We got back from Belo Horizonte on Monday and went into the office in the afternoon. Cintia brought her family by to get free flu shots. As we went to Family Home Evening on what to do when you get sick (since Elder dePaula suffered a heart attack). Several of the couples convinced us to get free flu shots and sure enough I got sick.
|Cintiq and her family|
|Painting in the physical therapist's office|
|Party time in the office|
|How about some corn cake|
|Wednesday food stands in Vertentes courtyard|
|My early morning birthday IV|
|The Hales, Zauggs, and Wheelers|
|Stream in the park|
|One of many small ponds|
|Fish pond in a greenhouse|
|One of many lily pad lakes|
|Don't drink the water!|
|Old man in an old house|
|Monkeys in the trees|
|Along a muddy trail|
We invited everyone over to the apartment for cake and ice cream in the evening. I haven't had such a celebration for my birthday for many years, of course, I haven't turned 70 before. Elder de Paula felt well enough to join us. He has to take it easy and doesn't know if they will send him home after he improves from his heart attack.
|Opening presents with Elder de Paula|
FaceTime with family
We were really tired on Friday. We are still recovering from our travels and we didn't get much sleep on Thursday morning. We went to the office and worked in slow gear and then went home a little early.
Diane has been wanting to return to Liberdade, the Japanese Town of São Paulo, to find some souvenirs. There is a crafts market on Saturdays in the paça and a couple of nice stores. Many of the stores are crowded, however. We stopped by a Chinese restaurant that was off the beaten track so it wasn't so crowded. There was a Choro band in the praça. It is an older type of Brazilian instrumental music that led to the samba. We didn't have time to linger, but it was fun to hear.
|Buddhist temple in Liberdade|
|Diane's friend at the feira|
This evening we were invited for dinner with the Franco family. We have watched this family since we arrived with parents who were raised in the church and are raising their children in the church. It shows how Brazil has changed since I was here 50 years ago as a missionary.
|Marcelo and Paula with Ricardo and Beatriz|