A painful part by Jess

Apart from missing family and friends while we are away, there is one little guy I will miss very, very much. His name is Jimmy and he is my crazy Burmese cat.


As with most pets he has a number of nicknames, from Jim, Rocket, Jim Rock to Yim, Yim Yam, Ding and finally two from Amy, Ello and Mimmy as she currently calls him.


This cheeky little fur ball was my 21st birthday present from Tim and is the 4th member of our family – Only animal lovers will understand what I mean.


I am very much a life-time pet owner and I feel incredibly guilty for leaving Jimmy behind. I even pray about finding him a good home while we’re away. I wish I could take him with me *sigh*.

This is one of the parts about the trip that I’m not looking forward to… saying goodbye to Jimmy.

Love Jess xxoo

PS – If any of our Brisbane friends are able to cat-sit this little man while we’re away, please let me (or Tim) know 🙂

This week

With a trip this size (16 months) and complicated (12 flights, 4 countries) we use every week we can to get things done.

This week we are:

> Re-looking at the trip budget
> Deciding if we want to pursue getting our Italian citizenship (for the passports)
> Starting to look at getting our Brazilian visas
> Starting to look into Travel insurance for the whole time we’re away
> Finalising our travel plans so we can make a few changes to our flights with Flight Centre
> Starting to look into car hire for the 3 weeks we’re in California
> Re-looking at accommodation options for our little road trip in Northern California
> Organising and Skyping with our amazing friends in Florida – for a catch up and to confirm we can visit them while we’re over there
> Pretending we can afford (and have the time) to go to Disney World while we’re in Florida
> Investigating accommodation for the 2 nights we’re in Miami
> Trying to be good Christians and not want to kill anyone who works in the NAB loan department while everything is being finalised
> Investigating hiring a storage pod for a few house hold items we want to keep for when we return
> Re-looking at flights details for Amy i.e. should we contact the airline and request food for Amy, do they have car seat requirements
> Investigating child car seat requirements/laws in Brazil
> Starting packing a few boxes for our move in January
> Trying to ignore the mess created from starting to pack a few boxes
> We also received notification that we’ll be in Rio during the World Cup while we partner with Exodus Cry – Liberdade

Other non-related trip things:

> Tim is marrying a couple in December, so he met with them on Monday night to discuss plans
> Tim is marrying someone in February, so they will be over our house on Wednesday night for fun and laughter as we go through a marriage preparation course with them
> Jess has a high tea in town on Thursday, so will leave Amy with her folks and travel in for an hour (this will take about 3 hours in total)
> Jess has her work (dress up) Christmas party
> Tim has a 30th birthday paint balling event during Saturday day
> Jess has a 30th (dress-up) birthday party on Saturday night
> Tim has a work/church volunteers event on Saturday night

We have no idea what’s happening after Saturday night, but we certainly aren’t bored, however we look like this…


One slave is too many by Jess

The Walk Free Foundation estimates there are 3000 slaves in Australia. This might seem small compared to the 30 million slaves world-wide, but honestly, I think one slave is one slave too many. As I recently investigated the state of slavery in my own nation, I read an article by the Sunday Morning Herald that highlighted this hidden tragedy within Australia’s boarders. Yet, another article renewed my hope that change is happening all around us and lives are being restored in countries all across the earth, including my own. There will always be those who fight injustice whether it’s considered a small or big problem.


I am reminded of this little story below and I think of ‘the one’ who is still waiting to experience a ‘huge difference’…

The Boy and the Starfish

A man was walking along a deserted beach at sunset. As he walked he could see a young boy in the distance, as he drew nearer he noticed that the boy kept bending down, picking something up and throwing it into the water. Time and again he kept hurling things into the ocean.

As the man approached even closer, he was able to see that the boy was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time he was throwing them back into the water.

The man asked the boy what he was doing, the boy replied,”I am throwing these washed up starfish back into the ocean, or else they will die through lack of oxygen. “But”, said the man, “You can’t possibly save them all, there are thousands on this beach, and this must be happening on hundreds of beaches along the coast. You can’t possibly make a difference.” The boy looked down, frowning for a moment; then bent down to pick up another starfish, smiling as he threw it back into the sea. He replied,

“I made a huge difference to that one!”

~Author Unknown~

I too can do something for at least one. Maybe that’s volunteering my time, donating to a cause, supporting those who are on the ‘front lines’ or making other people aware of what’s going on. I have hope in my heart despite the odds that we will all eventually believe that one slave is too many.

Love Jess xxoo

Falamos de amor (we speak love)

This is a special post in Portuguese just for our beautiful family in Brazil. Unfortunately, we have used a translator, because we don’t speak Portuguese… yet 🙂

Nós não falam Português, mas falam de amor e nós amamos todos vocês muito! Estamos tão animado para vir ao Brasil em maio e julho do próximo ano e não posso esperar para lhe dar grandes abraços. Após a visita de Tim com você em março deste ano e algumas conversas do Skype, parece que estamos estará visitando a família.

Cinco coisas que sabemos:

1. Nossas conversas com você acontecerá com olhares e risos em branco como nós experimentar e aprender a sua língua, por favor, seja paciente conosco 🙂

2. Estamos ansiosos para aprender sobre a cultura brasileira e modo de vida. Mmmm Churrasco!

3. Deus está fazendo coisas incríveis no Brasil e queremos ser parte dela, mesmo que apenas por um tempo curto.

4. Estamos tão animados para a nossa menina Amy conhecer todos vocês!

5. Nós ainda não conhecemos os nossos planos exatos enquanto estamos no Brasil, mas vamos mantê-lo atualizado.

Love from Tim Jess & Amy