Portuguese is not coming quickly for us here in Brazil. We are working on it, but it feels very slow going. Here are the few Portuguese phrases that we are using on a regular basis.

– Bom Dia! – Good Morning!

– Boa Tarde! – Good Afternoon.

– Boa Noite – Good Evening/Night.

– Obrigada – Thank you

– Desculpe, Nao falo Portuguese. – I’m sorry, I do t speak Portuguese.

In 33 days we return to the states for a month long visit. I can’t wait to step off the plane and hear English all around me!


What I Miss…

What I miss about living in the USA (we are currently in Brazil)…

– Sammy Snow, our beloved aussiedoodle, who is staying with some very kind grandparents. I am shocked at how much I miss Sammy. I guess I didn’t realize what a great job he does at cheering me up and taking away stress. I think it really  is true that animals help you calm down and distress. Zoey especially misses him. He is what she has cried most about. Since we homeschool he is just such a part of the day for us. We get to go see him in 34 days!

– Friends and family of course! Although, I must say that email, Facebook and Skype have been lifesavers here. I miss my friends and family so much, but keeping in contact is so easy in this electronic age. I can’t imagine doing this 150 years ago when the only option was mail and that took months. I don’t thinking could do it.

– Libraries – When I asked about public libraries I was met with confusion and blank stares. I tried to explain, “You know, libraries? They are these buildings full of all kinds of books. Anyone can just go borrow the books, but then you have to take them back.” I was told, “Oh, we do not have that here in Brazil.” Now, I know that the books would be in Portuguese, but who cares? We would still have fun looking at them and trying to figure stuff out. As a homeschooling mom we never leave our home library with less than 50 books, usually more like 100. We are relying on our kindles, but it’s just not the same. Ah, the feel and smell of a real book, how I miss it!

-Seasons. I love the change of seasons! I have seasonal decor for everything. My kids and I love decorating for all the holidays. About this time in the summer I usually start pining for autumn: apples, pumpkins, cool nights, turning leaves, and Halloween. We have an awesome light up Halloween village that we get out every fall. Jay is especially sad about not getting to have the Halloween village. Well, it’s winter here AND we are close to the equator so the seasons don’t really change and even if they did spring is coming, not autumn. I’ve told the kids that next year when we are back home we will do all the holidays extra huge! Many parties, I say! I am grateful that we will be visiting family in Michigan for the month of September. We will at least get a little fall before heading back to the beach.

– English! I miss talking to people in English. I miss being able to go to a store or make a phone call and get what I need. I can’t wait until we fly back to the states and I walk off the plane and hear English all around me! I am working on Portuguese, but it is slow going and I’m having flashbacks to high school Spanish. I think I have a mental block when it comes to learning a foreign language.

– Salad (still a little nervous about eating raw produce), chocolate chips, bagels, corn chips, sharp cheddar cheese, Kraft mac&cheese, Larry’s Pizza, a really good hamburger, Mexican food, Oreos, my crockpot and my mixer.


Observations About Brazil

– People here are much more affectionate. Hawk, my husband has been kissed and hugged by all of his female co-workers. I have been kissed and hugged  by people when first introduced. Air kissing, once on each cheek, seems to be the thing to do. Also, when people watching in the mall I’ve noticed that everyone walks around holding hands or with arms around each other. People I’ve seen holding hands: mothers and teenaged sons, a 12 year old boy and his 10 year old sister, girl friends, parents and older kids, and couples. Very interesting. In the US I can’t imagine seeing a mother and teenage son walking around the mall holding hands. I kind of like it!

– If you have wet sheets in the washing machine and the power goes out……..you have no sheets.

-People in Brazil are very kind. So far everyone we’ve met has been so kind to us even when we can barely speak to them! We’ve been met everywhere with smiles and patience. It is so good as both my daughter and I are introverts and find it hard to step out and take risks, especially in such an unfamiliar place. We are getting more comfortable with attempting Portuguese. I just feel so silly and uncomfortable when I try to speak. My college Italian class comes crashing back into my mind. I did not do well with Italian. Hopefully God will help us along withnourmlamguage skills! Bom Dia!


We are in Brazil!

I am a Christian homeschooling mom who recently moved to Brazil from the USA.I have a wonderful husband whom I’ll refer to as “Hawk,”  a 10 year old daughter, “Zoey Chick,” and an 8 year old son, “Jay.” I am “Cantoria Galinha” which means Singing Chicken in Portuguese. I love to sing and teach music to children. I really do not see myself as a blogger and quite honestly I doubt anyone but family and close fiends will ever even read this, but it will give me an outlet while here in Brazil so I’m going to give it a try. I think having a daily assignment will be good for me. We are living in a small town beach community in the state of Pernambuco. The ocean is a 3 minute walk and it is beautiful!

We are in Brazil because my husband took a 1 year assignment here with his company. We have been here 5 weeks and I must admit they have been a very difficult 5 weeks for me. I tend to be a glass is half full kind of person and have easily adjusted when we’ve moved in the states AND I truly believe that God called us here so I am shocked at how difficult this has all been for me! I have been more homesick than my kids or my husband. I would even say I am borderline depressed. I have been reading many expat blogs and books. Seems like this is extremely common. I have been Skyping friends and family which seems to help. We’ve also changed our school schedule. We typically do school in the morning and play in the afternoon. We’ve now been going to the beach and swimming in the morning and doing school after lunch. It is hard to be sad when you are on a beautiful beach looking at the ocean and the exercise doesn’t hurt either. It gets me in a better frame of mind for the rest of the day.

We are also struggling because we do not speak Portuguese. We have been doing Rosetta Stone and Dino Lingo, but it just isn’t enough. We are meeting with a Portuguese teacher today. I hope that she is good with kids. The lessons will be rather long and I want the kids to enjoy learning a new language. I also need to get over my thoughts that I am not good at foreign   language. I just remember taking Italian in college and feeling like I would never understand it!

Well, we will see how this blogging thing goes. I don’t really know if I will be able to keep it up. I hope so. I do think that it will help me even if nobody reads it. Right now I am sitting on a chair on the porch. The kids are on either side of me swinging in their hammocks. Zoey Chick is reading The Red Fairy Book. Jay is drawing Clash of Clans pictures in his notebook. I am getting ready to sew a rice heating pad for Hawk as he is having back pain. Boy, I wish that I had my sewing machine! Bom Dia!mm

Camp Cadillac

Camp CadillacWe are finally up in Michigan with the grandparents, cousins, and aunt. We dub this yearly summer gathering, “Camp Cadillac.” We have now been making this yearly trip for 9 summers! The kids are having a marvelous time playing with their cousins, hiking with grandpa, swimming, giggling, and munching lots of cereal. Good times.