Marina Lee-Mitchell

Raising 5 daughters w/ @nshaym From CA to ATX 8 kids (all girls!) live here 👱🏻‍♀️👩🏽👧🏼👧🏽👧🏼👶🏽👶🏽👶🏼🐶 Pray • Dance • Laugh • Cry • Love 📝🍪☕️🍷🌲🌍🌎🌏🎶❤️

https://preemptivelove.org/blog/the-most-important-thing-we-do/

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It’s a busy time of year. I’m encouraging myself to simply ‘be’ on a fairly regular basis. (by dousing frankincense on my diffuser necklace for example) ... Would you share how you are encouraging yourself to do this too? I love hearing your tips. Also, please note this diffuser necklace made by my beautiful friend Dawn @yellowreformation

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Nathan brought donuts home for the kids because it was my birthday yesterday. Check my story for a clip of them losing their minds over these gourmet goodies on a day other than Friday 😑 Ha! But don’t these beauties from Bougies Donuts look amazing??? If you’re local, check them out!!!

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So this morning was pretty fun. Tried a brand new spot here in South Austin @hiveaustin that I’ve been wanting to enjoy. Enjoy we did! My kids played, and crafted (does Vivian have instagram???) while I enjoyed a latte and this incredible weather. And then my four-almost-five-year-old tripped over her feet and left with quite the skid mark on her face. 🤦🏻‍♀️ The cafe latte was 💯 as was the staff! (hello!!! 🙌🏽👍🏾) ~ local ladies, go here, please. Take your wee ones. Support local. Also, I hear they have wine...

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Oh hey there San Antonio. You’re actually pretty spectacular

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The “triplets” and the shihtzu (and a Christmas jammies preview) ♥️♥️♥️

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Joy filled laughs instead of sorrow filled sobs. This girl. She will teach a nation how to trade sorrow for joy. #imconvinced #widowsandorphans #joycanlooklikethis

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Touched by an Angel
Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only LOVE
which sets us free

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It’s been “ratchet” today (yes, that is to say “wretched”). So... more dancing please 💃🏽💃🏼 thankful for #jessiekioni bringing me heaps of joy simply by existing #joycanlooklikethis

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This is one of my favorite organizations. THIS is one of my favorite reads (full article link in bio) If you can take the time to read it: worth it. #Repost @preemptivelove (@get_repost)
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It isn’t job training. It isn’t lifesaving medical care. It isn’t even food or water.
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Of all the things this community does, the first is so simple it may go unnoticed: our first program is listening.
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Some aid organizations in Iraq don’t even interact with locals, much less listen to them. It’s not uncommon for charities to literally toss boxes of aid into someone’s front yard without so much as a “hello.”
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It’s like saying, “You’ve lost everything, and only we have anything to offer.”
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Sad to say, many who come to do good—who genuinely desire to help—don’t seem interested in listening. Because listening is time-consuming, tedious, and often painful.
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I moved with my family to Iraq nearly seven years ago. I wouldn’t have said it openly, but I didn’t come to listen. I came to give, to share, to love… and in subtle ways, that mentality elevated me over local people. It was a new, softer form of imperialism.
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I spent years missing out on things they had to teach and on a chance to love them well—because love comes from understanding, understanding comes from shared pain, and you can’t know someone’s pain without really hearing and seeing them.
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But most of us avoid that pain. You see, when we listen to moms who are suffering from depression or to dads who feel hopeless, that trauma gets into our own souls. It creeps in, and you start to hurt with them. You start caring about them.
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And to really bring people out of whatever poverty they’re in—to really empower them—we have to start everything by listening and seeing the poverty that we are in.
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Read the rest of this beautiful article by @matt.willingham on the blog. Link in profile.
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#development #aid #listening

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Guys! This old school gas pump ⛽️ was giving me life! I KNOW. It sounds ridiculous but it took me back in a super nostalgic way to when I first learned to pump petrol and it made me think of my dad and a simpler time in life when everything was rainbows and mountaintops and wonder (which of course is completely false, but I sure like to remember it that way). Now I have a hundred children (only 5) and all the kuh-gauze that comes with them and life seems crazy and scary sometimes and people use bullets to kill their neighbors and it all seems far less than simple and less peppered with rainbows and mountaintops, but... (there’s always a but) there’s still plenty of wonder and I choose to cling to hope. My soul is anchored. 🙏🏾🌈 #mayweneverloseourwonder

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About that swim life ☺️🏊🏼‍♀️ #swimmom

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It's going to be so much more than a lovely day ♥️

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Missing my mama @grammydi7 ❤️🦋

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Extremely thankful for my sister @hrabiu that make days like this (and just about EVERY day that I don't have a child in tow) possible for me in this season of my life. Thanks Han!!! Today I'm continuing to educate myself here as I have a daughter who is "severely dyslexic" whatever you believe that looks like, feels like, or sounds like... We've been experiencing it for years. Did you know that October is Dyslexia Awareness Month? Now you know. Cheers! 😊❤️ #yourewelcome #october #dyslexisawarenessmonth #ctxdyslexia

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Before nap time 😍 #jessiekioni

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From my "Instastories" - y'all know that I work at the elementary school. I know I shared a similar experience last school year. Couldn't pass up a second. Basically, my life is full of loud. You're welcome 😝#seriously #iloveit #ilovethesekids #notthenoisesomuch #willingtodealwithit #wornoutthough

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🎶"Work, work, work, work, work"🎶 and lots of wonder ❤️❤️❤️ @nshaym

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Cousins. These two are a bit like fire and ice or is it more like baking soda and vinegar... Ha! They are beautiful together and reactive. I love this capture of the two of them: #havalehsupriya helping take her cousin's braids out 💜❤️ #cousins #mitchellgirlstribe

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I brought this girl with me while her older sister has swim practice so that she and I could have a little date ❤️#sugarfridayagain #dateyourdaughter #jessiekioni

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LITERALLY as in she's going to literally faint (no, not even, at all) that I'm posting this photo. I love who she is so, very much. Like, literally. #ilovethis #she #LITERALLY #saysthis #every #single #day #matejaleem

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My daughter raced a gold medalist today. It was a pretty amazing day and my heart swelled as it often does regarding my girls. Being a parent is so rough AND it's so INCREDIBLY AMAZING!! ❤️#arielledaniella

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Saturday morning. Farmer's Market and drip coffee with my sister. Bless.

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Here she is with requested donut. "Mom! Can I please have a glazed doughnut? Because it's my birthday today and there are leftovers from my classroom and I've never had a glazed one before! Please?!?" Well. Since you've NEVER had one before and you're SEVEN today. 👌🏾😉#havalehsupriya #itssugarfridayagain #ifeelconfident #thiskidcouldchangetheworld

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"Today is my sister's birthday and we ate WAFFLES AND STRAWBERRIES FOR BREAKFAST!!!" #shescute #also #sugarfriday #cominatcha

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This one. She is my baby. I mean she WAS my baby until my last baby was born. Ha. Oh but she's a special one, she is and I love our time together ❤️#homeschoolcanlooklikethis #jessiekioni

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I loved visiting this beautiful place. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

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