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Prayer Request

I Just Get So Tired...please Pray For Me And My Children.

Please pray with me for my children : Darlan and Daniel.
I know the LORD can give me so much more than this I WILL ask… but I just get so tired… Lord just keep me calm … Please also pray for me.
May GOD bless us all and bring more to our lives that any one of us thought possible… Thank you!
Neidinha - Brazil

How to Learn Lessons From Life?? 

We can learn a lot about life from almost anything if we open ourself up to what they can teach Us .

Life is Simple -
Find the things in life that work for you and don't get distracted by all the background noise of other people telling you what you should do.

If You Have To Do Something, Do It With Style -
In life, we are going to have to do things we don't really want to do. If we have to do something and there is no way to avoid it, we should try to find a way to do it with style.

Try to Prepare Yourself for the Obvious -

Some things in life are so obvious, like the fact that you will drop dead at some point. We spend so much time avoiding the hard facts in our lives.

Entertain the Idea of Changing Your Life if You Don't Like It -

Find ways to entertain yourself and to laugh at life. If that does not work and you still don't like your life, then change it.

Accept That Life is Not Always a Picnic -

The source for much of the dissatisfaction we face in our lives stems from our unrealistic expectations of life.

Make Time for Adventure in Your Life -

It's important to take risks in life. If you never stretch yourself to try new things or have enough fun, you will have missed out on all the thrilling adventures life has to offer.

There are people in the world: those who try to enjoy life and those who just like to complain about it. Happiness is a choice we make in almost every situation. Think that when there are moments that we can take pleasure and feel happiness, we should try to do so.

Being the same as everyone else is not always a good thing. Don't be afraid to be a little different.

Don't fight who you are. Learn to be happy with yourself.

What are some of the most important things you've learned about life?

Appreciate That Life is Fleeting and It Goes Quickly – 
We are only on this earth for a very short period of time. 
Make sure you enjoy it's many pleasures and treasures.
Don't Fight Your True Nature -
Understand That It's Good To Be Different -
Try to Keep on the Sunny Side of Life -


St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897), Carmelite nun

Teresa was born at Alencon, Normandy. In 1886 she underwent a religious conversion and thereafter dedicated herself to monastic life. Entering the Carmelite convent at Lisieux at fifteen, she was appointed assistant novice mistress in 1893. One year before her death (1897) from tuberculosis, she volunteered to join the Carmelite missionaries in China.
Her devotional book, The Little Way, was widely acclaimed, as was her autobiography The Story of a Soul. Miracles of healing and prophecy soon were attributed to her name, and an account of these was appended in 1907 to the autobiography.
Teresa was beatified in 1923 and canonized in 1925. One year later a basilica was erected in her honor at Lisieux. In 1929 she became patroness of foreign missions, and in 1947 she was named patroness of France, together with Joan of Arc. Churches and shrines dedicated to her memory often bear the title "Little Flower", reflecting the subtitle of her autobiography.



“Just remember, the same as a spectacular Vogue magazine, remember that no matter how close you follow the jumps: Continued on page whatever. No matter how careful you are, there's going to be the sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn't experience it all. There's that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right through the moments where you should've been paying attention. Well, get used to that feeling. That's how your whole life will feel some day. This is all practice. None of this matters. We're just warming up.”
malkinson Chuck Palahniuk quotes (American freelance Journalist, Satirist and Novelist. b.1961)

“Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.” .... James Dean quotes (American motion picture actor, symbol of rebellion, 1931-1955)

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

Charles R. Swindoll quotes (American Writer and Clergyman, b.1934)

“Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.” ... lizzie15635

“It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, but what is the most painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let the person know how you feel.”

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” ... Maria Robinson quotes

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”

Ashley Smith quotes

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Sparrowrose Howard Thurman quotes (American Theologian, Clergyman and Activist. 1900-1981)

“To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”


101 things in 1001 days

Hi all,

These are the project guidelines and this is why I decided to participate.
I’ll be referring back to this master list, crossing things off as they’re completed, and I officially start the list-- November  19-- meaning the end date will be _____/_____.
I'm very excited to start this list.
I tried to make many of the items as specific as possible so that I could actually measure and complete the goals.
The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).
Why 1001 Days?

Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.
Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
2. Stay Focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

Benefits myself and others:

Ideas, Goals & Aspirations

1 Add photos to the genealogical tree I’ve been making
2 Be a tourist in my own city for a day
3 Be back in school.
4 Blog about something possible and specif every day for a month.
5 Buy a Digital SLR Camera
6 Buy a new cellphone
7 Buy something with great meaning to me.
8 Buy twenty new accessories I love. (0/20)
9 Cut my hair
10 Decide if I ever went to teach for a living.
11 Decide what I want my career to be - teaching, reading specialist, etc.
12 Digitalize some old photos
13 Do some exercise 3 times a week for a month
14 Do Something Nice without Being Asked
15 Document a “day in my life” with photos
16 Drinking more water (in progress)
17 Eat 2 things I’ve never tried before
18 Eat fruit everyday for 30 days
19 Eat more fruits and vegetables.
20 Empty my wardrol and shoes and give what I'm no longer used.
21 Fill a pot of coins of R$ 1,00
22 Fly first class
23 Get a pet.
24 Get new glasses.
25 Give $10 to a homeless person or a stranger in need
26 Give myself a good present, something useful
27 Go for pedicures at least three times (0/3).
28 Go on a group tour/trip.
29 Go shopping with my family
30 Go to a music or film festival.
31 Go to Church
32 Go to the dentist
33 Go to the ophthalmologist
34 Grow my hair out again and keep it long for at least 4 months.
35 Have a professional manicure done
36 Have dance lessons. Doesn’t matter whether it’s ballroom, salsa, or line, as long as I’m dancing!
37 Hydrate properly for a month .
38 Keep my house organzied
39 Learn a new English word every day for 365 days
40 Learn another language
41 Learn how to design a better blog.
42 Learn how to drive and Get my driver's license.
43 Learn how to make 3 new desserts. (0/3)
44 Learn to live without fear.
45 Learn to Play an Instrument
46 Learn to ride a bicycle, and be able to do it competently
47 Learn to Say Useful Phrases in Other Languages
48 Learn to Swim
49 Learn to Take Great Photos
50 Learn to Use Long Words (and Drop Them into Conversation)
51 Learn to work in power point
52 List five things I am grateful for, everyday for one year
53 Loose Weight (about 8 to 10 kg)
54 Maintain a blog or journal for at least a year.
55 Make a backup of my photos and documents, 2 in 2 months
56 Make a donation to a worthy cause
57 Make a list of 101 books to read in the near future
58 Make a list of 101 movies to see in the near future
59 Make a list of what I cook during the week every week
60 Make a list of what's essential, needed regularly, and just wanted
61 Make an illustrated list of small things that make me happy
62 Make my home somewhere wonderful to live
63 Memorize something and demonstrate it for someone as proof
64 Not forget to give the congratulations to my friends and family
65 Not to buy anything except for food for a month and see how much I spend
66 Not to eat any fast-food for a month
67 Not to eat candies for a whole week – 5 times
68 Paint my hair
69 Pay off all my credit cards
70 Post a video on the internet that has me in it
71 Post an entry about “My personal feelings about weight”
72 Pray every day for a month.
73 Print the photos that I do not print for years and do an album
74 Read at least 10 books in English
75 Read at least 4 books on my personal bookshelf
76 Read, speak, or write some English every day for a month.
77 Record a 101 cd mp3 of musics that makes me happy
78 Report a day in my life through pictures
79 Report my progress on my blog, writing about each accomplished task
80 Re-read the Bible.
81 Resolve a book of Sudokus
82 Save for the DVD home movies on VHS that I filmed of Darlan and Daniel.
83 Scan and upload photos from when I was ages 15-21
84 Spend a day in the park.
85 Study abroad (or about to)
86 Take 5 long walks
87 Take more photographs of things.
88 Throw away/donate 25 objects I don’t need
89 Visit a foreign city
90 Visit the Church of Santa Terezinha do menino Jesus
91 Walk for at least 30 minutes every day for two weeks.
92 Watch 10 documentaries (Reviews)
93 Watch at least 8 DVD’s we own that I’ve never watched
94 Write a list of 101 things that make me happy
95 Write a poem

Near the end:

101. Make a new list of 101 Things by the time my 1001 days are done


Brazil Beach Living
Why is Paraiba the place to invest for Brazilian Beach Living?

