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It's Right Around the Corner

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I have never been a Christmas countdown kind of person, but I am actually getting excited for the upcoming Christmas season. Is it too soon to talk about it??? I used to think so. I didn't want to talk about Christmas until after Thanksgiving...but something has changed in me.

Last Christmas season over half of my house was packed up. We were weeks away from moving back to Florida...Matthew was technically living in Florida at that point and we were taking turns going back and forth. It was an extremely cold December in North Carolina. We had a cold front come through Christmas week that froze our water meter at the road and we didn't see double digits for days. And I was sad. I was very sad. My mom had been gone for a year. And we were moving away from the place that I loved. I was just keeping my eye on the Lord and trusting him for each step ahead of us. But, I sure was sad. I can't even explain it. My life was changing and it was changing quickly...and change is not m…

Warning: Do you think your child may be Dyslexic?

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Three years ago today our world changed so much here at the Reynolds Nation. On that day we found out officially by the psychologist that Judah was dyslexic. I had been concerned for about 9 months that he was...I had heard on Good Morning one day what are some of the signs of dyslexia. Though I always watched my kids for dyslexia, Judah just didn't have the classic signs... like
the turning of the letters B, D and P.  Everyone always looks for that, but Judah didn't do that. But he was behind in his reading. And wasn't progressing in a rate that was okay. So, we had him tested. And it was confirmed. And on that day I started an intense search to find what help we could find for Judah. Several people pointed us to the Barton Reading and Spelling program...and that's the avenue we took. I took the training program and I tutored Judah...he went from a reading level of a kindergartner/first grader to a sixth grader when we were finished with the program. And then I star…

Monday Mania 9/10

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Today was one of those days where your body feels super tired, but you know that you just can't be in bed all day.  Yeah, I know we homeschool. And there are certain liberties that come with that. But we also have a house full of high schoolers and middle schoolers...and you can't take too much time off without it hurting the rest of your week or school year. And with co-op now starting on Fridays there isn't any extra, spare time later in the week. So...we marched into Monday with tired bodies...but we got it done.

I guess the question is...why were we tired? Days ago one of my closest friends from NC called and said that she would be at St. Simons Island and could we drive up to see them. It was only 175 miles away...much closer than Western North Carolina.  I tossed the idea around in my head. Do I want to drive that far? Is it worth it? Matthew was going away for the day and night on a business trip, so he wouldn't even be home. If we had more time we would have p…

Tuesday Tangents

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The day after a three weekend can be rough. Especially when your family spends the Monday at Disney all day and they get home at 11pm. I had some tired kids this morning. I, on the other hand, was home all day so I am ready for the week...hehehe. So, I thought I would post some thoughts that are rummaging through my head on this first Tuesday in September (can you believe it's September??).

1. First I am posting a picture of my special girl. She is 9 years old today. She is one of the best dogs we have ever had. We all adore our Holly.

2. Luke 6:40...look this scripture up and tell me what you think.

3. Summer is coming to a close...yes, it will be hot out for awhile here in Florida, but I know we are on the backside of the season. Summer is my least favorite season, so I am happy.

4. Have you decorated your house for Fall yet??? I haven't...I am thinking that September 15th is acceptable time wise. Not too early, but not not too late. What do you consider the right time to d…

Mom Strong Monday

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So, have you seen this book? It came out last year...published by one of my favorite writers, speakers and Christian women. I started listening to her pod casts over a year ago. Three days a week she sends a podcast out in email to thousands of subscribers. Each podcast has a different theme...some are fun and easy...quick dinners, how to discipline your toddlers and lots of homeschooling advice. But some are much more riveting.

I love that she encourages you to get in the Word of God. She believes that we have a generation of believers that don't know our bible. And how can we fight the good fight of faith if we don't know what God says. So, she doesn't ask you to follow her...she moves you to find the answers yourself in the bible at home that may have a bit of dust on it.

I subscribed also to a monthly scripture writing list and daily devotionals that are for current issues that we deal with as moms. The best part is that Heidi St. John doesn't act like she is the …

Monday Mania

So, is that what your Monday look like? Crazy? Tired bodies? Attitudes from the kids? A husband who is trying to get out the door? I know what that looks like. And I try everything in my power to make sure my Monday goes well. Here are some of the ways I have that happen.

1. Go to be on time. Weekends can be so hard and tiring. Get the kids to bed on time, but most importantly put yourself to bed.

2. Wake up to an empty kitchen sink. I hate waking up to a dirty kitchen. The first thing I have to do in the morning is make a meal...I don't like to start behind already.

3. The most important...take some time before anything...even if it's for a few minutes...take time in prayer and the word. Getting myself centered in God makes all the difference. If you have little ones, keep your bible on the bedside table and read a psalm or proverb before your feet hit the floor. Assign a certain day to pray for a particular child. These few things are game changers for your house.

4. I love …

17th Year

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When I look at this picture it makes me want to cry. I can't believe that we are 17 years into this. Who knew? Matthew is the one who wanted to homeschool. I never planned on homeschooling. I had total plans to put Bryn in school. I couldn't imagine being with kids all day long without a break. But God had different plans. He knew that to capture my kids hearts that this is what we needed to do.

One of my favorite scriptures right now is Luke 6:40, which basically says when you are fully trained the student will be like their teacher. And I know some amazing teachers out there. Some of those teachers are my close friends. But there are a lot out there that I wouldn't want to teach my kids. Their ideas, morals, foundation may not line up with mine. And I want to be the main influence in their life. Does that make me perfect? No. But I know my heart. And my husband's heart. And we hope to pour that into our kids. I told another friend the other day that you are the best…