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A month in Paraguay. Come and hang out with us

Sunday Sept 4th:  My daughter started blogging

Nicole is very adventurous. She will try anything. She is not afraid. So when she heard me talking about blogs and publishing, guess what, she started her own blog about. Check out her new blog at passionoftheanimals.blogger.com. She is even considering adding some advertising with google ad sense and then make some money as here readership goes up.

This evening we will attend our church service. Most services are at night across the denominations. We have been blessed with a wonderful congregation which I feel I have been able to learn and grow over the past years. Nancy began worshiping here before we got married. Both of our kids are involved in the worship team. http://www.idd.com.py/. Our church has grown a ton over the past years. Our pastor has a heart to empower new leaders and starting new preaching points. One of the reasons for our move to Encarnacion, was that our kids can go an come without having to drive long distances to church and school. Our school is also only a block from the apartment which we rent now.

Dominick has been sleeping very well at night, giving us a chance to get more rest lately. We are so thankful for his health so far. He has blessed us with his smiles. I speak English to him and Nancy Spanish, so we hope he will grow up bilingual.

Anyway, I got to go, thanks for hanging out with us this month. More tomorrow.


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  1. I tried finding Nicole's blog and couldn't. Did the name change?

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