Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Spot

Getting older sucks! I said it. I am hating it. I hate the thought of being 35. Yes, I know...I could be dead instead. I am grateful to be alive. But 35 already! My birthday is in a week or so. I remember when my mom turned 35 and I thought she was going to die. Talk about I am at such a time in my life where if I want to go somewhere, I better have a plan to get there. No, I am not over the hill...but I feel like I am at that place...if I don't like it, change it....if it needs to be adjusted, adjust it...if you want more, go for it. I feel that place beckoning me. I want to live this life glorifying the Lord. I want Him to be proud of me. I don't want to waste this gift He gave me. Time to make some decisions....

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

One Huge Chunk

I thought I would post a picture of my little Judah bear. Yesterday, after having a conversation with Matt about cutting hair...for each child and when it needed to be done...Judah cut a huge hunk out of the top of his head. All the way down to the wisps of his head...right in the front. So, there was no way to fix it...the inevitable had to happen. All of his beautiful curls came a matter of a few minutes. I sat there and had tears in my eyes. Judah is known for his beautiful blond curls. AAAAHHHHH! What can you do? This morning, he did look cute with a bit of a spike on the top. But here he is a few minutes after the haircut from daddy.

Friday, September 17, 2010

William to the Second Power

Thought I would post this picture, taken 5 years ago of the two Williams. Makes me sad looking at it. This takes time, doesn't it?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I'm A Big Boy Now

So, it finally happened here at the Reynolds Nation. We put it off as long as we could. Judah moved over to the big boy race car bed!!!! He is the oldest of any of our kids who was still in a crib. Our firstborn, Bryn, was 18 months old when we moved her over. We couldn't wait, we were so excited to have her grow up a bit. And the other kids moved over easily, because there was another baby on the way to take over the spot in the crib. But not with our Judah. He is 3 1/2 years old. We waited as long as we's so much easier to keep them in the crib. Until yesterday and he hopped right out of 10 seconds flat. So, it's the end of easy bed times for us. Now, we have adjust him to staying in his new bed. The first night was easy, but I think it's just because he was afraid to get out. So, our crib is not in use for the first time in 9 years. All my kids used my crib (bought very inexpensively at Service Merchandise, which is no longer around), and it's still in great condition. It's hard for this mommy. My baby is growing up quickly. It makes me a bit sad!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Out of the Mouth of Babes...

William was super cute this morning. He was sitting on the counter while I was cooking up cream of wheat and he heard the radio announcers talking about fall. It is slightly cool this morning, so that gets people talking. William looked at me and said, " I love fall because that's when you make the big lunch!"

Monday, September 13, 2010

Happy Belated Birthday!

Though it is a week late...I wanted to make a post about Caleb Matthew's 9th birthday. Everything was delayed because of the passing of Matt's dad. But I still wanted to post something about Caleb.
Matt and I took him out to breakfast the morning of his birthday and then we took him to buy a new pair of shoes at Kohl's (the cabbage store, lol). We had a yummy chocolate cake together the night of his birthday. It was a quiet birthday, but with all the sadness around us it was very appropriate.
I must say that Caleb has been one of the biggest challenges of our lives. Many of you might not know, but Caleb is mentally handicapped, has PICA, ADHD and OCD. Sounds like a lot of letter to me. As parents, we have felt very ill equipped to handle this. We have had to learn how to handle these issues on a day to day basis. Caleb though is very loving, joyful and full of life. He has a vivacious personality and loves to talk. It is a daily prayer to the Lord on how to deal with each day. Some days he is up and coming and other days he is way over the top. You never know what the day will be like.
The most important things is that we have HOPE for Caleb. We believe that one day he will be able to function quite normally in everyday life. God loves him just like he loves me. And I believe God has a great purpose for him. Beyond what we could ever imagine. God has not and will not give up on him...and neither will I. I love this little bundle that we picked up 9 years ago. I am in a state of expectation to see what God has for him.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

If I had a camera this morning...

I would be posting a picture of the beautiful skyline that I just saw. The fog was low, like a thick blanket that snuggled the ground...the beautiful sun was peaking out from the fog bringing new life and hope...and the trees were majestic as they stood there strong and resilient. As we come to a week since Matt's dad passed...we march forward. My body was just exhausted yesterday. It's like everything broke down and couldn't handle another load.
I was in bed this morning, I was thinking about how beautiful the Lord is...and no matter how far we go away from Him, he still stays in the same position. That is the best part. He is faithful, continuous and persistent. His love keeps me the good and the bad.

Monday, September 6, 2010

In Memory

The last couple of days have been quite the whirlwind....and days we never wanted to experience before. Matt and I went to bed late Friday night, around eleven, talking about Matt's dad and how he was doing. His dad had been in the hospital for the past few days and Matt planned to go up the next day to see him...Tuesday was the last day he had been there. Fast forward an hour and I was awoken by the beep of my phone. I had voicemail...which wasn't good, because we don't get phone calls in the middle of the night. I checked my phone and Amy had called me numerous times in the past half an hour. Matt was still sound asleep. I am so grateful to the Lord that I woke up from that beep. I called Matt's mom back and she told me that Bill had passed away just a few minutes before. His heart just couldn't keep up anymore. I immediately got in crazy mode...had to wake up my husband to tell him that he would never see his dad again. The worst feeling in the world. I called my dear friend, Alison, and she came over in about 2.5 seconds to stay with my sleeping kids....she has the wow factor. I am so blessed to have her in my life.
The drive up there seemed like forever. We met up with his mom, his two brothers and my sister-in-law. Matt got to see his dad...though he was lifeless, it was still his dad. He got to say goodbye to him and love on him one last moment.
The past few days have been a blur. Lots of tears and sad moments...and lot of laughs and funny memories. What do I remember the most? When I met my father-in-law 18 years ago, he always reminded me of a big teddy bear. He was always giving. He was a work horse, which is where my husband got his hard work ethic. He LOVED my kids, beyond imagination. He was always thinking of them. Always loving on them. Making tons of memories with them. The little treats he gave them. The walk to the park. The ride in his truck with a stop at the convenient store for a little snack. We moved back here 10 years ago to be around the family more, specifically Matt's dad because of his heart condition. And as much as I hate it here...I am so glad. Because my kids have real, solid memories with their PapPap.
This is the first time we experienced death so close to us. It's so final, and closing. There is no turning back. May God be graceful as we walk this out. The best part is that Bill is now whole, and full of life again, with the Lord. That's what it comes down to. Jesus is truly the light at the end of the tunnel.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

First Day at School

Here is the Reynolds Nation, on their first day of school yesterday. Esther and Caleb are entering second grade, Bryn is in eighth grade and William started Kindergarten! They were all ready to start school...lots of eager faces and happy smiles. This is our ninth year homeschooling...which is such a blessing and an honor. There is nothing like teaching your kids at see their discoveries and exploration. Judah, couldn't be left out. He thought that he was starting school yesterday, too. So, he sat right along with us with his crayon box and pencils. Now, if I only get him to leave the scissors alone. He took a clipping of his own hair yesterday and some from our pug too! William was so cute when he got up yesterday and said, "finally school is here."
Here is William at the end of his first day. Here is his "first day" project. We read the kissing hand book, took his hand print with a special poem and then made "kissing hand" cookies. He was so sweet.

We took a special picture of William, since it was his first day in school. We can't believe that it is his first seems like yesterday he was just born. I have high expectations for him. He is really smart and catches on to everything so quickly. He will definitely keep me on my toes.