Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November 28th - Our Day in Photos

7:10 - Since we put up our little Christmas tree and lights last Sunday, Sophia is surprised by them every morning.  She walks out of her room and says all excited, "Christmas! Christmas!"  

This morning she was asking me to turn on the Christmas lights, but I was busy with Jessie.  Suddenly I heard Sophia yelling, "I did it! I did it!"  When I came into the living room, Sophia had figured out how to turn the lights on.  I told her, "Good job Sophia!  Yes, you did it!"  Sophia responded, "Yeah...Mama, it's beautiful. It's beautiful," as she looked up at the lights.  Felipe caught this moment in a photo. So sweet!

7:45 - Doing hair!  Sophia does not like for me to do her hair. Sometimes she really puts up a fight.  Distracting her with a little video here while trying to fix her hair.

8:30 -Thanksgiving Breakfast with the Lighthouse team.

Marcelo and Melina (a Brazilian missionary couple who serve here at the Lighthouse) treated us to a special surprise Thanksgiving breakfast this morning (even though it is a week after the American Thanksgiving).  It was super delicious and very thoughtful!   After we enjoyed the food we all shared things God has done in our lives this year and praised and thanked Him for these things.  I loved spending this "Thanksgiving" time with my Lighthouse team (my family away from family). 

Trying to keep Sophia quiet and focused on praying during our Thanksgiving blessing...

10:15 - Today was the last day of the photography group.  Both Louise (the leader of the project) and Ellie (a volunteer helping out) will be returning to Scotland tomorrow.

The kids enjoyed a little goodbye party with some cake and a fun video of their camp at New Destiny Adventure Camp.  During this last group session they also got to choose one of the printed photos that they took (left over from the Photo Exhibition) and also take home a digital camera to keep.  Each child will be able to continue practicing their photography skills with their very own camera.

Felipe is planning to mentor and continue teaching photography skills to a few of the boys on a more individual level, while also investing in their lives. Cool huh?

A fun arm wrestling match in the middle of the goodbye party.

11:30 - We had a special visit from a special person today.  Our dear friend Kelly came by to visit and have lunch.  Sophia was super happy to see her Aunt Kelly and she wanted her undivided attention from the moment she arrived.

 Jessie liked spending time with Kelly too.  She gave her lots of smiles!

12:00 -  Sophia sitting with her buddy Sara Joy at lunch!

12:30 -  Everyday, as soon as Sophia finishes her lunch she rushes over to see the newest addition of the Lighthouse family.  A missionary couple who lives here at the Lighthouse (Marcelo & Melina) recently got a pug puppy and Sophia plays with her everyday.

1:30 - Sophia was busy playing while Felipe and I visited a bit more with Kelly.  Sophia made a swimming pool (out of the hat) for her castle.  Water got everywhere, but she was having fun!

2:00 - Jessie getting her beauty sleep.  She does this often throughout the day and is becoming more and more beautiful every minute!

3:00 -  Felipe was out at a meeting and my girls were sleeping. Finally a quiet house. After checking emails and facebook quickly, I had a bit of quiet time with the Lord.  This is the song on my heart this week.  I am listening to it over and over. Listened to it again today...

3:30 -  I heard a knock at my door and it was my friend Alex.   I knew she would pass by for a quick visit sometime this week, but I was not sure when. I was pleasantly surprised this afternoon!  Alex lives in Germany, but is traveling through South America for a few months with her husband.  They are on an extended honeymoon!  

4:15 - Once I got Sophia up from her nap, I let her watch some Boz on the computer while I visited with my guests.

I met Alex back in 2007 when I first arrived in Brazil.  She had been a volunteer at the Lighthouse and told me all about the Lighthouse before I even came to work here.  She was a big blessing and great friend to me during my first months in Brazil. It was wonderful to see Alex again today!

5:30 - Daddy got home from his meeting.  Sophia was in a bad mood because she was hungry and she did not want me to take a photo.  She said, "Mama, no picture!"  
Don't you love their matching shirts? Sophia loves to wear her Batman shirt when Felipe wears his.

