Sunday the 4th was like feeling numb and yet from time to time a nerve ending would shoot off some pain. It was so good to see everyone and feel loved by their presence during our church service. I got through most of it without crying until the people began to share, then I got teary.The hardest to say good bye to are the ones I wanted to have more time with. Fortunately I was able to pull folks aside and share from my heart the things I had been wanting to share. It was a great lesson to me to not allow one day go by without being honest with someone or sharing an encouragement or compliment someone. Even when the person looks like they won't receive it. Make the time, it can change their direction.
Saying goodbye to our things was harder than I expected. Not that I am attached to stuff, but our home, things turned into a flea market. Everything free and come and get it. I had to leave and not watch. It only lasted for a few moments and then I was distracted by showing some of my special friends things I had set aside thinking of them. That was very special for both of us.
Our Maribel family stayed all day Sunday and one special friend, Lindalva and her son, Pataca told me that whatever we don't take, they will take care of it for us including the cleaning of the house. That was a huge relief as in the midst of a move, when your running behind is thee greatest gift you can give someone!!! I have been in that position 2 times. The first time we left our house to come to Brazil and this time when we left our house to move back to the States. I can only have thankfulness in my heart that my Daddy in heaven plans further ahead than I do and has all the arrangements under control! No sweat!
Leaving Monday morning was amazing too. Everyone returned to see us off for the last time, help in any way and take pictures etc. We planned on leaving by 10am but we didn't rush as there were a few last minute things to explain, orientate and of course those last minute good byes that were so precious. We left around noon and it was a hard goodbye. I didn't think I would have any more tears after that good bye. But sure enough we pulled into Uruara' and I had more there.
All in all the good byes are hard, but necessary. We are 4 steps away from our flight to the US on the 26th. We have 4 more places to say good bye and cry. I pray I can hold up and be strong yet tender.
Thank you Lord for getting me through to this point!
Here are some pictures of our time so far. Blessings!
|Jan 4th, Sunday Morning Service|
|Jan 5th, Packing up and many came to help see us off|
|My sweet Dayane who was so hard to break through with! I got a victory but feel like God will do the rest without me!!!!! I taught her to make cake and gave her all the stuff I used to make birthdays an important event!|
|My sweet Josi and two of her littles. She is one of my daughters in the Lord. She loves worship and will assume leading the church! May the Lord use her to do far more!|
|All my ladies who I love to pieces!|
|More Maribel Family and our kids' favorite friends|
|My Carlinha who is studying Child Development to minister to kids one day on a deeper, healing level!|
|Girls that grew up with Makenna and Maddy in Maribel. They are living in Uruara' now studying as their folks are building a house in the city.|
|Girl friends with Maddy from Uruara'|
|Precious Cibele who makes me laugh and has such a sweet spirit!|
|My sweet Leonice who always opens her heart to me and makes me feel right at home….wherever she lives!|
|Leonice's husband, Nelson and Clyde. We joke that they could pass as family. Nelson is from a German background and a wonderful cook, craftsman and a miracle who is still in process!|
|Leonice and Nelson's girls, who made life long friendships with Makenna and Maddy|