Author: Mara

A Cultural Sidenote (4)

We have had a number of things to learn in the area of customer service. Rule one:  upon entering the premises of somewhere you haven't gone [...]

A Cultural Sidenote (3)

We've been learning how to pronounce a number of names on a double-sided piece of paper. About a week after we had begun learning the names, I mentioned to [...]

A Cultural Sidenote (2)

During language school we learn not only learn the language, but how to navigate in the culture as well. One of the issues we discussed this week was how to be [...]

On the Lighter Side (1)

While we do learn grammar and phonics rules during our one-on-one time, we mostly just listen and repeat or simply read until we say something incorrectly. I [...]

A Cultural Sidenote (1)

We are slowly getting used to church here in Portugal. First of all, a good week's attendance is 8 Portuguese attendees plus the 10 missionaries. Secondly, the [...]

Outdistanced By A Preschooler

Since moving to Cartaxo, we've been trying to discover the best way to get to school each morning. So far, we've been really successful at locating rush-hour [...]

A funny thing happened…

We went to IKEA today to begin looking for furniture. The store is set up in something of a maze, so you don't just go down aisles or "across the room" to look [...]

In Answer to My Struggle

My whole Christian life I have struggled with a dilemma: I cannot wholly conquer my sin; I cannot even go a day without sinning; therefore; what right do I [...]

When Stuff Falls on Your Head

Here's a story shared in Chazown by Craig Groeschel that made me laugh and think: One day a little bird was flying south for the winter and got caught in a [...]

I Don’t Have Anymore

I have always believed that the words “I can’t” had no place in my life - until now -  now,  I’m discovering that those are the very words God wants [...]