6:30 - We had a simple spaghetti dinner.  Now Sophia is in a better mood!

7:00 - Felipe having some "Jessie time" while Sophia is having a bath.  

8:00 - Sophia was in bed already and we were doing Jessie's nightly routine.  This is Jessie coming out of the shower.  She loves showers!

Today was a whole LOT more busier than I expected it to be, but definitely a great day!  I really enjoyed the special visits today.  Our lives are rich in relationships and for this I am thankful...

Monday, November 26, 2012

Kids With A Camera Photo Exhibition

Yesterday was the Photo Exhibition for the Kids With A Camera photography group.
Since you couldn't make it to the exhibition, we would like to invite you to come to it now...  Do you have some time?  Just take a quick look at the exhibition and some photos of our afternoon through this blog post.  You won't regret it! Enjoy the show!

The kids were super proud to show off their photos! 
Vitor was especially excited about this day.  He was the first kid to arrive at the Lighthouse at 9:30 Sunday morning,  pumped and ready to get everything prepared for the exhibition.  Vitor really has valued the photography group and has become a very talented photographer.  We are proud of this guy!

Felipe drove everyone up to a big square at the top of the slum, where the Photography Exposition took place.

The children's photos were hung on this fence surrounding a soccer court in the main square.

 Here are some shots of the the photos  on display.  These photos were especially selected for the exhibition and are some of the best  pictures the children took.  They really are impressive!

This description about the project was also hung up (in Portuguese) to to explain a bit about the photography project to those passing by.

Kids with a Camera – Villa Cafezal 2012

The Kids With A Camera project was established by a God-given desire within one girl, Louise McWilliam, who has a real passion not only for photography but also for what can be voiced through captured moments.

Louise has led the Kids with a Camera Team alongside Felipe Matias, who is an amazing photographer and has been the chief translator for the group! Without him this project would not have been possible! Together they have spent the past two months working alongside 9 children from Villa Cafezal...Felipe, Raphael, Carlos Daniel, Webert, Raine, Ana Precila, Larissa, Sabrina, and Vitor. Today we see the finished results of their work in the form of the Kids With A Camera exhibition! Here is the story so far from Kids With A Camera...we hope you enjoy the exhibition! 

The project's vision was to bring light to the lives of the children in this teach them something develop their draw out their potential and to highlight their lives through the moments that they capture on a camera! And that is exactly what has happened.

Week by week we have come to see a true commitment from these children to come to class regularly each Monday and Wednesday morning. They have listened, they have learned, they have understood and the team behind the Kids With A Camera project have been truly blessed to see them not just develop their skills in photography but also work together as a little team!

It has been a privilege to be involved in something like this and to meet with and spend time with this talented group of children. We hope you enjoy the results of their work as much as we have enjoyed discipling them in photography!

With love from The Kids With A Camera Team 2012

Many people passed by to admire the beautiful images that were put on display.  It was nice to talk with the various children, teens and adults that came by to look at the photos.  The square is situated right across from a main bus stop so many people stopped to look at the photos after getting off the bus. 

Sophia, Jessie and I even came out to support the kids and to see the Exhibition. 

A fun family shot to document the day!

During the photo exhibition, Sophia really enjoyed running around and playing in the square...

While a few boys from the photography group enjoyed playing soccer (to pass the time). 

The girls just hung out...

And Felipe enjoyed  playing around with his camera and taking photos during the exhibition.
Here are some shots he captured during the afternoon.

We are especially thankful for these two special volunteers, Louise (left) and Ellie (right).  They worked hard to put together the Kids With the Camera photography group.   They actually helped to make this whole project happen and because of this, these children's lives have been deeply impacted through this whole experience!  Thanks girls!

 We hope you enjoyed visiting the photo exhibition and seeing a bit of our day through this post.   
We are extremely proud of the accomplishments the kids have made!