One Brave Driver and a Nameless Car

Please help me find a name!
Please help me find a name!

Hello! Something really exciting has happened in the Betts’ house. We have added a new member to the family…. Sadly she has not been named yet. Any suggestions ?

Getting our car took FOREVER!!! It seemed that the car did not want to join our family. We were finally blessed with a beautiful silver car that runs like no other. It was hard to get around at first because we were always waiting on other people. It is not always easy when you can not just get in the car and go. I think we all learned that cars are blessings and we are very grateful that we have one now.

Ever since we got our car we have been adventuring. Dad plugs in Virginia Garmin (his little GPS that happens to be smarter than Manaus) and we just find our way around the city. Dad is not scared of the giant city traffic and all the other crazy drivers. He shows off his mad driving skills all the time. Haha good times in Manaus!

Please continue to pray over us learning the language. We are all learning little by little but, in Jesus name we will be blessed with Portuguese.

Love you all sooooo much!

Kenna ❤


Best Friends

Hey it’s Ellie!

Today I want to share with you about my friend in Brazil. Her name is Isabelle Lopes. We get to text message each other, and  we just talk about what’s going on.  I really try to talk as much Portuguese as I possibly can, but it gets hard. We also like to send pictures back and forth to each other, and we laugh a lot!  Last Christmas,  I bought us necklaces that are like friendship ones. They say “sister at heart” on them. I haven’t got to give them to her yet, because we kind of are a BILLION miles apart.  I will one day though, and I can’t wait. I am excited to go there so we can be best friends or as they say now BFF’S.

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Allergies and Alphabet

Hello! These past two days I have been sick( Which is not so fun). Hopefully in Brasil I have no allergies. That would make my life simply amazing. Speaking of Brazil, Ellie and I learned our Portuguese alphabet which is pretty exciting stuff. Okay well, not the learning it  part. Mom made us say it over and over and over and finally we said it all correct, and then she made us say it one more time for good measures haha. Other than that there is nothing else new. Just school and Portuguese and trying to feel better at the moment. I hope you all are doing great!

❤ Kenna

The Portuguese Rapper

We all know that one crazy person who likes to sing all the time. Not just here and there, but they always find something to sing about or some kind of song to fit the mood. Okay, maybe we don’t all have that friend, but I have that sister! Ellie can find anything and everything to sing about. Doing some dishes turns out to be a number one hit around here! haha! She is a mess.

I always told myself  I would never be that person who sings ALL the time about the stupidest stuff. Well, never did I know I am that person now…. With me studying Portuguese all the time I am always finding a word that is just so fun to say! For example here lately it has been abacaxi (pineapple) and frango (chicken). Yes I know, laugh it up, my favorite words are foods.

They just come out so awesome, I can’t help but say them all the time. The other day we were sitting here doing school work everything was going normal ( well as normal as it gets around here) when I decided it is necessary to rap some Portuguese words. I was telling mom that when I rap in Portuguese it sounds so legit like I am saying some serious stuff! haha! I crack myself up.  Eu comer frango e ABACAXI tudo dia! ( I eat chicken and pineapple all day). I never knew learning another language would be this much fun. Well that’s whats new in my life. (:

❤ Kenna

Freaky False Cognates


A neat thing I have been learning about in Portuguese is that a lot of words sound similar or look the same. For example, the word animal is the same in English and Portuguese. This is called a cognate.

But let me tell you some of them are not.  It is freaky! Like, delito does not mean delight. It means crime. This is called a false cognate.

I have also learned about suffixes.  They have similar suffixes to English.  English has “an” and Portuguese has “ano”.    For example, American and Americano.


Elise’s first blog post. We are using this as part of her Portuguese curriculum. It reinforces her learning as well as lets us document this part of our journey into the mission field. – Amanda