Thursday, October 28, 2010

on our way to the beach

our trip to the beach was like a dream.  it is not possible to adequately describe
the verdant jungle covered mountains, skirted by clouds and mist.

we passed so many thousands of containers at port santos, the  largest
port in south america,  it looked like a container graveyard.  each of the
containers was large enough to store a small house.  in fact, some of the
shacks along the road were much smaller than the containers.

the beauty of the jungle juxtapositioned with the extreme poverty was troubling.
these poor people have to pay the most outrageous prices for basic necessities,
which i will share about more another time.   please pray for them.

i was also disconcerted by the animals.  "their cows look so strange."

"mom, those are yaks."  whatever.

then, we turned a corner and saw the ocean.

the sand was so soft and compact that bikes and vendors abounded.

competing with the grandeur of the ocean were the extraordinary, exotic
flowers.  i didn't know that orchids could grow from the trunks of coconut
trees in a symbiotic fashion.

it all still seems like a dream.


"when the Lord restored the fortunes of zion, we were like those
who dream."  psalm 126:1


High Heeled Life said...

Its amazing the beauty of nature that grows and shines among the diamonds in the rough of life.

May they embrace the gift that Hailey and her team brings to help provide a much more brilliance to life. xo HHL

Cheri Bunch said...

I am holding myself back from getting online right now and looking at ticket prices. I think tickets for two to Brazil would be the perfect gift solution for Scotty and I for Christmas. :) That beach is so beautiful! Blue is my favorite color and that picture is breathtaking! Must pray about this!

Blondie's Journal said...

These are just fantastic photos!! I really 'get' the feeling of the country and it's beauty. I'm looking forward to more posts.


Farm Girl said...

Wow, sort of the like Dickens, " It was the worst of times, it was the best of times..." I am glad you are sharing your pictures, I was wondering what it looked like. The company my husband used to work for had a mission in Brazil and we would get updates about that from time to time, I have missed it.

myletterstoemily said...


it's just a quick TEN hour flight from
dallas! :)

JMW said...

How beautiful - what an experience that must have been!

Vee said...

One thing is certain, God loves them a lot having sent your own daughter among them. Grinning at your description "strange looking cows." I have never wished to visit Brazil, but it certainly is an exquisite and exotic place.

Cindy - Letters From Midlife said...

Thanks for sharing your adventure. I enjoyed the photos!

Sonja said...

Love the pictures, Lea.

I know the stark contrast had to be overwhelming, all the beauty, right alongside the extreme poverty.

Can't wait to hear more.

Lisa said...

Oh Lea,
How beautiful! The ocean looks so blue! Just breathtaking.
PS Yak. What's a yak? LOL!

Beth Priest said...


Single and Sane said...

From one extreme to

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

The scripture says it all so well. Thanks for sharing..I love seeing God's creation...and He loves those people also.
Are those huge bowl looking things on the roof to gather rain water?

Prayers for the people of Brazil right now and your daughter. May they see Christ through everything she she is His hands and feet.

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

I'm loving this series. I haven't been back home in a very long time. These pictures are making me home sick. Ah, yes! The beach.

Southern Lady said...

I was just catching up on your last few posts. I am so glad that you made it to visit Hailey! I know that you are enjoying your visit. My prayers are with you and Hans as you spend time with your precious daughter. Carla

Anonymous said...

Such stark contrasts in your photos. I will be praying for Hailey and the team and for these people who have so little. Thanks for the eye-opening post.

Sandy said...

What a beautiful place! But,
yes, so sad to see the poverty.
God bless your precious daughter
for being there and spreading
His love.
Don't feel bad. I would have
thought their "cows" were funny
looking too.

A Tale of Two Cities said...

The beaches there are incredibly beautiful. Wonder if they realize how lucky they are?


Patrina's Pencil said...

Beautiful mountains and ocean. Thanks for sharing. It will be fun to see more photos.

patrina <")>><

Joan Elizabeth said...

What a lot of contrasts and you've taken some lovely shots to take us there too.

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Farm Girl said...

I just had to chuckle that you love those books too. How awesome is that.
I don't know how many times I have read them and every time there is a new one I go back and read them again.
I agree I don't really like the other series he has written. There is just something about the simple life of the First Ladies books. :)

It made me so happy. Have you read Mitford too?

Anonymous said...

when i first looked at those pics it took my breathe away. beautiful. everytime i go to the ocean its like seeing it for the first time. i get excited like a little girl. :) thanks for sharing your pics. A

Bree said...

Wow! This is all I can say about the beauty...and then the sadness of the priorities of the leaders..oh, how wonderful Heaven will be! Praise the Lord, your sweet Hailey is there to tell the people this :)
-would be humbled and honored if you ever wanted to link :)

Deborah Ann said...

Orchids growing from coconut trees? No way! Get out!

I'm a huge lover of the beach. Very jealous right now...