Seems that after the BIG marathon of May, I mostly disappeared from SP. I have to admit that I've hardly walked since then at all. I have ridden my bike some as it is my main means of transportation here in our little Brazilian town.
Since May I've spent many, many hours getting ready for a special and unique, first of its kind, retreat out on our island. Usually I am not the person in charge of scheduling and speaking, I'm just the buyer and vegetable chopper. But for this retreat aside from gathering the participants and organizing the activities, I was the main speaker as well.
Our retreat had three goals in mind: encourage local girls spiritually and socially, encourage English language learning, and provide American college girls with a look a missions in Brazil. I believe we accomplished our three aims with creativity and concern. Hopefully we can continue to reach out to some of these young ladies with other programs offered here in town at our church.
With this big summer project out of the way, I started walking again on Tuesday. My youngest and sunniest boy is going to be walking with me twice a week. On Tuesdays we will walk for an hour and on Fridays we'll go for 1 - 2 based on time constraints and weather. I'm happy to have a walking buddy and encourager.
I'm doing super well with my TRICH goals and have not pulled hair for weeks and weeks and weeks.
I have officially delayed the fall start of homeschool for my boys much to their delight! I had scheduled to begin on August 1st, but with all my work over June and July to get this retreat done well, I have not dedicated enough time to preparations for school. We will be starting two weeks later than planned.
My ESL classes have begun. Here in Brazil boys and girls only have the month of July for school holidays being on a year-round schedule. So classes for me started this week. I was very disappointed to go back to the school where I teach to find some major changes in my classroom assignment. Once again I find myself needing the money but not the headaches. I will finish out the school year and likely not go back.
Our time in our little town is quickly coming to an end as we consider our ministry goals for the future, an upcoming furlough and our oldest boys' high school graduations. So many decisions and so many heartstrings being pulled this way and that these days...
Take care and look for me more often over the days to come!