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

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!

 

Children’s Prayer of Provision

2 Corinthians 9:8 (TPT) – Yes, God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything—every moment and in every way. He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do. 

2 Corinthians 9:10 – 11 (TPT) – This generous God who supplies abundant seed for the farmer, which becomes bread for our meals,is even more extravagant toward you. First he supplies every need, plus more. Then he multiplies the seed as you sow it, so that the harvest of your generosity will grow. 11 You will be abundantly enriched in every way as you give generously on every occasion, for when we take your gifts to those in need, it causes many to give thanks to God.

Psalm 84:11 – For the Lord God is brighter than the brilliance of a sunrise! Wrapping himself around me like a shield, he is so generous with his gifts of grace and glory. Those who walk along his paths with integrity will never lack one thing they need, for he provides it all!

 

Heavenly Father,

2 Corinthians 9:8 says You give me way more than I need;

So that I can bless others  (according to Genesis 12:2) and sow more seed.

You are so generous, you give me more than enough,

Wisdom, family & friends, food and cool stuff.

Direct me to the people who came to you in prayer,

And I thank you for the honor of being the answer you’d prepare.

In Yeshua’s name,

Amen

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.

Children’s Prayer of Protection

Psalm 121:7-8 (TPT) – He will keep you from every form of evil or calamity as he continually watches over you. 8 You will be guarded by God Himself. You will be safe when you leave your home and safely you will return. He will protect you now, and he’ll protect you forevermore!

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for knowing that I would sometimes feel fear;

And for assuring me that, You’d always be here.

What a relief is Psalm 121: 7- 8…

It says: You guard me Yourself! This makes me feel great!

You promised to protect me wherever I go,

And it brings me comfort, just to know….

That you are the ultimate promise keeper.

In  Yeshua’s name,

Amen

Children’s Prayer for Courage

Deuteronomy 31:6 (MEV) – Be strong and of a good courage. Fear not, nor be afraid of them, for the Lord your God, it is He who goes with you. He will not fail you, nor forsake you.”

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Heavenly Father,

You promised to be with me wherever I go,

Deuteronomy 31:6 tells me so.

You said You’ll never fail, or leave me;

So I can be strong, courageous and  worry free.

2 Timothy 1:7 says:

I have power, love and my mind is sound;

So I’m moving forward and taking ground.

No one can stop me according to Joshua 1:5

I’m rejoicing in You &  blessed to be alive!

 

In Yeshua’s name,

Amen

Children’s Prayer for Peace In Jerusalem

Psalm 122:6 (TPT) – Pray and seek for Jerusalem’s peace, for all who love her will prosper!

Heavenly Father,

I love Jerusalem because you do,

I pray for its peace and prosperity too.

Give its leaders wisdom, to lead as you will,

And the people the heart,

to be the city on top of the hill.

 

In Yeshua’s name,

Amen

Children’s Prayer for Leaders & Nation

1 Timothy 2:1 – 2 (TPT) – Most of all, I’m writing to encourage you to pray with gratitude to God. Pray for all men with all forms of prayers and requests as you intercede with intense passion. 2 And pray for every political leader and representative, so that we would be able to live tranquil, undisturbed lives, as we worship the awe-inspiring God with pure hearts. 

Proverbs 21:1 (TPT) – It’s as easy for God to steer a king’s heart for his purposes as it is for him to direct the course of a stream.

Job 12:23 (AMP) – “He makes nations great, and He destroys them; He enlarges nations, and leads them away [captive].

 

Heavenly Father,

I pray for our leaders, to hear and obey your voice;

Concerning our nation, so they’d make the right choice…

To honor You alone; and work in unity,

So the people can experience a time of jubilee.

In Yeshua’s name,

Amen

A Children’s Prayer of Praise & Thanksgiving

Psalm 100:4 -5 (TPT)  – You can pass through his open gates with the password of praise. Come right into his presence with thanksgiving. Come bring your thank offering to Him and affectionately bless His beautiful name! 5 For the Lord is always good and ready to receive you. He’s so loving that it will amaze you— so kind that it will astound you! And He is famous for His faithfulness toward all. Everyone knows our God can be trusted, for He keeps His promises to every generation!

Father,

It’s my honor and pleasure to give you praise,

The Almighty, Omnipotent, Ancient of Days.

You are the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end,

The Omniscient One who created the seas and the wind.

I thank you O Lord, for Your mercy and grace,

And for being with me, know matter what I face.

Your word (2 Corinthians 2:14) says You always cause me to win,

You’re the One on whom, I can always depend.

Thank you O Lord for all that You’ve done;

And for the ultimate sacrifice of Your son.

I love You and need you more than air,

And I thank you precious Father, for always being there.

In Yeshua’s name,

Amen

A Children’s Prayer of Forgiveness

Mark 11:25 (NKJV)And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

Matthew 5:44 -45 (TPT)However, I say to you, love your enemy, bless the one who curses you, do something wonderful for the one who hates you, and respond to the very ones who persecute you by praying for them. 45 For that will reveal your identity as children of your heavenly Father. He is kind to all by bringing the sunrise to warm and rainfall to refresh whether a person does what is good or evil. 

Lord,

I forgive myself and all who have hurt me.

I receive your forgiveness, grace and mercy.

Bless my enemies;

and help them turn from their wicked ways,

So that they can come into Your kingdom

and give you all the praise.

In Yeshua’s name,

Amen