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I'm back....4 years later!

Hey all!  Just popping by to give a little update...

I came back to this blog a couple weeks ago, after starting a new one.  Man, I used to be inspired!  I guess now I'm just old and tired, so I am less original in my posts...haha!

But here's the update.  Renato and I got married in 2014, and we had a baby girl in January 2016.  We are still living in Brazil, and loving life!  I am a stay-at-home-mom, which was my childhood dream, and I also teach private English classes.  Oh, and I make and sell American sweets too, so that's fun.  That has shown down a bit lately, but I'm not sure why.  It's okay; I am hoping it will pick up again with the holidays coming!  I started another blog, which I hope you all follow me at

baianamericana.blogspot.com

I have been amazed by all the views this blog has had, even in my long absence.  I could really use your help and support over on my new blog!  I started it in English, but am working on translating my first posts into Portuguese as well, and future posts will be in both languages.  It is a blog about my ramblings, basically....I have talked about about my daughter, and about my and my husband's story.  It is in the beginning stages, but it will probably end up being just a compilation of my ramblings, much like this one, but I suppose my thoughts and ideas have evolved, as is natural in life!

Thanks for all your support and love over the years!  I am leaving this blog open, but I think all future updates will be on the new one.  Hope to see you there, with page views and comments!

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