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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

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Facebook Contest? Freebies Where?!

4 Mar

PhotosByRenata in partnership with DevonMarieDesign is throwing a Facebook Contest!

Would you like free professional photos to make beautiful personalized birthday invitations for your little munchkin?

Well Well, here is how you can enter the contest… can’t get any simpler than this:

Go to my Facebook Fan Page  and Lick Like it! Then… very important…. go to Devon’s Facebook Fan Page and Lick it too… I mean LIKE it!

Now tell ALL YOUR FRIENDS about the contest. Post it on your Facebook wall, send Facebook messages, send emails, text messages, phone calls, put up signs, stand on your street corner with a home-made neon pink poster, call your favorite radio station…. screeeeeaam! The more friends you refer to both pages, the more chances you’ll have to win it!

On April 1st, Lil Miss Kayla [see previous post for her adorable photo] will draw a random name. We will then announce the lucky winner! If you are the winner, your little one will receive CUSTOM BIRTHDAY INVITATIONS and a 30 MINUTE PHOTOSHOOT SESSION WITH “MOOI!” [Must be used by April 1st, 2012]

Holdup! You are not the winner BUT a friend your referred is the winner! SCREAAAAAAAAAAAM!!!! YOU ALSO WON!!! That’s right… we want to give you the gift too because of your efforts to refer your friend to us!! THANK YOU!

ATTENTION: Only Broward and Palm Beach county contestants can win the photoshoot [unless travel expenses are paid].

Wait! You aint got no kids?! NO PROBLEMA [in spanish!]! Give it to your nephew, niece, brother, sister, grandchild, neighbor or that random kid you met at the Dollar Store!

DOO IT!

Good Luck! [Wink!]