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

Grateful for Fathers

HappyFather's Day!

I honor and bless all of  the wonderful fathers!!! I thank YHWH/God for you; and the blessing that you are to society. I am also very grateful to the Heavenly Father for my husband. He is a representation of YHWH/God in the earth. It is an honor to watch Him consider the Most High throughout the day, every day. He meditates on the word almost constantly; and is always excited to share revelations that the Father has given him. This is why Fathers are so important in the home. They are the foundation. They are the priests. Children learn who they are by observing and imitating their father. Fathers pray, protect, provide (love, leadership, discipline, guidance, identity, forgiveness, mercy, grace, finances) and so much more.

I did not grow up with my father in my home; so it’s extra special to me to watch how my husband interacts with our children. He hugs and kisses them….holds conversations with them…. plays with them….disciplines them when necessary….teaches them….explains things to them….challenges them….and he’s so very open and honest with them. I love that two of his biggest desires in life is to be a friend of YHWH/God’s and to do everything that he was placed in the earth to do. He is  a very loyal person, full of integrity, a cheerful giver, a lover of God & family, compassionate, brilliant, full of wisdom, knowledge and understanding, obedient to God, humble, bold….and everything that I want my children to be and more. I couldn’t have imagined such an excellent father for my children; but then there’s YHWH/God…..who’s always doing exceedingly above all we could ask or imagine.  Thank you Father, for such an awesome and loving Father and husband!

 

How’s it going?!

Wow! It’s been about a month since I’ve posted anything.  It was not due to lack of motivation, laziness or disinterest; but rather focus. I’ve been reading “Issuing Divine Restraining Orders in the Courts of Heaven,” by Dr. Francis Myles. If you have not read this book, I highly recommend it; but first read Robert Henderson’s “Operating in the Courts of Heaven” book. As citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, it’s important to know and understand how the kingdom operates; as well as our rights. I’ve also been reading The Book of Jasher;  which gives a meatier account of the Pentateuch. You can get it here for free. I have really been enthralled in these books; as well as learning so much. My favorite part has been reading and sharing with my kids. When we were reading about the 12 sons of Israel (Jacob) and the supernatural strengths of each son, I asked my children what was their favorite part? My six year old (Judah), told me that learning about Judah and Naphtali was his favorite part; because Judah was the Hulk and Naphtali was the Flash. I laughed and told him he was absolutely right! It takes a kid to simplify things!

Other than that, I’ve been enjoying the time with my family; as well as watching my neighbors spend time with their families. Yesterday, we took our first boating trip of the season. It was fantastic! I am always in awe of the beauty of God’s creation. It was so peaceful and enjoyable. I’m also happy to share that my four year old (Hannah Banana) has mastered riding her two-wheel bike with pedals! Now my two year old (Livy Grace) is the proud owner of Hannah’s former two wheel pedaless bike. She is so happy with her “new” bike! Since all of the fun places are closed, playing out doors, feeding the neighbor’s chickens, bike riding, flying, playing with cousins and going to grandma’s house might’ve taken their places.

 

Well, that’s all I have for now. How’s it going with you?! I hope your hearts, eyes and ears are focused on God, despite what is going on around us. Have an excellent weekend and I’ll “see” you soon!

 

10 Declarations to Speak Over Your Children

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The Lord protects my children’s bones, not one of them will be broken. (Psalm 34:20)

God teaches my children and makes them successful. (Isaiah 54:13)

My children have real peace (Isaiah 54:13)

God will save my children. (Isaiah 49:25; Acts 16:31)

My children will seek God’s wisdom for their talents and abilities all the days of their lives. (Proverbs 22:6 amp)

My children are a gift and inheritance from the Lord. (Psalm 127:3)

My children are blessed and prosperous, because they walk in the counsel of the Holy One; and love and meditate on His word. (Psalm 1:1-3)

Everything that my children do is blessed. They are lenders and not borrowers, the head and not the tail; and above only and not beneath.  (Deuteronomy 28:12-13)

My children choose life. (Deuteronomy 30:19)

My children are God’s sheep. They hear His voice and listen to Him. God knows them and they follow Him.  God gives them eternal life and no one will ever snatch them out of His hand. (John 10:27-28)

Click here for a powerful prayer to pray over your children.

