Showing posts from May, 2010

We don't have a baby anymore!

Matt had to hold Judah back while we sang Happy Birthday to him. He wanted to blow out the candles so bad!
My favorite picture of him. His face is so happy...and he looks so sweet! Gosh, I love him so much!

And I actually caught him blowing out the candles...puffy cheeks and all!

My title is just quoting what the kids have been saying for the past few days. Today, Judah turns three years old...yes, I said it...3!!!! Can't believe it! Today, we had a wonderful celebration at the beach with friends and family. Sadly, nobody brought a camera and the camera we bought had the batteries die. So, there aren't any pictures marking the event....just lots of great memories. We spent five hours at the beach...swimming, sunning and just hanging out. The kids built a million sand castles and ran from the water to our spot over and over again. What a perfect day. I am posting the pictures of him as we had a bit of cake this afternoon when we got home. We love you Judah! Happy Hap…

So Proud

Okay, I know it couldn't feed us for the winter...but this is part of our harvest yesterday. The tomatoes aren't very big, but who cares...they made it and ripened and we plan on eating them. The best part was going out with the kids to have them pick the tomatoes. They felt so accomplished. The lettuce is growing like crazy...every time I cut some off, new shoots pop up every few days. Every time somebody comes to visit, they usually leave with a bag of lettuce! It has been fabulous for our salads...and I am so proud of my small harvest in my first attempt at gardening. Next year will be even better!

Look Back, Look Up, Look Out

I read this just the other day during my devotion time and it really impressed me. It was talking specifically about the Israelites and what they should have done...looked back to see what God had done for them (you know, like parting the Red Sea). Look stay focused on the Master and His plan....and Look keep your eye on the promised land.
This is so important for believers today. Sometimes we do all of these steps...or we pick and choose which one is the most comfortable for us at the time. But God wants us to do these all the time. Look back to see where God has taken them...all the Memorial Stones in our life. This can be such a place of encouragement and excitement. We have a tendency to quickly forget what God has done. Look up, because we need to keep our eyes focused on Him. His voice should be so clear to us, because we are His people. I want to know Him so well, that I run when He calls. And then to Look out...because God has a destiny for all of us. …

Dirty Laundry

Well, these are the prevailing words in my house...DIRTY LAUNDRY!! It is everywhere...and spreading faster than the Bubonic Plague. It is amazing how much laundry this family of seven makes. The kids are actually running out of various clothes. Jammies have been worn more than normal and another day or so of this and we could be running around naked.
My washing machine has been broken for more than 10 days. We took one trip to the local laundry mat, but that just put a minor dent in the damage already done. It took four days for the repair guy to come out to tell me that it was a simple problem wrong with the computer in my washing machine. Sounds simple, right? Not exactly. We bought a warranty with our LG front loader four years and 9 months ago. And according to the warranty, if the machine breaks down four times than Best Buy must replace the machine. Well, this was the fourth time. So, they came and verified it was broken. And then all the information was sent to the…

Mad Dash for Summer

We are officially in a mad dash for summer. After two weeks of illness in our house, we are ready to push through with the last bit of school and jump into the summer months. We feel ready to jump in the pool and head to the beach. You either hate the hot weather here in Florida, or you embrace it. I am going to embrace it...God has me here, it's not changing anytime we are wrapping everything up here at the Reynolds Nation in regards to school and heading to the beach. The picture posted is Esther this morning in her summer hat, ready for hot weather!

Serene Sunday

It couldn't have been a more beautiful Sunday. After two weeks of illness, we are back to normal. Whatever normal is? After a morning serving with my adorable five year in his class, we came home to a wonderful meal. Matt made a scrumptious stir-fry with the last of our homegrown squash (given by our friends from their garden) and then we decided to spend the rest of the day outside. The kids rode their bikes all over the place...having races and getting their tires filled with air from dad's compressor. Judah even had his plastic tires filled by He always has to be part of. William learned to ride his two wheeler without training wheels...he has been begging to learn and he just took off. I can't believe he is getting so big! We mowed the yard, mowed around the garden area, weeded the garden...tied up more tomato plants and cut some more lettuce off. We did some yard clean-up, and hung out with each other. It was just fun to be together...with no agenda, but …

Breakfast treat!

Amish Breakfast Casserole

1 pound sliced bacon, diced
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
6 eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups small curd cottage cheese
1 1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese
In a large skillet, cook bacon and onion until bacon is crisp; drain. In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; stir in bacon mixture. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish.
Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until set and bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. I use turkey bacon in my recipe or you could even make turkey sausage and slice it into small pieces. The hash browns I make right in my food processor, so I don't have to use processed hash browns. It is super yummy and is something you can make the night before and bake the next day. Your family will enjoy the treat!

