Tag Archives: God

The Mikey Project!

18 Apr

I’m calling this – The Mikey Project – because….

Allow me to introduce someone VERY dear special to me!

This is Michael! [I call him Mikey]

Mikey is the son of one of my best.est. friend Cristina! I call her Crika!!  We have been friends for over 8 years! Our memories and “troubles” go back a couple of years! Crika has always been there for me, supporting me, praying for me, crying with me… and then we got married! LOL

Crika moved to a couple of different places… and now she made roots in Arizona where she owns a bakery business [if you are in the area make sure to check her out… booooy… she can bake! Oh yeah she bakes gooood!] > LIKE her FACEBOOK!

Now.. back to Mikey. This handsome little man is 3 years old and was diagnosed with autism about a year ago. Please read more about Mikey on his momma’s blog – click here!

Although we tend to feel sorry when someone tells you about such diagnoses… I was surprised by the way I took the news. It was amazing how comforting my heart felt to know that God had chosen Mr. J. and Mrs. C. to be the parents of this blessed little man!

Mikey is in good hands and God couldnt of chosen better parents for him!

It’s with him in my thoughts that I decided, during the month of Autism Awareness, to donate a Portrait Package to a special family! So if you know a family with disability [not just autism], please send me an email to info@photosbyrenata.com. I will be receiving entries until April 30th.

Please send an email talking a little bit about the family and why a Portrait Package would be so special to them! Please remember to include a photo of the family too. Chosen family will be picked by Random.org

If you wish to donate to Autism Speaks please click here! Let me know so you can receive 10% off your Portrait Package just for donating ANY amount!

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Disclaimer: Session location must be Broward or South Palm Beach County (Florida). Families must agree to have their photos posted on my Facebook. The donated Portrait Package includes: 60 min session, 5 digital images on a disc, 1 location, 1 outfit, and 3 months of Online Gallery. Families must sign a model release prior to the start of the session.
 
Before I go…
MOTHERS’ DAY MINI SESSION ON APRIL 28th – Space is limited! By appointment ONLY!
 
 

Get To Kno Me!

3 Apr

Many of you… my blog followers… my Facebook fans… clients… acquaintances… some friends… distant family members… know very little about me.

A friend of mine once told me that people want to know you [or at least think they really know you], and relate to you, your problems, your happiness…

Well, my friend… take a sit, grab a glass of wine, relax… and enjoy the ride!

[For the safety of my own and family… I might not disclose certain personal info such as names and locations – lot of creepy people out there! LOL]

Born and raised [up to my 16th birthday] in Brazil. Moved to Florida in 2000. We had nothing [my dad brought very little $ in his pocket for a family of 4]. Thankfully we had amazing friends/neighbors who helped us for months [even years]. We slept on the soft carpet for a long time. Other than groceries, the first thing my dad bought with the money he made working as a contractor was a TV. No furniture! Just an empty apartment, with blankets on the floor [our beds] and an amazing smell of garlic, onions and oil [my mom cooking!].

Mind you that we had a great life in Brazil, with an amazing [my second mom] maid, who worked for us for over 16 years! I still get teary eyes thinking of her!

I no speak engrish for a looong time! If you dared to give me a chance to talk to you… you’d better know sign language! [not the real sign language!]

My first job was at McDonald’s [We love to see your smile!] and I’m proud of it! I was promoted several times from the grill to the french fries! I quit because my boss kept on asking me to mop the floor everyday [Oh Boy! Things you do when you are a kid!]

At 18 years old I gave my life to Jesus [don’t stop readying! This will not turn into a religious subject – just get to know me!] I kid you not… my life was turned up side down – actually, I take that back and rephrase it – my life was finally turned down side up!

I was freaking out with all that was happening, but I knew I had made an important decision… and my life was never the same. I went thru ups and down… a lot of disappointments with the people who preached so highly about God and the church… but one thing kept me focused — and it was God Jesus – the One and Only – the One who has given me the strength all these years – the One who has provided all this time!

My  husband [then boyfriend] came along in 2003 [crazy little head! – all he wanted was enjoy life to the fullest – with his friends – not me! – remember… I’m just the “church girl”]. Little did he know that God had a plan! He also gave his life to Jesus – after a lot of prayer! Three years later, we were Mr. & Mrs..

Another three years went by and we were gifted with our little girl! She was born on September 1st, 2009. She is a blessing! I cant even see life without her!

In 2008… I got me a gift… I call her Miss Canon [she is my business partner! wink!] – with previous training and more training afterwards… I realized I had a talent – it became a part-time job!

It wasnt until last year that photography became my full-time job!

I’m no longer an illegal immigrant sleeping on the carpet floor. I no longer work for McDonald’s moping the floor or flipping hamburgers and french fries. I no longer cry out to God and assume His not listening… I am now a wife, a mom, a business woman… struggling everyday to provide for my family, to love my family… to be the best wife and mom I can be… I am the daughter of the King of kings. I’m a friend, I’m a sister, I’m a blogger, Facebooker

I’m not perfect, I’m human… I’m just like you… trying to strive all that I can to make my loved ones proud of me… to be able to pad on my shoulders and tell my own self – you are beautiful, you are smart, you are how you are meant to be… and I’m proud of you!

Despite all the trouble I’ve being thru, despite all the struggles I’ve gone thru [especially in the past few months]…

Im B.L.E.S.S.E.D