Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Hey everyone!
OK, by now I've hit the list of the top ten lousiest bloggers. I know, I'm sorry. I'm just not very used to blogging that much.
I do want to wish everyone a merry Christmas, and hopefully a very different Christmas than what the neighbors had (loud music, drinking, etc.). Thankfully we have a reason to celebrate. Christmas is not only a day to take off. There is a reason for the season. I hope everyone has a Christ-centered Christmas and a happy New Year in Him.

Friday, August 31, 2012

We're Back!

Hey, it's me........at least I hope so........unless someone hacked in to my computer, then of course it wouldn't be me. It would be...someone else.
Anyway, I think it's me, so we're good to go.
Well, we're finally back from Cuiabá. As a matter of fact, we've been back for a good while now. It's just that I haven't had time for my blog, because.......are you ready?......because, I have a job. Whoopee.....
It's really not all that bad. I'm working at an English school, but I'm not giving you the name. And no, I'm not teaching. I'm in the lab (It would take to long to explain what that is). And before you wonder why I'm paid to do not much anything, consider this: this is a demonstrative pronoun, one of four of them, the other three being that, these, and those.
Anyway, that's pretty much it, so I'll be seeing ya.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Food

One of the greatest blessings to mankind is FOOD (one of Benjamin's top ten words). On our trip we have eaten in many places, sometimes with friends.....


sometimes with family...

 someplace well known...

 someplace not as well known (but just as delicious).

Some places have normal food...


some places the food isn't as normal...
 (like piranha broth)

But everyone is happy, especially with a nice dessert to top it off.

If your not hungry now, it's because you just ate (or else the idea of piranha broth kinda freaked you out). But no matter where the location or what the circumstance (besides an upset stomach), good food is ALWAYS appreciated. Three cheers for food!






Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Chapada

Today we went to Chapada. Instead of trying to make some funny comment (which never turns out funny anyway), I'll let God's handiwork speak for itself.







Note: This is the geographical center of South America.




Monday, July 30, 2012

Cousins

Since we have been here, we have had time to spend with cousins which we haven't seen in a long time... And no, I had nothing to do with Kevin's arm. The one to Kevin's right is Stanley, and the two on the outside are...well...my brothers (don't tell anyone we're related, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese).
Joshua is actually a first cousin once removed or something similar. My cousin, seated behind, did not want a picture taken, hence the strategically placed child. The cousin, whose identity will not be revealed, does NOT have a name that starts with a J and DEFINITELY does NOT end with ESSICA, and her last name is NOT a city which might be the capital of Peru.....
Now I'm in trouble. Anyway, she won't find out.......... I hope...

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Somewhere in Mato Grosso

For those who don't know, our family is in Mato Grosso.....lost in the thick, humid jungle, searching for a way out... OK, not really, but it was worth a try.....
We're actually re-visiting family, doing some sightseeing, and........doing some sightseeing. We recently went to the Pantanal. It had been forever since our last visit, and we had fun seeing the animals, tearing up our car on the road (make note of the commas, otherwise what I just said means something completely different), things like that.......
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. If so, then I've got... let's see... 15000 words in one post... plus whatever else I wrote... It's enough for now.


Water Buffalo

This bird is a tuiuiú (or something like that).




Piranha

A Macaw and a Pastor


Capibara



Some huge lily pads

And a sunset.....

Friday, July 6, 2012

Fourth of July Pictures

Here are the 4th of July pictures (from our 4th of July celebration, of course). The only thing we didn't have were fireworks (sigh).











Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Fourth of July

Hey everyone! It's Independence Day!
Just thought I'd wish everyone a Happy 4th of July. I'll probably have some pictures later on of our celebration. We won't have any fireworks this year though. So remember us, suffering here without fireworks snif snif...... all right, I'm kidding...
Anyway, remember to thank God today for the freedom He has given us, and remember those who gave their all so that we might have freedom.
Happy Fourth of July!!!

