Monday, September 30, 2013

Daddy-Daughter Date

Something we desire to do in our famly is to have "dates" with our kids.
Either Mommy or Daddy will spend focused time with each child, giving that child full uninterrupted time and attention, doing something simple and special.

While we were in Kona, Hawaii at the YWAM University of the Nations, I had the privilege of learning from more experienced moms at some mommy meetings.   At these meetings, several moms shared about having these special date times with their kids and how those moments have been such a blessing to their family and their individual relationship with each of their children.

One mother of seven shared how she could tell she was winning the heart of her 10-year-old son through their special date times.  Just by stopping everything she was doing to spend quality time with her son, doing something he loves to do (which happens to be walking in the woods behind their home), this mother could see a change in him.   She told us that after the special dates in the woods, her son was more willing to obey and to help out when asked.  Her choice to spend quality time with her son showed him that she cared about something he cared about.  Most of all, she cared about spending time alone with him and was winning his heart while cultivating her relationship with him. 

This testimony, as well as others I heard, inspired me so much as a parent.  Felipe and I resolved to make dates with our kids a priority.  Since Sophia is now 3 years old, we have started having these special date times with her. Our goal is that one of us will try to have a date with her every other week or so, and when Jessie gets a little older we will start going on dates with her too.
A few weeks ago Sophia and I went shopping together - just us two girls.  We bought some cute panties for Sophia (to continue encouraging her potty training success), and we got an ice cream cone.  This week Felipe took Sophia out for some yummy açaí and to play in a nearby park.  

Here are some photos documenting Sophia and Felipe's most recent daddy- daughter date.  If you are a parent, I encourage you to also go out on dates with your kids.  Spending time with our children is one of the very best ways we can invest our time and express our love.

They like to dress alike.  Sophia wants to be like her Daddy...

Devouring the açaí!

Playing the Princess and the King at the castle on the playground.

Daddy bought Sophia a little comic book - Turma da Monica.

Reading together in the park.

Picking flowers for Mommy on the way home.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Hope for Boys from a Juvenile Detention Center

 This week Felipe had the awesome privilege of taking photos at a special ministry event taking place at the Rescue House - one of the ministries of YWAM Belo Horizonte.  The Rescue House team has been running a English workshop for some adolescent boys serving time at a local juvenile detention center.  This week was the graduation of their English program. 

The boys were allowed to leave the detention center (with police guarding them the entire time), to go to the Rescue house and participate in their graduation ceremony.  It was an extremely special moment for both the Rescue team and the boys.

Felipe was invited to take photos to document the ceremony, however the police did not authorize photos to be taken of the boys' faces.  In spite of this, the photos express the beauty and emotion of this extraordinary day!

Many prayers and words of encouragement were spoken over the boys.

The certificate of completion of the English workshop.

Cake and refreshments to celebrate!

The Rescue team with a few of the graduates!

The boys were truly encouraged and blessed through the ministry and care of the Rescue House team.  May the seeds of God's love, that were planted in the hearts of the boys, produce a great harvest of life, change, and hope in their lives.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Clowning Around

 This week Felipe did a photo shoot with a Youth With A Mission missionary, named Willy, who works with clown ministry This fun photo session turned out really nice!

Photos taken in the slum...


Photos taken in the (homemade) studio...