" (in Portuguese of course) and the Pirates did a cool version of the Thriller Dance and the lost boys' rap was pretty impressive. All in all we had a great time with Grandma here and we are sure glad she came. Also, she brought lots of goodies we're still enjoying!
Our friend Cleiton took us to a Vitoria soccer game one Sunday afternoon. He even got us red and black jerseys to wear. He is a die hard soccer fan as are most Brazilians. In our city you are either for Bahia or Vitoria (kinda like Auburn or Alabama). It was a great afternoon except that we didn't win. Please, be in prayer for Cleiton as he is coming around our church more lately.
Daddy and Uncle Randy took Aubry and Kelton to the Dinasour exibit. They had soooo much fun that Mommy was a little jealous she didn't get to go. But Mommy did get to take Aubry a couple of weeks later to the bumper boats inside one of the malls. Outside the mall Aubry had the best time seeing her shadow get bigger and smaller in the spotlight on the huge wall. I think she actually had more fun doing that than riding the boats! It's good to get the girls out to do special things every now and then!
For our last friendship lunch of the year and the last one in our old building, we fed close to 120 people. It was a great turn-out not only by needy people but a great turn-out of our members and friends to help serve our community. Our friend Cleiton came to help us serve and he whitnessed one of the homeless men telling us, "Now if I can care as much about myself as you people care about me, maybe I can stay sober." We had an entire soccer team (the kids that play near our church) join our lunch that day as well. It was an exciting day but a little sad realizing that our benevolence ministry will have to change when we move.
Aubry had a couple of 3rd birthday parties this year. She had one at school on her real birthday and another one, a pool party, with her church and team friends when MyMy could come. Both parties were backyardigans and both had Uniqua, Tasha, Tyrone, and Pablo masks for the kids. Daddy made delicious cupcakes and Aubry got some cool gifts. One of her favorite gifts were polly pocket dolls and accessories. Also, turning three meant that Aubry got to start Ballet Class! She's growing up!