Wednesday, January 30, 2008
This is one taken while Anderson was enjoying the music after Carys's school Olympic Day. It doesn't matter if he's sitting or standing because he's still playing the guitar.
This is a video of Anderson singing one of his favorite songs. It's Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name." How does a 3 year old know the words to a song that's over 20 years old? That's the benefit of having an older brother who had to lip sync a song in his English class last year with his "band" and this was the song chosen. Enjoy the performance and please excuse the quick nose pick during the show.
In this last one he gives a special backyard performance as he shows his ability with our really expensive drum set - a cooler, an upside down trash can, a wooden chair and two wooden spoons.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
There is a pond on the hotel grounds and Anderson went one day with his grandad to feed the ducks.
We had time for basketball...........
On our last night together we had a "Mystery Dinner." During our meal we were entertained with a murder mystery. We were all asked to turn our name tags into names that ended with 'Sugarbaker' as we were invited to a dinner hosted by "Big Daddy" Sugarbaker. My wife is a bit of a ham and so when asked to play a part in the play she naturally accepted. She was Bobby Joe Baker. She was Big Daddy's private nurse and let's just say she was deeply involved in gross misconduct during the play. We had a great time and the 10 or so missionaries involved in the play did a great job. It was funny stuff. I may have to post a short video of my nurse/wife's acting in the mystery dinner in the future.
This is an "interpretive dance" done during the play. I love this picture because you can see the Brasilian waiters in the background not really knowing what reaction they should have to what they are seeing.
The best thing about the week was making new friends and, once again, being reminded of how diverse God's family is. We were blessed to be reminded that God's kingdom is moving forward and God has blessed us with so many encouraging brothers and sisters.
Friday, January 25, 2008
We had a main speaker who spoke two times a day to the entire group.
The men had a special speaker who also taught each morning. His name is Murray Wilton. He was born and raised in South Africa and for the last 20 years has lived in the United States. He has a teaching ministry to the business community in Huntsville, Alabama. The Spirit was strongly at work in bringing him to the conference and he was a blessing to those that were there. There is a brother in Christ named Larry Bennett who felt led to come to Brasil with Murray for the conference just to be available to pray and listen and help any missionary who might need it. I know that Murray and Larry blessed my family greatly by being here. God used them in mighty ways here in South America. We were also blessed to have them stay in our home both before and after the conference. Here is a picture of Murray sharing with the men (he's the one in the blue shirt, with arms raised, in front of the white board).
The teenagers also had teachers come from the states as well. For those of you who don't know, the term 'missionary kid' is kind of like a curse word in our house. We know and have seen how our kids are missionaries. They aren't just here because they had to be here. We know that God called them here for His purpose and they are living out His will here in Brasil. So, we were very happy to have some people come from the states and feed them as well. Cory and Christina Jones are youth ministers from Houston, Texas and they came to teach the teenage class. Our kids just loved them as they made the Bible interesting and they had fun with our kids. This is the only picture I have of them. Cory and Christina are on the left side of the photo. The Blume kids made up 60% of the class. We kind of do that sometimes. Our kids were blessed by Cory and Christina.
When the conference was over we had the chance to spend one night with Dottie, Murray and Larry together. My parents graciously offered to keep the kids and we took the 3 out to eat at a Brasilian steakhouse.
We had a great week together and were reminded that God's family is big, and fun and made up of so many different spiritually gifted people who love the Lord and really burn to share the Good News.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I had some really good help getting the tent set up.
Within 30 seconds of the tent going up I already had someone checking the place out to see if it was worthy of a camp out.
Within 5 minutes of the tent being set up we already had people staking their claims with sleeping bags and pillows.
Before we were ready to invade the tent we had to have a cook out right? This was our fire starter (he's a bit of a pyro) and hot dog cooking helper.
We all enjoyed a good meal before we went outside. I should never of had that 2nd hot dog.We took our laptop and a DVD out to the tent to watch a movie before we (Anderson, Garrett Carys and myself........for some reason Benay didn't want to sleep with us on the ground) turned in for the night. The DVD didn't work on the laptop so we weren't able to see a movie. I don't think the kids minded so much because within 2 minutes of lying down it looked like this:
After sleeping 4 in a 3 person tent for 4 hours (I had to take Anderson into the house at 1:00 because of constant squirming and grumpiness) I was able to lay down in a completely vertical position for the rest of the night. Suprisingly (for me at least) we woke up feeling really good after "roughing it" in the outdoors. Carys has already asked if we could do it again. TONIGHT!!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Anyway, my dad has been the owner and co-owner of different real estate agencies. For a while he was owner of Blume Realty. For a couple years during junior high I wore a windbreaker with "Blume Realty" on the back. Okay I confess I had a little, "my dad owns his own company what does your dad do?" pride coming out when I wore that jacket.
A couple of weeks ago we took my parents to a little place about an hour outside of Porto Alegre. It's the kind of town where you have to know someone or have a specific place you are wanting to go to in that town in order to visit it. It's very small. On our way out of town we came across this sign in front of some land for sale:
That's right. It says "For Sale.......Blume Realty."
Many parts of our state (Rio Grande do Sul) here in Brasil were settled by German immigrants and we've seen lots of Blumen something names here. Blumenau, etc. But we've never seen just the name Blume before we saw this sign. We thought it was pretty cool to find this sign when my parents were here.
So, anyone need some land in southern Brasil?
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Anyway, a rich sheik in Dubai puts together a tournament in January and he invites different champions from around the world. It's called the Dubai Cup. This year he invited us (because of our world championship) and he also invited last year's Italian champion (Inter de Milan), German champion (Stuttgart) and the Dutch champions (Ajax). We beat Stuttgart first and then this past Monday we played Inter de Milan in the final. They are one of the stronger teams in the world and so it was really nice to get the chance to play them. Then to beat another European power, like Barcelona, was icing on the cake. Here is a picture of the sheik with our team captain.
Since we've arrived in Brasil I've found out what the world already knows.....that soccer really is the "beautiful sport." I never watched or paid much attention to soccer before we moved here but now I/we really love it. Here is a video of one of our favorite players, Nilmar (and Ansley is hopeful that he might be her future boyfriend), making the goal that won the championship for us by way of a bicycle kick. It is a thing of beauty.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
And pray that their grandmother will be able to make it to the airport on the 20th without crying too much.
Friday, January 04, 2008
This is me holding a tadpole.
This is the tadpole that I was holding in my hand..........just joking. Actually this is a frog that we found at the waterfall place.
This is a picture that I took at the waterfall place and it is two dragonflies stuck together.
This is the bug who went onto my mom's shoe and when I saw her, she was shaking like she was doing the cha-cha. We found this bug in our backyard.
This is the same bug.
This is a big moth that we found in our backyard.
We got him out of mom's office and he flew into the rock room and hit the ceiling fan twice and fell to the floor and that is why my dad calls him "knucklehead." This is a picture of him on the ground.
And then he woke up and flew onto the tablecloth.
And then he flew outside and me and Garrett couldn't find him anymore.
This is a picture of a butterfly and a pretty, pretty, pretty flower in the same tree in our backyard.
This a picture of a bee in a pretty flower in our backyard.
My dad is crazy so he just put a picture of a pretty flower.
We have grapes and most of the year when they get greenish the bees come and eat them. And that is why me and Garrett pick them when they are green because you can't wait until they are purple because the bees will come and get them. This is a picture of a bee eating a grape.
This is a picture of my grandfather and he is the weirdest bug I know.