Monday, July 2, 2012

     Well, I'm finally getting to my blog again. It seems like the days when I have nothing to do are the days when I don't want to do anything, so I haven't gotten around to the blog sooner (even though I'm on "vacation").
     I haven't been doing much lately, so there isn't much to write about. I don't know if I've mentioned it, but I have been giving free guitar classes to some people of our church. Maybe I'll get some pictures of my students so you can see them. I've also been working on banners for our missions conferences in November and our VBS in January. Gotta get a head start. Really, I love designing banners and stuff like that, but I don't know why.
     My biggest piece of news is my dad's birthday, which was yesterday. We had a cake here and one at the church. That's a lot of cake for one day.
This is the cake that Hannah made. I don't have any pictures of the one at the church.

     That's about all that's happened lately besides the civil case that's going on. Be sure to pray for us about that. I'll be back again, probably later than sooner . Oh well...   

Friday, May 25, 2012

Another Update (Oh, Boy...)

Well, it's been a while since I've picked up the pen (metaphorically speaking) and sat down to give an update to the few patient people who are (amazingly) still with me ( I don't blame those who aren't. I mean, I don't even read my own blog. Oh well............

We are finishing up our school year. Actually, everyone has just finished. And of course, I got done with my school year first, and was promptly rewarded with the official title of Sir Leaf-Master, Raker of the Yard. Funny how things turn out. Well, when I'm not working (in the yard or elsewhere) I am either reading, planning things for the new movie about to be produced by PD Productions and Pointless Pictures, Inc., or creating planets and blowing them up with the trial version of Adobe After Effects CS6 I downloaded. That's a pretty cool program by the way, but hard to use. There really is no point in blowing up planets, but hey, people already say that I'm weird. Can't do much to change it now.

Really, it's amazing that, looking back on all that I've just written, all it is is a whole lot of nothing, and, since I'm in a philosophical mood, I ask myself, "Philip (that's me), how many times do you do that in your own life, wasting time on something that seems important but it turns out to be something of no value (like blowing up planets)?" And if I think about that for a while, I can remember many times when I've done that. Let's see...1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12..............................When I figure it out I'll tell you. I'm no Einstein so it might take a while. If it's that way though, I'm also no Plato, Columbus, Cortes, Edison, Ford, Fulton, or Lincoln either, so that narrows myself down to.......about one person.

Anyway, I've got to take out the trash right now, so I'll see you later. Good grief, I sound like I'm talking on the phone (by the length it looks more like I made a speech).

Well, I'll sign off now.
Philip Doolittle, over and out.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Down Came the Rain and Washed the People Out...

This year our river nearly reached a record height. It has hardly stopped raining this rainy season, and there were places which had never been flooded before but now were covered with water. Some cities in our state had a great number of people who lost their homes.




 Free Wi-Fi, anyone?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Ship

A solitary ship,
Tossing, turning,
Sailing on the sea of sorrow,
Blown about, like a leaf,
For it has no anchor.
But suddenly the clouds depart,
Slowly dissolve,
Disappear;
And the sunlight shines through
To guide the vessel home.

A solitary soul,
Full of despair, distressed,
Tossed on the ocean of desolation,
Like the craft
Without an anchor.
But suddenly the despair
Slowly dissolves,
Disappears;
And the blessed Sonlight shines through
To guide the wayward vessel home.

Update

Well, here I am again. I'm finally writing again. It's been quite a while since my last post, so I'll kinda sum up what's happened since then.
In December we had practice for our cantata, which happened to be on Christmas Day. No one participating was any kind of music expert, so it was very interesting to work with everyone, making sure everyone knew what to sing and when to sing. It was especially interesting to work with Walber, who sang base. For those of you who don't know who Walber is, you can check the post "Fish Heads". The title just about says it all.
Anyway, the cantata went well and everybody did great. I tried to upload a video of it so you could watch it, but that didn't work.
Our Christmas and New Year's went well. As usual, we had the watchnight service on New Year's Eve. We had baptisms and singing and preaching and really good food.
Starting tomorrow we are having our VBS. As you know, the Brazilian school year starts in February and ends around October or November or somewhere between. Pray that we will have many kids show up.
Well, that about wraps everything up. I'll sign out now, I guess.