5.20.2018

Seafarers, or Dia da Marinha


This week we had all sorts of activities around town for Dia da Marinha. We checked things out on our walk last Sunday, not really knowing what to expect. Turns out there were all sorts of free boat rides!

We decided it wasn't the best Sunday activity, but it was clear Woo really wanted to ride one of those boats!
Me (laughing at him): You have fomo (fear of missing out), don't you?
Woo: I have fomo and you have fobi--fear of being involved.
Which is pretty close to the truth!

Anyway, we had all week to ride boats and Woo went three separate times with three different groups of kids. All the kids got a chance to ride some boats, Woo went on a different one each time (riding all boats possible!) and I didn't have to go on any!

(I don't actually hate riding boats, it just worked out that way, and it was a fun thing for Woo to do with the kids.)


Herbie and Archie rode in the amphibious vehicle for a quick dip and the navy ship for a much longer ride, where they saw Archie's friend and got to ride in the... um... what's the cockpit of a ship called? (Herbie tells me it's the bridge.)


Ruby went by herself with Woo, which was perfect, because she got to ask lots of questions, without any one else getting bored. They toured a large docked ship. Ruby thought it was hilarious that she asked an in-charge-looking guy how much the boat weighed and he didn't know. Woo thought it was hilarious that when he did find out the answer, Ruby didn't listen.


Moses, Linus and Penelope went on Saturday. The amphibious vehicle (the one they all wanted to ride was booked), so they looked around, and ended up riding on the most fun one--the life saving motor boat. The ambulance equivalent of the sea, I guess.

Moses (spotting barnacles on a wall): Billions of blue, blistering barnacles!


Woo was afraid they wouldn't get up to speed, but they did. I wondered if Penelope had been nervous.
Woo: Nope, she giggled when we hit a bump, then shouted the best line of the whole trip: I wanna do a tube!!

A few bits from the rest of our week:

Moses apologizing to Penelope.


Archie as a robot.


And finally fixing two very large holes some kids (who shall remain unnamed) made in the wall.


Linus' friend was so impressed with Linus' new watch, that he went to the store and got the exact same one. Linus was very excited to show him how to set it, the stop watch, etc.


Oh, and Woo got a new calling today (in addition to the old one--branch mission leader). 1st counselor in the branch presidency.

That's our week. Hope yours was great!

5.13.2018

Every Day's A Fun Day


I kind of forgot it was Mothers Day today. The Portuguese celebrated last week and I got gifts from the kids last Saturday. I did remember enough to remind everyone that if we had still been in Utah, I'd have gotten a giant candy bar in church and during dinner I would've walked around the room, broken off a square or two for each of them (including Woo) and told them "Thank you for making me a mother!"


It's a tradition I kind of like, and if I'd been on the ball, I would've bought my own chocolate bar for the occasion. Maybe next year.

We did watch pictures of me after dinner (late for my birthday) and it was fun to have a visual reminder of my role the last 13 1/2 years. Motherhood has been such a blessing in my life!

I also got to speak today and in the middle of my talk the Holy Ghost bore witness to me of how blessed I am to have the Book of Mormon. And that it was given to me because God loves me, and He's happy that I'm using it.


Herbie had his first field trip. It almost didn't happen (he didn't get the permission slip in on time) and he was devastated, but I encouraged him to pray and keep on trying and he did. I don't know how enlightening it was really... He was supposedly watching a movie for English, but the movie was a french cartoon in Portuguese. Also, there seems to have been some fascination with the radishes he took for lunch--completely foreign to some kids.


Nellpea was tired and grouchy the beginning of the week. She dropped colors in class for the first time. (1st grade class discipline) She was very embarrassed and had a few seconds of sobbing in my shoulder and saying she didn't want to go to school again, but she did. The next day she was still tired (and irrational) and dropped one color (it had been 2 the first time). But that was the end of it. By the end of the week she was back to giving her teacher hugs and telling her she loves her.


Woo had a bit of a disappointment at work. And then didn't get to go surfing as much as he'd like. We walked to the store to buy Ruby some shoes and there was a giant teddy bear, on sale, sitting on a couch (not on sale). Woo sat on the couch and buried his head into the bear. And then he decided to buy it. There was absolutely no reaction to the sight of him walking home hugging a giant teddy bear, just the usual "six kids!" And the instant he got home, he laid down with his arms around the bear and fell asleep.


I realized today that Ruby is tall. She's only a handful of inches shorter than me now? And she's wearing my same shoe size. She is 13, I guess... French continues to be one of her favorite classes. Kind of strange to learn French in Portuguese, I would think, but I also think it's fun. I'm happy for her and all her language attaining opportunities.


I overheard the kids voting on who was the funniest kid in the family. Moses won hands down overall. There was no argument. No other kid even tried to pit himself against him. It was universally agreed upon and then there were a lot of match offs to try to determine second place. The truth is Moses is the funniest kid, but it's not necessarily wit. He has a lot of great faces and bodily quirks that are just comedic.


