Friday, August 11, 2017

Eight Years Married!

On August 7th, Felipe and I celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary! 

My lifelong best friend Jessica (Jessie's namesake) sweetly watched our three kiddos so we could go out on a little brunch date, and then we we found a pretty spot in nature to take some photos in celebration of our day. Here are a few of my favorite photos from Monday!

These photos were taken at the restaurant where we ate, while we were waiting for our food.  Can I also add that dear friends gave us an anniversary offering so we could go out and celebrate?  Wasn't that just so sweet of the Lord to bless us in that way on our special day?  God is in the details...

A funny posed photo we always do!  It is becoming a silly tradition!
After eating brunch we went to a walking path (the Neuse River trail in Raleigh, NC), where we set up Felipe's tripod and took these photos of ourselves.  We had fun and enjoyed capturing these shots!

 We are extremely thankful to God and His Word, for HE is the foundation of our marriage and our family.  

When we got married, eight years ago, that was something strong on our hearts.  We prayed and declared God as the foundation, the solid rock, of our marriage, our family, and our whole lives (Matt. 7:24-27).  It is only because of the Word of God and His abundant grace and unconditional love that we even know how to love and respect one another. We give Him glory and praise for eight wonderful years together!  

We have experienced many great joys together and also walked through dark seasons of heartache and challenges, and God has been faithful to teach us and unite us through the difficult times. This year this passage was strongly on my heart during our anniversary week, as recently we have been facing many personal challenges.

2 Cor. 4:7-12
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death is working in us, but life in you.

We rejoice in the Lord, and how He has been working in our lives and our marriage the past eight years! 

Friday, July 28, 2017

My Parents' 50th Anniversary!

Last Saturday, my sisters and I threw a small family party to celebrate my parents' 50th wedding anniversary. Felipe and I have been planning for many years to be in the USA to celebrate this extremely special occasion.

At the party we had yummy food, we played a few fun games, we showed a slideshow video, and in honor of the special day, we presented my parents with a photo book listing 50 reasons we are grateful for them.

 On this post we hope you enjoy seeing a few photos documenting this special family moment during our furlough in the USA.  It was such a blessing for us to be here for this! 

This candy dish was actually a wedding present to my mom and dad!

Happy 50th Anniversary Mom and Dad!  
We love you, and may God bless your marriage in the years to come!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Serving Through Photography ~ Casa Boas Novas

One of the ways Felipe serves on the mission field is through taking quality photos of various ministries in Brazil to help raise awareness, and prayer and financial support for the ministry work.  Today I am continuing a blog series called "Serving Through Photography," featuring photos of an ABBA ministry called "Casa Boas Novas" or the "Good News House" in English. 

Casa Boas Novas is a community center reaching out to at-risk children and teens. Felipe visited this ministry and captured images of the various classes offered to the nearby slum community.  This ministry offers Bible study, English classes and music/guitar lessons.

Through the photos in this post, see a glimpse of the impact Casa Boas Novas is making on precious lives!