Monday, July 24, 2017

Happy Birthday to You, Nathan!

     Our handsome grandson, Nathan Taylor, is 11 years old today.  Grandpa and I wish you a very happy birthday and a day full of fun and surprises!  We are so proud of you.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

New Tatui Branch Presidency

     Left to right: Paulo, 1st Counselor; Presidente Edivaldo; Elder Barrus, 2nd Counselor and District President, Presidente Everton.

Ate Mais, Elder Sagae!

     Today is the last time we have the blessing of being with Elder Sagae.  He leaves this afternoon for Sao Paulo to fly home Monday night.  Although we are sad to see him go, I know his parents are excited to have him home.  I told Elder Sagae since I was a Grandma, I could give him a hug good-bye!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Perfect Sign

     We found the perfect sign to install in our neighborhood in Burley.   This is dedicated to you, Brother Bruce Beck!


     Just wanted to stick in some pictures of some of my favorite people, my grandkids!  Addy, Jacob and Eli.


     This is Daniel and Simone Bertolaccuri and their wonderful family.  Daniel owns a store where we get our paper for our computer and where we have our English booklets printed.  He has been so kind to us, often he won't let us pay for the things we get.  His family belongs to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  It has been a blessing to make friends with people of other faiths.

P-Day in Campinas

Last Monday, July 17, we spent the day in Campinas with our dear friends, Mark and Ivelisse Grover.  They will be completing their mission in August and returning home to Utah.  We will certainly miss them!  We went to the huge marketplace which in the center of Campinas.  Booth after booth of fruits, vegetables, flowers, spices, cheeses.  This booth had every kind of bean you could think of!

Original Mayflower Moving Van

     We had to move the Elders from their old apartment to a new one.  There were two old applicances that needed to be relocated to another place.  The closest and quickest moving vehicle we could find was this wonderful horse and cart!

Feira do Dolce

 This past weekend was the Feira do Dolce, festival of sweets.  There must have been 40 booths set up at the Praca Matriz,  all filled with all kinds of  desserts and homemade candy.  Top two pictures are of the people enjoying the festival and the band that played.  There were four musicians, they all played different types of saxaphones. The music was amazing.  Bottom two pictures, Al and I chose the crepe booth, delicious!

Itapetininga Churassco

     We had interviews with Presidente Ribeiro Thursday morning in Itapetininga.  What a powerful spirit he has about him!  Following the interviews, Elder Sagae took us out to almoco at this great Churassco in Itapetininga.  Left side of table, Elder Sagae, Elder and Sister Barrus. Right side of table, Elder Campos, Elder Bartlett (he's from Saratoga Springs, Utah) and Elder Santos.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sewing Class

     The girls completed their packets to hold their Strength for Youth booklets.  It was fun and no one sewed over their fingers, thank heaven!  Nicole, Ketilyn, Thaynna, Sheila, Rafaely and me.

Our Favorite Treat

     A couple of days a week this van parks across the street from our apartment on the praca.  He makes the most fabulous, delicious churros from his van.  After he fries them, he fills them with either dolce de leite or chocolate and then rolls the hot churros in sugar!  Not a diet treat but they are to die for!

District Meeting in Cerquilho

     Each Tuesday we have a District Meeting which includes missionaries from Tatui, Cerquilho and Boituva.  Transfers will be soon so we wanted to get a pictures of our missionaries before they are assigned to other cities.  Back row, Elder Araujo, Sister and Elder Barrus, Elder Campos and Elder Sagae.  Front, Elder Santana, Elder Paz and Elder Lima.  A great and fun group of elders.

Welcoming a New Family to the Tatui Branch

     Elder Sagae baptized Christian last Sunday, July 9.  He turned 10 years old the day before he was baptized.  Pictured below are Elder Sagae, Christian, his mother Camille, his father Renato, Elder Campos and Elder Barrus.  Standing in front of Renato is Christian's little brother.  We are hoping Christian's parents will soon be baptized.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Our New Mission President

     This morning we met our new Mission President and his family.  Top:  President Ribeiro and Sister Ribeiro.  They are from further north in Brazil.  They presented a beautiful, spiritual program.  We are looking forward to working with them.  Middle: some of the beautiful sister missionaries.
Bottom:  Our sweet Sister Souza, we love seeing her at our meetings!  Her companion is from Raleigh, North Carolina, same place my niece Kelly and her husband Jerry live.

Teaching a Sewing Class

     Thaynna saw on Pinterest a little fold up tote that would hold the Young Women's Strength for Youth pamphlets.  So we began making them last night.  None of them had ever used a sewing machine before.  They had fun but it was a good thing that I had brought my seam ripper! Clockwise: Sister Barrus, Rafaely, Ketilyn, Thaynna, Nicole, Sheila and Debora.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Para Bens Elder Sagae and Elder Campos!

     Since Elder Sagae will be completing his mission in just a couple of weeks and returning home to Utah and Elder Campos will probably be assigned to another city in the mission in the next couple of months, we decided to celebrate their birthdays since they won't be here on their birthdays.  We took them to a Churrasco and had a birthday cake.  These Elders are a great team and have worked hard and been successful missionaries.  We tried to talk Elder Sagae into staying in Tatui until we complete our mission, but he just laughed!  We send you home with our gratitude, love and well wishes, Elder Sagae.

