Hannah’s Birth Story

I had the sheer delight of welcoming my third child and first baby girl into the world in the comfort of my own home; with my husband, mother, midwife and two assistants 5 years ago today.  My water broke at 10 pm and I started contractions around 11:00 pm.  I informed my husband; who had begun to make sure we had everything in place.  I then called my midwife and mother to let them know that she’d be here soon.  The first assistant showed up within 20 minutes and had begun to set up.  The second assistant arrived about a half hour later; while my midwife came an hour later (because she lived the farthest away).

The atmosphere was calm and easy going.  My husband had jazz playing in the background as the birthing team talked; and he and my mom laughed and shared stories about our boys.  The contractions started at about 5 minutes apart; and then dropped to 4.5 minutes; and finally to 2.5 minutes for about the last hour and a half or so.  I sat on the couch quietly rehearsing affirmations and visualizing a quick and easy birth.

Once the contractions became closer together, I went into the bathroom alone and continued my breathing exercises and even smiling through each one.   My wonderful midwife came in a little while and asked me would I like company; to which I responded: “Sure!”  I was on all fours and rocked with each wave.  By this time, my birthing team had all made it to the birthing area.  I was keenly aware of everyone.  My husband sat on the birthing stool directly in front of me; while the assistants were on either side of me; and my midwife was in the back.  My mom quietly sat in the living room praying.

As the contractions became more intense, I verbally began coaching myself to relax, let go and breathe.  My midwife put pressure on my lower back; which seemed to cut the intensity of the contractions in half.  As I felt the pressure of my precious baby girl bearing, down, I gave a push and out flew baby Hannah!  I felt SO much better!  Her father caught her and held her as the birth team cleaned her up.  I laid on the bed and she was placed on my chest.  Once the umbilical cord ceased pulsating, the midwife instructed my husband, as they worked together to clamp and tie off the umbilical cord.

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The birthing team left out to the dining room to allow my husband and I to bond with our new baby girl.  She was beautiful and very alert!  She made little cute noises and found her way to my breast; and latched on like a pro!  She nursed for a while and then I dozed off.  When I’d awaken, she was once again in her father’s arms.  He was enamored with this little cutie and called her his princess.

We went upstairs and I took what felt like the BEST shower of my entire life.  The warm water felt amazing!  After my shower, I got dressed and laid down in my own bed.  It was heavenly.  My birthing team completed paperwork for Hannah…..her birth certificate, foot prints, etc.  We all guessed at Hannah’s weight.  My husband was spot on and won with his 5 lbs, 11 oz. guess.

The boys awoke to find their new little sister and were thrilled.  They got to hold her and kiss her ALL day long.  As my husband got ready for work, he said: “I never thought about having a big family, but I really love it!”  I love listening to them and watching them run around.”   He then said that he could have more.  I chose to focus on the first part of his statement; and act like he NEVER said that second part.  I was quite content with my two boys and new little girl (at the time).  God bless all of the  mommies-to-be with a safe and uneventful birth.  As always, have an excellent rest of your week.

Yonka

Wellness Wednesday

I’m so thrilled to finally post this week’s wellness vid! I explain why I’m just sharing this one; which includes all of the mobility exercises shared throughout June through early August; performed as an eight minute routine.

Wellness Wednesday 9.2.20

This week’s declaration is based on Psalm 103:2 & 3 (KJV) and is: Bless the Lord/YHWH oh my soul and forget not all His benefits; who forgives all of my iniquities and heals all of my diseases. Be sure to keep His word before your eyes and speak it out of your mouth; so to get it into your heart. As always YHWH/God bless you and have an excellent rest of your week!

Decree for Our Nation

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This is such an opportune time for the people of YHWH/God! In Genesis 1:3, when YHWH/God saw darkness, He declared light. He didn’t day (or decree), “it sure is dark out here.” Since we are made in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26 & 27), we can do the same. Instead of speaking what we see with our eyes or hear in the news; let’s speak like YHWH/God. The spirit of darkness wants to overtake our nation; but we have the authority to stop it! What are you decreeing for the U.S.A.?

Caleb’s Birth Story

Today, my eldest son turns eight; and I am forever grateful to the Most High for him. He’s kind-hearted, a love carrier, discerning, a leader, super-fast like the flash, a great big brother and son; and so much more. Here’s his birth story.

My water broke around early afternoon. We waited until around five to go to the hospital; which was about an hour away. My husband drove like a maniac; and I just reclined my seat and prayed for safety. We arrived at the hospital and were kindly received by the warm nursing staff. We were taking to the birthing suite which had a balcony, water birthing tub; and a beautiful view of the mountains. My cheerful midwife came and checked me; along with the sweetest nurse’s aide. There was no activity yet; so I walked around and did Zumba on the balcony, to help things along. My midwife told me that the doctor (whom I had NEVER even met) wanted to give me pitocin to speed things up. I said to her: “With all due respect, I’ve never even met the doctor. I respect both of your training; however, this is my body, and it was designed to do this on its own.”  ….and that was the end of that conversation & I never did meet or see that doctor. Finally, I had begun having more consistent contractions. They were bearable; and I would just breathe through each one. Time moved on and I was only one cm dilated. My midwife left out; because she said it was normal for first-time moms to take a little bit longer to give birth. I called my mom to give her an update. She said: “Yonk, it won’t be long babe.” She later told me that she could hear discouragement in my voice, since it had been taking so long.

