Sunday, June 21, 2015

10 Reasons We Love Daddy!

10. I love my Daddy because he likes spending time with me and takes me on special daddy-daughter dates.   - Sophia

9. We love our Daddy because he makes us laugh by making silly faces and funny sounds.
- Sophia & Jessie

8.  I love my Daddy because he sits with me and rubs my back when I have trouble falling asleep at night, AND if I wake up in the middle of the night and I am really having trouble sleeping, he lets me sleep in the bed with him and mommy.   - Jessie

7. We love Daddy because he reads the Bible to us and is a good story teller.
- Sophia & Jessie

6.  I love how Daddy and I cheer for the Sao Paulo Futebol (soccer) team together.
- Sophia

5. I love to hear my Daddy sing the song, "Love is an Open Door!"
- Jessie      (Felipe and Jessie sing an adorable duet to this song!)

4. I love how my Daddy is smart, and he's good at fixing things.
- Sophia

3. I love my Daddy because he takes time to  play with me and be with me.  
- Jessie

2. I love my Daddy because he's my best bunny!   - Sophia
This is an inside joke in our family.  For a long time Sophia thought that in the movie Frozen, Anna sings "we used to be best bunnies,"  when actually she sings "we used to be best buddies..."  Sophia and Felipe always joke saying they are "best bunnies" now.  It's so cute!

1. We love Daddy because he's a SUPER Daddy and the BEST Daddy ever!  - Sophia & Jessie

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!


Written by Sophia and Jessie (with mommy's help) in honor of  the American Father's Day! 
Brazilian Father's Day comes in August, so we always end up celebrating a little bit on both dates.

Click here to see a similar post I made in 2010, on Sophia's first Father's Day!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Like King David

Since we began volunteering at a ministry called the Sower House, I have been singing weekly with the younger kids who participate in the programs there.  One of the children's favorite songs is a song about King David and how he sang, prayed, praised, leaped, and danced before the Lord (2 Samuel 6:12- 16).  The song encourages the kids to be like King David, and worship the Lord with all of their hearts and strength.

A few of the younger kids and I even presented this song in a recent Saturday night worship service,  held every other week at the Sower House ministry.  Enjoy seeing a short clip of the end of our performance, with Jessie and Sophia joining in too.



I must say, the kids absolutely love singing this song and doing the motions that go along with it.
This week we made this craft - a harp - to remember how David played his instrument to worship the Lord.




In the kids group Felipe works with, they are also studying the story and life of David.  They have just learned about David and his relationship with King Saul.

Here, Felipe is showing the kids a map of Israel and the land of the Philistines, as he was answering various questions the kids had.



Felipe also created a coloring sheet for the kids in his group!






It is our prayer that all these children will be worshipers of God - singing, praising and living life in relationship with the Lord, like King David!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Giving it 100!

First of all,  I just want to say that I really debated whether I should post this or not.
Then I decided to go for it!

  This blog is a means for us to share about our work and our lives as a family on the mission field, and the condition of our health is a big part of our lives. God desires that we honor Him through taking care of ourselves physically, and through having healthy and strong bodies so that we can physically GO and fulfill the things He is calling us to do.  So, with that being said, read on to hear about my current personal health challenge.

A few months back, I saw an online challenge about trying to do something for 100 days, whether it be learning to dance, mastering a new skill, or even attempting to lose weight.  The aim is to commit to doing one thing for 100 days.  Click here to read more.

I was inspired by this challenge, and especially by a mother/daughter pair who were attempting to lose weight together by ”Giving it 100” (you can see their videos on the Give it 100 site).

So now, I am officially doing the same as these inspiring ladies. I decided to give it 100 too!

On April 25th I started my 100 day journey of having a more healthy lifestyle by making healthier choices.  I am focusing on eating more whole and healthy foods and exercising more faithfully.  

A site called My Fitness Pal is helping me tons with counting calories and keeping track of exercise and diet.  I also have an accountability partner cheering me on - my very dear and close friend Kelly who worked with me for many years in Belo Horizonte.  Kelly is giving me lots of health tips and encouragement, and her accountability makes a world of difference! Accountability partners are awesome! I love having these two elements helping me and cheering me on during this personal journey/challenge of mine.  

The main exercise program I am using is Focus T25 because of the time factor.  I bought Focus T25 in the USA before returning to Brazil thinking it could be a good at-home exercise option for me.  I can simply pop in a DVD and each workout session is only 25 minutes - and there is even a lady doing low-impact modifications if the specific exercise seems too challenging for my fitness level.

 This is perfect for me as a busy mom. It's just 25 minutes, which is very realistic with all I have to do.  I am also trying to squeeze in some walking when I can.



As you can see, sometimes Jessie likes to join me. However sometimes, depending on her mood, she also likes to cry desperately because she wants "Mama" and can totally prevent and stop my workout. Mom life! :-)


So far, exercising and eating more healthy is going pretty well.  I am already seeing some results and I love the way I feel after I do a workout. It is such a great feeling to workout hard, and I am always so proud of myself when I actually get the workout done!

On a few special occasions/weekends I have eaten more special treats and meals, but overall I am happy with how this health journey is going so far.   I have had my hard days where I don't feel like exercising or I want to run to the store to buy some chocolate, but I am trying to persevere and stay strong.  I know I have lots to learn still in the area of eating and cooking more healthy, and being more fit.

 My plan is to faithfully commit to this health journey for at least 100 days, and I will most likely continue afterwards. I started April 25th, so I hit day 100 on August 2nd.

My motivation behind all of this is an excellent one! 
Towards the end of this year/beginning of next year, we hope to try to get pregnant again.
  I am trying my best to prepare my body for this next future pregnancy.

 Due to some health issues I really have to take care of myself during pregnancy, so my aim is to already prepare myself for this upcoming pregnancy season.  Also I know that after baby #3 is born, life will be extremely crazy and sleep deprived. It is important for me to take care of my health NOW as best as I can so that I will have energy and strength as a mommy to a newborn.

After a crazy five-month-long season of traveling in the USA (from November to March), and eating LOTS of special meals and delicious treats (and gaining some unwanted extra pounds), I am happy to get back on track and focus on being more healthy.

I am excited see where this journey of "Giving it 100" will take me...