Sunday, August 7, 2011

Celebrating the 7th!

 Today, August 7th, Felipe and I celebrate 2 years of marriage!


Something you may not know about us is that on the 7th of every month we faithfully celebrate us, our love, our friendship, our marriage, in some sort of special way.  

We began our relationship on September 7th, 2008 and since then, every month on the 7th, we do something special to celebrate our relationship and God bringing us together.

I can actually remember a few of these days quite vividly...

On October 7th, 2008, Felipe and I were dating for just 1 month, but he wanted to do something special for me to celebrate the first month of our relationship.  He washed my feet and prayed over me, promising to serve me as Jesus teaches us to serve one another in John 13.  I was so overwhelmed and humbled by Felipe's beautiful act of washing my feet,  and I must say that Felipe has fulfilled this promise.  Felipe constantly serves me and shows me the amazing LOVE of the Father through lovingly choosing to put me before himself and serve our family.

Another special night was December 7th, 2008 when Felipe proposed to me.  (You can read our engagement story by clicking here.)
Felipe and I were married August 7th, 2009.  Before the Lord, family and friends we committed our lives to one another and to the Lord.  This was such a special day for us and I was so thankful to have my whole family and two of my best friends (Jessica & Amy) here in Brazil to celebrate with us. (To see more photos of our wedding click here.)

By the next month, September 7th, we were suspicious that I could be pregnant already... and in fact I was.  I was pregnant with a honeymoon baby!

Exactly, nine months after we were married, May 7th, 2010, we celebrated the 7th day of the month in the hospital, as I had just given birth to Sophia Grace. Felipe bought me a dozen of lovely red roses to celebrate.

Our beautiful Sophia was born on May 6th, just one day shy from the 7th.  Felipe always says he is glad Sophia was NOT born on the 7th because that is our day and the 7th of each month is for us!

Since the beginning of our relationship we have celebrated the 7th of each month in all kinds of ways from fun date nights, picnics in the park, love notes posted around the house, quality time together and gift giving!  We often make creative homemade presents for each other and I especially love some of the videos Felipe has made for me. Here is one of my favorite videos that Felipe made earlier this year- I love the way Sophia helped with this video! 
  We have really enjoyed this tradition of celebrating the 7th! We know that it is important to value and invest in our relationship as a couple and doing this at least once a month is a wonderful practice.

Today we are once again celebrating the 7th, celebrating our 2 years of marriage.  We are planning to go out to eat at a nice restaurant, spend quality time together and watch the sunset over the city of Belo Horizonte at one of our favorite parks.  A friend will take care of Sophia for a few hours. (Thanks Beckie!)

I am thankful for all the amazing ways God continually shows me HIS love through my faithful and loving husband.  I am thankful to share this life on earth with him and I praise the Lord for how HE brought us together.  I am especially thankful that Felipe and I also share a common passion and calling to serve in missions and to work with children in need.  

I can testify that God has done immeasurably more than I ever asked or imagined in my marriage and through my relationship with my husband.
I am extremely thankful and very much in love!
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans 12:9-10

I love you Luiz Felipe Matias!
Happy Anniversary my Love!

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