One of my favorite things in the world is to connect with people. I love hearing their stories. Sitting at Panera with my girls from Community Group is a delightful experience. It’s an honor to hear the pearls of their hearts and share mine as well.
But since you’re on the other side of the screen and not across from me at Panera, let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I’m originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I always loved foreign languages and spending time with people. I was the kind of kid who would thrive in everything related to literature and arts. At the age of 15, a missionary cowboy from Texas came to my house with a portable record player and a vinyl album – no iTunes at the time-. He played the record with that needle, and a lady who accompanied him translated for him. I was mesmerized. My mother turned to me and said, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could do the same thing that the lady did?”
The next day I signed up for an English course, and the rest is history. I fell in love with the English language. I became involved into anything related to the language such as watching CNN and other TV shows in English and stalking gringos in downtown Rio (just kidding). Then, the great day came when I, too, interpreted to two missionaries in my hometown. I couldn’t believe it was really happening.
Later on in life, I became a tour guide and started a BA in Arts with a double major in Portuguese and English. However, in the midst of my first semester in college, I unexpectedly met my husband. He was an American and lived in Nashville, Tennessee; I was a Brazilian and lived in Rio, Brazil. The long distance relationship nearly crushed me. I had met this wonderful guy, but couldn’t be with him in person. Fortunately, the story had a happy ending. We were married in June of 2000, and I moved to the United States.
I have been in the Unites States for 16 years now. We have three beautiful children, whom we homeschool. Although this path is not easy, I consider a privilege to get teach my favorite children in the world.
Since last year, my kids have become more independent in their studies. I have realized I have pockets of time to think of different matters other than homeschool. I have rekindled my love for literature, especially romances. The desire to write has always been a constant companion, but fear and self-consciousness robbed me of my dreams. As a child, I used my dad’s typewriter and write short stories, make my own newspaper, and pretend I was a journalist covering important historical events. It was a blast.
During a time of prayer, I had the revelation that God had been writing his love story to me since I was born. His relentless pursuit of my heart became a place of gratitude. I want to convey that this love story is true for anyone.
My desire is that my stories will spark hope, joy, and soul transformation. Change happens from the inside out. May living waters spring up from inside of you. You deserve to experience joy.
With Much Love,