A General Overview of the up and coming State of Paraiba

The name comes from the combination of the Tupi words pa’ra (river) and a’íba (unsuitable for navigation). But after all, is it Paraíba or paradise? It is hard to say when one takes into consideration all the attractions of the Brazilian state located on the farthest eastern portion of the Americas: the Ponta do Seixas, on Cabo Branco beach, where, according to a traditional saying, “the sun rises first”. Land of the sun indeed, and of an enviable shore — but also of other historical, ecological and cultural beauties.

Before it was finally taken by the Portuguese, the region was nearly seized by the Normands. In the mid l6th century, Norman smugglers, with the help of the Potiguara Indians, used the anchorage sites of Cabedelo, in the Traição and Cabo Branco bays, to take the best quality Brazil - wood from the Brazilian coast, as well as cotton and wild animal hides. In 1585 a Portuguese settler by the name of João Tavares joined Tabajara chief Pirajibe and managed to establish a settlement 22 km far from the mouth of the Paraíba River. The settlement was first known as Nossa Senhora das Neves, later becoming Filipéia (in honor of Philip II, King of both Spain and Portugal). In the following century, during the Dutch invasion, it was named Frederikstadt, before becoming Paraíba and finally, in 1930, João Pessoa.

The capital of the state of Paraíba is rich in historical monuments and contemporary buildings. Among the examples of baroque-style constructions which impress all tourists are the Church of Mercy, built by Duarte da Silveira in 1602, which preserves its original structure; the 1608 Church of St. Francis, with tiled walls and the floor carpeted with antique flagstones; the Church and the Monastery of São Bento, concluded in 1716 and built of stone blocks and limestone, masonry and wood.

Other important historical landmarks in the state are the Fortress of Santa Catarina (built in 1585 of limestone and whale oil), located in Cabedelo, and the Casa da Pólvora, located in the capital, which witnessed many struggles and invasions on the coast.

Nevertheless, the greatest enchantment comes from the sea. In addition to the beach of Cabo Branco, with its Lighthouse belvedere, the beaches of Tambaú, Manaíra and Bessa are among the most urbanized on thecoast, with lukewarm waters. In Tambaü, two kilometers away from the coast, lie the beautiful reef formations, with its natural pools known as Picãozinho. At these beaches one finds the highest concentration of hotels, flats, lodgings and all the infrastructure which guarantee an agreeable and cozy stay in the region.
In lntermares, the Macaco Sea is a compulsory stop for surfers: its waves are ideal, due to a natural crack in the reef chains. And the calm waters of the Sanhauá river favor nautical tourism on the river beach of Jacaré. Also worth highlighting is the Tambaba beach, the first official naturism beach of the northeastern region, 40 km away from João Pessoa, in the municipality of Conde; its waters are bluish-green and warm, forming natural pools. There are also beautiful 20-meter high sea cliffs in the region, which also emerge, multicolored, on the beach of Coqueirinho, next to the Tambaba beach and almost untouched. See photo below. 
      Tabatinga cliffs with Coqueirinho at the far point. Tambaba to the south.
Other famous beaches are Jacumã, featuring the most exciting carnival on the coast of Paraíba; the Barra de Camaratuba (with stretches of deserted beach, deep waters and dunes from the Paleolithic period); the Bay of Traição, the site of old battles; and the Barra de Mamanguape, which shelters the Center for the Preservation of the Manatee.

As for preservation, it is worth recalling that Paraíba is one of the most important ecological tourist sites in the country. The state also shelters several species of the flora and fauna that remain from the Atlantic Forest. In João Pessoa, the 471 hectare Buraquinho Forest (the Botanical Garden) is a true genetic base of both the animal and vegetal life of the Northeastern region. In Cabedelo, the 530 hectare Restinga Island, located on the estuary of the Paraíba River, several types of ecosystems can be found: mangroves, the estuary, the Atlantic Forest, lagoons and the forests typical of the restingas, beaches covered by mud, which usually rise up out of the water parallel to the coast.