Post Partum Depression

Had some thoughts this morning about a news piece that has been out for the past few days. Maybe you read it. I was intrigued and Matt and I talked about it for a few minutes. I wonder what you think!
The basis of the article was saying that men are experiencing post partum depression. They have said for years that women experience this because of the changes in hormones that are happening in a women's system. They swing so dramatically in such a short period of time. But now they are saying that men are having the same symptoms...but they usually occur around 3-6 months after the baby is born.
When Matt and I were talking about it the other day we were wondering whatever happened to men just having to adjust to a change in life? Why do we have to label everything with a syndrome? Having a baby is a huge deal, especially for men! They now have the responsibility to care for, pay for and love this tiny human being. That is monumental! I am sure all men react to it in a d…

And then the Washing Machine...

In the midst of this virus, and the tons of laundry that needs to be done because of vomiting washing machine breaks down!!! The computer says motor overload...and I say, "mama overload!" My laundry is already overflowing because I usually don't do laundry on the weekends...and then between the blankets, towels, washcloths, and clothes...I am ready for my own melt down. The repair man can only come on Friday. So, here I am...and I believe I will be headed to the laundry mat.
On the brighter side, I feel a 100% better today. We did communion yesterday and I truly believe I had a turn around. It is a battle with the flesh, but the spirit always wins!


Well, I would post a picture, but not sure what I could post a picture! This virus has hit the Reynolds nation hard. I guess I could post a picture of all of us hanging out on the couch next to our buckets. We haven't had anything like this hit our family in five years...when William was only a few weeks old. Everyone of us has been hit...and the virus likes to linger. Everybody has a different degree of it...but enough to take us down. So lots of prayer going on... a bit of laying on hands...and I forecast a time of communion coming. Jesus is the healer!

Farm Living...

Farm living, includes loss too. When I was expecting a quiet day here on our land, and instead we lost our mama sheep, Valentine. She was out bleating for her breakfast (totally typical in the course of a day)...Matt went to feed her and she laid down next to the feed bucket...minutes later she was convulsing and then she was dead. We have no idea what happened! We think possible snake bite,but we didn't see any evidence of that. It went so fast. I was gone for the whole thing. Which is probably a good thing. God always knows where I will be...since I don't deal with loss very well. The worst part is that her baby Valentino laid right beside her until we came to bury her. I just cried when I saw that scene. And later on he kept on circling her mound. I feel so sad for him. Losing his source of protection and companionship. So this is when I usually think, "is this worth it?" Spending all this time and money and love and then it can be lost in a moment. I …


I thought I would post a picture of Coco... (aka Cohen) nephew, snoozing in the middle of dinner. Got to love those babies! Happy Birthday Cohen. Two years old!

Blessed Monday

Well, it was a beautiful mother's day here at our house. I had breakfast made for me by Matt...followed by some beautiful presents from the family. My children have followed the example of my husband and are givers. I love that in them. They love to make each other cards and is so sweet. After church I did a little shopping with Esther and my mother-in-law. Matt and the other kids stayed home from church because they weren't feeling well. Then we went to McDonald's (clearly Esther's choice) and had a nice lunch. When I got home Matt and I went to the feed store and Home Depot by ourselves while my mom watched the kids. It was nice to just chat in the car and be by ourselves. Then when we came home, Matt hooked up my mom's cable in her new part of the house and did all the shelves in her closet. It was wonderful to see Matt honor my mom too on Mother's Day. I puttered around the yard with the animals...which is totally relaxing and fun for …

Papa and the Kids

I thought that I would post the picture from the other night of my dad and my kids. Here they are at DQ for a special treat...he had promised a trip there and they got it on the second day they were here. It's a great picture of my dad and the kids. We are enjoying him and his wife Heidi here. It has been a wonderful two years of relationship with them. We had a very long time (too long) of no communication, and I am very sorry for that. I have such a new heart and understanding of respect. It has been a word in our church and it opened my eyes to so many things. Though we don't always agree ( you know he is a democrat, so that's enough said right there)...but we still love and respect...always! And as I get older I have such a better understanding of time. And we never know how much time we live life to the fullest, love God amazingly and open the doors of our heavenly inheritance by honoring and respecting!

First Fruit

So, I had to post the first thing we picked. Yes, I know it isn't much...but it was so exciting for Esther to pick it off the small bush and eat it. There are more to come...for the other kids. The garden has been a fun experience. I have learned so much from the whole time. I have learned about patience...wondering if anything will come forth from all this effort. And peace...there is nothing like digging in the cool dirt when you need to process some things in your head. And give so much time and effort to the little plants. And of course, we get our first fruit. Like what we give to the Lord. Our first of everything. That is one thing I have been struggling with. Not our tithe, or offerings...that comes so easy to us. But giving the Lord more time. He deserves so much more than I offer. The treadmill of life has kept us on a path that we don't care for. We are forcing our selves off of it. Reevaluating what we are doing and what do we need to chan…

The House

Here it is...finished addition!!! It looks just like I wanted...a barn in the woods!

Garden update

I am finally posting pictures of the garden. It is looking good. I never found any mulch, so there is lots of weeds and grass on the outside, but it looks good in the beds. I have lots of lettuce and the the tomatoes are multiplying. I am definetly not getting enough is shaded a lot in the we will see what happens. But I think I am doing really good for a first garden!