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The first half of September

Posted by on October 5, 2015 in Janelle with no comments, please leave one

It has been nearly a month already since we arrived in the United States, and SO MUCH has happened!  So I decided to break it down into parts instead of one really really long blog post–this one will be long enough as it is 😉 Leaving Santarém… It’s 2AM and Luke doesn’t realize he has […]


Posted by on November 11, 2014 in Brazil,Janelle with no comments, please leave one

Since we arrived in Santarém nearly a year ago (!), Matt has been working on an experimental airplane (homebuilt) trying to get it running again.  The Murphy Rebel is owned by another mission organization, Amazon Salt & Light, and although we are PAZ missionaries, Matt has been using his mechanic skills to help out while […]

Viajando (Traveling) to Parintins and Vila Amazonia

Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Brazil,Janelle with 1 Comment

October has been a full month! It started off with Matt walking in the door on a Tuesday and asking if I’d like to go along on the boat trip with the team that was arriving from the U.S. that Friday, since I hadn’t yet been out with a team this year.  I said I’d […]


Posted by on August 9, 2014 in Brazil,Janelle with 1 Comment

The house we are living in is on the edge of Santarém in a bairro (neighborhood) called Jutaí (zhu-tie-EE, my pronunciation, not anything officially grammatically correct).  Over the past few months we’ve been able to get to know many of the kids that live here.  We’ve had a few evangelistic, cell-group type get togethers at […]

May-June 2014

Posted by on June 11, 2014 in Janelle with no comments, please leave one

  Matt informed me it has been a VERRRYYYY long time since I wrote anything on the blog.  Like, I haven’t written since we moved to Santarém (and tomorrow is the 6 month mark already!) so I guess it’s my turn 🙂  So, an update in pictures of the last couple months…   People move […]

Finding the “good” in Goodbyes

Posted by on September 17, 2013 in Brazil,Janelle with 6 Comments

Be forwarned–it’s long.  My brain downloading…. We have said a lot of goodbyes lately. Honestly, it’s starting to wear on me. Seven weeks ago we said goodbye to a missionary family that arrived in Brazil the same time we did and studied at the same language school. They also had boys Luke & Sierra’s ages–other […]

Winter Break

Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Brazil,Janelle with 1 Comment

Here in Brasil, the month of July is ‘férias’ –holiday/vacation time. The kids are out of school and many people spend time traveling. In our desire to be more Brasilian, we decided to do the same. (Actually it was our desire to not spend 30 consecutive days together in the apartment with LOTS of extra […]


Posted by on July 2, 2013 in Brazil,Janelle with 3 Comments

That is the name of the game here…new experiences. We are experiencing new things all the time. Today my new experience was going to the chiropractor. That in itself wasn’t that new, I’ve been going to a chiropractor off and on over the years since I was in college. And as a funny side note, […]

Down Memory Lane

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Brazil,Janelle with 3 Comments

We watched one of our family dvd’s tonight from about 3 years ago. It was about the same time of year–late April, springtime–one of my favorite seasons.  It was so funny. The kids laughed so hard watching it. Sierra has changed so much–it was hilarious to see her stomping through puddles in the lane, and […]

Pork-n-cheese, or Portuguese

Posted by on April 13, 2013 in Brazil,Janelle with 1 Comment

Before we moved here, Luke would say ‘Pork-n-cheese’ instead of Portuguese.  I think he heard someone else say it as a joke and thought it was pretty funny 🙂 I think he also thought he was going to be fluent once the plane touched down on Brazilian soil, because so many people told him how […]