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