Thursday, August 24, 2017

American Summer Snapshots!

Our family arrived in the USA at the end of June, and we have enjoyed experiencing an American summer. This was actually my first summer in the USA since 2006, and it was such fun to be here during this time of year! 

Our summer consisted of visiting and sharing in various churches, eating doughnuts and other yummy treats, spending quality time together with family and friends, and playing for hours outside.

On this post, enjoy seeing some snapshots of our American summer!

So far we have visited nine different churches.  In several of them we had the opportunity to share about our mission work in Brazil, and we enjoyed visiting with dear brothers and sisters in the Lord.

Doughnuts are our family's favorite American treat! 

We were able to meet and spend precious time with dear friends and supporters of our work.  We still hope to see many more friends during our time in the United States!

 The girls had their first experience of buying ice cream from an ice cream truck!

And our family spent many hours playing outside in the yard, and at public parks, trails, splash pads, and even the beach here in the United States. We love being outside and in nature!

Sophia mastered the monkey bars this summer!
This guy is almost walking!

Our summer vacation days have now come to an end as our girls have officially started their school year in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  Sophia is in 1st grade and Jessie is in a Pre-K program.

We have been in Rock Hill a little over a week now.  We are adjusting and settling into our daily routine, and working on various projects and materials.  We hope to share about our mission work as much as possible, so if you would like for us to share at your church, school, class, home group, gathering or Bible study, we are very willing to speak. 
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We feel extremely thankful for such a wonderful and blessed American summer!

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!