Sunday, October 28, 2012

Saying Yes...a family update

Hello everyone! I apologize for my delay in posting. It seems we have been busier as a family these last few months.

   Marcos has been working very hard to diminish the bully population in Springfield as he taught free classes all October. The classes focused on being more confident and defending yourself if necessary against bullies! His hard work is admired by his biggest fan...ME!

   We made it to FIVE YEARS as a married couple and it really does feel like yesterday. I do believe God has graciously given us so many happy moments! I am at a loss to choose a favorite! We went to the St Louis Symphony to celebrate and were astounded at the perfect music made by such artists that we know are imperfect by nature. Can you imagine the sounds in heaven? Yeah, it was really awesome! My beloved is my best friend and I am thankful in God's great big Mercy that we are together!

  Samuel has been hitting the books at home in the Barros Academy and enjoying a class we chose for him to learn outside of our home school environment. It was a bold prayer move and we would appreciate your continued prayers as our son has to be light in a sometimes dark or dimly lit spiritual arena two hours a day, five days a week. 

   As his new mom and a new mom in general I just shudder sometimes at the pressures he faces. I know God is with Him and this is the time for him to learn and choose but I can tell you it is hard.  He is one precious young man to us and we wish everyday that each person he meets would lift him up and encourage him in the Lord but that's just not the world we live in.  Please pray for courage, Integrity and an open ear to the Holy Spirit when choices present themselves. Pray Samuel will choose according to God's leading and pleasing. We appreciate your prayers so much in this area and really need them!  He is enjoying driving the Caterpillar backhoe,welding and working with his hands a great deal! The course is called Agriculture and Industrial Mechanics. His teacher is a big blessing and we are able to be apart of his class everyday as well as see every project!

  I may have forgotten to mention we have visitors with us from Korea. A father and son are staying with us a few months to experience life in the USA. They have been helping Marcos at the Gracie Barra academy and our student enrollment at The Barros Academy Home School is now ...two!  I have two second language learners and as we read the Bible, our kitchen is consumed with God's word in four languages Korean,Russian,Portuguese and English.  Be careful what you pray just might get it.

   I asked God to bring the mission field closer to home and I married a Brazilian, we adopted  from Russia and now we have South Korea here...God is so good. It is a blessing but WOW we are certainly learning that God says consider others more important then yourselves....deny one another etc....Please pray that we show them God's love despite our imperfections and sin.  Just in case you don't know me, I am not the best with change and certainly could use some prayer warriors here for me. I am also having difficulty sharing my coconut creme that I put in my coffee each morning. ...that was a true confession.

     Lastly in this lengthy and a tad bit dull update...MOOSE is doing just swell! He still jumps on us but has learned to love the yard and stay in the fence! He has turned into quite a love leaner but is huge so when he needs exercise it can be painful! He has stopped eating my curtains and crashing through glass windows but still has barking conversation with the neighbor's ( who had a newborn baby this year ) cat Roma. He has learned to chew his food and stopped throwing it up after every meal and is drinking water while keeping it down with only a sound barrier breaking belch after each twenty sip episode to remind us to be thankful! He runs along side the bike and it takes about seven miles a day to keep him calmer then a toddler on Mountain Dew but I sure am fit!

   In all seriousness, hes a beauty and our comedy relief! Samuel never forgets to include him in his bedtime prayers. They go something like this, "Please God help crazy baby Moose not be so crazy." When I catch Samuel and him in what I call the forever hug pose ( because when moose is quiet you can hug him forever and he doesn't mind at all ) I simply remember its all worth it!

Maybe that is why we said Yes to adoption, Yes to a season of learning to serve others and Yes to whatever may be next..... God is so good to us despite our imperfections and sin! 
Praise be to Him who all Glory is due!


  1. So glad for the catch up! We love you and yours so very, very much and appreciate the updated prayer list. Can you believe its been almost THREE years since we shared Moscow?
    With love,

    1. Denise!
      I really cant believe it has been that long! It feels like yesterday! What a Blessing just to be prayed for and loved by all of you dear dear friend! We sure do miss you all. I hope and pray that you are feeling better, completely healed and enjoying the fall with everyone.

      With Love from all of us,