• Exciting week – visa and plane ticket!

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    This week that lovely Xpresspost envelope addressed to me with my writing..showed up in the mail. I knew it was coming because I’d been tracking it, but opening the mailbox and seeing it there…priceless! I couldn’t wait to tear into it and see my visa for Brazil. Much to my delight…the on page 15 of my passport was a 5 year multiple entry visa! I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of myself that I love so much. Another step complete…with the next one being a plane ticket. I got that booked and paid for yesterday…so now it’s official. I leave for Brazil March 2nd and return May 30th. It’s feeling more real all the time…and March 2nd isn’t very far away! I’m thankful to have the pieces coming together. I’ve been trying to spend at least an hour if not more working on Portuguese each day…so I have Portuguese words running through my head all the time now! I don’t have a huge vocabulary yet….but it’s coming…

    Brazil here I come!! Only 38 days!!

  • Spending time with all my “children”…

    Last week Friday and also yesterday I was privileged to spend time with all my Mozambican children! No…I wasn’t magically transported to Mozambique, where it’s nice and warm and there isn’t a single snowflake in sight! I was sitting in the SAMM office right here in cold, snowy Edmonton getting all their new pictures & letters ready to send out to the sponsors.

    20140114-205528.jpgIt’s a fairly involved process (one that I hope to change and make more efficient before next time) which requires lots of lists, hours in front of the computer, sometimes fighting with printers, mastering the “exact” science of cutting with a paper cutter and most importantly matching each child’s picture with the correct letter and then the correct sponsor! Just some of the many steps required to put each package together.

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    20140114-210723.jpg I helped put them together last year as well…and this year it took even longer! For good reasons though…more children have been sponsored (Yeah!) and now I know so many of the children! This meant I’d have to stop and tell Patti a story about them and what a character they are, how sweet they are or how they always followed me around wanting to hold my hand.
    Seeing all their faces brought back so many wonderful memories. It also brings me so much joy knowing that because of so many giving, caring people they have a chance to experience God’s love and hope for a better future. A wonderful reminder of why I’m making all these changes in my life and working hard to learn Portuguese! It’s coming slowly…for those of you who were wondering. My heart is filled with love for them and I can’t wait to see them all again soon!

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    Of course I made sure to print all 4 of my children on the same page (saved me a few cuts with the paper cutter!). The picture above is of the children I sponsor and the letters they did for me! I was blessed to get to meet two of them when I was in Mozambique in 2012…the ones I didn’t meet…Lord-willing I’ll meet later this year! And then I’ll really get to spend the day with my “children”….complete with the heat, flip flops and famous red dirt of Mozambique!

    In the meantime…I’ll enjoy the beauty of winter!

    20140115-161006.jpgA new day is dawning in my life and I’m filled with excitement and anticipation!
    This beautiful sunrise picture was taken by my mom, but I just had to share it. As I see it I’m stuck again with the wonder that God’s mercies are new every morning…great is Thy faithfulness. Knowing this gives me the to courage to keep moving forward!

    THANK YOU to everyone who has partnered with me financially and in prayer. I’m overwhelmed by your love and support. I’m happy to report all my initial onetime costs are completely covered and my monthly support base is growing. I have a ways to go with the monthly support, but little by little it’s building.

    Please pray:
    * For my visa and travel plans for Brazil to come together smoothly
    * That I will be able to learn Portuguese
    * For wisdom and direction each day
    * That God would continue to provide everything that I need
    * Continued health and strength

  • Things Are Getting More Real…

    Who would’ve thought a bunch of papers, a not great picture and a Xpresspost envelope could be so exciting?!

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    Today I mailed my visa application to the Consulate General of Brazil in Vancouver. It was a whole lot of paperwork, a little intimidating at times and the most involved process I’ve experienced in getting a visa. With some wonderful help along the way I was able to put that very important Xpresspost envelope in the mail! I experienced two very different emotions…joy to finally complete the requirements and trepidation at the thought of mailing my passport away and hoping everything was done right. Now I just have to wait…and I have all the tracking numbers so I can follow along and see where things are at. I think I’ll just try to forget about it for a few days though…
    Oh and then I’ll start tracking and begin anticipating the arrival of another Xpresspost envelope addressed in my handwriting to arrive in the mail…with that not so great picture of me in my passport! Please pray this process goes smoothly & quickly!

  • Happy New Year!

    Well I figured with the start of the New Year it was long overdue blog post…or mostly a collection of pictures from Dec! I enjoyed a wonderful Christmas season…with so many moments to cherish and enjoy. One of the highlights was a surprise trip to Hawaii given to me by my brother, Wes. We were gone Dec 15-21 and thoroughly enjoyed fun adventures and the escape from winter. On our way to supper one of the nights, we walked by some live music…and they were singing, “Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…! In my sundress and flip flops, I was thinking you have no IDEA what frightful is!! Made me laugh…

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    Christmas and New Years was spent out at my parent’s place in Niton Junction. And the weather outside was frightful almost every day…combined with lots of SNOW! The nice wood heater kept us toasty though! I love to do puzzles at Christmas and was able to finish three 1000pc puzzles while I was there. The most wonderful thing was time with family though…I cherished every moment.

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    Looking back over the past year…I’m thankful for continued health, strength and God’s faithfulness in my life. It’s been a year with¬†so many different steps, adventures¬†and moments…some good, some bad, some challenging, others joyful, rewarding and ones I will cherish forever. All of them have made for a very eventful year…and I’m excited to start another one. No matter what it looks like or what twists and turns it brings…Life is a Gift and I’m determined to live it to the Full!! Blessings to each of you in the New Year!