Saturday, March 31, 2012

Being a single parent

Well as some of you may know Marcos, AKA "Dad" went to Korea for two weeks  and we  survived! Your prayers were like gold flakes from our creator that shimmer and catch just the right light to adjust our hearts, attitudes and minds while our loved one was away from our little family here. 

  Thank you.
Marcos teaching the younger students in Korea!
This little girl sang Jesus Loves me to Marcos! He could feel God refreshing his fatigued spirit through this little one!
The team in Korea!

He is home now! We celebrate once again the awesome power and love that God brings to our family in the means and ability to serve! The photo above is a dear friends son that we love and pray for. Marcos had a chance to spend time and Bless those closest to us in Korea.

    God's unfailing Mercy and Peace  surrounded my heart every morning as I prepared for the day in tears, fear, anxiety and restlessness. I emerged from my prayer cacoon a new person ready to be what my mighty God had called me to be..a Mom.  Yes I missed my beloved but when God calls, every person in this family with purpose must answer. I am so proud of my beloved for answering the call.

There were some difficult days. The most was hearing sad news at the pregnancy Center where I volunteer. We lost our first baby not to abortion but death. So with heavy hearts we all leaned in to pray for the mom of only two months. The tragedy hit the center of the family that run the Pregnancy Center as they lost a family member too. Shortly thereafter I answered the phone to hear my son would return home early from a play date as his dear friend had just lost his grandma suddenly as well. Before the day ended a stranger called to tell me a retired student had also passed and gone on to be with the Lord. It was a heavy day without my beloved.

Samuel was a great servant while his papa was serving. Some days he made breakfast, helped me in the garden and readily did exactly as he was told. We traveled the History route in Springfield for school and went on plenty of bike rides through Springfield. I even caught the flu and Samuel prayed over me, told me to rest and went to work organizing the school room. Marcos and I are Blessed beyond measure with a son. When times were tough it was my attitude that often needed a God adjustment. I would get alone and pray. I noticed if I would not crawl back into a selfish, "I deserve respect, admiration and thankfullness" sin mode, God would work the situation out so much easier. God is so good and does so much good in our lives.

Samuel  loves his new papa. It was very clear while my beloved was away that a son is truly Blessed to have a father. Every aspect of every day I would pray and ask God to give me the strength to do what I really could not do and fill that void. However, our God is good because we could see the bond that has been created and the healing power of God's love in adoption. Samuel missed his dad and for that I am so grateful. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A New Mom's quick post with great variety!


Today Samuel and I rode 15 miles around Springfield on what I have now deemed the Adventure Series! We are training for a Triathalon on April 21st but really just enjoying the SPRING!!!!!! So, for the glorious Creator who did by the way send the beautiful Spring Azure Butterfly my way this AM...THANKYOU for the Blessings of a beautiful day! God so in love with you!

sweet ride...spokes by Samuel!

I laugh in the face of danger! I also laugh  that I can eat the couch and my mom still calls me a good dog!
Samuel and I stopped into Sonic for a cherry lime ade! We  figured a little sugar would'nt hurt!

The dog..the couch...the exhaustion!

Samuel's favorite cat! 

Really Moose...just relax.

This is how Moose keeps security.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Champion of my heart!

Professor Marcos and Professor Beto compete for the Gold at IBJJF Chicago!

Marcos competed at the IBJJF Winter Chicago Open last weekend. His fiercest competition was his brother Beto! My sweet champion did put up his fight and came out the winner! I am very proud of him but not for the victory. We work everyday with families and on more than one occasion God has seen to it that we have the chance to tell the families we serve about God's incredible love.

    It has also been all too common to see families fall apart and destroy the promises they made to each other. Our heart aches to see families broken in despair, divorce and hopelessness. There is nothing more powerful than a family fighting to serve the purpose God has began in their lives together. Will you pray for the families we serve? People often ask us what the biggest threat to our small business is in this 
" failing American Economy? " Our reply has caught more than one person by surprise. Our biggest threat is not the dollar but another word that begins with  the letter "D" and that is Divorce. We see families fade, dissapear and stop training BJJ for this reason more than any other.

Pray for families fighting this battle and please always pray for us as we continue to minister and pursue God's purpose as a family at our school! God is for families and we must remember His love for those who seek him and pray daily for our friends, family and even our kids future spouses!

Thank you and God Bless you!

I am my beloved and my beloved is mine!