Sunday, November 09, 2014

Welcome, Our Joy

Naomi, which means "my joy", "my bliss", or "pleasantness of Jehovah," was born after just a couple quick pushes from the amazing but "i'm so done with this labor!" Priscila at 11:43pm on November 6.

"Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our natural lives."
--C.S. Lewis
What a joy she already is to us!

Tia Lisa, who cut the cord, also the first of the family to hold her. A very precious moment we're so glad she shared with us 

Naomi Jacira with Tia Ruth :)

Mamãe and the "bichinhos (little beasts)," unaware what the hospital visit was all about

Zeke the tiger, Naomi the neonate, Pri the postpartum princess, Eliel clueless, and the dorky dad

"It costs God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things: but to convert rebellious wills cost him crucifixion."
--C.S. Lewis

Tia Abby and the peanut

With Tia Vivian

Zeke and Avery, finding the traffic outside more eventful than what was happening inside the hospital room

With our neighbors and friends, Josephine and her mommy Bethany

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small
all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.
He gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell
how great is God Almighty, who has made all things well.
--Cecil F. Alexander

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

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.