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We’re back, but we’re leaving

Welcome back to AlvesPassos.com. The purpose of our blog is to share things that money cannot buy, like our own experiences and knowledge.

The blog has been a bit abandoned since Melissa was born, because mother’s life is really busy (no matter if the mother works outside the house, or stays home with the kids, if she has 1, 2, 3, or 10 kids) Melissa is turning 3 years old next month! And we already have another baby girls called Andrea. I wanted to post about her birth here but blogging wasn’t amongst my priorities: sleeping has been by far the top priority!

What has changed for me to be back here? Well, we want to share with you our next trip: we’re going to walk part of the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James.) Have you heard of it? There are actually lots of paths, but most of them end in the town of Santiago de Compostella, in Spain, where you find the burial place of St. James, an apostle of Jesus. It used to be a pilgrimage walk, so the people who walk it, being religious or not, are called “pilgrims”. If you want to know more about the history of the way, click on the link above. If you want to know more about the trekking itself, the Mountain IQ guide to the Camino has comprehensive information about it. I intend to write a series of posts about our trip: preparations, getting there, what we’ve learned etc. I don’t know if I’ll be able to post from there, but the posts will come.

That’s why I said we’re back but we’re leaving. Our flight to Spain is this coming Tuesday, March 24th. And if you think it’s only Esdras and I, you’re wrong! All the 5 of us are going to be pilgrims for nearly 2 weeks. Of course we’re not doing all that pilgrims do: most of them sleep in public hostels (albergues), and, because of the small kids, we preferred to book hotels (imagine the baby crying at night with 100 other pilgrims in one big room?)

The plan is walking around 20km (12.5 miles) per day. Some days more, some days less. I can already hear you ask “What about the kids? Are they walking too?” The baby is going in the baby carrier (she’s 7 months.) Evelyn and Melissa will walk as much as they want and can handle. When they get tired they”ll hop on our double stroller and we’ll push them. I’ll write another post about packing our bags, I mean, our backpacks (I can already see your face: “Travelling with kids, and without bags?” HOW?)

2 weeks of clothes in 2 backpacks

The fact is that many people who walk this Way are searching for something, maybe trying to find the Way in their lives?! And we know well  the Way, the Truth and the Life: Jesus. The Bible tells is to take every opportunity, so our trip won’t be only holidays, or a “family project” in sharing our passion for travelling with our kids. It’ll be all of that but it’ll also be a mission. I know you might think we’re weirdos but we want to serve the Lord even with our holidays.

The trip itself will present loads of challenges. Simple holidays with kids are already challenging, even staying the whole time in one place, having a car to drive around and with no luggage limit. But we want to use our holidays to bring glory to our Lord Jesus. Can we count with your prayers? We’ll need a lot of physical strength, perseverance, and emotional control. Pray that none of us will get sick while there, pray for the people we’ll meet along the way: pilgrims, priests, hotel attendants, the people in the shops, and residents from the villages.

So, we’ll leave our house this coming Tuesday at 2am to get the plane in Dublin at 6am. And let the fun/challenges begin!

Buon Camino!

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Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

Be very careful, then, how you live —not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:15

4 comments to We’re back, but we’re leaving

  • Debora

    Mari, muito legal, nos estaremos orando por vocês !!!

  • Nadia Amorim

    Esperando vocês na Espanha!!!

  • Isabel

    Que maravilha! Que oportunidade fantástica pra todos vocês de conhecerem a si mesmos, uns aos outros, o caminho em si, de servir a Deus em Seu propósito! E que viagem especial levar as pequenas! Farão muito bem! Os Anjos estarão guiando os passos, ao lado de cada um de vocês, para que nenhum mal interfira nessa viagem.
    Parabéns pela coragem e pela decisão! Estarem juntos é uma benção :)

    Boa sorte e bom caminho. Deus abençoe a cada um! Forçaaaa :)

  • Lauren

    Mari, querida! Muita alegria e paz nessa missão tão bonita! Vocês são meus “ídalos”!

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