Friday, September 7, 2018

Holding Hands for 10 Years!

Today marks ten years since Felipe and I began holding holding hands...

I remember the night vividly. 
Felipe and I and a group of friends had just returned from an evening church service.  We were both living and serving as missionaries at the Lighthouse Community Center in Belo Horizonte, Brazil at the time.  Felipe then asked for me to meet him under the amora tree (on the mission grounds) and to bring my guitar.  

When I arrived he had me sit on a bench, and he stood before me playing and singing the song, You are so Beautiful to Me.   He then continued to declare his interest and affection for me, and officially asked me if I would want to start a relationship with him.  I was surprised, shy, and so humbled all at the same time. I had not dated in 11 years, and now to have such a romantic display made for little me was overwhelming to say the least.  

The Lord had been preparing me for that moment.  I had been praying about being in a relationship with Felipe and knew this conversation was coming.
September 7th, 2008 went down in our history as the beginning of a love story that would later bear fruit, of which our children are most definitely the most precious.

That beautiful September night, we ended our time talking together worshiping under the amora tree.  The very song that I was listening to on repeat during that season (as I would pray about my feelings for Felipe), suddenly Felipe began playing on the guitar.  We sang the song as a declaration to the Lord, placing Him at the center of our lives and consecrating our relationship to Him, and later we even sang this song on our wedding day.  

As Felipe walked me to my dorm that night, he asked to hold my hand.  Ten years later, we are still holding hands and facing life together, and our hearts' desire still remains: to bring glory to our faithful God, as we walk hand in hand as husband and wife.   

Sometimes our hands our full, holding a baby or the hands of our children, but we still so love to walk hand in hand - together, united, and facing the world as a team.

Today I am extremely thankful to be holding hands for ten years with the love of my life. I pray we have many more years together holding hands, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part... 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Celebrating the World Cup!

Most Brazilians really enjoy following the World Cup.  Life literally STOPS on Brazil's game days - with most businesses, banks and companies closing so that everyone in the country can watch the game.

Although Brazil sadly lost their last game, and therefore the team no longer qualifies to advance in the 2018 World Cup, we are still enjoying following and watching the games.

This World Cup season we have had a lot of fun as a family, dressing in our matching Brazil soccer shirts, and watching the games together with dear friends and family. We even watched a game with the kids at Casa Semear one day!  

On one game day we also made special pancakes! 

Josiah slept through a lot of the games, but he was so cute in his soccer outfit!

Here is a special video showing how we painted the street in front of our home as a way of celebrating and cheering Brazil's team on! 

We have made fun family memories and participated in this very Brazilian tradition more than ever before.  I must say, there is nothing like watching the World Cup games in Brazil.
We are already looking forward to the next World Cup season!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Casa Semear Camp Photos!

Last weekend the teens from Casa Semear went to camp, and here is a new post showing all the fun they had! 

Casa Semear camps are always full of fun, games, songs, and competitions with everything centered around a Biblical theme.

This year, the camp theme was the Parable of the Sower from Luke 8:1-15.  The teens heard teachings about this parable daily and participated in various activities and games to help them better understand the parable.   

As you can see it was a great camp!  
Although there was rain and it was chilly the teens had fun and were impacted by what they learned from the parable of the sower.  Please pray that the Lord will use all that they learned at camp for His purposes in their lives.  It is our prayer that all the teens would know and follow the Lord.  

On a personal note, Felipe and Sophia were at the camp all weekend long, but unfortunately Jessie ended up fracturing her arm on the first day of camp and Josiah was also not feeling well.  We decided it was best if Jessie, Josiah and I returned home, so I could take better care of them.