We created this blog to tell the world about our beloved daughter Vitoria, who with acrania and anencephaly, lived with us for wonderful 9 months of pregnancy and exciting 2 ½ years of life outside the womb. May everyone know about her sweetness and tenderness. About her life, humanity and dignity. All the precious lessons learned with this little angel that God has sent us. It was a joy to have her with us. Vitoria still lives in our hearts and it will always be an honor to be her parents!
“But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever”. Psalm 52:8
Dreams coming true
Have you no knowledge of it? Has it not come to your ears? The eternal God, the Lord, the Maker of the ends of the earth, is never feeble or tired; there is no searching out of his wisdom.
He gives power to the feeble, increasing the strength of him who has no force.
Even the young men will become feeble and tired, and the best of them will come to the end of his strength; But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness.
For I am the Lord your God, who makes the sea calm when its waves are thundering: the Lord of armies is his name. And I have put my words in your mouth, covering you with the shade of my hand, stretching out the heavens, and placing the earth on its base, and saying to Zion, You are my people.
Who then seems to you to be my equal? says the Holy One.
Let your eyes be lifted up on high, and see: who has made these? He who sends out their numbered army: who has knowledge of all their names: by whose great strength, because he is strong in power, all of them are in their places. Isaiah 40:25-26
We went on vacation with our beloved Vitoria on Christmas, to spend two weeks with my parents, who live in Rio Grande do Sul (a state in south of Brazil). It was amazing. Vitoria was very calm in the flight. She suffered a bit with the hot weather in the first days, and I realized she is not anymore that little baby who had hypothermia everyday when she was born, last summer.
We spent some days in a very small beach. There was lot of wind, we could rest a lot and stroll with Vitoria. An old dream came true: we took her to the ocean, put her little feet in the water and thanked our Lord for her precious life.
There was a lot of wind and the water was cold, so we only wet her feet, but back home, in the yard, we put her in a little swimming pool with warm water. She was adorable in her bathing suit!
Back in São Paulo, we had a very busy week, Marcelo was back to work and we had to finish arrangements for her birthday party. One day after her birthday and one day before her party, we received very bad news Marcelo (my husband) was laid off from his job, without any clear reason. That was so hard for me, I cried a lot trying to understand why this is happening again with us. One month after we received Vitoria's
diagnosis during my pregnancy, he became unemployed. God never let us miss anything and one day after Vitoria's surgery he was employed again. So, if He sustained us once, He will sustain us twice. That's what we are trying to keep in out hearts, even without seeing or understanding why.
So this is our world, sometimes unfair, but that helps me to understand our happiness must not be here, but in our life in heaven, in our Lord, who will never abandon us, never disappoint us.
We ask you all your prayers so that we can have a thankful heart full of peace in this time, and that Marcelo can get a new and good job soon.
Well, after the first impact, we decided nothing would interfere in our happiness for Vitoria's life and the celebration for her first year of life. And we were so blessed with a wonderful party celebrating her first year with our friends and family. As soon as possible we will post the pictures of her party.
Here are some pictures of our first vacation with Vitoria, an amazing time when some of our dreams came true, still in this life.