Showing posts from March, 2012

Gratitude Friday

March, where have you gone? How fast you came and fast you have gone away. Can you believe that the month is over? One-third of the year is already gone. My, it seems that my life is slipping by so quickly. Lord, let me cherish each and every day...each moment, let me see your fingerprints.

1. I am thankful for the beautiful cool mornings that we have had. Just enough to make my morning exercise time perfect!
2. I am thankful for Caleb this morning. It is difficult to raise a child with a handicapped, but I rejoice this morning that God has something for him and for me. Lord, let me be patient and understand him more each day. I thank you for bringing him in our home.
3. Thank you God for set it up before we even need it...Matthew 6.
4. I am thankful for a sweet, dear husband. He is the most awesome man, father, love of my life.
5. I am thankful for funny faces, belly laughs and random statements from my kids.

Embrace The Camera

This is the first time that I am doing Embrace the Camera. Head over to one of my favorite check out her Embrace the Camera day. Her goal is to have a day where you just post pictures of YOU and your kids or anyone special in your life. I have found we have had whole days, outings, vacations where I don't appear in any sad right? One day my kids will look back and wonder where I am...haha, behind the camera. Well, that's not good enough. So, here I am. Embracing the camera with my favorite people in the world.
After church on Sunday, Esther wanted to take a picture of all of us. This is an impromptu picture. I love these people.

After I wanted to snap a picture of one of my favorite boy William. So sweet. I love this little man...toothless and all. Thanks Emily, for continuing with the Embrace the Camera. I finally did it!

Wednesday, Wednesday

Just sitting here and taking a break from the busyness of the day. We have had a productive morning here at the house. Wednesday's are busy days with school because we have lap books to work on for history, and the beginning of writing for the week. The writing takes a few days to complete, so Wednesday is a good day to start and then of course we have our other subjects to complete. We are studying Alexander the Great this week, which has been interesting. I love seeing their little minds in action. And I love when I hear them able to give back to me what they have been taught. It's been a great school year. We have got so much work done, and I feel like they are absorbing so much more. Love homeschooling.Other than that, the weather has been beautiful. As I sit here, my windows are open...the birds are literally singing in the backyard and the kids are riding bikes outside. I love is so refreshing. It's a slow week, which is good. Headed to the local mus…

That's Amore

When you talk about pasta, you have to be singing "Italian" songs, right? Haha. The other night we were in an Italian mood and tried out our new pasta maker. In our quest to change all of our food habits, and to dump all processed foods out of our diet we bought this handy dandy pasta maker. Made with whole grain, and fresh eggs Matt rolled this out the other night.
And after rolling it out, he pushed this through the spaghetti maker. Here it is hanging and getting ready to be put in the steaming pot beside it. I must admit that the spaghetti was fantastic. He made a thicker "fettuccine" style pasta and the thinner spaghetti style. We put some sauce on it and the kids plowed in. It didn't last very long here at the Reynolds Nation. They loved it and we were quite proud. A little change goes a long has been awesome taking this journey to have a dynamic life that God planned out for us!!! Viola!

Moving Along!

I took this picture yesterday. I hit 38 pounds lost that morning. Feeling fantastic!!! Hehehe...lost another pound this morning, make that 39 pounds. WooHooooooo!

Oh Spring Break How I love You

I have been missing for a few sorry, but I have been enjoying Spring Break with my kids. And how lovely it has been. Of course, the weather has been absolutely beautiful. Breathtaking. Not too hot, no humidity, but warm enough to enjoy the pool and the beach. My kids have their first "color" of the year...we went swimming at my friend's pool twice and we hit the beach on Friday. I don't usually go to the beach this early, but the weather was so perfect and the kids love it so much. Now, let me remind you, my foot never touched the water. The water is way too cold for this Mama. I just sat at the edge of the water and watched my kids play and dig in the sand. I refuse to get in the water until I actually sweat. Then I know it's a refreshing break to jump in the water. But I was just as happy to sit and watch the kids.
Yesterday we headed to St. Augustine (I think the oldest city in the country) with my girls and went to a cousin's baby shower.…

Skate Night

Last night we went rollerskating at our local rink. It was $2 Tuesdays, so it was the perfect opportunity to head out and skate with the kids. The last time we went (last June) Esther broke her wrist, so she wasn't too keen to go out again. But memories (and pain) do fade away and she was willing to give it an another try.
Now when I was little, skating was the "in" thing to do. Everyone skated all the time, you had your parties there...come on you mid-thirty remember. Everyone was hip. Out there skating with feathers in your hair and leg warmers over your jeans. Wow, small flashback to the eighties. I loved to skate and learned when I was five.
Fast forward thirty years, and skating isn't as popular. So, my kids really don't know how to skate. Including my teenager. We have gone off and on over the years, but not enough to put in some serious practice. My best skaters last night were probably Judah and William...totally fearle…

Cooking It Up This Weekend

It was a weekend of great times....and lots of cooking. My husband over at reached his first weight loss goal of 50 pounds. And his reward for that was a new bike. So, while he was biking Saturday morning, I took advantage of the quiet house (the kids were outside enjoying the great weather) and I took some time to cook. The fresh loaf of sourdough above was actually made this morning, but started last night. It was my first attempt at sourdough, and it smells like a slice of heaven. My kids are begging me to slice it first they thought I was making I can't wait to taste it.
I made a batch of yogurt. I usually do this twice a week, made from raw goat's milk. It is superb and makes the best smoothies. My kids love to eat smoothies for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. It amazingly fills them up and I don't hear the typical, "I am hungry." I make the smoothies with yogurt, fresh strawberries, ground flax, h…

