Friday, January 28, 2011

I'll Admit It

I've come to realize that my blog is boring.'s okay.  

I can take it.

I actually discovered this many months ago, maybe years.  But I was in denial.

Certain that I could pull myself out of this rut, I ignored the facts.

Until today.  I can no longer lie to myself. 

"Hello, my name is Nina and I have a boring blog."

Admission is part of recovery, isn't it?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Liberty's 9th Birthday

This weekend we celebrated our third daughters birthday.  Born the smallest out of the 5 and still to this day remains that way....

  1. Liberty is a quiet and unassuming child.  
  2. She doesn't do well in crowds, but loves individual attention.  She's sincere and will share her heart if she can trust you.
  3. She's easy to please...
  4. and grateful for all that she receives.
  5. Takes care of her belongings and remembers who gave her what..and for what reason they gave it.
  6. She's an excellent student, the apple of her teacher's eye.
  7. She's a picky eater but will tell you I'm the best cook in the world.
  8. She gives the best hugs....and most of all....
  9. I LOVE that she's mine!

So there you have it, 9 reasons I LOVE my Liberty.

"Happy birthday sweet girl!  I Love you! ~Mom"

Monday, January 17, 2011

One Step Closer

One of the many things a missionary needs to do in preparation for furlough is get an updated picture made for a new prayer card. 

We can cross that off our list.

Only 1,698 other things to do.

Furlough will be here before we know it.

Friday, January 14, 2011

'Janeiras' - Singing in the New Year

The Janeiras is a Portuguese tradition consists of a group of people strolling the streets of a town singing in the New Year. To the modern eye, Janeiras is like Christmas caroling as this tradition involves a group of friends or neighbors going from house to house singing and sometimes playing instruments.
Traditionally, people go out to the streets to sing Janeiras between December 25 and January 6. While singing, they review the most important events of the year with a spirit of happiness and great humor. 

And that is just what we did.....we had a great time!

The elementary school here in our village where my 4 youngest attend went through the streets yesterday singing and petitioning donations for the school.  I went along help control confusion and keep pre-k kids from running out in front of cars.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My Sweet Babies

This is my little Sunday school class that I help with.  I'm the craft lady more or less, but we sure have a good time with these sweeties.  Aren't they cute?!  

Thursday, January 6, 2011

December in a Nutshell - Part 2

  This was Christmas Eve night, after all the kids were in bed.  All the gifts to the right side of the tree were sent here by a precious supporting church in Alabama!  Unity Baptist certainly spoils the Andrzejewski family! ;)
Church Christmas dinner in our home.

Some of the desserts, including a Bolo Rei (King Cake).  A traditional Portuguese Christmas dessert.

The kids are allowed to open one gift Christmas Eve night before bed.  Brooklyn chose to open a book she had picked out.  She wanted to lay in bed all night and read.

Christmas morning

We've been dealing with a strange virus around our house this week.  As well as having two of the 5 kids on antibotics for infections in their throats.  The rain and winds have set in.  Umbrellas offer little shield from this type of a rainy day.  We stay wet and cold.  Lots of soups, hot teas and of course coffee help keep us from freezing.  I'm waiting patiently on the nice firewood man to deliver more wood so I can try to dry out the house.  The floors and walls are staying wet and if they don't dry out soon, mold and mildew won't be far behind.

I'm thankful for a routine again.  I loved having the kids at home for two weeks straight, but the confusion of no routine gets the best of me.

Michael has begun to work on our mini-furlough this summer.  There is a lot to do in preparation.  We're praying the Lord will bless and we can get everything accomplished in the 12 weeks we'll be Stateside.

Prayers from Portugal,

Monday, January 3, 2011

December in a Nutshell - Part 1

So.......The month of December was a whirlwind of activity.  I loved every minute of it and recorded most activities with my camera.

Now that the new year has rolled in and things will be going back to their comfortable routine starting tomorrow, I thought this was as good a time as any to try to catch up on my blog and let you guys know what we've been up to.

Thanksgiving dinner was such a blessed event.  It was relaxing, spent with precious friends and co-workers.  Filled with thankfulness and good food. 

Kids Table
Ms. Dawne's Apple Pies
Blessed Friends

A few days after Thanksgiving, I received tragic news that my paternal grandfather had passed away.  My dad arranged a quick flight for me to return to Missouri and attend his funeral.  It was a blessing to see family I'd not seen in 10 years, even though it was under such sad circumstances.  

My Dad (far right) with his sisters and Mom.

Dad, Me & Grandma
Back in Portugal 7 days later brought very cold weather, but kids happy to see their Mom!
Justice 4 and Me

Me, Lib 8 and Trinity 6 (Yes...we wear coats, gloves and hats inside!)

J-Dude and Trin

New hair cut

Surprising my Aunt with a quick visit while I was Stateside

My Uncle Bill cooked me supper!

And it was delicious!

My cousin Steve and me

My cousin Danielle and me

Christmas Program at church

Michael preaching after program

Surprise Christmas packages from the States

happy kids

Decorating Christmas cookies

Blogger is driving me crazy......Part 2 of this post will follow very soon.

Happy New Year my Bloggy Friends!