In Mamanguape and Rio Tinto lies the Ecological Reserve of the Guaribas, aimed at sheltering this endangered monkey species. Other natural beauties are Pedra da Boca, in Araruna, a set of rocks frequently visited by mountain climbers, and the 1197 meter high Pico do jabre, the highest elevation in Paralba, from where the visitor can admire the mountain forest, rivers, mineral water springs and the caatinga, a type of stunted vegetation found in the more arid areas of northeastern Brazil.

The region is also a survey center on the Brazilian prehistorical era. In the municipality of Sousa, 427 km away from the capital, in the hinterland of the state, lies the famous Dinosaurs Valley, where researchers have found the footprints of prehistorical animals, dating back 130 million years. The area is regarded as one of the most important archeological sites in the world - the Peixe River basin displays the highest incidence of dinosaur footprints in the world.
In Ingá, located on the Borborema Plateau, there are cave inscriptions engraved on stone, still an enigma to experts (some attribute the signs to the ‘1isit of Phoenicians to Brazil). The local Museum of Natural History holds lots of information on the animals that lived in the region in remote eras, such as the gigantic tropical America iguana, the armadillo, mastodons and others. Museums and cultural centers abound in the region. In João Pessoa, the most important are the José Lins do Rêgo Cultural Space and the Augusto dos Anjos Memorial (located in the Literary Academy of Paraíba), featuring part of the heritage of these great writers, and the museum and crypt of former-president Epitácio Pessoa, located in the Court of Justice.

In the beginning of the year, sports tournaments and folkloric festivals stir up the capital’s shoreline. In February, the feast takes over the streets even before carnival, gathering street-dancing merrymaker groups of frevo, maracatu, sculamba, coco and caboclinho.

Among the most famous June feasts are those of Campina Grande, the second largest city in the state, and SãoJoão da Lagoa, in the Solon de Lucena Park. The forró is the musical rhythm typical of these celebrations. But there are still several other types of folkloric demonstrations, such as the incelenças (funeral chants sung in unison, without musical instruments), the nau catarineta, popular plays on sea themes performed in the streets, the reisaclo, held on 6th of January, celebrating the Epiphany, the vaquejada, a round up of cattle, and the banda cabaçal, groups of percussion and wind instruments, common in the Brazilian northeast.

Embroidery and lace makers, ceramists, painters and sculptors use folkloric themes in their works. To be highlighted are the coconut fiber items manufactured in Lagoa Seca; the banners painted in Catolé do Rocha; artisan Antonio Paulo Freire’s coconut heads; Maria Paulina’s ceramic items; the goods from João Miguel do Taipu; the laces and embroideries from Picu, Umbuzeiro and São Felix; and the labyrinth”, a type of embroidery produced in Juarez Távora.

One shouldn’t miss the delights of the cookery from Paraíba. So, be prepared for the sun-dried meat; the sarapatel (made of sheep’s or pig’s viscera and blood); buchadas, made of animal guts; farm chicken, coconut tapiocas and other delights. The cuscuz, a dish made of steamed rice, manioc or corn meal, the pamonha, a sweet made of corn paste, rolled and baked in fresh cornhusks, and the baião-de-dois (black beans rice and cheese cooked together) are a must, not to mention the local sea food, such as large shrimps, crabs, squids, swordfish - accompanied by coconut water, or a delicious cachacinha-de-cabeça, an alcoholic drink made of sugarcane, as you relax by the sea.

At night, excitement continues in the bars and restaurants of the capital and along the beaches of Tambaü, Cabo Branco, Manara, Bessa, lntermares, Seixas and Penha. In the Largo da Gameleira young people get together whereas in the so-called Baixo Tambaú, bars specialized in popular Brazilian music, create a romantic environment under leafy coconut trees.

Source: http://www.brazilinsight.nl/

The best beaches and prices are at #9-#15 above in the city and south of Jacuma, Paraiba. The State Capital is Joao Pessoa at the top of the map, about 22KM north.

If you want city life, Joao Pessoa is a good choice to check out. If you want really clean air, more natural beauty around, a more relaxed way of life but still be near a city, then where I live could also be for you.

Photos of Joao Pessoa from the mayor's website:  HERE

Ref : Brazil beach living

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