“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.
Isaiah 40:28-31

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.
Isaiah 51:15-16

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.

her little hair in the wind
daddy and Vitoria


the sun is still shining!

even when there´s wind...


Vitoria in her bathing suit

pezinhos na areia da praia

feet in the water



  1. Wonderful!! It always makes me smile to see Vitoria doing all of these things and living so healthy at 1 year old! Praying that Marcelo will find a new job soon.

  2. Absolutely beautiful!!

  3. Hi Joana!
    I'm the uncle of Valentina. I joined Ikomami's Blog when I heard her and all the friends that supported her in the last three weeks talk about blogging. There was also talk about Vitoria! Now I'm here and I'm really impressed how well Vitoria does! I'm very happy for you that you three have the beautiful opportunity to go to the beach and that you could celebrate Vitoria's birthday! Congratulations are in order, I suppose? Well done, strong little lady and hang on! Good luck to Marcelo, I hope you'll be ok and find a new job, soon!
    Your Max

  4. Oh my...I just love the picture with her shades on! :) What an adorable swimsuit. Vitoria has got to be the cutest lil' thing I have ever seen. She is getting so big!!!

    What amazing memories you made on this special vacation!

  5. So amazing that little Vitoria of yours! She is a blessing like no other. Praying for Marcelo and of course your family to be able to get through this hurdle. ((HUGS)) from California.

  6. Such a precious little miracle!

  7. I love the beach photos! It looks like you had a great time. I will be praying that Marcelo gets another job soon.

  8. I love all the pictures! She is so beautiful and such a blessing!

  9. Dear little Vitoria,

    you are just great! You are strong and beautiful! I am so happy to hear about your first birthday.

    My niece Valentina lived for 35 hours and I was so glad, that my family had this big gift to have her and to hold her in our arms while she was alive.

    And somehow I feel proud, that you, Vitoria, the "sister in Christ" of all the babies with anencephaly show the world, that nothing is predictable, but only God knows, what is written in his book.
    13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
    14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
    15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
    16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
    17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
    18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you
    God makes surprises. I LOVE the surprise of your life, Vitoria. You mean pure love to me and to the world. Your victory is LOVE - to love and to be loved.

    Happy birthday, dear, little Vitoria.

    Give my warmest wishes to your parents and to your family!

    Auntie Lolo, Berlin Germany

  10. victoria is so amazing i really love see your new picture every days,take care beautiful baby girl.


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