I got in the shower and the kind nurse’s aid massaged my lower back. I then went into the birthing pool. It was HOT! I jumped out. The time between contractions grew shorter and shorter. I was laying on the floor; and I exclaimed to my husband: “I don’t think I can do this! I think I need the drugs.” (This is after I had a well-written birth plan; which included no drugs). Just as I spoke that, the voice of my dear friend Angel, rang in my mind. She had called me a day or two earlier and said: “Yonka, I feel like I need to tell you this. When you feel like you can’t go on, the baby is about to come.” I got up off of the floor to lay in the bed. I was laying on my back; and wanted to get up to squat. My midwife was trying to turn me on my side, so that she could check me; however, I proved to be too strong. She asked my husband for help. He lifted me and placed me down on my side. That’s when my baby boy popped out onto the bed. No one caught him; because he came so fast. I felt such relief!!!!!

It was as if everything slowed down to slow motion speed. My midwife, husband and nurse’s aide stood at the bedside stunned. My baby boy laid there just looking around. I was looking at this beautiful creation and filled with joy. My midwife picked him up and carried him to the little table to clean him up, weigh him; and get his hand and foot prints.  It took a couple of minutes. He was 6 lbs, 2 oz; and 19 in. They then brought him to me and laid him on my tummy. He found his way up to my breast latched and began to eat. At some point, my husband took him and had him until I woke up the next morning. Different nurses came in, to congratulate me on a job well done. We were in love with our new baby; and were actually ready to go home that morning.  We however, had to stay until that the next day.

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I had a pretty good birthing experience at the hospital. I say pretty good, because my next three births were all at home (or someone’s home). As their birthdays approach, I will be sharing their individual birth stories as well; to encourage new moms-to-be in their birth place decisions. I firmly believe that YHWH/God designed our bodies so well; and that the wisdom to birth children without drugs (no judgement on ANY mom who has or wants drugs…..I COMPLETELY understand) is in us. I read quite a few books about child birth during each of my four pregnancies; but the one that was MOST helpful was “Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth,” by Ina May Gaskins. I could go on and on about it; but I won’t. If you are a mom-to-be, I HIGHLY recommend this book! As always, thanks for reading and YHWH/God bless you!

July Unschooling Adventures

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The month of July was filled with more learning adventures. We continued to do our every day activities such as reading, bike riding, playing outdoors, swimming and playing at the beach, playing at the park, cooking, cleaning, and personal hygiene…..just to name more than a few. We also continued our weekly lake/boating adventures, flying, practicing music; as well as visited a friend’s farm and got up close and personal with our neighbor’s garden.

My seven year old was all about Dr. Seuss books this past month. My six year old was all about building trenches at the beach. All of the kids at the beach all joined in and would help; whenever we went to the beach. My four year old is still very much into Bubble Guppies. She continued to recite all of the facts from the show to my husband and me. My two year old enjoys getting her hair done and nails painted; and whenever she sees a U.S. flag, she recites the Pledge of Allegiance.

The boys became very interested in learning to shoot guns; since a friend of theirs is being taught by her father. I checked a couple of the shooting ranges in our area; but found that the age is 18 for lessons; or ten if they are doing competition shooting. For now, they have toy dart guns; and they are very much enjoying them. All of the kids enjoy helping me with cooking and cleaning. They do not however, enjoy cleaning their own rooms.

As we did the various activities throughout our day, the kids asked lots of questions. Some of them included:

  1. Do people die from rattlesnake bites?
  2. Why do the mountains look blue from far away; but green from close up?
  3. How does energy get in power lines?
  4. Where does energy come from?
  5. Why do fish eat worms?
  6. Why do these snails stink?

We set out to find the answers to all of these questions and more. We learned about the various types of clouds and the characteristics that distinguished them. We got to observe cows, goats (some pregnant), chickens, hatching baby chicks, pigs and bunnies up close; as well as feed them. We also got to observe and pick veggies and flowers from our neighbor’s gardens.

We continued reading through the book of Matthew; and added Proverbs. It seems nearly impossible to get through a chapter without at least ten questions and observations.  We also read about and discussed the digestive and reproductive systems of the body. These were some of my favorite discussions; because the kids are so interested in how their bodies function. I have always enjoyed reading and studying the body; because only YHWH/God can design such an incredibly efficient and intricate system that is programmed to pursue and produce life. It’s still one of the most amazing things to me! Explaining the reproductive system to my kids was the most natural thing. As we looked at the diagrams in the book, I explained to them that papas have testicles; which hold the seeds that produce babies…because everything starts from a seed. It’s the law in Genesis 8:22. I further explained that the eggs in mommy’s tummy is like the soil in the ground or in Ms. Mare’s (our neighbor) garden. When the seed goes into the egg, (just like when papa planted the tomato seeds), a baby starts to grow. They got it and that was that!

