Day 8: Home again, home again … Jiggety-jig

When last I left you here, we were sitting in the São Paulo, Brazil airport with a “stand-by” ticket — hoping to make the overnight flight back to D.C. … then the 7 hour drive home to Tennessee. I’m happy to report that Renaissance Man and I are now back home after a successful week in Brazil.

I still have stories to tell you; events that blessed, encouraged, and challenged me … and I think they’ll bless, encourage, and perhaps challenge you, too. But those stories will have to wait just a little longer until I catch up on some rest (and laundry).

Tonight, though, I’ll leave you with two quick updates:

1) The new Hope Unlimited thrift store inaugurated HERE on Day 3 raised $5,000 the very first day it was open … and they’re having a great week! I just learned they have a special need for “plus size” clothing (men’s and women’s). If you live near me and want to take up a collection to benefit the children we serve, Renaissance Man makes regular trips to Brazil.  Email me and we’ll work out the details.

2) Last thing before leaving Campinas and heading to the airport, some of our group was able to deliver the food to the little “adopted” family I told you about on Day 2 of our trip. There’s so much need there …

The rest of us went straight to our meeting point … the Royal Palm Plaza hotel. It was the perfect place to pass the time before the 1.5 hour drive to the airport. I think you’ll agree …

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It’s been fun traveling with you this past week. You’re a really easy traveling companion! I suspect we may both need a little “space” though, so how about we give that to each other for a couple of days … and then meet back here?
Hmmm… Which story should I tell you next? Music? Tablescapes? Construction? …


  1. Welcome home, Susan! I enjoyed keeping up with you on this trip. You probably need some time to “regroup.” Hugs, Nellie

  2. It’s good to be home, isn’t it?? You accomplished so much. xo

  3. Wow! This week has really flown by. I know that you were blessed and I hope that you are able to get some much needed rest now. Thanks for taking us along with you!

  4. Take your time while you decompress from your long flight; that hotel is a beauty, I agree.

  5. Thanks for sharing…and that place is beautiful and rejoicing over the new business.

  6. You can tell them all! As the character says in “Alice in Wonderland”, “Start at the beginning, and when you come to the end, stop.” LOL

    I’m glad you’re home safe and sound, and I am so excited about the thrift store doing well.

  7. I wouldn’t mind the wait at that hotel. Yikes! That’s gorgeous!!! I’m just glad you’re back home safe and sound! Get some rest, young lady!!!