Judah’s Birth Story

Seven years ago today, my precious Judah-pooh graced the earth with his presence. It was a Monday, and I had an appointment to visit the birthing center, where my husband and I had planned on having him. I went to my sister’s home (which was two blocks away from the birthing center); to get my hair done. She’s both an educator and licensed cosmetologist; and was very adamant about “not going to the birthing center looking busted.” So, I arrived at her home and was in labor; but I didn’t know it. My baby wasn’t due for another two weeks; and I was scheduled to teach my fitness class after my appointment. Also, my water broke first with my first son; and then I went into labor. So in my mind’s eye I was fine, since my water had not broken. I continued on with my day not knowing.

I rang her doorbell. When she opened the door, she asked if I was alright. I responded yes; I just need a moment to breathe. She asked: “Are you having contractions?” I said, “No, I don’t think so.” So I entered her home; and she proceeded to do my hair. As I sat there, the contractions became a little more pronounced; so I started to time them. They were two minutes apart. I called my husband (who was at work a half hour away) to let him know. We talked and laughed for a bit; and we decided that I should call the midwife; and call him again when the contractions dropped below two minutes. I called the midwife and told her that my contractions were two minutes apart and she told me that I needed to get to there “like yesterday.” As soon as I hung up the phone with her, out comes baby Judah.

My mom came just in time to catch and welcome him. My sister tied the umbilical cord; once it stopped pulsating. She then called the ambulance (who were right around the corner from her home); and they were there within minutes. They took me to the birthing center; where my husband met us there. We were there for a few hours and went home. Needless to say, I didn’t teach my fitness class that evening; but all of my students were so delighted. It was a wonderful experience and I’m so grateful that both my mom and sister got to share in it.

Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday will be a little bit different. Since I’ve just started a new fitness channel on YouTube, I will be sharing a link to one of the workouts for the week; which also includes a prayer and declaration. This week’s declaration is based on Jeremiah 29:11 and is: God has great plans for my life; to bless and prosper me, and give me a hope and a future. The workout includes kegels to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles; as well as wall squats to strengthen the lower body. God bless you and have an excellent rest of your week!

Yonka

Startling Statistics: Politics And Religion — BeautyBeyondBones

There was a very interesting article that was released over the weekend by Pew Research entitled, “8 Facts About Catholics and Politics in the U.S.” Now first – Pew Research is not some “pew”-as-in-church-“pew” religious organization. No, it is Pew, as in the “nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and…

Startling Statistics: Politics And Religion — BeautyBeyondBones

YHWH/God is good right now

YHWH/God is good!I often take moments throughout the day to connect with the Most High; and reflect on His goodness. Many people might regard this year as the most challenging year ever….when looking from a natural or physical perspective. However, I see something totally different. Throughout my life, whenever pressure came, it would bring about such a focus in me. It didn’t matter if it was playing basketball, having to complete a project at work, home or whatever. This year has been no different. I think it has, if nothing else, brought about a focus in the body of Messiah/Christ to consistently seek YHWH/God like never before.

I thank Him for His comforting presence and peace that has and continues to flood my life. I thank YHWH/God for all of the intercessors and prayer warriors standing in the gap for our nation, other nations, President Trump and all leadership, the unborn children, lost souls and everything and body in between. I’m thankful for the five-fold ministry leaders who are boldly teaching, preaching and declaring YHWH/God’s truth. I’m grateful for the families who are the salt in their neighborhoods and communities. I’m so very thankful for the families who have accepted the call to train their children up in the way that they should go; so that we will have generations of people and leaders whose hearts are inclined to the heart and will of the Most High.

YHWH/God is so good. He’s so just and he loves us all (sinners and His own children) more than we could possibly ever imagine. The future is bright! The best is yet to come! Praise Him NOW!!!

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!