Hurricanes and Other Stuff

We dropped the ball on pictures this week, but the kids were much better. There were no problems at all, except the 3 or 4 tantrums Linus threw. Hopefully, he'll pull himself together next week.

Herbie and Moses are super excited because they introduced their two best friends (who are brothers) to the Sisters. They and their mom are now meeting with the Sisters and things seem to be going very well; although they have not been to church yet. Moses is working on a Book of Mormon cover for his friend right now.

We had heard nothing about a hurricane headed this way until Woo's dad texted yesterday afternoon. Then we found a lot of sensational headlines predicting the storm of the century. No one here was concerned at all. It turns out fishermen know their storms.

We did get some water and fill the house with food, just in case. Wind and rain started about 7pm. I moved all the kids sleeping on the upper level down to be with the rest of us around 9pm. Minutes after that the wind died and remained silent. The storm completely fizzled into nothing.

Here's kind of a cool thing Woo discovered a couple weeks ago... Svoboda is the name of the czech family line I've been researching, and we've been doing their temple work for the past two years. Anyway, Woo discovered that the word svoboda means freedom in English.

It brings to mind things like this: "The Messiah should be made manifest unto them in the latter days, in the spirit of power, unto the bringing of them out of darkness unto light--yea, out of hidden darkness and out of captivity unto freedom." or one of my personal favorites: "For the prisoners shall go free."

Ruby, Herbie and Moses made it to kayaking for the first time this week. They had a lot of fun; although, there was some complaining of Ruby ramming into or splashing her brothers on purpose, and they were exposed to the sailing team, who were all zipping around in tiny sailboats made for one or two people. They all wished that was what they could be doing.

Linus, Penelope and Archie went to the beach with their school to pick up garbage. Archie's teacher said he did a great job of actually picking up garbage while they were there (something I imagine might be difficult for 3-5 yr olds with the temptation of the sand and the dunes).

Linus wore his Elmo hat in anticipation of his morning on the beach. Looking at him, I realized I hadn't seen any Sesame Street stuff in Portugal.
Me: Does everyone know Elmo here?  
Archie: Do they believe in him?
Linus said no to both questions. Most kids think he's wearing an Angry Birds hat.

Penelope cut her hair once last week. Then she (or a friend--I haven't gotten a clear answer yet...) cut it again to attempt bangs. I've tried to fix it a bit. Anyway, this is what we have now:

I love conference, but the last couple, I've had kind of a weird feeling while watching it (never while reading)... attributed solely to my pride, probably... but where I feel lost in a crowd, listening to a speaker address everyone in the world, while I've wanted something more personal, something just for me.

Anyway, I said a little prayer about it last week and forgot about it. Then on the last talk I watched--President Nelson's talk in the women's session--three times he said something exactly the same as my back-to-school blessing from Woo. Then I remembered my prayer. That was the answer.

This is what I attempted to bear my testimony about today, but I completely forgot it was testimony meeting until it was about to start and my Portuguese was a bit of a mess. I'm not going to try to recreate it.

I hope you had a great week!