Archive for May, 2010

Life in Portugal

Here are pictures of our daily life in Portugal. We’ll add more from time to time.

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Our first team outing

Our team has decided to have a team outing every other weekend. This Saturday was our first. We went to the Museu da Cidade (Museum of the City) that followed the history of Lisbon. It also had a model replica of the city before the earthquake of 1755 that destroyed the city. There were also gardens outside the museum with large ceramic animals/reptiles. The kids really enjoyed the garden area where they played hide-and-seek amongst the hedges. Afterward we went to Campo Grande (Large Field (park)) where we had a picnic lunch and fed the ducks. Much fun was had by all.

Eliana sitting on one of the art pieces in the park.
Eliana sitting on one of the art pieces in the park.
The whimsical fountain
The whimsical fountain
Tia Jordan and her two escorts
Tia Jordan and her two escorts
Feeding the ducks at Campo Grande
Feeding the ducks at Campo Grande
Duckies!
Duckies!

Public transportation and walking up hills pregnant

So last night on my way home from church, I missed my bus by about 10 seconds. That’s such a sad feeling to see it driving away and you are so close. Danny had gone to a movie with the guys, so I had Eliana (and Sophia). Since I missed my bus, I had to catch a different one from a different metro station that left 40 min. later. So Ellie and I got back on the metro, headed back into town, where we got some ice cream while we waited. As it turned out, our teammates (the other girls) were on the other bus, so we had a good chat on the way home. The bus that we ended up on doesn’t go as close to our house, so Ellie and I, after arriving back in our town at 10:30, faced the daunting task of walking up the long hill to our house, not an easy task when you are 7 mos. pregnant and carrying a 1 year old! But thankfully, Eliana decided that she wanted to walk and did an excellent job giving me frequent breaks to look at things but also actually keeping up the walk so we would eventually get home. And, much to my dismay, I discovered that my 1 year old walks up hill faster than her mommy!

For those of you that are aghast at how late we keep our little one up, it’s not every night, and actually, everything in Portugal happens later, so her normal bedtime is 9-9:30. It’s quite a different lifestyle trying to get used to public transportation, but our daughter’s enthusiasm about riding the “BUS” and the “METROOO!” help make it a lot more enjoyable.

Our Team – Together at Last

For the first time in our history together, our team now all lives in the same town (more or less).  We’ve already had a team meeting, swapped babysitting, did random activities, fellowshipped, eaten lots of great food, and done a lot of hard language work together. What a blessing! We even run into each other on the buses.

The funnest part is seeing all of our children together and how much they love our team. Even while we were still apart, Eliana could name every team member from our team magnet. One of her favorite things to do was talk to Tia Jordan (more affectionately known as “Jordo”) on Skype. Now she gets to see her friends almost every day!

This picture was taken with our language teacher our first full day together. (The two Campbell boys are missing though.)
This picture was taken with our language teacher our first full day together. (The two Campbell boys are missing though.)

Estamos em Portugal!

We are excited to bring you our first update from Portugal! We have been here for almost two weeks, but are just now doing our first update. Hopefully we will update more regularly from now on.

God blessed us with an easy plane flight. Eliana slept or was quiet the whole overnight flight. We met the Meyers (our teammates) in London and continued on together. The rest of our team that was already in Lisbon met us at the airport, along with our language teacher, some of her other students, and some members of the church here. They got all of our luggage and us home to Loures (a suburb of Lisbon), where our apartment was ready and waiting, with sheets on the bed and food in the fridge. What a wonderful team we have!

We spent the next several days getting set up here and now feel like we are in the swing of things and know (generally) how to live life here. We completed our first week of language class and are ready for more!

Thank you for all of your prayers for us as we have embarked on this new adventure!

The airplane that will take us across the ocean!
The airplane that will take us across the ocean!