Saturday, February 25, 2012

Joy on four wheels....My Birthday Skating Party!

The Bumble Bees ( Keri and I shooting the Duck!) Its an eighties skate move and we look so cool!

The jiu-jitsu team on skates! Myles, Steven and Samuel!

Ado and Bee!

The Duck is going down!

This time it was Bee's idea!

One more try! Samuel skates by!

Limbo time! Go Samuel!

Chad almost makes it!

Chad's son Steven is sure to tell him he hit the Limbo bar!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Two miracles in one....

Samuel has taken to saving lives...

his volunteer work at a local center is precious to us...

GOD has a generous and consuming passion for LIFE..

We are grateful our Christ has also shown LIFE to Samuel and he has also found it PRECIOUS!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Barros Academy

Weather readings

Russian Language and English Bible translation

 Recently asked questions about The Barros Academy

   Who is your principle?
  Mr. J.C.
 Vice Principle is Marcos Barros

 Praying always and especially when a subject is challenging! Always encouraging students to maintain goals and invest time wisely.

What do you study?
   All the basics (Math,English,Russian,Reading,Grammar,Science,Sociology, Biology) and anything else he wants to learn! In the past month..questions and topics included but were not limited to; Child birth, abortion,microwaves,unions,creation of dinosaurs,chemistry behind nutrition and metabolic break down,the human heart,mechanics....

 What about socialization?
    Church group, Gracie Barra BJJ and lunch with the his parents to teach practical applications on how to mature and become a man, husband and friend ,courageous and bold in his family and career.

What is your student ratio?
  Two teachers to one student.

How do you teach them to love learning?

Prayer and hands on learning through field trips and family outings that never lock us in to a time to learn and time to stop learning schedule. Home schoolers are always learning and teachers at The Barros Academy teach 24 hours a day seven days a week.

What do you use as a curriculum and what grade are they in?

 Use guidelines like those suggested from the local schools as to where you can strive to be. Go above those if your kiddo is learning faster and eating it up. Slow down and focus on what it is  taking to understand each level when they need it. Remember there is a love of learning here compared to a mass classroom with expectations and tests. Lord Wiling they will graduate ( the percentage is beautiful and kids are doing great in home school)  with a love of learning and mature Godly character more prepared to become an adult than party like a rock star in college and search for maturity through any passage they find offered.

What is wrong with Public School? Why do you home school?

  I was in Public School, it was okay. I learned how to be popular, hated math and was more focused on boys and after school sports than learning. I hung out with the family on Sundays and my fiends mostly all week. My friends taught me character the most because I was with them more than my parents. My friends taught me how to be a kid and a teen...even as I was becoming a young woman.

   I saw my parents maybe three hours after school and shared dinner sometimes with them or in front of the TV. If I wasn't at my sport of choice, Church youth group or staying up until eleven o'clock doing homework so my teacher could prove we all knew something and she or he did their job to get us EDUCATED. I would strive to earn a great deal of money doing something I liked. I learned life was all about what I want, what I could buy and do with all that stuff you see on TV! So, school was the ticket to make big bucks and there folks was my motivation to study! This was my hearts desire. This is the result of the character and education cocktail via Public school + Church + Sports + boyfriends + lots of study time.

   I graduated National Honors Society and went on to a major University still lost as to what the point of learning really was. I was just going through the steps for whatever they asked for to get wherever I was supposed to go, which I had no clue but I was going there..wherever that was since Kindergarten!

  My friends in college put bows in their hair and joined expensive clubs where they had slumber parties ( sorority) and big parties in which they invited other boys ( Fraternities) that were in clubs too! Some of them planned expensive mission trips to help the poor but upon return I would bump into them at the same parties also searching for the next big thrill! They studied in cramming sessions just to throw up what they learned to pass the test and move onto..whatever was next.

 Wait, this was growing up?

     Then I put the books down and left for Africa. I learned where and what I was supposed to do after that through God's grace, Knowledge and a whole lot of doing, going, seeing and experiencing.

   I know home schoolers have this advantage. I have seen it. I have met graduates. They are different people. They are mature, polite, able to handle change and diversity, inventive and confident, generous, interesting, comfy in their shoes and close to their creator God.  The proof is really in the pudding! Look at it..its in the pudding!

   In a home school environment, you are free to do BOTH! Learn and see, think and feel, go and do. Your character changes into who God wants you to be and you can see goals more clearly from a divine perspective! Your not surrounded by a sub culture pushing you to be a teen. Your a student and a young person that has a great amount of freedom to learn and go and do.

