Saturday, November 10, 2018

Quiet, but MUCH is going on!

This space has been extremely quiet in the last months.  
The most quiet our blog has been in years...

Even though there is silence here, MUCH been going on and for this reason I am posting less and less.  

Since adding another child to our family, and adjusting back to life here in Brazil, I have intentionally been less and less online.  This is the season the Lord has me in.  I am learning to prioritize time with the Lord and my family more and more. 

It has been a hard season, but a good one too. A beautiful season...   A season where I see the Lord breaking me and pruining me so that I will be more fruitful for Him.  God is teaching me more and more from His Word and this has been transforming! 

Passing by today on the blog to quickly share a bit of my heart and life.  Know that God is working in me, a deep, quiet, behind the scenes, foundational work, and it is so necessary and good.  God is having me sit at His feet more, learning from His Word.  I am thankful for this season, and want to testify that He is so GOOD! 

Here are a few photos showing glimpses of our life here in Brazil, in recent months.

 And THANK YOU to all who have blessed our family through prayer, sweet messages and faithful financial support.  We constantly remember you in our prayers with much thankfulness!!! 

Felipe was recently involved in organizing a HUGE event to celebrate Children's Day with our local mission organization called ABBA.  Felipe and I even got to lead a time of worship with the kids. It was fun!

The girls participated in the Walkathon at their school to raise funds to improve the school.  Felipe was the official photographer of the event. Recently Felipe has been taking lots of photos for PACA (our girls' school). 

Sophia participated in a cheering clinic at school, and so enjoyed getting a taste of what it is like to be a cheerleader! 

Coffee and the Word of God, a great way to start each day!

Felipe took his boy group out for icecream!  Felipe has been SUPER busy leading Casa Semear in recent months.

Our family went to the beach one weekend and it was so refreshing! We are extremely thankful we took time out of the rush of life to have family time! 

Dress up days at school to celebrate reading!!!

I got to visit the newborn baby of a teenage girl who formerly participated at Casa Semear.  It was a special moment. 

Josiah has had some respiratory scares here and there in recent months, but presently he is doing great.  He has started swimming lessons to help strengthen his lungs and started a different treatment that is working better with his system. 

Sophia was the Angelfish in a school skit.  She loved acting out this part! 

I have gotten the opportunity to substitute teach a few times at the girls' school in recent months and it has been so FUN!  This was my lunch at school! A typical Brazilian meal.

Amber, my dear friend in this photo, spent 5 months in Brazil serving together with us at Casa Semear!   We spent lots of time together with her and we miss her presence here, as she just returned back to the USA. 

 Here is a video we made with Amber, hearing about her experience as a short-term missionary. 

Felipe and I try to have a date night every once in a while.  Thankful for these special moments to stop and focus on our marriage.  

I recently had the opportunity to lead worship (together with a friend) for a ladies event at my church.  It was a powerful day where God moved in beautiful ways in my own heart, and the hearts of many women.  The theme of the event was, "The Truth that Sets Us Free" and it truly was a liberating day! 

Friday, September 28, 2018

September Birthdays!

In September we celebrate two birthdays in our family!  

Jessie's birthday is September 8th and Josiah's birthday is September 20th.  On this post I will be sharing a few photos in celebration of their birthdays and precious lives.

To celebrate Jessie's birthday we had a family birthday brunch!  

What Jessie most wanted for her birthday - Amoeba slime! 

Jessie's Favorites at 6 years old!
      Color: Pink
      Songs: Jesus Loves the Little Ones Like Me, Party Like a Princess (Jamie Grace)
      Food: Chicken Stroganoff 
      Fruit: Apples
      Veggie: Salad 
      Treat: Ice cream and M&M's
      Things to do: "Play with my baby dolls and ride my bike."
      Animal: puppies
      Toy: Her teddy bear named Teddy
      Book: the Bible
      Game: Monopoly Jr

On Josiah's 2nd birthday, Felipe made this sweet video of Josiah.

Here are a few photos of Josiah's 2nd birthday! 

Josiah's Favorites at 2 years old!
 Colors: Blue/Azul - He can say both words and do the sign for this color.
 Songs: Josiah sings almost nonstop. He likes so many songs it is hard to know which one is his favorite.     Currently he often sings: The ABC song, Itsy-Bitsy Spider, Happy Birthday,  10,000 Reasons, Ten       Commandments, and God is so Good.
 Food: Any type meat, pasta or lasanga
 Fruit: Strawberries and grapes
 Veggie: Spinach (He eats lots of spinach unknowingly hidden in smoothies and other meals)
 Treat: Ice Cream
 Things to do: Jumping on the trampoline, singing, playing guitar, going on walks, going out, and playing with    
  water, balls and anything with wheels.
 Toy: Balls and cars
 Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, and Counting Books 


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Donation of Bibles!

Recently we received a special offering from Westminster Presbyterian Church (Charleston, SC) to specifically purchase bibles for our ministry (Casa Semear).

We want to say a BIG thank you to this church body for partnering with us to bring the Word of God to these precious ones and their families.  Each teen was able to take a Bible home with them. May God use His word and truth to bring transformation to these lives. 

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 
~ Hebrews 4:12 ~