Monday, October 06, 2014

Summer 2014 letter


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Familia Ribeiro Reunião

Yeah! Not just one family reunion this summer, but we had a second! The Ribeiros and their 4 languages converged on 1217 Wharton St for a week of playing, eating, sleeping and conversing together. Thanks to Pai, Mãe, Ana, Valeshka, Alexandra, Matt, Adrita, Isabella, Benjamin, Liliana, Amelia, Ruth for enriching our lives with their presence. And thanks for all your help! We didn't run the dishwasher even once :)

Knights preparing to fight dragons!

Cooling off in the back yard with cousins

Taking a ride on the trolley to the zoo--first time for the Snead and Noel-Saint kids

Oma and our youngest of Ribeiros

Priscila showing the little ones how the ropes are done--@ 7 months pregnancy 

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Family reunited in Japan, children alive


Sounds like a news headline :)
Posting a few pictures from our family reunion in Japan August 14-20 (too short, so we stayed till the 24th; still too short, but Daniel had work. . . ). This was probably our last time all together in Japan. Bittersweet is the best english word i can think of right now. . . . We are thankful to especially to 'Jichan' and 'Bachan' Cummings and to everyone else in the family who came to Nojiri. We love you!



the Stout kids and Han at the tennis courts

Luke and Ema at amazing ramen-ya; Luke had a daily diet of ramen that week. And he lives in Japan! Not fair!
Once i mentioned literature was discouraged for young children, Caleb was the first to start reading aloud

Eli and Gabriel at the beach. Pri thinks this shows why he's confused as a girl. i think this reinforces his Brazilian skin comparison
More discouraged practice in action. This time, Jichan is with Zeke and Paul
the 'Balea' and Bachan with Zeke
The responsible pair for all this fun and mayhem

the Clan. Calvin, Edie and a whole passel of others


Friday, July 11, 2014

Family picture 2014


Communal living in Philadelphia


Zeke/Eli's other "sister and brother" Naya and Han

The boys now and before





 Zeke at ~ 6mo
Eliel at ~ 8mo

















Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Winter 2013 letter


Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Praying for our other home.

This is Zeke's corner in our study. Being surrounded by pictures remind him (and the rest of us) to pray for Kalukembe and our return there, Lord willing. There are pics of Zeke with friends, landscape, patients, us working, etc. We want him to remember and become excited about going... we want to (as our friend Laura Rhodes said) to give our children the vision.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

New prayer card!




Thursday, September 12, 2013

Bemvindo Filho #2

We are very happy to welcome Eliel Johan Ribeiro into our little familia on September 7th, Brazilian independence day and Luke Cummings' birthday!


Doing what he mostly does. And he does it so superbly
Tia Ruth with the boys

Abby (who visited us in both Kenya and Zambia), caring for us again!
At home with his gentle, sweet cousin, Naya
Zeke finds use for any surface to drive his car

 "Actually it seems to me that one can hardly say anything either bad enough or good enough about life."
--C.S. Lewis




Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Summer 2013 Letter


Spring 2013 Letter


Fall/Winter 2012 Letter


Thursday, July 04, 2013

Chegada (arrival)

We're now back in the USA, and it's Independence Day! Hooray! After two months at Kalukembe (more pictures to follow this post), we packed our bags, left a few belongings in our friends' container and boarded the plane out of country (and then 3 more to get to Philly). Zeke had a great time watching 'avião' after 'avião' take off and running down long terminal corridors.

Thanks for your prayers. We will be in Philadelphia after visiting family from this fall at least until the end of 2014. Priscila will be taking her oral boards, we will be looking for organizations to return with and, God willing, will be going back in 2015 to Kalukembe. Daniel will be working in Delaware at Christiana and hoping to take some cataract surgery training towards the end of our time in the US; Priscila will be working part-time at Esperanza health clinic in North Philadelphia as well. Zeke will be playing with his cousins, living with two who are in Japan right now. He's already on cloud 9 with so many planes flying over our south Philly home.

Priscila giving a talk on cancers affecting women to over 1200 women in Benguela

Zeke and his favorite lady friends, our neighbors Bety (r) and Avidé (l)

Since the water pump/tank was not working our entire time there, water was a daily struggle for the hospital. Here, they are filling the tank to be used for the operating room (but without a gravity feeding system, the staff would use the faucet at the bottom to cart the water into the OR).

Priscila, with the vesicovaginal fistula ladies she operated on during her last week of operations. She has gotten to know these ladies well over the course of time together with them. We miss them and pray for their social, physical, emotional and spiritual healing

Towards the end of our time in Kalukembe, one of Zeke's favorite things to do was to walk around the house, mimicking the local ladies carrying loads on their heads

But don't think we are immune to the draws of materialism! Zeke was amazed at how many cars were in just one store at the airport in Johannesburg. "Bue! (a ton!)"