From Homeschooling to God-Lead Unschooling/Life Learning

 

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 I felt that YHWH/God was leading our family in another direction concerning homeschooling. I heard the words: “Wholistic learning.” I began to research  it and was lead to John 7:15b: The Jews were impressed, but puzzled: “How does he know so much without being schooled?” I had heard of unschooling before; but didn’t feel that it was for my family. This time, with the prompting of the Holy Spirit, I learned of Christian unschooling and life learning. Check out my video here, as I explain my findings; as well as share some of the pictures from our experiences from the past few weeks.

Family Vacation!!

Hello Everyone!!!

Soooo, I’ve been absent for two weeks. My family and I took our annual Caribbean cruise. This time we cruised on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas; which is the largest ship in the world.

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We all enjoyed it! We saw shows, ate at the best restaurants aboard the ship, listened to live music, danced, toured the islands and so much more.

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My children only attended Adventure Ocean (the kids’ program) for one hour on the third day. They enjoyed it; but they obviously preferred hanging out with their cool and fun parents.

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The ship docked in St. Marteen, Puerto Rico and Cococay (Royal Caribbean’s Island) in the Bahamas. I always enjoy touring the islands, because I love learning about the history of each place. My other favorite thing to do is going to the fitness center. I peeped in on a few of the classes; but they didn’t look very interesting, so I opted to do my own workouts. I met a nice lady, who became my fitness partner while on the ship. We discovered that we were both from Miami, enjoy fitness and locked our hair; because we don’t like coming it. How cool is that?!!! We also discovered that she knew my uncle. This woman was more than just my workout partner, she was a Godsend. I usually travel with ginger, because it soothes the stomach. This time, I failed to bring some. I needed it because my stomach wasn’t feeling so hot after eating too many different types of foods. My son also needed it, because his stomach wasn’t feeling so well one night. After only our second day meeting to workout, my workout partner gifted me with a bottle of ginger and an array of health foods and supplements (without even knowing about my upset stomach that one night and that I’d left my ginger at home).  Only God knew; and He provided! I am thoroughly convinced that God does and will ALWAYS take care of me, no matter what! The highlight of my trip were the rainbows that I saw on two different islands. They always represent a wink from God  for me; and how faithful He is to His word.

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As I stated earlier, my family and I enjoyed our cruise.

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The only thing that we didn’t love, was the departing procedure. If you have a stroller or more than one bag, you have to take the elevator. Most people had more than one bag; and there was a long line of people waiting to take the elevator. I could have only imagined that it would’ve taken hours to get the 7000 people off of the ship, doing it that way. It’s a good thing that we have God’s favor and are early birds! One of the employees help carry our bags down the escalator; so we were able to avoid the long wait for the elevator. Thank God!

We were grateful to have missed the snowstorm that hit our area while we were away; but really began thinking strongly about becoming snowbirds this season. It’s pretty miraculous how we change. When my husband and I first met, he said that he would never go on a cruise; while I said that I would never move back to FL. Fast forward to now, he loves going on cruises and I am actively searching for a winter residence in FL.  God really knows how to bring people into agreement. When we returned form the trip, my children kept saying that they want to go to FL for the whole winter; while my husband said to me that warm weather is only three hours away. My business coach would say that winter is a choice. This year I’m in agreement with all of them. I love mountains and lakes…..cross-country skiing and snowboarding; but I’m very partial to the ocean and warm weather.

My children want to go to Disney and NYC; while I want to go to Spain. We will be visiting these places in the not-so-distant future. Where are some places that you have gone; and would recommend to others? As always, have an EXCELLENT week and I’ll see you around the blog!

