Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
special girl. She is the one who made me a mommy. Only 21 years old, married only one year and out comes this beautiful girl. I remember being in such awe of her and how God granted us such a beauty. It was just Matt , Bryn and I for a long time. It was fun just having one child. She went everywhere with us...camping, traveling, Walmart at 10:00 at night. Where ever we were, she was. Life changed a lot for her when Caleb came and only 19 months later we had Esther. She went from being only child to one of three in 19 months. That is a lot for any 5 year old to take on. And since then she is now the leader of this five pack. And what a responsibility that is. Not only does she have more responsibility than the others but she also has the burden of being the example for others. A long time ago, I read about this mother of nine who said, "Show the first born the right path and the rest will follow." I truly believe that. If she shows respect, they do too. If she gives grace, mercy and love then they do also. But the flip side of that is that if she shows hostility then they will also. The best part though which I remind Bryn about is that she also receives the double portion inheritance. God had it lined up perfectly. The more to carry, the more received later. It has been a hard walk for her...so many siblings and also having Caleb with his special needs has been difficult for her. I know how hard it is to have a special needs child, but of course I am an adult so I understand and can rationalize everything. Being so young has made it hard to understand and be compassionate. She is changing and becoming more mature about the whole situation...I love seeing that in her. So, now for the real reason I wrote this. Our body is in a 40 day fast right now, and the youth are fasting on Wednesdays. Last week she fasted two meals and then stopped, but yesterdays she was able to fast the whole day and to be in her bible during meal times. I think it is a lot for an 11 (and 1/2, she would say) year old to fast. She understands why we are fasting and is believing with us. She almost stopped mid-day, but I reminded her about her commitment and how important it is to stick to that. So she persevered...she is becoming an awesome God's girl! She is pursuing God and seeking his face. She is looking to him for her destiny. I am excited to see her go into pre-teenhood...I am expecting above and beyond what I experienced as a teen. I am once again in awe of my beauty!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Here is everyone while we were making the recipe...very simple ingredients (see bottom for recipe) and everyone got to join in. Note: Judah is in the picture, but he didn't care much about stirring the bowl like the rest of them, but he sure did like eating them, lol.
1 3/4 cups of lukewarm water
1 packet of yeast
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
3 1/4 cups of unbleached flour (I used spelt)
1/4 cup of hot water
1 teaspoon of sugar
3 tablespoons of melted butter
Pour yeast in lukewarm water, stir and wait five minutes...add brown sugar, salt and 2 cups of flour...stir 100 strokes. Gradually stir in rest of flour until semi firm, then knead for 7-8 minutes on a floured surface. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and coat ball of dough. Cover with saran wrap and put in warm place (I put mine right outside) for 45 minutes. Then take dough out, knead for 1 minute, divide in half and then divide new section into 3 parts..shape into ball, let rest for five minutes and then roll ball in your palms until 3 feet long and 3 inches thick. Heat oven to 450 degrees...make ropes into a circle, twist the end, fold back and pinch the dough (make it into familiar pretzel shape). Stir teaspoon of sugar in hot water and brush lightly on pretzels, then top off with kosher salt. Set pretzels aside for 10 minutes. Bake until golden brown for about 12-15 minutes, rotating well greased or oiled cookie sheet midway through baking. Let cool on wire rack with foil underneath..and brush melted butter liberally over the pretzels. Eat when warm. You can also sprinkle cinnamon sugar on or anything you desire!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Here is Esther with her treasured umbrella. Matt went into work for a few hours every morning, and he took a kid with him each day. Here she is dressed in her "office" outfit, ready to work.
Here is William being super creative. He built a camera and was snapping away...
Here are the girls sleeping in PapPap and Nana's upstairs room. On Thursday we lost power and it didn't come on for another 30 hours...they loved going over there and hanging out!
Here we are on Tuesday...before the power went out for five hours. I made them fresh strawberry shortcake...yummy fresh biscuits made of spelt and cut up strawberries...it is a favorite here at the Reynolds household!
Okay maybe the slave labor is getting a bit ridiculous...haha. Bryn cleaned the outside of all the cabinets and appliances (she is so good) and I just finished cleaning out the oven (my favorite job). I also painted two walls, but I figured you didn't want to see a picture of a blank wall. Okay, I couldn't turn this around...well, I did but then I couldn't switch it...so here is Judah helping out with the cleaning.
Here are the kids on Tuesday night...they thought it was fun not to have any lights...of course this was when the house was still cool!
So, that was a short breakdown of our past five days. Edgewater received 13 inches or rain, and you can tell at various parts on the property. God though was faithful the whole time and blessed us...we are safe in our home, without any damage and we are all safe. Psalms 91...we live by that word!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
5cups of cooked chicken, cubed
3 cans of great northern beans, drained (I cook my own beans, and actually add more than this)
320z of chicken broth
16 ounces of salsa, mild (or you can use your own salsa that you have made)
8 ounces of mont. jack cheese, cubed or shredded ( I shred mine so that it melts better)
2 tsp of cumin
Put in crock pot high for three hours and then low for two hours, stir occasionally-Garnish with cheese or sour cream
This is such an easy recipe...I boil my chicken and then use the broth for the recipe...I make it early and then it is ready that night. And I will usually have some good bread on the side to dip in. And it is very nutritious...beans are so good for you...full of fiber, which many of us are lacking in our diets. And you can easily double the recipe, I just don't add more chicken, that way keeps the cost down and five cups is plenty! So, give it a try. I know it brings a smile on my husbands face!