 Public school could have brought me into my Veterinary Career or even where I am today. I am sure God's direction would have resumed control despite my harpooning at dollars and materialism! I am also sure that the time I wasted watching my character shadow the corner while I took on the world could have been invested at a greater rate if I were home schooled. ( Mom and Dad your awesome this is just a blog, I know you both had to work and home school was like not even an idea back in the 80's and I love you. )

  I wont let my kids loose that time with what I am being shown now. They will be preciously taught, prayed for and motivated into love, learning and a future of hope and calling. This is my job as a mom from the Lord and I am so grateful to our beloved USA and the freedom in Christ to educate our kiddos! God help us and may he be glorified in what they do with what they have learned!

 I believe Home School can bring young people into their calling sooner and with less turmoil, a whole lot less confusion, greater passion and pleasure.

  You asked. This is what God has laid on my heart!

To God Be all the Glory because he is the giver of Truth, Wisdom and knowledge. I am a servant and daughter of the most high King and enjoying his Grace.

- Love Jamie


Just because

Marcos and I were walking through Sams club getting our groceries. I was pondering once again the mass amount of food we have to choose from in this country. All the while Samuel was sneaking to the checkout with a dozen red roses, his Birthday money and an over the top red vase.

  He surprised me at the check out line.

" Mom, these are for you! "

Once again God has reminded me that He is the teacher and I am the student. Thank you God for teaching our kid to love in action and reminding me that I need to learn from others.

To God Be the Glory.

-Love Jamie

Thursday, February 2, 2012

We have too much

I would like to announce I am reading a new book and is ruining me! Oh, not the me you know but the one I do my best not to reveal to many. The one that loves that new clothes smell at the mall and giggles with delight when my husband brings home a fancy expensive gift after he has returned from traveling! The one that knows inherently a pair of ice skates that cost fifty dollars are way less cozy than the ones that feel like eskimos cuddling with your feet and glide as if you are sailing on clouds because they cost...okay I cant confess that yet...

Yes, that me! 

   You see folks, I have a conflict arrising in my soul that I dare not admit even out loud but better soon because it is only going to fester until it looks like the couch cushion my great dane mix gutted after he saw the one eyed cat from our dining room window!

Yes, I have discoverd that I myself have TOO MUCH. 

There are 143 million orphans in the world.

I live at the top one percent in the world because I have a house, food, clothes and disposable income. Oh and my family and I also have clean water to drink and bathe with.

The " people " advertise to get me to to buy thier stuff because I dont NEED anything and have nothing else to spend my money on except anything I WANT.

After serving in International Missions for eleven years and traveling to 13 countries I have just recently realized this lifestyle I live is in part the cause of poverty. Before you say I have lost my mind just think for a minute. Yes, God said the poor will always be with us, we will always have the poor. Tell me this though, what are we doing to minister to the poor when all we do is spend and collect. Is our ten percent or even forty percent enough? What if we gave half of all we had to those who had less and actually sought after justice for the poor, abused and orphaned? What if every person I knew adopted an orphan? What if every family adopted two or three kids from countries without Foster Care or any net for the Fatherless? 

Can you Imagine!!!

Well, if this irked you in any way and you think it is extreme..welcome to my world. I told you the book is ruining me. Its ruining the consumer, materialistic, this is cute, I need that, its for homeschool I know its expensive, these shirts dont match, what a nice crock pot, paper plates tonight

Okay here is the book but dont say I didnt warn you.......

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

God is always on time

Samuel and I in Russia at Gum Mall Moscow 2010

On Tuesday our sweet son turned 15 years old! Not only is his Birthday precious to us because its our first to celebrate with him home but we have many other reasons.

      In the state of Illinois you must pass DCFS approval before you can adopt Internationally. The rules of our DCFS Foster care system apply to families when they want to adopt even Internationally. While we are free from most of the constraints I have watched my friends suffer through, we are required to get permission and to be licensed as Foster Care Parents before we can adopt. Please don't let my post sound off as a complaint but rather a Praise. You see, as documents were recreated and we struggled to bring home our kiddo we were told if he turns 15 in Russia that we would not get DCFS approval period and our journey to bring home our son would be over.

You can Imagine our Joy celebrating Samuel's 15th Birthday here in our arms!!!!!
God is always on time.
Our prayers flow through a powerful counseler ( Holy Spirit ) for these kids. We hope you know if you are adopting, waiting, praying and if your anything like me...worrying than just know..  God is for you and not against you.

Samuel and I standing on the Florida sand where his dad and I were maried December 2012