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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Punch Hurricane Matthew in the Throat!

It is the morning of Thursday, October 6th, 2016 and we are waiting. We are waiting for updates, we are waiting for unknowns, and we are active in prayer. Hurricane Matthew looks like it is heading for my friends and my family in South Florida, and I am 1,400 miles away. BUT you guys are going to rock this hurricane!
We live in South Florida, literally that is where the weathermen are pointing. So unsettling. BUT this guy is pointing to where the strong people are, where the brave community of hardworking-serving-loving-faithful people of Coastal Community Church live and build their lives! God is faithful in this storm!
Our church body is taking care of each other -- helping provide shelter and finish preparations like installing crucial hurricane shutters, some have even opened their homes to one another. Everyone is stocking up on water, food and fuel, and sharing it around! I am so proud of my community!
There is a yearning to be near to one another. I cannot be there. Not even close. My prayers are with my boys, my prayers are with my friends! You guys are going to overcome and come out of the other side more bonded and strong than ever before!
Prayers for our Haitian brothers and sisters: My beloved Haiti was devastated and we prayed as we received word from our friends in Ti Goave. Pastor Brucelee shared that the people took shelter in the church building. Their lives were spared as they remained together in the church, while their homes were swept away. Some homes that our mission helped them purchase were round metal structures, anchored into the ground. Those that were anchored did not get destroyed. My heart is broken for Haiti and my Haitian friends. You are so treasured, you are so strong. 

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Help Educate World Changers - Give a Scholarship!

Back to school time is right around the corner! Our church has chosen to invest in a few organizations and go deep with them, rather than spreading themselves thinly and anonymously. We invest in our neighbors both locally and internationally! One of the organizations that they have chosen to support, is one that my family has partnered with as well! It is a ministry called Children's Cup! They equip local churches to transform communities through holistic child development, and we love being a part of that mission. Give a scholarship HERE!

Get to know the mission of Children's Cup in this 3 minute video:

For the past year, Josh and I have supported our very first sponsor child! He's a handsome young man who loves soccer, friends and pizza -- his name is Bravo! We have exchanged photos, letters, verses and prayers for him. Next summer we hope to meet and encourage him in person in his hometown of Thubelisha, South Africa! 

We have two opportunities this summer to help kids who are in need of education. One is a local school supplies drive put together by our Coastal Kids ministry for those in need in South Florida, and the other is through Children's Cup to support the education needs of so many children! YOU can make a difference today, right now -- wherever you are! 

Here is an avenue that may be right up your alley! I have a goal of raising $200 for Children's Cup for their Back to School scholarship! Will you join me? Here's my link: I hope that together we can impact some awesome kids!
Help "Throwaway" Kids Become World Changers!
Bless you all!
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Our Favorite Educational Shows for Preschoolers!

Sometimes it's just time for a show!!! 
For me this is when my son wakes up 2 hours early in the morning, and I've stayed up late working the night before. OR when I was exhausted when I was pregnant with my second! OR when I need to get the baby down for a nap, and she is having a hard time settling down OR make a phone call OR it's been raining for days OR .... well you get the picture -- sometimes it really helps! Here are some shows that won't give you any mom guilt! I want to feel good about my choices in screen time -- and I want you to have more options too! So, I've complied a list of some of my son's favorite shows or programs that I feel are educational and beneficial! Click on the titles below for the links!
Youtube Shows
We use the Chromecast and cast Youtube to our TV
Language + Math

Endless Alphabet, Numbers, Reader, Wordplay, and Endless Spanish (playlist) teaches spelling, numbers and phonics in a silly way that makes my little Marshall giggle and learn at the same time! This has hours of demo from the entire iPad app, but for FREE! FYI -The Endless Reader app is a free download, but you only get a few words for free. 
Socratica Kids (playlists) teaches how to write letters, phonics, seasons, science and reading -- and much more. What I like about Socratica is that it doesn't "baby" your child, but gives them lots of information to glean. It is like being in a classroom with an energetic teacher!

Phonics Songs (1 hr 30 min) is a phonics compilation that doesn't have any commercials, because it is one complete video.

Physical Education

Cosmic Kids Yoga (playlist) is yoga especially for engaging kids! It is taught in a fun story-telling way and includes stories like The Hungry Caterpillar, Frozen and more adventures! Marshall will do all of the positions on his own yoga mat -- it really keeps him moving! *uses the namaste greeting and a few references to "magic"

Workout for Kids (playlist) here are some of Marshall's favorite kid workouts!

Christian Teaching 

The Jesus Storybook Bible (playlist) select stories from the Jesus Storybook Bible curriculum, free for watching on Zondervan's channel. I've complied a playlist of the stories!

What's in the Bible (playlists) has fun puppets teaching and singing about the Bible!

Netflix Series
We use the Chromecast and cast Netflix to our TV

Little Einsteins teaches music, counting, composers and art terms as well as positive friendship values and problem solving. They are very sweet and encouraging to one another!

Super Why teaches little ones how to read, spell and rhyme and fosters a love of reading adventures!

Daniel Tiger does an amazing job teaching how to deal with everyday life as a preschooler! Learn how to calm down, share, deal with frustrations, make believe and develop interactive life-skills. 

LeapFrog has several episodes on Netflix -- teaching shapes, counting, phonics, numbers, alphabet while singing songs and building friendships and communication.  

