One of the realties of serving overseas is that there are some American rights you just lose. We tried to vote through absentee ballet but it looks like as times in the past the Brazilian Postal system has lost our mail. Many times we do not get mail that people send and mail we send never arrives.
As to political conversation in Portuguese it all seems to get lost in the translation. So we become very disconnected from one of Americans citizen right, to speak our voice into the political system. This is all part of our calling. Here in Brazil the Brazilians ask us all the time if we voted in their elections, we can not, we are foreigners. As foreigners we have no voices in their very corrupt political process. So on election day we are reminded that we foreigners far from the land we love and many of the love ones we cherish.
This week Jacob sent a audio track of the heart beat of our grand child. It brought tears to our eyes and joy to our hearts. It reminds us though of how far away we are from family and the fact we can not be there.