Saturday, April 21, 2018


April is going by ohhh sooo quickly!
 Besides our temple assignments, these are the things that have been keeping us 'hopping'.

Helena and Ester brought their mom and dad over for ice cream last week. The girls wanted to see where we lived!
Later, the missionaries and the Cesars enjoyed burger night at Maderos.

President and Sister Oliveira invited the Camargos and McClellans to District Conference in Guarapuava this past weekend.
This little city is about 3 1/2 hours away.

We stopped halfway for a bite to eat.

The Conference was under the direction of Elder Gonzaga, the area seventy. 

After a wonderful conference, we were invited to President and Sister Araújo's home for dinner. 
A beautiful home and a delicious meal! 
And I really enjoyed getting to know President and Sister Couvelier better. They preside over the Curitiba Sul Mission.

BUT...the best was yet to come! When we got home we found out that little Dexter Simon Rowe had been born that morning.
Welcome, sweet baby boy!!! Congratulations to Amber and Dave - and siblings Lincoln, Oliver, and Ruby! And puppy Penny!
(Someone has her hands full now!)

Work is always being done in and around the temple. These guys have the awful job of stripping, priming and repainting the fence around the entire temple block. 
You go guys!

Elder Kulchetscki had a birthday last week and what better way to celebrate than with a potluck dinner after our shift at the temple.
(And it wouldn't have been complete without one of Sister Freide's delicious tortes.)

Curitiba has an abundance of statues.
 Just thought you might like a peek at some of them.

Puzzle Progress - another one completed!

Até Mais!
(Until More!)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


What a weekend!
I don't even know where to begin. The Solemn Assembly, the two new apostles, all the changes, seven more temples announced. These are the Latter Days for sure! And, on top of all that, there were some really good talks. Some favorite quotes (in no particular order) - 

"Let us ponder our lives, listen for prophetic council, and follow Christ more perfectly."

And, of course, celebrating Easter on this glorious weekend was just frosting on the cake.
How grateful I am for our Savior, Jesus Christ, and his atoning sacrifice. 

And Easter just wouldn't be complete without dinner with family and friends. We celebrated with our mission family.
Brazilian, Portugal, American, and Greek food. Yum. 

And then with all the leftovers, we were able to celebrate again with lunch the next day!
Just the four couples this time.

And, lastly, The "Cajazeira Sisters" of the Curitiba Temple.  
Shirley and me. 

And thus we end another month and April begins.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Cozinhando 101

Cooking class for "Dummies" was held in Sister Freide's apartment Monday.
Zenia is always cooking up something - she truly keeps us in Brazilian treats. 
I told her to call me down the next time she made coxinhas. She said that they were so very easy to make!

First, you have to pressure cook the potatoes - mash them up - add the chicken stock and milk - simmer - add the flour - cook it up - plop it on a buttered counter - knead it - roll it - cut it - roll it into balls - flatten it - add the stuffing - make it into a teardrop - splatter it with egg white - roll in bread crumbs - fry.

(That's what she thinks!)

Then, with the same dough, we made nyoki.
(Shirley was the scribe.)

Lastly, we made empanadas.
Chicken, beef, and cheese filled these little babies. 

They may not have been that easy to make, but they were sure yummy to eat.

Easter (Páscoa) is just around the corner.
Brazil is ready!

 This is one of the mall attractions. You make your very own cupcake and then, while it bakes, you color an Easter picture. 

Zenia made us ovos de Páscoa de chocolate (chocolate Easter eggs). In between the two chocolate layers you will find creamy coconut. 

With half of the temple property in jungle/forest I guess this is to be expected. Little critters can be found in the shrubs. The top guy is a preás (Brazilian guinea pig). They get pretty big and seem to think that they can play in and out of the gardens. (Elder Carmargo says they taste like chicken.)
I just spotted this bottom guy the other day. Talk about ugly! He's a Brazilian Gamba. He looks like a mole-rat to me. I believe his only purpose is to scare me out of my wits. (I'll have to ask Elder Carmargo if he tastes like chicken!)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Moving into March

I can't believe that so much of March is already gone! And tomorrow is the first day of autumn!!
(I know, I don't think I would ever get used to the reverse seasons down here.)
Anyway...this is what has been keeping us busy.

We celebrated summer's end by going to the beach.

(This was the best place to get Frutos do mar - seafood for you English speakers)

President and Sister Stadler have a home on the beach about two hours from Curitiba. It was a nice break from the city.
The water was so very warm!

So, if seafood isn't your thing, the Cesars took us out for pizza one night.

Or, if you're looking for something with a little more meat - we missionaries took ourselves to....what else....a churrasco.

And since we're on the subject of food, last night's FHE had a great selection to choose from.
(Can you guess which item I made? They had never seen deviled eggs before, but, since they love eggs and mayonnaise, the little guys were a big hit.)

And, in between all that eating, we still found time to finish a 1,000 piece puzzle. (999 actually. One piece was missing.)

Hope your March has been as fine as ours. And who knows what the next 11 days will bring!!