 

 

 

By the Grace of God (YHWH)

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I often get asked how do I do it (homeschooling) with four kids. It is only by THE grace of YHWH/God. I actually really enjoy it…frustrations and all. Prior to this past week, I was frustrated with my second son because it was taking him longer to read his books. It wasn’t because he was struggling or couldn’t do it; rather, it was because he did NOT want to read those books. I told my husband of my frustration. He responded: “He’s just not interested in those books. Let him read what he wants to read.” I said, he only likes to checkout cookbooks from the library. He encouraged me to just let him read them.  He said that kids are eager learners and demonstrators. They only resist when they are uninterested. So, that Sunday evening as I planned the lessons for the week, I had the idea to make index cards with facts about him and the things that he enjoyed. Last Monday when I handed him his work folder and told him that he would be reading the cards instead of the books, he was so delighted! He read and read those cars all week long….forward and backwards; and created new sentences with them, as well as asked for more cards. Wow! What a difference a little God idea makes.

In addition to the reading switch for my six year old, they made their own little creations out of the air drying molding clay; as well as put together a robotic spider. Boy was that a hit! I’m going back to Walmart and buying the other five robotic creatures that they had. Our school is run somewhat like a Montessori School.

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They are free to select whatever they want to work on or play with; and I just rotate between the four of them to teach or explain new concepts or help when there’s a need for it. I work one-on-one with my two year old with her shapes, colors, numbers and abc…..only because she wants to. I’m sure her older siblings serve as an inspiration for this desire. I’m all about letting little kids learn through play and observation. My favorite part of being my kids’ principle educator is the discussions, dialogues and teachable moments that happen all throughout the day. I just love it!

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There are moments when I’ve had about enough of my little people. That’s when it’s time for quiet time. They go into their rooms and have the option of napping or doing a quiet activity for an hour. There have also been moments when I have left my house as soon as my husband stepped foot in the door. There’s no need for an explanation of any kind. My husband just says: “Mommy needs a moment.” So between God’s grace, my husband’s wisdom and my knowing when to take breaks, this homeschooling thing works well for our family. Also, teaching my children how to pray the word of God, biblical principles for marriage, and finances; as well as who God says that they are, is work that I am truly honored to do.

If you are a full-time homeschooling parent, what do you love about teaching your children? If you are a part-time homeschooling parent (your child(ren)) attends private or public school), what do you love about teaching your children?

As always, have an EXCELLENT week and I’ll see you on the blog!

Halloween

Hello All!!

I hope you’re having an excellent week!! Since this is October, and Halloween is just around the corner, I thought I would share my thought on it. I am flabbergasted by the number of Christians who celebrate Halloween or some form of it. It’s an oxymoron to me. Dressing up in bible character costumes does not change what the holiday is about. Everything that we observe or do in this world, has a spiritual root. If I removed all of the apples from an apple tree; and tied oranges around the branches of the tree, would it change the fact that it’s an apple tree? The seed of a tree determines the type of tree it is; as well as the fruit that it will bear; and the season that it will bear the fruit in. If you think that celebrating Halloween is harmless and “just a fun time for the kids,” please check out the following interview with Pastor John Ramirez, a former satanist. He also has a series of books that explain his experience as a satanist, more about Halloween, his testimony; as well as various tactics of the enemy.

I’m all about having fun, especially with and for my kids. I also think that God loves for us to have fun….but this pagan holiday is not what He had in mind. Have an excellent rest of your week and weekend; and please feel free to comment!

Homeschooling…..a call

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NEVER in a million years did I EVER think I’d be homeschooling my children. It was just wasn’t anything that I had ever considered. Apparently, God had other plans. As ALWAYS, He knows best! I must say, that I do so enjoy being with my kids nearly all day every day. People always say: “Boy, you’ve got your hands full.” AND you homeschool them too?” I simply reply, my heart is full; and I do homeschool all four of them. Many of them are just looking at four children; but what they don’t see at first glance is the God who guides me and leads me in the instruction of my children. Isaiah 54:17 (MSG) says: All your children will have God for their teacher – what a mentor for your children!  I believe this with all my heart.

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We begin our mornings with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. We also read scripture and right now, the kids are learning Psalm 91. They have four more verses to learn, in order to memorize the whole chapter. I love this time; because they are SO inquisitive about God and ask SO many questions. A lady asked my oldest son (7) what he liked most about homeschool; to which he replied: “quiet time.” She then asked him, what’s your favorite thing about quiet time. He said: ” Talking to and listening to my God.” Her mouth dropped open.