Puffin Rock is a precious show with lovely UK accents that teaches about nature and friendship!

Those are some starters for you! Enjoy! xo

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Comment below, because I'd love to know!
These are just some of our favorites shows, but I'd love to hear some of yours!
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Letter to a New Mom

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Dear Pregnant Mommy,

I'm writing you this letter, because I'm SO EXCITED for you! Welcome to a new adventure that will add so much depth and dimension to who you are! This letter holds my thoughts at the moment of finding out you're pregnant. There is so much I've learned. There is so much YOU will learn. Maybe these thoughts will help give you a boost. As my dad always said -- "I want you to be launched off of my shoulders, learn from my life experiences". I'm not going to say everything you need to know, by any means. Heaven knows that we can't handle all that right now.

Take these words and do what you will with them. These are some things other people have shared with me and some things I'd like to go back and tell my past-self. So here we go...

1 || God gave you this baby right now on purpose! 
This child is a seriously amazing gift entrusted to you. You're a mom now. Own it! Embrace this fact. No one can take that reality from you. You will love this baby so deeply. You will fall in love, and you will choose to love.

2 || You've got this.
Trust what you know is true. Learn, yes -- but know that built inside of you are some remarkably cool instincts and intuitions that God designed. He's pretty awesome in His designs.

Grow your faith NOW so that you can tap into truth reserves when you may get weary!

3 || Your body will change. 
Yeah, that's pretty much just truth right there. 

You'll see numbers on the scale that you've never seen before. People will guess how far along you are all wrong all the time. You are both "so small" and "about to pop" to different people at the same time!

I thank God that I have a husband who loves me in all of my shapes and bumps and bigs and smalls. Look for those people in your life!

My recommendation:: as you outgrow your clothes, put them in a giant tub and take them out of your closet/drawers so you won't have to see the cute clothes you can't fit in every time you get dressed!! After your baby is born you can pull them out in order of size with the biggest clothes being on top, from when you grew out of them! You may not scrape the bottom of the tub, but you may. Life goes on!

4 || There are a million choices ahead of you. But don't make those choices out of fear or because someone else "said so".

It may seem like everyone has a horror story about pregnancy, birth, poop, teething, drama ... but their life is not yours.

Make the best choice for you and your family based on the information you have and the Spirit of God within you. 

Find peace in that choice.   ||   WISDOM > fear  ||    people pleasing

We may make completely different choices in all realms. and that's okay.

I'm Andrea Mitchael, it's great to meet you! I'm so glad we're friends! 

5 || Don't ride that guilt train.
These mom wars and guilt trips are dumb. Don't give into them. Don't play these awful games. Ain't no body need more of the devil in their lives.

Let other moms live empowered lives that they believe in. But for now -- don't guilt yourself! If you spend time "guilting" yourself, it will be easier to guilt others.

freeeeeeeeeedoooooommmmmm is the name of the game for Jesus -- so, yeah -- that's what I'm going with too!

6 || Ditch the labels -- and realize who you really are in the kingdom. 
Work out your faith right now. Get strong and ready for action. Put on the full armor of God and get ready for what happens next!

I'm a young married-natural-home waterbirthing-extended breastfeeding-gluten-free-primarily cloth  diapering-ECing-babywearing-homeopathic-part-time work-from-home mom of two

... literally none of those things where who I was 5 years ago. None.

Jesus loves me. This I know. For the Bible tells me so.

7 || Your life isn't ruined. This is your life!
Life is so amazing -- such a unique experience full of completely unexpected journeys and changes. The life that "would have been" had you not gotten pregnant does. not. exist. This is IT. Your one chance to make a difference in the world. You have this life. This baby. This opportunity!

8 || This is their childhood.  
Remember when you were a kid? That carefree-ness that someone was taking care of you and letting you have fun and pure joy? You are going to give that to someone else. You're going uphill to make their childhood memories, and you better believe it's worth it! Don't wish it away. and, by gollie, it's fast! Enjoy it right along with them!

9 || Babies are people too!
One day I woke up wracking my brain about why my son woke up in the night. What could I do differently. Research research. Stress. etc. But then it hit me. Sometimes I wake up in the night for no reason. Sometimes I just feel like crying. Babies aren't robots. Babies are people too!

Creative adaptation is the name of the game. Your baby will continue to change, you will continue to change. Try not to get boxed in. Try new methods and keep on going!

I remember telling someone Marshall never fell asleep in the car anymore and then literally on.the.way.home. he did! hahaaaa!!

I would never let my child eat ________, drink _______, say _______, watch ________......
or maybe you will. Let life happen!

10 || Ask for help. You can do this alone, or you can do this with other people.
I prefer the latter.

If you don't have good people around you, read good books written by good people. Don't think you're the only one to have ever raised a kid. Filter advice and add more tools to your tool belt! My pastor is always saying -- The people you surround yourself with are the people you will be like in five years... choose wisely!

There is so much more to share... my mind is reeling with thoughts. Stuff like "you are the expert on your baby", "take time to rest", "be intentional", "you're not alone", "you're going to mess up, but don't give up", .... all of the feels

Check out my post "Marriage After Baby" for some thoughts adding a baby in the mix of marriage!

Comment below, because I'd love to know:: 
What have you learned the hard way in the mommy journey?

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