Well, we got here with little fanfare. Things went pretty well other than that planes are the most UNCOMFORTABLE places to sleep. I was really nervous on Wednesday when we were leaving, and it didn't help that the first leg of our flight was on the smallest plane ever. I was seriously claustrophobic. Trav was thinking he should have left me home. But we made it to Houston, flew to Sao Paulo, drove to Curitiba (it took about eight hours instead of the three it should have taken) and checked into our hotel (after driving around for about three hours looking for it). You'd think these boys have ever been here before. Not that they lived here for two years or anything. But the streets here are INSANE. In the last three days we have probably spend about ten hours lost in the car. But we have had nothing but good experiences. I have had some serious spiritual experiences that were totally random, and make me think they were put in our path for a reason (therefore not so random). I will update more with pictures and everything later, but just wanted to let everyone know that we're alive. Although Aubrie may be the only one who cares:).
I love this place. I do not love the food, I do not love the streets, I do not love the drivers, and it is a totally different world than the one I live in. But if there is anything I have learned so far (and we haven't even done a whole lot) it's that I am terribly blessed. I am so lucky to have the things I do, and to simply be born in the United States. I'll elaborate more later, with pictures to make it a little more interesting. My husband is amazing, and I can't believe we almost passed up this opportunity. Things like this make me love him so much more and bring us so much closer. It definitely makes me feel better about leaving my kids for TEN DAYS!!!
We are off to the dedication tomorrow, and I am anticipating some great things, because the experiences so far have been amazing. These people have waited so long to have a temple here, and it makes me feel guilty for taking ours for granted. They are so excited, and so honored to have the prophet here. I'll try to upload pictures sometime and maybe put something interesting on here. Tchao!