Monday, June 15, 2015

Late Fall in Gramado

Even though it is late fall going into winter here we can still find hydrangeas and love to have them in our condo.  Here are some pictures of the arrangements that we have in the house now with the different varieties and colors.

There was a sweater fair in Novo Petropolis, a town about 20 miles from Granados, so we drove over to check it out.  We each bought a sweater there.  The fair was held inside a huge building and all the different manufacturers had booth set up next to each other, and we walked around checking them all out.  There must have been about 50 different booths.  We had to take a picture of the manikins at one of the booths to show you the style they are wearing here now.  We don't know if this style has already appeared in the U.S. Notice the leggings they are wearing.

We were looking for a lost member when we passed a cute little house that is beautifully decorated so we had to take a few pictures.

 Notice the sign in German.  There is a lot of German influence in this town.

We thought it was interesting that in the yard they used some old bathtubs for flower beds.

They also had a poinsettia tree in the yard.  We had never seen a whole poinsettia tree before.

We are amazed at how they build houses on stilts here.  It is a amazing how fragile the foundations look.  What if they had an earthquake? 

Here is another one on stilts.
The missionaries have a very small allowance here and when one came to our district meeting with his hair kind of long because he didn't have enough money to go to the barber, Heidi invited him right over for a hair cut.  
Last Saturday night we had a party in our branch. In Brazil during the month of June they have a celebration that the country people started, so everyone dresses up country style and has a good time.  Here are some pictures of the party.

We had a baptism yesterday for Irma Sonia.  She is the mother of Luisane Kemerich who we recently activated.
Heidi attended a "cha" or tea for inactive members and investigators that live in Tres Coronas, a city about 20 miles from Gramado.  She had a fun time fellowshipping these people in the house of the Petropolis Branch President..