Our time in Brazil

Posted by on December 13, 2015 in Blog, Family, Home Page Recent Posts, Travel | 8 comments

A couple of weeks ago we went and visited Dave and Bianca (Matt’s parent’s) in Salvador Brazil, where they are serving as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The time that we spent there with them was beyond precious. The last time we saw Dave had been 2 years ago and Venice wasn’t even born yet, so being reunited was so special. This trip will always have a special place in our hearts. So I thought I would list the good moments and the funny ones that we want to remember.

Good Moments:

Nonna singing Stocky to sleep every night and him looking into her eyes like they were in a movie love scene. Nonna has a great voice and he was so captivated.

Watching NCIS like the old days with Matt’s parents and eating popsicles.

Waiting to see the monkeys eat the bananas from Dave and Bianca’s windows every morning.

Stockton performing and singing songs about 4Life and Nonna and Nonno on the piano.

Eating the best ceviche of my life and then eating a second plate of it all in the same meal.

Watching Stockton play in the water with Nonna and laughing his head off.

Watching Matt eat acai bowls until he couldn’t eat anymore.

Eating Bianca’s famous grilled cheese sandwiches. (I think they are the best because she makes them with love)

Realizing how much Matt is a little Dave in so many ways.

Walking into Dave’s office and seeing all the missionaries they tend to on a daily basis and feeling overwhelmed by the spirit.

Getting fathers blessings and feeling renewed to become even better and work harder spiritually.

Matt and I Touring Old Town Salvador with Dave. Also trying the best limeade concoction ever from a street vendor that Dave introduced us to. He thought Dave was a tour guide because of his missionary tag. We had a good laugh about that.

Watching Dave and Bianca hold hands with stocky while walking.

Seeing Dave and Venice meet for the very first time.

Funny Moments:

When Stocky peed his pants on our last flight and he went around pantless all over the mall in just a pull up.

Watching Stocky and Matt ride a mechanical lion that they drove around the Mall.

Dave bribing Stocky with a quarter if he would sleep in the car. He did. He’s become very motivated by money now.

Stocky using his quarter to buy a turtle at the aquarium but then asking for it back. Not really understanding the concept of money yet.

Dave and Bianca both lifting up stocky in the air so he could touch the sting ray. Stocky’s face pure joy!

When Stocky tried to speak portuguese but all that came out of his mouth were mumblings of sounds and noises. I have no idea what he thought he was saying.

Riding in the glass elevator jammed packed with people in the mall a couple of times up and down, Stocky thought it was so much fun.

Hearing little Stockton’s voice and footsteps in the hall after bedtime, he was spying on us while watching a movie.

Telling Stocky we were going to the beach a day before going to the beach, and everywhere we went all he asked was about going to the beach over, and over, and over again.

We miss Matt’s parents so much but are so grateful for the time we got to spend with them. These are precious memories we will hold onto forever.










  1. Of course I’m bawling reading this! You did such a great job capturing the precious joy of that visit! We are so glad you made the trek to come see us. We know it wasn’t easy getting here! We will never forget how special it was. Love these pics so much too!

    • Reading this just assures how much love you guys have for each other, for others and the World. Thanks for doing service in Brazil! I’m so proud of being part of this 4Life family. Happy Holidays to all!

    • Congratulations! !! We are love you! !

  2. IncreíbleS personas….los admiro muchisimo…saludos desde Paraguay.

  3. I am so grateful for the lives of Dave and Bianca Lisonbee, they have been a great influenced in my life. I met 4Life and then the Church thanks to them. Greetings from Mexico.

  4. How beautiful!There is nothing like the love of family. Wishing all of you happiness, love, and joy this Holiday Season!

  5. Love Your blog posts and I am thrilled that you met up with Dave and Bianca. Grandchildren are so precious to us. Take care . Caroline
    I am so grateful to of met them years ago in USA at a convention with Bonnie Hornsby

    • Thank you so much! We love them so much, they are some pretty incredible people.

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