Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Friday, December 25, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dear Brazilian Visa Giver

We are done with paperwork... for now. The lady at the consulate told us to expect about a 2 month wait for our visas. In the mean time we are spending time with family and friends.
Christmas is almost here and we are rejoicing in our Savior. We are trusting his timing for our departure to Brazil.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Big Day

Tomorrow morning we meet with the Brazilian consulate for our interview and to turn in our stack of paperwork. This day seemed like it would never come. Steven started gathering information way back in March.
We are both exhausted and yet excited. Karis is happy (well rested from sleeping the whole way to Atlanta).
Our church family is such a blessing to us! We were sad to leave, but are greatly encouraged to have amazing prayer support! The pic is of our commissioning last Sunday.
We love you FBC! Thank you!

Monday, December 7, 2009


I have learned many things over the past six weeks. For example, I now know where elevators are located in the mall. Learning to care for a newborn brings many challenges, but the biggest challenge to me has been where I fall on the spectrum of styles of parenting. Before Karis I didn't even know there was such philosophies. On one end of the spectrum there is parent-led and on the other is baby-led. Basically do you as the parent direct your baby or do you allow your baby to direct you.

At first I was on the parent-led extreme. I fed her according to the clock not when she wanted to eat and I determined when she was finished eating. We let her cry when trying to go to sleep instead of running to pick her up at the first whimper. Then, we tried the other end of the spectrum. We would stop her from crying at the first sound of displeasure in order to prevent her from getting worked up into a big fuss. We fed her more often because we thought she might be hungry.

Where have we ended up? Well, that's still to be determined. However, I will conclude that we are not at either end of the spectrum. We are not Baby Wise and we are not Attachment Parenting. I like my baby to be on a schedule so that I know what to expect (thank you Baby Wise), but I also like to carry my baby on me so she is comforted.

I have a lot more to learn. Mostly by trial and error. Please feel free to weigh in on your experience and expertise.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Happy Anniversary to Us!

Our tradition continued last night for our second wedding anniversary. Once a year we venture out to a nice restaurant and order whatever we like. This is no ordinary restaurant. It is Porter's. This is the first place Steven took me on a date December 11th 2006. We celebrated our first anniversary there last year assuming it would be the last time. Little did we know we would be back one more time... and with a 5 week old baby girl. God has blessed us and give us much grace in our short time as a family.