Strawberry Picking

Not the best picture...but here we all are after we finished. We picked almost two boxes worth of strawberries. One box has already been separated and frozen, ready for smoothies when strawberries are no longer in season. The other box we will be for juicing this week...yummy!
My fantastic husband...looking great after he hit his first weight loss goal-50 pounds.
The girls...with the funniest looks on their faces. I am not sure if they liked the picking as much as the boys.
When I look at this picture I wonder what they are talking about...
Caleb starting with his new box...he had a good time picking the strawberries.
William stopped for a moment for me to snap a picture. The boys loved the open fields and the small farm. What a great day for strawberry picking. We found a great little farm about an hour away from our house and headed over their yesterday for picking. One of my fondest memories of when I was a kid was when we went strawberry picking when I lived in New York. We wen…

Gratitude Friday

Good morning Friday!!! And the best part of this Friday is that its the beginning of our spring break. No school! No school! I love it. I am so excited. I always need this mental break about this time of year..before we gear up for the last part of school. I always feel a bit weary the end of the tunnel near? So this week usually gives me a boost to make it to the end of May. We don't have anything important planned...which is just the way I like it.1. I am grateful for the beautiful weather we are having. Cool, crisp mornings and breezy, warm days. I love this time of the year. 2. I am grateful for spring brain needs a break. 3. I am grateful for quiet mornings...when the house is dark and quiet. 4. I am grateful for crisp gala of my favorite snacks. 5. I am grateful for my ever changing life that God is steering and guiding.

Plant Some Seeds Today

Read this and give...a small amount will go a long way with this family.
$7 for our 7th For Heaven Sent Seven- A Charity Project ever expanding family will soon grow by one more as we prepare to welcome our seventh child-a baby boy-home from Ethiopia.


Sixteen years. Totally blessed. Five children. In love more today than that special day. Simple :)

Weekend In Review

Our weekends at the Reynolds Nation are very special. The only time we aren't running swim team, or speech therapy...or school. William calls them our Free Days. I love that. So here are a few pictures that captures the weekend.
Caleb and Esther stopped for a moment for me on Friday night. The three of us went out for several hours shopping. My younger boys were with Nana for the night, Bryn was at youth group with Matt, and we went shopping. William and Judah HATE to shop...and since Caleb doesn't mind and of course Esther loves to shop, I took the opportunity and ran with it. We had a great time and we were out late...overall it was a fun evening. We were able to get an Easter outfit for Esther and I finished up the boys outfits too...ahead of the game a bit.
Playing computer on the couch and Judah is reading a book. This is something we do a lot around here. Good, plain fun.
My favorite highlight for the weekend. I went to my favorite frozen yogurt place..…

Homeschooling: different ages, different stages

I have been thinking about this subject for awhile and I thought I would put my thoughts down. In no way am I an expert in this subject...just with a bit of experience under my belt.Our home is not gigantic. I consider it comfortable. It works for our family of seven...three boys and two girls. We also have lots of outdoor space, which is good when the kids need to burn a bit of energy. So, since my house is not huge I have to use my space wisely...and some (or most) of our space is used for multiples purposes. We have always done our schooling at the dining room table. We don't have a school room, which I don't mind too much. I like to be close to my kitchen, which enables me at times to work in the kitchen if I need to. We generally start all together every morning. After breakfast and chores we start school by eight-thirty. If I was going to have a school room I would want it near the center of our home. One child always has had the coveted spot...that's right next to me…

Hit the Road!

It was inevitable to happen. The days have gone by so fast. She was just a baby in our arms yesterday, and now she is driving us around town. Well, not exactly us. I haven't driven with her yet. Matt says to give her some time. I think this is one thing that I should not be responsible to teach her. I could see the battle in the car now. So, Matt is teaching her to drive. That's a good thing. Yesterday she was able to get her permit. She finished her driver's Ed class just in time...she had it all planned out. To be finished just days before her birthday...and then she took the exam (online, times have changed) on her actual birthday...and then yesterday she was off to get the actual license.
Can't believe she has grown so fast! She is such a great girl. She has such potential. It's exciting to see them reach all of these milestones. Yes, it's a bit scary too. But my trust is in the Lord. Not in their or my ability. So, the first (of many) driver from the Reynol…

Happiest of Birthdays to My Girl

Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday...dear Bryn. Fifteen years old today. Where has the time gone? Seems like just yesterday she was two and watching Barney on the floor in the living room. And now today, she is studying for her drivers test. Crazy, huh? Makes me feel old...yeah, not really. I feel good to be a mom of a fifteen year old. So, before the night falls...I want to wish my Bryn Elisabeth a Happy Birthday and many, many more.

Gratitude Friday

It's a foggy morning here in Florida. The morning has actually been much cooler than the last couple of days. I love when the mornings are cool...especially when the days have been as warm as they have been. It's been hitting the mid 80's this week. A bit warm for the end of February, beginning of March. Oh well, this winter has been a bit disappointing weather wise...I like a cool winter to balance out the hotter than you know what summers. Even so, life is good. We are happy, healthy and living such a blessed life.1. On this Friday morning I am so thankful for love received by the father on a daily basis. He is always there whenever we need him. 2. I am thankful for the giggles I hear from Matt and Judah in the morning...when they have their morning talk in bed, after I am up and exercising. It is so cute to hear and this memory will last for a lifetime. 3. Thankful for a great week of exercise. It feels so good. 4. So thankful for my beautiful girl, Bryn, turning 15 this w…