Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
.....but we are kind of happy.
We love Inter.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
If you want to see and learn more about these guys then just go here. I suggest you read their testimony. Very encouraging young men who definitely have their priorities in order.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
A retraction is a public statement, either in print, or by verbal statement that is made to correct a previously made statement that was incorrect, invalid, or in error. The intent of a public retraction is to correct any incorrect information.
So yesterday I blogged about the funny comment my son made about there being an astronaut hall of fame. I thought it was pretty funny. We all gave Garrett a hard time.
This morning we woke up and Benay said, "Uh, is there an astronaut hall of fame?"
I laughed and then did a google search and came up with this site.
Turns out there is a hall of fame for astronauts. Guess I should of googled it before I cracked on my son.
I went downstairs and told Garrett (who had endured a lot of joking since his comment). He smiled, jumped into my arms, started laughing and kept repeating, "I told you they had a hall of fame. I told you they had a hall of fame."
So this is my retraction. I do this to apologize to my son.
I also thank my wife for having me do the google search. I do not, however, thank the wise guys who have made "hilarious" comments on yesterday's blog about Garrett's dumb teacher. You can crack on me if you want but we both know that you also had no idea there was an actual astronaut hall of fame. You just googled it.
I also know who you are and that's a good thing as we can learn a new word together.....retribution.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
We are on the move again. Right now we are in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Tomorrow we will take Ansley to look at a college in Oklahoma and then it's off to Dallas.
It's going to take us forever to tell about all the things going on during our time in the states but we'll try in the next few days and weeks. Knowing us, it may take months.
More to come.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
They've been so bad that they fired their coach this week.
We played Wednesday night under the direction of a new coach and won.
Okay, so we played against one of the worst teams in the league and we played them at home but a victory always helps the confidence. We are currently in 3rd place.
We qualify for the biggest tournament in South America next year if we can finish in the top 4 spots of our national championshiop this year. Only 10 games left.
We haven't forgotten our favorite sports team and for those that follow our team as well we share the following highlights. Enjoy:
She shared a little bit more with us yesterday.
Benay and I are in Franklin, Tennessee with our sponsoring church. We've been here for a week. The kids came with us and stayed for a few days.
On Monday Benay's parents came and picked up all the kids, except for Giovanni, and took them back to their house to hang out with them this week.
Yesterday Benay noticed that Carys left her toothbrush in Franklin.
She called Carys to ask how she was brushing her teeth there (assuming that Carys would not tell her grandparents that she needed a new one) when her toothbrush was here.
She told Benay not to worry. She had in fact brushed her teeth TWO times in two days.
Once with a napkin and once with her finger.
Like we always say......that's Carys's world.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
I read where 100,000 people celebrated on the beach when the announcement was made.
I have a friend who is from Rio and he doesn't want to move back there because of the crime.
It's a beautiful city but with alot of crime. They have 7 years to prepare. We'll see.
Something is going on in Brasil. Not only do we have the Olympics but the 2014 World Cup as well.
So go ahead and plan your trips Brasil. If we don't have enough room in our house we'll find a place for you.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Anderson: "Did Mammy get shot with a bullet in a war?"
Anderson: "Was she a soldier in an army?"
Anderson: "Then why is she dead?"
Benay: "Because she was really old and parts of her body just stopped working."
Anderson: "What part?"
Benay: "Her heart. Do you feel your heart beating inside your chest?"
Anderson: "Yes.......So why is she not in heaven?"
Benay: "Well her spirit is in heaven but her body is here on earth. Her body is just like some old clothes that she left behind but she is in heaven now."
Anderson: (long pause) "So she's naked?"
We just love how his mind works.
Monday, October 05, 2009
It was a great testimony to her life to see how many people were there. It was pretty amazing. Many people loved her.
The next day we drove to middle Tennessee for her funeral.
It was both a time to say goodbye as well as a celebration of her life. There were songs at her funeral and we had a time of sharing. Many of her grandkids got up and shared what Mammy meant to them. There were tears and laughs as we shared stories. It was a special time.
We were able to see cousins that we had not seen in almost 20 years. It was great seeing everyone and we even talked of starting some kind of yearly or every two year family reunion. We all agreed that we didn't want to wait 20 more years before we saw each other again.
We forget sometimes that our kids aren't used to American ways of doing things in many situations. I guess I just assume, since I spent 30+ years in the states, that my kids would just automatically know the American customs with funerals. I was reminded last week that they did not. Some of the things they said or did were funny and some of the things that they saw just intrigued them.
My mom and dad took Bronwyn, Garrett and Carys to the funeral. They left a lot earlier than the rest of us did. By the time we got to the funeral Bronwyn relayed a story to us that had happened when their group arrived. They got out of the car and saw this:Our oldest son said, "Sweet......a limo!"
We don't have anything like a hearse in Brasil and he had never been to an American funeral so naturally he thought it was a limo. Bronwyn said she kind of whispered an apology to my parents but they both kind of chuckled and said it was okay. They understood that there was no way for him to have known what it was.
Another thing we don't have in our city are big open field cemeteries. You would never see the following picture in our city at a funeral. You can go here to read about our teammate Jennifer's first experience with a Brasilian funeral. It's much different than American funerals.
So, even the idea of digging a hole, lowering the casket and then filling the hole back up was intriguing to our kids. They had never seen anything like that. We took this picture because Carys literally stayed in this position watching the men until they finished filling the hole. The funeral ended with my cousin's husband playing Amazing Grace on the bag pipes. It was a great ending to a celebration of Mammy's life.
Sunday, October 04, 2009