Linus has been so, so excited to invite his friends to our branch activity at the end of the month. He started handwriting notes about a month ago, but didn't know the time, so left that part blank. He was excited to hear it announced last week and this week he informed us that he's already passed out his invitations to every kid in his class and his teacher.


Archie's done a lot of crying this week. He cried because his dad got the teddy bear and not him... he's cried the last two Sundays in Primary when he's realized that everyone has a job except him. (Moses leads the music, Linus plays the music on the phone, Penelope draws names, etc.) We finally decided today that he can be the official passer-outer. Anytime everyone needs paper, crayons, or whatever, he's on it.

Well, I think that's it. Hope your week was great and Happy Mothers Day!


My (very short) talk:

In his talk—“Confide in God Unwaveringly,” Elder Ulisses S. Soares quotes one of my favorite scriptures in Mosiah.
“Therefore, lift up your heads, and rejoice, and put your trust in God. … “… If ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, … and serve him with all diligence of mind, … he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage.” 
This is one of my favorite scriptures because many, many times I have read it and the Holy Ghost has whispered to me that I am about to be delivered of some burden in my life.

I will share one example.

The first few years my kids started school, I hated it. I hated it because our once peaceful mornings became stressful and contentious. It was a terrible battle every morning to get the kids out the door in time for the bus.

I tried many different things that are often suggested by parenting experts. None of them worked. 

Then one morning, I accidentally woke up early. I didn’t want to get out of bed yet, so I read my Book of Mormon until it was time.

That morning was wonderful! It was the most peaceful school morning we had ever had. I set my alarm to wake up a few minutes earlier every morning to prepare myself with the Book of Mormon.

But after a few days I could see that I was better, but the children were not. And I knew that if the Book of Mormon had helped me, it would also help the children. I began to wake everyone up earlier to read the Book of Mormon by themselves, in the same room.

It had an immediate and powerful effect on our mornings. Recently I thought back to what a struggle our mornings used to be and how different they are now.

I know that the Lord delivered me from that horrible part of my day because I put my trust in Him.

At the end of second Nephi, Nephi asks:
And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; 
So you’ve been baptized and begun the gospel path. Are you done? No.

Nephi continues—we must rely “wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.”

I know that Jesus Christ is mighty enough to save us from any struggle we have. And I know that if we “put our trust in God, turn to Him with full purpose of heart, and serve him with all diligence of mind, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver us out of bondage.”

In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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Em seu discurso - “Confiai em Deus sem Vacilar”, o Élder Ulisses S. Soares cita uma das minhas escrituras favoritas em Mosias.
“Portanto, levantai a cabeça e regozijai-vos e ponde vossa confiança em Deus... Se vos voltardes para o Senhor com todo o coração... e o servirdes com toda diligência de vossa mente,... ele vos livrará do cativeiro, de acordo com a sua própria vontade e prazer”. 
Esta é uma das minhas escrituras favoritas, porque muitas, muitas vezes li e o Espírito Santo me disse que estou prestes a ser libertado de algum fardo em minha vida.

Vou compartilhar um exemplo.

Nos primeiros anos meus filhos começaram a escola, eu odiava isso. Eu odiei porque nossas manhãs pacíficas se tornaram estressantes e contenciosas. Foi uma batalha terrível todas as manhãs a levar as crianças a fora da porta a tempo para o autocarro.

Eu tentei muitas coisas diferentes que são frequentemente sugeridas por especialistas em pais. Nenhum deles funcionou.

Então, certa manhã, acordei acidentalmente cedo. Eu não queria sair da cama ainda, então eu li meu Livro de Mórmon até a hora.

Essa manhã foi maravilhosa! Foi a manhã escolar mais pacífica que já tivemos. Ative o alarme a acordar alguns minutos mais cedo todas as manhãs a preparar me com o Livro de Mórmon.

Mas depois de alguns dias pude ver que eu estava melhor, mas as crianças não estavam. E eu sabia que se o Livro de Mórmon tivesse me ajudado, também ajudaria as crianças. Comecei a acordar todos de nos mais cedo a ler o Livro de Mórmon sozinho, na mesma sala.

Isso teve um efeito imediato e poderoso em nossas manhãs. Recentemente, pensei em que luta nossas manhãs foram e como são diferentes agora.

Eu sei que o Senhor me livrou daquela parte horrível do meu dia porque eu coloquei minha confiança Nele.

No final do segundo Néfi, Néfi pergunta:
“E agora, meus amados irmãos, depois de haverdes entrado neste caminho estreito e apertado, eu perguntaria se tudo terá sido feito. Eis que vos digo: Não.” 
Então você foi batizado e começou o caminho do evangelho. Você terminou? Não.

Néfi continua - devemos confiar “plenamente nos méritos daquele que é poderoso para salvar.”

Eu sei que Jesus Cristo é poderoso o suficiente para nos salvar de qualquer luta que tenhamos. E eu sei que se nós "pusermos nossa confiança em Deus, voltarmos para o Senhor com todo o coração, e o servirmos com toda diligência de nossa mente,ele nos livrará do cativeiro, de acordo com a sua própria vontade e prazer”.

Em nome de Jesus Cristo. Amém.