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Friday, November 22, 2013

Rebekah Maddux El-Hakam - Hallelujah, I Love You (Official Video)

Had a rough day yesterday. Do I really wear my heart on my sleeve? Seriously, I did not feel like I was walking around all "grumpy," but my friends and family definitely noticed...like the very second they saw me. I guess it's good to be transparent. Nothing huge happened, just some drama trying to care for one of my kids. And, feeling like I'm less than able to do a great job. I hate that. It's so discouraging to feel like you can't parent each of your kids well. I want to be able to be there for each of them in the unique ways that they need me and sometimes that feels impossible. Luckily, I serve a God who is there to meet the needs that I can't. So, today I offer you this praise and worship song from my first album. It's called Hallelujah, I Love You and expresses a desire and call to love and praise God through the good and the band times. And, it proclaims the truth that God loves us through it all (even the deep and dark of night)
"Hallelujah, I love You, Love You Lord!"

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Back in the swing

We're two weeks in and I'm tired. Any other mommas and dads with me?
Summers and vacations are times when I find my rhythm. Who doesn't love relaxing and taking a break from the norm to refresh. But, even so, I love structure. I love knowing what's next, scheduling myself silly until I just fall over at the end of each day. It's part of the reason we plan weekly themes in the summers. It helps me to make a plan. A plan that still allows all of us to sleep in on summer days.

And, that is the reason I'm so tired. Every school day I wake up by 6am. I am NOT an early riser. I'm a sleeper and a dreamer. I'm also a Momma, so I convince myself if I just get up now, I can take a nap once all of the Els are at school/work. That's just me lying to myself. I'll never stop to take a nap. But, the thought is nice.

So, we're off. In the rhythm of school and work and practices and lessons and choirs and teaching and rehearsals and total chaos. We're in our rhythm. We're happy and good, but tired. How are you doing with the kids back in school? 

About El Momma: Rebekah Maddux El-Hakam is a worship leader and songwriter from Houston, Texas. Her debut album, Radiant You received 4.5 stars from NewReleaseTuesday and was produced by Marshall Altman. A 6 song sampler is available for free on Noisetrade Free Noisetrade Download and the entire album is available for purchase on iTunes


Friday, August 9, 2013

Reflecting on the beautiful chaos of VBS, posted today from my RebekahMe.Wordpress.com blog


Loved last week so very much…leading and teaching Children an expression of worship through music, movement and fist pumping was a true joy at my home church, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. I remember learning these same lessons as a young girl in musicals at my church growing up, Champion Forest Baptist Church. My hope and prayer is that, like me, this is just the beginning for our VBS campers. Worshiping the One true God can become a lifestyle and change your everything always. This is my prayer for you, children of God. That you will take the music and the movements and the scriptures and the songs and all of the God messages and that they will find their way deep into your soul becoming a part of you. Becoming your everything.  ‪#‎thisismyprayer‬ ‪#‎worship‬

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Summer Week 7- Theme Weeks- Game Week

Our theme this week was Games! The Els are ages 3, 4 (almost 5), 6 1/2 and 8. Between the six of us, we have 4 that are mature enough to sit through family game night and enjoy it. I won't tell you which four. :-) Seriously, even the two youngest enjoyed most of our games. Here are a few highlights from our week:

We had a couple of gift cards to Toys R Us, which is why we headed there to pick out some new games for the week.




 We decided on kid-friendly scrabble, StarWars R2-D2 Trouble, a couple of new family Wii games, a 500 piece puzzle and Classic Monopoly. We already had a set of dominoes.
 First up, Monopoly! This was fun. We played in teams. Me & T vs. Dad & Leeland vs. Bakri & Maddux
 Momma selfie

 Next up...Scrabble! This worked really well with our readers and Trinity had a great time finding letters and trying to put words together. Some of my favorites "jeepers, pew, ew, sliders, elf and brat!"
 We started our 500 piece puzzle on day one and kept it out ALL WEEK. This was a huge challenge for El Momma. I'm not sure I would do this again. But, perhaps the end product is worth it. The Els were certainly excited when we finished it together!


Summer Week 6- Theme Weeks- Science Week

This week's theme was science! Luckily, my dear friend, Tracy was a science teacher and she offered to do Science week with us. We even had a few extra "campers" this week. It was really fun. She planned several experiments, we watched Sid the Science kid for downtime and the Els had a blast making things explode with their friends. 





