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#Lábrea2017

Posted by on February 2, 2017 in Brazil,Lábrea with 3 Comments

hello friends! :)  it’s been a little while!

so this post is about a trip we just took. we went to the town we might move to (and some other towns as well) to ‘check it out’ & see if it’s where God wants us, etc.

U. Scott & Auntie Aldine (a missionary couple that we are very close to. #familyawayfromfamily:) ) went with us (THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR GOING AND PUTTING UP WITH US AND MAKING IT 1000000x FUNNER!!!! WE LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!), they took the mission’s truck and we took our SUV/suburban/boat/monster. LOL

below is a little layout of what we did on the trip, where we were what days, etc. and then after that allllll the pictures :)

#Lábrea2017 Jan.12 11:56AM-Jan.27 6:21PM, 2017:

Jan.12- left around noon, drove to Itaituba; stayed in Itaituba for the night

Jan.13- got up early; stopped for potty breaks & lunch, otherwise drove all day; stayed in Jacareacanga

Jan.14- same ol’ same ol’ from the day before; stayed in Santo Antonio

Jan.15- same ol’ same ol'; drove to Lábrea; went to church in Lábrea; met the AMAZING church family there (they were so on fire!!!); stayed the night in Lábrea

Jan.16- us kids & Mom checked out the city, along with Auntie Aldine & Miss Colleen (the missionary lady that lives there with her husband), the men went to get the truck fixed and meet the Jocum (YWAM) guy; some wonderful people from church had us over for a delicious lunch; afternoon we hung out at the hotel; the men disappeared again hahaha;went to Mr. Pablo & Miss Colleen’s house for supper (the missionaries that live in Lábrea; they are also the head pastors of the church); slept in Lábrea

Jan.17-Luke, Dad & U. Scott went on a day trip out to visit some river communities; us ladies stayed back; went to Miss Colleen’s to help her unpack her things and help wash her dishes (they had just gotten back from furlough the week before we got there); that night they had a cell group multiplication at church & we got to see all the people we had met on Sunday that already felt like we knew them forever, for the last time (at least on this trip! :) ); slept in Lábrea

Jan.18- men went to the airport & church camp in the morning; packed for Humaitá; left after lunch for Humaitá; arrived in Humaitá around 4; Dad, U. Scott & Auntie Aldine went to visit some cell groups with a leader there in Humaitá, as there is no PAZ church there but there is a church that uses the MDA vision (the MDA vision: cell groups & discipleship) that wants to be a PAZ church (sorry that is probably very confusing!); slept in Humaitá;

Jan.19- spent the day hanging out in Humaitá; drove around checking out the city which turned in to ”house hunting” (hahaha, okkkkayyyy so WE’RE not planning on moving to Humaitá, but God may be so…..arms open, right? :) ); slept in Humaitá that night

Jan.20-got up early to head to Porto Velho (the capital city of Rondonia; this city would be our ‘go-to’ for big supplies & maybe things like orthodontists and doctors etc.); arrived in Porto Velho; met some other missionaries that are with Wycliffe, they live in Porto Velho and the husband is a pilot also; went to lunch and then hung out at the missionaries’ house for the afternoon (thank you P & L & boys for opening your home to us that afternoon, for having us for supper on Saturday night & for going to church & pizza afterwards! God really opened doors for us to meet y’all!); we stayed in some missionaries’ apartment that are also with Wycliffe that we met while in Campinas learning Portuguese (us kids stayed at their house when Mom & Dad went back for Grandma Jane’s funeral), they are in the US now and let us stay in their apartment! (thank you P & M! it was much better than a hotel! :) ); slept in Porto Velho

Jan.21-SLEPT IN!!!!!!!!! (some of us did at least! but still HALLELUJAH! hahaha); washed some clothes (again, SOME of us did 😉 ); went to the mall for lunch and had MCDONALD’S!!!! always yay for that right, missionaries? 😉 (at least ones that don’t live near a Mcdonald’s, which we don’t so :) ); went to P & L’s for supper; slept in Porto Velho

Jan.22-hung out in the morning; tried to wash more clothes; went out to lunch with U. Scott & Auntie Aldine (they were staying with some friends of theirs); went to church at 5 & to pizza afterwards; slept in Porto Velho

Jan.23- left early to start HOME!; drove all day; slept in Vilhena

Jan.24-we stayed in Vilhena as our car had some problems accelerating/turbo & U. Scott & Auntie Aldine’s AC was off/on; the men took them to the mechanics and the guy said he could fix it but it would take the whole day, so we stayed :) ; went to the park, bought some movies & things, and then went to a buffet-type place for lunch; hung out on electronics in the afternoon & then the ladies and the kids (men were at the mechanics) went to an adorable coffee shop that was connected to the hotel (it was so fun & the shop was aaaaaadorable!!! they had cakes & cupcakes and they were delish!!!!); slept in Vilhena

Jan.25-got up for second day driving home; slept in Sorriso; (this day we got lost a little so we lost almost an hour i think, so by the time we got to our hotel it was around 7 + it was raining pretty hard :/ yeah…..and we had to go to 2 hotels before we found one that wasn’t full!! talk about tiring and ready to just shower and be in our rooms & SLEEP! hahaha) oh, and we found DONUTS at a random gas station! *praise hands* Dad said, ”they’re not gonna taste like ‘real’ donuts” and they actually did! so booyah, Dad, & thank you Jesus!!

