I did not go to church today due to being laid up with my back out I guess. Anyway, it was difficult to walk and really difficult to sit on the hard benches and since I could not understand anyway, I just stayed home. I did go in the evening, but went out with Bethany and sat on the very back pew so I could get up if it was needed.
Jeremy led the singing that night since their song leader was out of town. That was exciting seeing him lead the people and sing in Portuguese. That morning the children had somewhat of a party because they had earned it for saying verses, etc.
Sunday School Party - Click any picture to see a larger view
Well, I ended up a little crippled, that is my back went out I guess and now I was in pain and limping around quite a bit. I made sure to wear my insoles all day for a couple of days because I know this helps. We also put a board under the mattress and this helped within a few days.
We stayed at the house most of the day, but I was glad since it was hard for me to get around. We were hoping to visit the camp where Jeremy and Esther often go for retreats, etc., but the timing just did not work out for the owners.
It was very hot again - 99 degrees inside and Esther was cooking. Whew! I admire her- she is a hard worker and never complains. She is a servant and the Lord has done many wonderful miracles on her behalf regarding her health. She made us rice, beans, chicken and a side dish with tomatoes and onions which I keep meaning to get the recipe for. It is almost like a fresh salsa and very good.
Tonight we ate at a roadside Burger place. You ordered your food and sat outside. There was a trampoline there and the kids enjoyed jumping while we waited for our food.
We had a fun day. We left for the zoo at the university. There were cars and people everywhere and parking seemed to be all one way and it was hard to get around. When we tried to get out, the road was blocked so had to turn around and go back the wrong way. Whew! Made it again in this crazy city.
The zoo was a free zoo at the university. Certainly not like our zoos, but we still enjoyed it. There were not too many people and it was HOT at first. I took an umbrella for shade and boy was I glad I did for two reasons: First of all it was hot and it really did help shade me and then half way through the zoo, the storm clouds came up and the wind started to blow and then the rain came! The umbrella saved me and Esther from getting soaked. We shared as much as possible. A nice lady let us get in her little refreshment stand hut. But the rain did not stop so we decided to make a run for it. It had let up a little so that was good. Jeremy and Mel took the kids and Esther and I took the umbrella and she walked slow with me while I hobbled back since my leg was still giving me fits, but it does get a little better each day. We got back without too much trouble and headed out for a place to eat.
We were going to go souvenir shopping but it rained and we did not want to walk outside where the shops were so changed out minds. Omar had called and said there was a storm at home and all the power was out. Ugh. That meant no air even in the bedroom and hot hot hot. But I was pleasantly surprised as the rain did cool it off a bit so instead of in the 90's it was in the 80's. The power did come on after a couple of hours so that was not too bad.