Boy, did you guys give me some questions or what?! I thought I may get one or two. Figured you guys were tired of pictures of cobble stone streets and hundred year old buildings, but apparently not! I'm going to go on a photo safari soon and take pictures of the mundane thing in life that you guys might think interesting. For example, did you know we have to put money in the buggies at the grocery store? When you return the buggy you get your money back. Most grocery stores sell grocery bags at 3 cents a piece. Or you can buy reusable bags that they encourage you to use.
The most asked question was... Why Portugal? I did a post a week before we left the States answering this. Here is a link explaining how God worked in our lives. Why Portugal?
Some of you want to know if 5 kids are enough? Well.....I'll just say this.....probably.
Now....moving right along.
Steph at Red Clay Diaries wanted to know where my header pictures was taken? Although this same scene could be found in any major city across Portugal, this one was taken in our city, Barcelos....several hours away from Lisbon. Sorry Steph.
Many wanted to know about shopping. We have malls just like in the States although not many of the same stores and everything here is more expensive. We have stores that have cheaper items similar to dollar stores and we have open area markets where we can buy just about anything one would need for their home.
Jungle Mom wanted to know how Michael got to writing for The La Grange Daily News. Well Rita, La Grange is where we lived when he pastored prior to deputation. He contacted the editor and asked if she'd like to have some articles written by a former La Grange resident with a view of life living in Western Europe. To make a long story short, he now has an article published every Monday. As you can tell most seem to be political in nature, but at times he writes about family life. They don't like when he gets 'preachy'.
Fringegirl wants to know the best advice I've ever received. That's a hard one but I guess I'd have to say this: It was our last service at our home church before we left Birmingham headed for La Grange, GA. Our Pastor (my uncle) was talking to us in his office. He looked me right in the eye after giving my husband some advice about becoming a Pastor for the first time and he said to me, "And you, young lady, keep your mouth shut! Your my family...I know you!!"
This says a lot about me doesn't it?! My mouth always gets me in trouble. James is one of my favorite books in the Bible. Says a lot about the tongue.
More answers to come......