Jan.26-got up early; next to last day! almost home! :) ;drove all day; it rained more this day too, quite a lot; when we stopped for lunch Dad bought all 4 of us kids a little ice cream bowl (see pic below) that was only like $2.50 (american dollars) thanks Dad! :)

Jan.27-lastttttt dayyyyyy!!; drove all day; arrived in Santarém around 6; home by 6:21PM; showered in our showers and slept in our beds <3

thank you Jesus for a wonderful trip & for all Your protection!

ok, now for some pictures! (also, if you thought that up there was long, feel free to skip it (now that you’ve read it all hahaha) and just look at the pics! and if it felt like a lot, it was beginning to feel long and like a lot for us too!)

Map here of where we went and what roads we took etc,; the blue on top is where we came going to Lábrea, and then the blue on the bottom is on the way home! :)

ok so the pics are kinda in order but kinda not. sorry, i was going to try and put them in order (meaning the days they were taken) but gave up—too much work…..hahaha maybe someday when i’m better at this! 😉 and so so sorry that the pictures are so far apart too!! :/

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a little 'waterfall'-first day

a little ‘waterfall’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the beauty just outside our window for most of our driving days

the beauty just outside our window for most of our driving days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

one of the many, many, many wooden bridges we crossed

one of the many, many, many wooden bridges we crossed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

reading or playing his game on the kindle---his fav things to do on the trip :P

reading or playing his game on the kindle—his fav things to do on the trip :P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

our clean car---the first day..... ;)

our clean car—the first day….. ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cozy toes on the dashboard..... :)

cozy toes on the dashboard….. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dad & his daughters, just  missing one (me! hahaha)

Dad & his daughters, just missing one (me! hahaha)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

remember the clean car? this is what it looked like on 2 days later....LOL

remember the clean car? this is what it looked like 2 days later….LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the donuts we found :) with filling too :P yummm

the donuts we found :) with filling too 😛 yummm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

some of the crazy dust (spewed up by other vehicles) we drove thru!

some of the crazy dust (spewed up by other vehicles) we drove thru!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

our one (and only) family selfie from this trip :)

our one (and only) family selfie from this trip :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flwoer sa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the fog was so pretty! glad i got at least one picture of it :)

the fog was so pretty! glad i got at least one (good) picture of it :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God being merciful sending us a beautiful sky heading in to Lábrea, as we were all so tired of driving, etc.

God being merciful sending us a beautiful sky heading in to Lábrea, as we were all so tired of driving, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God doing it again, when we were tired of more driving, again :)

God doing it again, when we were tired of more driving, again :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

from when we were driving around in Humaitá.....we had stopped for ice cream :P

from when we were driving around in Humaitá…..after we stopped for ice cream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

my $2.50 ice cream :)

my $2.50 ice cream :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

siblings, brother & sisters :)

that’s us :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

being crazy in the car waiting to go into the hotel :P

being crazy in the car waiting to go into the hotel in Humaitá :P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this little boy had a pack of mints and opened them all on his lap & popped them in one by one...so cute :D

this little boy had a pack of mints and opened them all on his lap & popped them in one by one…so cute :D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

me & Mari at the mall in Porto Velho....she always tries to hide from the camera :)

me & Mari at the mall in Porto Velho….she always tries to hide from the camera :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

i just had to share this.... :D let me know if y'all are having difficulty reading it!

i just had to share this…. 😀 let me know if y’all are having difficulty reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

more flowers cause ahhhhhhh im in love! hahaha if taking pics of flowers was a job, id be the 1st in line! :) and i asked Dad to stop so i could hop out and take a picture LOL

more flowers cause ahhhhhhh im in love! hahaha if taking pics of flowers was a job, id be the 1st in line! :) and these were on the side of the road….Dad stopped just for me :) = rare hahaha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a town we went thru.....on the first day :)

a town we went thru…..on the first day :)

so many pretty, peaceful lakes

so many pretty, peaceful lakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and....one more sky because....God is awesome, right???!!!!

and….one more sky because….God is awesome, right???!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rain heading out of Humaitá, on the way to Lábrea I believe

rain heading out of Humaitá, on the way to Lábrea I believe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SANTARÉM aka HOME hahaha

SANTARÉM aka HOME hahaha

'the view from our hotel in Lábrea

‘the view from our hotel in Lábrea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

i am so in love with these tall, straight, saplings (?) that they plant in straight rows...oh my goodness, i don't know why but.....

i am so in love with these tall, straight trees that they plant in straight rows…oh my goodness, i don’t know why but…..i’m hooked! LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

winshield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ok, i’m going to stop here cause this is reeeaaalllly long, sorry! maybe you’ll still come back for next time tho, right? :)

 

much love,

Jaelah & Jesus

3 Comments

Rosemary on February 4, 2017

Beautiful pictures Jaelah! You are a great photographer! I "love" your style of writing too! Thanks for sharing your trip, sounds very memorable! Love, Aunt Rose

Janelle on February 4, 2017

thank you Aunt Rose! as I have taken more and more pictures, i have found that my love for photography grows! :) oh, thank you! as i've written more and more, i've struggled to find my own style without trying to copy other people's as much as possible, and while it is still quite difficult, i think i will (hopefully!) get there someday soon! :) it was very memorable in so many ways! thanking God for all the blessings on this trip! Love, Jaelah

Linda Traub on March 1, 2017

Dear Steidingers, Such neat pictures and incredible trip for all of you. We continue to pray for you, now will add that God lead you as you decide whether to move to another area or not. The family pictures are so good. Stay safe. Love, Linda and Jim Traub

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