August 13, 2011

Fridays.

This whole weeks was a Friday of sorts. If you ask any Reformer what Friday's are for or what they're like, he will probably tell you that ' It's a day of preparation, when we get everything ready for the Sabbath. Food, clothes etc. Anything that can be done, to avoid work on the Sabbath is done on Friday. Hence, Friday's are busy, full, noisy, full of a bustling activities.'
That's what I mean when I say this week was a Friday. What were we preparing for? Well, if you ask any Reformer, he'll probably tell you that at the end of this month through to September, the General Conference Session is being held. Where? All the way across the pond and in Romania. So, we leave next week, and this week was busy, full, noisy, full of bustling activities. Mainly packing.
I have an important announcement: Every trip we make, I pack an overstuffed suitcase (and will sometimes sneak things into my mother's suitcase). A suitcase that if left unattended at the airport will not stand,  but will instead tip over and rock back and forth on a bulging belly. Well, this time I packed one suitcase. I'm only taking one suitcase and! it can stand up. all. on. its. own. two. wheels!!! (Oh, yes that deserved three exclamation points!)
Anyways, this week we went shopping to Victor's dismay. But 'watcha gonna' do. The kid's been outgrowing his clothes so fast we had to drag him along. His reaction:

Sitting on the carpet in Sears' suit department this week.
So, no more posts for a while, but when I come back I'll be posting pictures of Europe, and the meetings. To all who are going, See you soon! And to those who won't be able to make it, I wish you were coming.
Be back soon y'all!

August 10, 2011

Critter Show.

When summer began mother picked up a flyer from the library that had the schedules for the activities being held at the public libraries in Abbotsford this summer. On that list was, Mike's Critter Show. Mike's Critters is basically Mike, going around with a bunch of animals to show and tell kids about the animals. Quite an impressive number of children showed up at the Clearbrook library to check out the collection of reptiles Mike brought. We saw corn snakes, and turtles, and tree frogs, and geckos, and got to pet them too! Well, Victor did anyway. And, Mike chose special "helpers" from the audience to hold, a tarantula! Victor was pretty excited about it all, he got chosen and when I asked him about it he said it "tickled me through my shirt. It was kinda freaky."



The corn snake, I do apologize for the quality of the photos, I haven't mastered cell phone shots yet.
This critter was outside passing out more flyers and waving good-bye.

August 9, 2011

Cereal Cmiles.

Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.
~Author Unknown




One of these mornings Victor arranged his breakfast to form a smile and snapped a photo of it with the cell. I'm using it as the photo for a post on smiles. Just a few quotes on smiles from my quote book:

Start every day with a smile and get it over with.  ~W.C. Fields

People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.  ~Lee Mildon

Smile.  Have you ever noticed how easily puppies make human friends?  Yet all they do is wag their tails and fall over.  ~Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997

A smile confuses an approaching frown.  ~Author Unknown

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.  ~William Shakespeare, Othello

                  If you smile at someone, they might smile back.  ~Author Unknown

Always remember to be happy because you never know who's falling in love with your smile.  ~Author Unknown

                         Everyone smiles in the same language.  ~Author Unknown

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.  ~George Eliot

Smile - sunshine is good for your teeth.  ~Author Unknown

A smile is a powerful weapon; you can even break ice with it.  ~Author Unknown

                    Don't cry because it's over, SMILE because it happened. ~ Dr. Seuss

August 8, 2011

Marco Zero.

