Last week began on a sad note with the death of Bonifácio’s sister. The whole week felt unusual because Bonifácio and Estefânia were away attending to family matters in connection with the passing, while I, along with my friend Ana, cared for the children at home. I feel blessed to be available to meet such needs as they arise.

I’m also thankful for the happy note on which the week ended. On Saturday night, we celebrated Leo’s eleventh birthday, with everyone once again at home and even some extra relatives visiting. We cooked her favorite foods for supper and baked a cake for dessert.

The cake’s frosting went through quite a saga. It spent several days in the refrigerator where I work because we have no refrigerator at home, only a freezer. On Friday we forgot to take the frosting with us when we left work early to run errands, so I asked a co-worker who lives near us to bring it to our house on his way home from work. As he was riding his bicycle and almost here, he looked back, lost control, fell, and was significantly injured, spilling the frosting on the road in the process. Thankfully, with a little creativity, Ana was able to improvise a different frosting using ingredients we had in the house, and the cake turned out beautifully.

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