If you’d like to see the compilation video of our learning adventures this past month, click here and enjoy! Thanks for reading and YHWH/God bless you!

 

Wellness Wednesday

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Today is Friday, I know; but I was determined not to let this week pass without posting my Wellness Wednesday post. This week’s declaration is based on Nehemiah 8:10 and is: The joy of the Lord is my strength! Growing up, Larnelle Harris was my favorite singer; and his “I Choose Joy” song was my favorite song (and still is one of them). The lyrics are:

To tell the truth, this world is full of trouble
And if we live long enough it’s sure to come our way
We’ve a choice to walk in fear and trembling
Or claim the victory that’s already ours this very day

I choose joy
I’ll never let the problems keep me down
‘Cause the Lord is working all things out
For my good
I choose joy

So when I wake and stumble to the mirror
And what I see make me wish
That I could stay in bed
There’s a power deep within my being
And it commands my soul to
Praise the Lord with every breath

I choose joy
I’ll never let the problems keep me down
‘Cause the Lord is working all things out
For my good
I choose joy

So when I find myself under a load
Of circumstance and care
God wants to know
What I’m doing under there

I choose joy
I’ll never let the problems keep me down
‘Cause the Lord is working all things out
For my good

I have listened to this song so many times throughout my life; and it always reminds me that joy is choice, and it’s not based on circumstances. Whenever faced with a circumstance that does not line up with the word of YHWH/God, choose to strengthen yourself by praising the Most High anyway; and watch how it works out for your good. YHWH/God loves us SO much and He’s so good, that He set us up for victory in every situation. Therefore, it behooves us to praise Him no matter what!

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This mobility exercise of the week is ankle circles. Stand on one leg, and lift the opposite one. Make circles with your big toe in one direction for ten or so repetitions; and then reverse and do it in the other direction. For a demonstration, click here. Have an EXCELLENT weekend and YHWH/God bless you!

Yonka

10 Things That Make Me Happy

10 Things That Make Me Happy

 

Thank you sister Dawn for nominating me for this tag! It is so timely and has shifted my day. Please visit her uplifting and encouraging blog Drawing Closer To Christ   for inspiration, encouragement and prayer. She’s such a blessing to the body of Christ!

10 Things that make me happy are:

  1. YHWH/God….His presence, talking and listening to Him, reading and studying the word.
  2. Being with my family. I really enjoy the time that I get to spend with my husband and children…both doing nothing and doing other activities.
  3. For as long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed the smell and sound of rain. It is so soothing and just makes me happy.
  4. Encouraging and uplifting others…whether in spoken or written word, or deed.
  5. Sunshine….needs no explanation.
  6. Flying…being in the air offers a sort of freedom, fresh perspective and beautiful views.
  7. Water….I so enjoy the ocean and lakes; as well as practically any body of water. I find it to be peaceful, cleansing and joyful.
  8. Fruits….I think they are the perfect food and I really believe YHWH/God had me in mind when He created them.
  9. Physical activity….not only do I enjoy it; but I’m grateful for the ability to do it. My mother’s faith and prayers are the reasons that I have two legs today.
  10. Thinking….I appreciate and enjoy this ability. Thinking always leads to questions; which in turn, leads me to seek out YHWH/God on just about everything.

My Nominees:

The God Minute

Joy Cottage

Resting in His Love

Great Is God’s Faithfulness

Christian Lady After Gods Own Heart

 

Yonka

“The Month of Explosive Goodness and Radical Favor!” Russ Walden, Green Valley, Arizona — Sound Of Heaven

The Father says today, “Get ready for a backlog outpouring of My glory in your life! July is a month of explosive goodness and radical favor in the things that are before you. Do you want to believe the naysayers or the ‘doom and gloomers,’ or are you ready for a full measure and manifestation […]

via “The Month of Explosive Goodness and Radical Favor!” Russ Walden, Green Valley, Arizona — Sound Of Heaven

Wellness Wednesday

This week’s declaration is based on Mark 11:22 and is: I have YHWH/God’s faith. With so much upheaval going on in the world today; I think it’s important to remember that we are not powerless against these things. Yeshua/Jesus modeled how we are to operate in the earth. He spoke to a fig tree, storm, withered arms, and evil spirits ….and they all obeyed Him. In John 14:12, He said that those who believe in Him will do the same works and even greater. In this week’s video, not only do I share the weekly declaration and exercise demonstration; but also the story of the faith of my seven year old.

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Continuing on in the mobility exercise series, I demonstrate two knee exercises. Click here for the demo. As always, have an excellent rest of your week; and the blessings of the Lord be upon you and your household.

Yonka