 Shaking the ice cream!
 Diet coke and mintos

Volcano...
 Up it goes!
 We even had extra helpers! We needed them with 9 kids!
El Momma, the amazing scientist- Tracy and our happy science campers!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summer Week 5 Theme Week- performance week

Our youngest turned 3 this summer. One month before his birthday he asked (completely unprompted) for a Willy Wonka birthday party. It was a perfect idea, so we got to work. We asked our family to join us for the fun and even dress as characters from the book...anyone, but Willy Wonka. Leeland, our birthday boy, would be the only Willy Wonka.

Last year the Els had a performance week and did a song from Aladdin at a family Disney night at our church. This year, the kids picked out their characters and we spent the week rehearsing and preparing for them to perform a few songs from the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie.

He already had a blue velvet jacket (hand-me-down originally purchased by his grandmother for his oldest brother) I found this hat on ebay. And ordered him a size small.


Pajamas, velvet jacket and top hat...normal for rehearsals!
 Practicing for the big performance. Our stage.
 Tickets...I purchased a set of Willy Wonka graphics from Etsy. Everything was customized.
 The party table. Cake, candy, chocolate and more candy. We've never served so much sugar at a party!

Our handsome birthday boy. We found the vest material online. It is the same fabric print as the Gene Wilder vest. Our little Leeland, Willy Wonka was so very happy!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Summer Week 4- Theme Weeks- Water Week

Last week, while the Nation celebrated our Freedom on the 4th of July, we prepared for a week long celebration with Water as our theme. The first objective of water week: learn to swim!

 Swim lessons
 With a bird's eye view


Swimmers must be hydrated and fed well. Here is a photo of us at lunch at the Kolache Factory.

 For the 4th of July, we celebrated with family at the Els' Aunt and Uncle's pool party! The Els practiced swimming.
Ate yummy dinner by the pool!

 Leeland even sported his Willy Wonka top hat in his swim trunks. Can you guess what next week's theme is? (I'll give you a hint, it's performance, birthday and chocolate related)
After the family pool party, we headed home to watch the fireworks! Leeland asked nervously "Are they coming closer?" 


 Me and Miss T- July 4th 2013

 And, for the weekend, we made a waterpark in the backyard...just dad and the water hose is pretty much all it takes!

 After all of the water park fun in the backyard, we had a picnic. - Leeland
 -Maddux
 -Daddy and Trinity
 -Maddux and Bakri
 -El Momma and Trinity
-The Els
 -The Els
Daddy's hat on Trinity

Hope you are enjoying your summer. What do you do with your little ones to keep them cool, happy, occupied and engaged in the summer months? Comment below.

-El Momma is a blog chronicling the adventures of El Momma (singer/songwriter Rebekah Maddux El-Hakam), her husband and 4 children- the Els. To download a free 6 song sampler from Rebekah's critically acclaimed debut album, Radiant You, visit www.noisetrade.com/rebekahme/radiant-you 


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Rebekah Maddux El-Hakam- Dream Coming True, Official Lyric Video w/ a fe...

Official Lyric Video for my song, Dream Coming True with some of my favorite family photos! Enjoy and give it a thumbs up on YouTube if you enjoy it! Blessings, Rebekah (El Momma)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Summer Week 3- Theme Weeks- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (Regift!) Week



Last year we went to the big recycling center in West U for Recycle week. This year we decided to do things a little differently. We have 2 bins of recycling that get picked up bi-weekly at our house. We are really good at recycling. However, we needed to go through clothes we can't wear and have a few things fixed so we can reuse them. We also decided to stop (or at least cut down- I'm not sure how to stop because of bacon in the microwave) using paper towels. We are going to use cloth instead. I will let you know how that goes. We do throw a lot of paper towels away. So, hopefully not using paper towels will make a positive difference. 





 We took donations here. Clothes, toys, shoes, etc.





We filled the back of the truck with donations. Bakri and Maddux were excited. 

 We took special clothes to our baby niece (she's 2) and ready for everything Trinity picked out for her!




We even took El Momma's last year's summer shoes to the Shoe Hospital for repair. I spent $12 on repairing them instead of $45+ on new ones. :-) Win Win!