Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Caleb has had a fear of the water since he was a baby. I remember when he was just six months old and it started to sprinkle on him when I was going to the car. When the rain drops hit him, he acted like he was being shot by a gun over and over again. He has never liked swimming and the beach, but has been forced to because we live in this hot state of Florida. He would rather hang out on the sidelines than to splash and get in the water.
So, yesterday he wanted to take his test...which meant he had to swim the length of the pool without touching the bottom or the sides. And he accomplished it!!!! He received his green necklace. The lifeguards were so excited for him!!! They know that he is a little slower than the rest of the crowd, so this was a big deal. I am so glad that they really congratulated him and cheered him on while he swam.
Every little step towards normalcy with Caleb is a major triumph for us. Raising a mentally handicapped child can be very daunting and tiresome. So, it's little sparks of hope like this that just raise up our hopes. Great job Caleb...we are so proud!!!
Friday, July 29, 2011
1. I am thankful for late mornings...when I am not up at 6 and rushing out the door to swim team.
2. I am thankful for sweet kisses and hugs from my four year old early in the morning..when his eyes are barely open and he just molds into my body.
3. I am thankful for Fridays...not to be against the other days of the week...but I love knowing that Matt will be with us for the whole weekend.
4. I am thankful for school supplies and new curriculum. The journey I am about to set on is so exciting. I am also thankful for the ability to homeschool my kids and have them home.
5. I am thankful for a great doctor for Caleb. Someone who understands and will sit and listen to your distress and concerns.
6. I am thankful for sweet milk from Doby.
7. I am thankful for my hard working husband, Matt. We could not do all this without him.
8. I am thankful for answered prayers and even the loveliness of knowing that He heard our prayers.
9. I am thankful for the joy in the my life that God has brought forth...He is so faithful.
10. I am thankful for you. Keep reading and drop a comment sometime. Tell me what you are thankful for!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
So, here is what I got. Tons of pencils (125 to be exact), 15 boxes of crayons (yes, and there will only be broken bits by the end of the school year), six bottles of glue and 12 glue sticks, four 1.5 inch binders, lots of construction paper, makers, colored pencils and a whole new filing system (thanks to Tapestry of Grace and all of it's curriculum changes). I am very excited and now have to bring everything together. Lesson plans will be made this next week, and I still have a few books to buy for the first 9 week literature section. So, as we still enjoy our next few weeks of time in the sun and sand...in the back of my mind are lesson plans and new books ;)
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
This morning, Bryn totally wowed us by bringing in another first place win in the backstroke at our local swim meet. She also tied first place for her favorite stroke, the butterfly. See our girl in action...you will be able to spot her because she is the fast one :)
Friday, July 15, 2011
It's quiet in my house right now and it's only eight o'clock. The kids are in bed and it is almost dark outside. We have another swim meet tomorrow morning, so we have to be out the door a few minutes before seven o'clock...so we can drive to Deltona and find a prime spot for our canopy. The canopy is for Matt...he is so fair skinned and burns so easily. It actually makes the meet very enjoyable...we hang out and wait for our girls to compete and we don't get overly hot (which is difficult to do in the recent sweltering heat).
In my devotions this morning I was reading a whole packet of scriptures about hope and the unfailing love of our God. It was so comforting to read...our hope is in him. Not our jobs, our kids, our houses or our finances...but in Jesus. He is the only thing that remains true. And the other day I was reading in a book that I have been slowly pushing though and it was saying how we need to give ourselves "wholeheartedly!" I love when I read that. It brought goosebumps to my arms. Because that word truly represents my feelings towards him. I, at age 11, gave myself wholeheartedly to him. And he, despite my stupid mistakes, has always given wholeheartedly to me. It's one of those thoughts that brings total peace to my life. He has always taken care of me. Without absence. I love that. Ponder these thoughts for the next few days. God is stirring some things in my spirit. I feel a real breakthrough in me...from this place I have been in for the past year. I am excited to see what He has in mind.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
A job well done. If you read my last post on our hopeful new queen, you will know that we were hoping that the new queen would be raised and accepted...and keep the colony going. After a month of waiting...and Matt was just stressing about it...he was able to go into the hive today. And they found plenty of eggs and larvae...indicating that she was accepted and keeping everything running smooth! Such relief for the Reynolds Nation. The worst was the waiting and waiting and waiting. Matt has done a fantastic job with his new hobby...and considering he is sweating his butt off in that 95 degree/100 humidity atmosphere, I am so proud of him
Friday, July 1, 2011
Speaking of the sun...lol...haven't seen much of that lately either. We have received over 11 inches of rain in the past two weeks. It has usually been raining by noon time every day and lasting well into the evening. It has totally messed up our milking schedule with Doby and the kids have been very cooped up inside. Though I love the afternoon showers that Florida normally receives, but this rain is a bit much.
Esther gets her cast off today...after three weeks. She has done a tremendous job...never complaining and totally plunging into her normal life. It has been super easy for this family, and I thank God for that.
I have been working on our new curriculum almost every day. We are switching over to Tapestry of Grace and it is going to take all summer to prepare for it. I have been listening to webinars that they have available and trying to understand what I will be into this school year. I also ordered our handwriting curriculum and all of my paper needed for the school year. So, other than a science notebook that I need to get and all of our school supplies, we are done. I am so thankful that we were able to buy the curriculum early...especially since I have so much preparation to do.
Other than that, we are really good. Chickens are getting bigger...Doby is giving her milk every day...grass is growing at a super rate...I have a ton of tomatoes on our vines. Life is good today. Not because everything is perfect, but because I can feel God's strength, wisdom and words over us. Have a great holiday weekend!