Thursday, August 22, 2013

Summer on speed dial!

Hello friends and family!
  Summer kinda caught us up in a whirl and we just came back from many an adventure...GOD BE PRAISED! Samuel, Marcos and I are truly Blessed by a loving, generous and gracious God that truly gives us way more than we deserve! I hope you enjoy the SUMMER update via pictures and captions!

The Summer Garden at our home..

God gives us abundance and beauty

Marcos becomes an American Citizen! Dima is pinned with his Father's flag which is also his through Adoption!

Samuel and the whole Barros side meet up in Florida! Samuel meets his smallest cousins and gets to tour Universal Studios!

Many Home School Summer projects and lawn mowing adventures to raise funds for Summer camp in NC! Samuel made me a beautiful Gardening Table from an old broken grill!

Mom and Dad said see you later to our lovable Tink! They then introduced us to the new member of the Mulenex family...Joey!

Water fights turned into baptisms! Seriously, on the very same day Samuel's friend Ryan was baptized in our bath tub after accepting Christ! He has been in his Bible since, soaking up all God has for his new walk in life! What else could be done when a sincere young man says, " Well, can I be baptised right now?" "Yes!"

This was by far one of the biggest blessings of our summer! To see a young man surrender his life to Jesus with zeal and hunger! Praise be to God for just including us in this miracle!

Lots of Blue Bunny ice cream from our Little Champions at Gracie Barra!

Also for the first time ever with a year of prayer, much anticipation and heavy dependence on Christ..Samuel spent twelve days without us..over night for the first time since adoption.. in North Carolina at Ridcrest camp for boys! Of course we had a great encouragement in the fact that nephew was along side him and even in the same cabin! Its safe to say...they had a great time enjoying......God.

Nick even had a few days before and after camp to feel the HISTORY of Springfield! He loves God so much and was such a joy! We had so much fun talking about creation science and I loved making jokes and being silly with him. He is so much like my sister in many ways and just cracks me up. He is also seeking purity in relationships and was a beautiful witness to Samuel as a seasoned believer brought up and discipled in God's word. My sister Emily and her beloved Alan have really began an incredible work in his life that I am sure God will complete! I love my Nick! Thank you Jesus!

So without further are some great shots of our time together including Springfield and camp and traveling there!

Okay so here is Abe Lincoln and ...Mrs. Lincoln. I was looking really nervous because Mr. Lincoln just scolded me in character that it was.."Mrs Lincoln, thank you!" You see, I asked for a picture with him and Mary Todd! I was afraid of the beloved President!!!

Nick in Mr. Lincoln's bed room

travel weary...giddy...

check in and arrival at camp.....

before I left...hoping Nick can handle his cousins energy ..praying (lol)

My first spy shot via the camps website! It was such a HUGE Blessing to see both boys smiling and having fun!!

Samuels favorite past time at camp....swimming and getting to know the leaders!

Yes...these were the manly God fearing and might I say Goofy leaders!

Samuel had some influence on the teams chosen country for olympics!!

Samuel also had a chance to tour the emergency care four days before camp ended...he climbed out of the lake ..not using the ladder..lesson learned! Four stitches later...

 He also had the chance to meet my closest cousin Ricky and his second cousins and cousin Anne! I loved this added Blessing!!!!God is so good!

It was so good to have them back and I am so grateful for the chance they had to be in the midst of the very mountains where God captured my heart and I was saved from sin and death by Jesus!

And the most recent Summer project that has been a work in progress for almost a year..a new place to call home..our new Gracie Barra Springfield...

We are so Blessed by our students!

Coach Gerrad with Samuel and Ryan training at open mat practice....a dream come true..its all yours God!

There were also visits by dear friends that had me oh so very captivated I never even took out a camera! I hope next time I wont be so forgetfull! 

God Bless the remaining warm days of Summer! Oh and I hope your kiddos enjoy school as much as we do!

My two students at The Barros Academy...a smart and talented Samuel and an overgrown puppy not so ready for summer to end and lots of reading to begin for our high schooler!

1 comment:

  1. Love this catch up! Whew! You have been busy, but God has brought such beauty to your summer. So glad for your friendship! We love you and can't wait to see you this fall!