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Speech Therapist // Speech for Life /

Rachel is passionate about helping children master skills in communication at a young age, so they can be successful with their best Speech For Life! Rachel is an energetic, compassionate, and motivating therapist who passionately engages each speech client in evidence-based techniques using state-of-the-art technology to achieve their optimum communication and swallowing skills. She utilizes a client-centered approach to deliver functional and meaningful therapy that will inspire and improve clients’ communication, swallowing, and speech skills for a lifetime.

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Here are some of the benefits of being a Table Lead:

  • Getting to be more involved in your MomCo community

  • Building stronger relationships with the women around you 

  • Being able to connect on a deeper level with other moms

  • Opportunities to organize get-to-togethers outside of MomCo meetups

  • Learn more about yourself and grow in your faith


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UPCOMING EVENTS

Thurs, May 2 at 6:30pm - Meetup 15 @ Horizon West

We all tend to measure our worth and security through external forms of measurement. But when we do that, we end up with a distorted view of who we are. Tori Hein is a down to earth communicator, coach, and Bible teacher who engages people with her authenticity, humor, and passion. She invites us to consider four words that will help us look realistically at how to mother from our worth. RSVP

Mon, May 6 at 6:30pm - Meetup 15 @ Downtown

Fri, May 10 at 6:30pm - BUNCO Mom's Night Out @ TJ's House

Thurs, May 16 at 6:30pm - Meetup 16 "Praise & Pajamas" Combined @ Horizon West

Sat, June 8 at 10:00am - School's Out End of Year Pool Party



FBCWG EVENTS

VBS registration is OPEN!

Breaker Rock Beach

Kids will be challenged as they discover that God’s truth never changes, everyone needs Jesus, and learn to speak the truth in love. Adventure awaits each day as kids explore tide pools, spot orcas, fly kites, and watch the mighty waves crash up against the immovable Breaker Rock!

Click here for more info 

VBS for Moms!

Fuge Camp (July 8-12)

Super Summer Preteen Camp (July 15-18)

Ark Encounter and Creation Museum (Sept. 24-27)



 

EXTRA INFO



Please refer to our Google Sheet for your POD assignments and food rotation schedule. When it is your turn to provide food, please put what you will be bringing or if you will be chipping in money to help contribute. If for some reason you cannot make it to the meeting, please drop off your food to someone else in your POD.

See schedule HERE.



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DEVOTIONAL


Fewer Critics, More Cheerleaders


Have you ever experienced a performance review with a boss or received feedback from a coach that felt like a physical punch to your gut? Maybe it’s just me, but receiving criticism of any kind has always been hard for me. You could wrap that comment in 190 positive points and I would still walk away replaying that one negative point.


How does this relate to parenting? Do you get trapped into criticizing your kids all day long, every day? I do! My intentions are good. I’m trying to teach and coach them into adulthood. I get sucked into a trap of constant criticism and suddenly all they can see (and all I can see) is where they are failing. I often flip right past the eight awesome homework assignments and grab the one sheet with 73% on it for discussion, missing eight chances to tell them they are amazing.


Our words have incredible power over our kids and their identities. This doesn’t mean that we can’t hold them accountable for bad behavior or help them learn right from wrong. I have read all the articles and am aware of the extremes of how too much praise can develop narcissist children, but I’d rather land on the side of cheering my kids on any day.


For my husband, Ron, and me, we challenge each other to think about how often we are pointing out our children’s strengths versus how often we call out their weaknesses. Between society, classmates and their own negative voices – children are brought down daily. We need to be on the cheerleading team responsible for building them up. I’d argue, that as their parents, we need to be the captains of the cheerleading team.


It’s in the absence of praise and discussion of their strengths that a child begins to doubt their worth. Don’t we all do this – adults and children alike? We spend seasons of life so zoned in on our failures, that’s all we hear or notice.


Last night, I decided to praise my children. Ron and I had an impromptu awards ceremony choosing five “Virtue Cards” that we felt described each of our girls. We called them dramatically aloud and our girls giggled.


We shouted each definition on each card and made them come up and accept each card like a Golden Globe. We encouraged them to hang their set of cards in their rooms. This is who they really are – joyful, honest, obedient, kind. We see these virtues repeatedly, but sometimes we forget to point them out. Their hearts got the message. You could tell in their smiles. Larson proudly taped her five cards to her bathroom mirror and Ella pinned hers up in her room.


Let’s commit as a group of intentional parents to see the good in our kids. Point them toward Jesus for their ultimate worth and affirmation. Cast a vision for their lives so big that they rise up. Speak about children the way Jesus would. See them the way they were designed. See them for their potential and not for their mistakes. Spend more time celebrating the good versus focusing on the bad. Work together to build up a generation of confident kids, so sure of their identities that they can change the world.


Questions:

  1. What words of love does God speak over you? Is it easy or difficult for you to accept those words?

  2. Especially in the difficult moments, how can you invite God into the dynamics of your parenting?


Courtney DeFeo (CourtneyDeFeo.com)

 









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