Yesterday the kids got to hang out with Tio Isaac's super-fluffy bunnies, and in December, Lord willing, they'll get to share them with the Barcellos family. Share, like, in a pot.
Except that Renata wants one to keep.
The Lord was very kind to us when we first arrived in Porto Alegre. We had very few options for renting, since we had no financial history in the country. This apartment, owned by the brother of a friend of a friend, has been a God-send.
The living room, dining room, and sitting room are all one big room, which gives us quite a bit of space to use for social occasions. It's been wonderful for Bible study, and this past weekend, it proved handy as Kimberly hosted a Ladies' Tea, organized by all the women of our church. Women from other churches or without a church came as well, with over twenty women attending and having a wonderful time.
I came by just as the party was getting started to take the boys out to the game store, so we could have a little dude time while the ladies did their thing. The party was already going strong at that point.
Everybody wanted Kimberly's lemon scone recipe.
Although Kimberly has had difficulty with the language barrier, it's been good to see these relationships blossom, and to see how much Kimberly can minister to these women. This is particularly true when speaking of childrearing and education. Please pray that Kimberly will always be able to speak with wisdom, discernment, and empathy to these ladies. And thank the Lord for them!
I got to relive some old days be helping out some friends who own an organic market/coffee shop in the neighborhood (bairro) of Auxiliadora. I made cappuccinos and rocked a bow tie late into the night. Building relationships!
It was wonderful to spend time with the guys from Brotherhood of Man today. Hearing from one brother how important some good old guy time was for him was really refreshing, because...because me too.
I thank God for these brothers, and for the joy they are to my spirit. We finished by singing the doxology together, the first time we'd sung in the pub. So we're growing, and growing together.