Campinas Temple with the Elders

     Last Wednesday, June 28, we attended the Temple with President and Sister Farnes and the Elders and Sisters in our Zone.   Elder Campos, Al and I, and Elder Sagae.  President and Sister Farnes are home in Utah now.  We will miss them, they were a wonderful example and inspiration to the  Sao Paulo North Mission.


     Edivaldo and Gilmara invited us to Edivaldo's sister's weekend home for almoco after Church on Sunday.  It is a beautiful chacara a few miles out of Tatui down a windy, dirt road.  It was a lovely day and a delicious dinner and great company.

Celebrating July 4th in Brazil!


July 4th - Proud to an American

     We just wanted to take this special day in our nation's history to express our gratitude to be citizens of  the United States of America.  We are loving it here in Brazil and the Brazilian people are amazing but we love our native country.  Even with all the problems and challenges it is facing we feel very fortunate to be Americans.  And we are very lucky that the Brazilians treat us, as Americans, with such grace and kindness.  We are grateful for our family and want them to know that we think fondly each day of the US and Old Glory and hope they are flying the red, white and blue today!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Dancing to the Music in the Tatui Branch

     Saturday night, June 24, Gilmara put together a fun evening for the Branch.  They had a video like the Wii.  All ages had a great time following the dance moves.

Winter in Brazil

     This time of year is equal to what it would be the end of December in the States.  As you can see we are suffering through this winter!!!

Another Festa at the Praca Matriz

     This past weekend, June 24, there was another festa at the Praca.  We're not sure what this one was for but it was a lot of fun.  Elder Barrus and I shared a stuffed potato from one of the booths.  It's a big amount of mashed potato with all kinds of things in it.  It was really good.  In the picture below some of the students from the Music Conservatory put on a concert.  The conductor's little boy is standing beside him waving his music wand along with his dad, precious!

Sitio do Carrocao

     On P-Day 2 weeks ago, Elder Campos, Elder Sagae and Elder Barrus went on a field trip to this very chic camp for youth.  It is just outside Tatui.  Youth from all over Brazil come here,  it is more like a resort, although it is called the covered wagon in the country.  The father of our new member family, Henrique, works here.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Eli Craig Taylor

     This handsome young man is our grandson Eli, Amanda and Derik's son.  He will be eight years old on the 26th of June and is excited about his upcoming baptism.  We are so proud of you, Eli!

Festa at Praca Matriz and Our 46th Wedding Anniversary

     June 10 was a special day for us.  There was a festa at the Praca Matriz that celebrated 'doce', sweets  Each school in the area has a booth that sold either candy or 'salgados' (hamburgers, etc).
     The purpose is for the schools to raise money.
     Pictured above is Sister Barrus with Natalia, who is a school teacher and her school had a booth that sold brigadeiros (a favorite Brazilian candy). Sitting next to Natalia is her finacee Sergio.  They are such a fun and wonderful couple.
     Saturday night the different schools performed a dance on the stage at the praca.  Pictured is Natalia's class right after they performed a dance around the maypole.  They were dressed in beautiful matching long skirts  In the back you can see Natalia.
     That day happened to be our 46th Wedding Anniversary, we thought it was quite nice they had a festa on our anniversary!


     President Farnes has asked Elder Barrus and I to help with the Cerquilho Branch.  Cerquilho is only about 22 kilometers from Tatui.  We met Saturday morning with President Marceau, on the left (Branch President) and President Everton, on the right, (District President).  His darling little boy is standing in front of him.  The door behind them leads upstairs to the Cerquilho Church.  It is above a pharmacy store.  It is very nice and well cared for.  Our goal is to visit all the members of the Cequilho Branch and take their family pictures as we have done in Tatui.  There are 185 members on their branch list but only between 30 to 40 come to Church each Sunday.  Many of them have probably moved and left no forwarding addresses as we found the case to be in Tatui.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Sunrise in Tatui

     The beginning of a beautiful day in Tatui.  The saying is true, "Red skies in the morning, sailors take warning!"  Later that day it poured, sheets and sheets of rain.  It is supposed to be winter here now, but during the day we still have windows and the door to the balcony open because it is still so warm.  We can handle this kind of winter!

All American Almoco

     Whenever the Elders come over for lunch, we try to make an American dinner.  This day we had fried chicken, corn bread, mashed potatoes, green beans and apple pie ala mode  There were some new things that Elder Campos has not tried before, he's a good sport.

Sao Paulo Norte!

     Our whole mission at Christmas.

Our Mission President

     We had the blessing of President Farnes and Sister Farnes visiting our Branch Sunday.  They gave beautiful testimonies in Sacrament and President Farnes spoke at Ana's baptism.  Their children also were with them, twin daughters and their son.  The end of this month the Farnes family will be returning home.  They have been such a blessing and wonderful example to all the missionaries, we have saudade for them.

Ana's Baptism

     Sunday, June 4, was a special day for the Tatui Branch.  We welcomed Ana as a new member into our branch.  Top, left to right: Elder Barrus, Elder Campos, Ana and her little boy Yago, Elder Sagae, Moroni and the little guy trying to get Moroni's attention is Gustavo, Robino and Sheila's little boy.
     Bottom:  Elder Campos, Elder Sagae and Ana just before her baptism.