Last, but definitely not least, Daddy flew further South from DR to Brazil. Macapá to be more exact.
 Interesting fact about Macapá, the Amazon River flows through it. Our family has never seen the Amazon River, better, had never seen the Amazon. Daddy, had the privilege of viewing it for a brief afternoon last month when in Macapá for the youth conventions being held there. The youth convention was, according to Daddy, "beautiful, a blessing, and exciting. I was told the temperatures there were going to be very hot, but when I arrived I found the brethren's fervor burning and their welcome warm."
Marco Zero is also located in Macapá. What is that?! The title of today's post is the location in Brazil where the equator encircles. Tourists from all over, flock there to experience being in two hemispheres at once. And then, on each vernal and autumnal equinox, a biannual wonder occurs. The sun shines just so that its primary rays gleam straight over the equator, and straight through Marco Zero. The outing planned for the weekend of the conference was to Marco Zero and Daddy got to experience being in both the Southern and Northern Hemisphere at the same time...bet that's where Landon Carter got his idea to fulfill Jamie's dream of being in two places at once...But anyways..Pictures:

Marco Zero.


From Left to Right:  Very nice brother that Daddy is trying to remember his name, Bro. Marcos Vagner, Bro. Mario Alvarado, Bro. Eli Tenorio, Bro. Mateus Souza.

Apparently it was raining in both hemispheres.


At the Amazon River. Daddy said it is really really beautiful.

Part of the group that went on the outing.
Well folks. This is it. Other than Romania next week, this trip completes this four year term Daddy has been Youth Department for the GC. If I'm anxious about the future? Perhaps. But life, bring it! We'll take it. By the grace of God, whatever comes, we'll take it!

P.S. I'll see if I can squeeze a few more posts this week, before we leave! 'Till then, Ta-ta for now!

August 6, 2011

Banilejo Mango.

Another travel post:
Next, Daddy flew down to the Dominican Republic where, again, blessed meetings were held.
Once more, Father came back speaking with great admiration of the youth of our church. He came back with encouraging reports of young people intent on fulfilling God's will for them in their lives. Appeals were made, advice given, and experiences shared and related. In his own words. "A experience full of blessings and encouragement."
Dominican Republic, is beautiful. Of course, I've never been there but that's what Daddy told me. One of the things enhancing its beauty, is Daddy's favorite fruit. Mango. Personally, I believe anywhere on planet earth with mangoes is heaven on earth for him. What mango is this? Banilejo Mango.

Platform of Brethren holding the meetings.
 
Daddy with some of the brethren that had attended the Youth Convention, including Bro. Eduardo Lainez, Secretary of the Central America Dept. for the GC (on Dad's left, your right), and Pastor Daniel Guzman of the Dominican Republic(on the right corner, in the blue shirt).


Don't those mangoes look yummy!! According to a small article on the Banilejo mango it "is the best-known mango variety [of mango] in the Dominican Republic. It’s sweetness and distinctive taste makes it the champion of Dominican mangoes and has turned Bani into the mango capital of this Caribbean nation. It has always been a local favorite, but it has now found its way into major international markets in Europe and the United States."
Apparently, even the Queen of England herself commented on how extraordinary it is! Great, now I'm really craving a plump, sweet, juicy, yellow mango...!!

August 2, 2011

Colombian Bocadillos.

I shall be posting three new posts this week from Daddy's trips.
First up: Colombia!
Daddy was invited to fly down to Colombia one more time last month for a youth convention. (No Duh! I know, I know, I'll stop stating the obvious eventually.)
As always, he came back with stories to tell and testimonies to share. Approximately two-hundred people showed up for the meetings, many of them non-members, and after Daddy's sermon on Sabbath, he had the opportunity to make an appeal. As appeals had already been made the previous nights, he decided to change things around. He invited not all young people to come forward, but he made a special appeal to those who had been touched and decided to prepare themselves for the next baptism. Approximately fifty young people came forward and are presently receiving Bible studies and preparing themselves to become part of our church family. Let's keep them in our prayers!
When Daddy goes on his trips, he usually brings back something. (Tarsier for example.)
From Colombia, Daddy brought back bocadillos for us to try! Apparently in Spain that's the name of a sandwich, but in Colombia, it's a dessert. Wrapped in plastic casing or corn husks it's a sweet candy made with guava paste! It was yummy!



Eventually, I did find my dad.
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