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Monday through Friday, the kids work on Reading, Language Arts and Math; with Monday, Wednesday & Friday, being heavier Language Arts days; while Tuesday and Thursdays are heavier Math days. They do History and Science at least once a week. The kids also take art class, swim lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons, gymnastics, ninjanastics, Preschool Storytime, and are part of a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math (STEAM) club. Besides the academic subjects, the kids are learning how to contribute to the household, to be good stewards of money utilizing the biblical money system, their part in taking care of our community; as well as widows and orphans, hearing and obeying God’s voice, how spouses work together in their different roles, how to honor God, parents, each other and others; and so much more.

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I thank God for this opportunity to minister to my children; as well as a front row seat to watch; as they grow and develop in each of their gifts and callings.  Yesterday, while working with my oldest son on his spelling words, I gave him hi-fives; because he got them all right; after only having them for a day! I was so excited and so was he; and he exclaimed: “Mom, I’m so proud of myself!” I said: I am too son! He says he loves working with me on his school work. That is certainly the grace of God! I love discovering ways to engage them in their learning. As a group fitness instructor, I  always had a plan for class; but sometimes, I could see other choreography and exercise in my head as I taught the class. Those were some of my BEST classes. I knew that the grace of God flowed through me as I taught classes; because of the effect on the people. One day, a lady came up to me after class crying; and telling me how taking my classes just lifted the depression off of her. That’s when I knew it was a God thing. It’s the same way with my children. I have lesson plans in place; but I can often see another way to get a concept across to engage them; and we have the best time! I thank God that He is leading my children’s education.

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Do You Trust God?

God is good! I was in the shower yesterday after my workout, just praising and thanking God for how He always provides for me …both my needs and wants. I thought about the many ways that He takes care of me daily. My husband went out of town earlier this week; but he left a stash of cash,just in case the kids and I needed anything. Every week, a friend of mine brings home-baked goods and snacks for my children. My children give me the sweetest compliments daily. My husband makes me laugh like nobody’s business. People give me brand new and very gently used clothes and shoes all the time. I always get close parking spaces everywhere I go. Random people have given me money. A man showed up at my door one morning and handed my an envelope filled with money; as well as five bible verses written on it.

God gave me a brand new car debt-free; and the very next day, gave my husband a brand new debt-free car as well. The beauty of this blessing is that I wanted an escalade. I test drove it and liked it; but I had three kids under the age of four at that time. The thought of having to lift all of them in and out of the car; along with my big stroller, was a bit much. So my wise husband suggested that we go over to the toyota dealership and give the sienna minivan a try. I NEVER EVER thought I would EVER drive a minivan. I was too cool for that!  BUT, I drove it and LOVED it; and my little kids could get in and out themselves. So that’s how I ended up with my minivan. God knew best! The other part of the blessing was that God instructed my husband to go and get the escalade the next day. He had no intention of buying a new car; but He obeyed and God provided (as He always does). God gave me a beautiful situation, because my husband is always there when i’m in the escalade and I never have to load and unload the kids. As much as I like the escalade; I really do appreciate and enjoy the sienna…..and I’m still cool. Thank you Father!

Yesterday, while at the balloon festival, an older gentleman walked up to me and handed me 4 tickets for the bouncy house. It is the one thing that my kids wanted to do. My kids said: “Thank you God! He always gives us favor!” Yes indeed He does. I thought about that. There was a huge crowd of people at the festival; and of all those people, a random man comes up to me with enough tickets for all of my children? God is real people and He’s pretty big on taking care of our wants and needs. God is my shepherd and my Jireh. He is the sole supplier of all of my wants and needs. I am 100 percent convinced that God wants us to live our lives in TOTAL reliance on Him alone. I know beyond all shadows of doubts that He will not and can not fail me. If the birds can trust Him; how much more can we? (Matthew 6:26-33) Do you really trust God? Do you trust Him to meet your desires and needs? Do you trust Him to take care of you regardless of your income? Do you trust Him in the face of an evil report? Do you trust Him with your marriage? Do you trust Him with your children? Do you trust Him with you? Do. You. Trust. God?