Friday, August 29, 2008

Hannah's Cord

Hannah is three weeks old today! I have had a WONDERFUL three weeks with her. What a blessing. This morning her cord fell off, YAY! Now I can give her an official bath, not just wiping her down. Here are some photos, enjoy!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Why We Baptize...

The Reformed view on Baptism according to the Orthodox Presbyterian Church Book of Church Order, The Directory for the Public Worship of God, Chapter IV, Section B.1-2:

Baptism is a sacrament ordained by the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a sign and seal of the inclusion of the person who is baptized in the covenant of grace. Teaching that we and our children are conceived and born in sin, it witnesses and seals unto us the remission of sins and the bestowal of all the gifts of salvation through union with Christ. Baptism with water signifies and seals cleansing from sin by the blood and the Spirit of Christ, together with our death unto sin and our resurrection unto newness of life by virtue of the death and resurrection of Christ. Since these gifts of salvation are the gracious provision of the triune God, who is pleased to claim us as his very own, we are baptized into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. And since baptized persons are called upon to assume the obligations of the covenant, baptism summons us to renounce the devil, the world and the flesh and to walk humbly with our God in devotion to his commandments.

Why infants should be baptized

Although our young children do not yet understand these things, they are nevertheless to be baptized. For the promise of the covenant is made to believers and to their seed, as God declared unto Abraham: "And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee and to thy seed after thee." In the new dispensation no less than in the old, the seed of the faithful, born within the church, have, by virtue of their birth, interest in the covenant and right to the seal of it and to the outward privileges of the church. For the covenant of grace is the same in substance under both dispensations, and the grace of God for the consolation of believers is even more fully manifested in the new dispensation. Moreover, our Saviour admitted little children into his presence, embracing and blessing them, and saying, "Of such is the kingdom of God." So the children of the covenant are by baptism distinguished from the world and solemnly received into the visible church.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call (Acts 2:39)

And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you (Genesis 17:7).

For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you. You shall eat the old harvest, and clear out the old because of the new. I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves; I have broken the bands of your yoke and made you walk upright (Leviticus 26:9-13).

We rejoice with Christ and His Church that Hannah Selah was baptized this past Lord's Day! We thank God for His kindness and we rejoice in His gracious promises. Hannah, like all the children God blesses us with are set apart from the world by birth (i.e. Holy), and we in obedience to His word, administer the sign and seal of His covenant that He is a God to us and our children! Baptism does not automatically cause Hannah to be regenerate. She is set apart as holy by birth into a covenant household (1 Corinthians 7:14) and a member of the visible church where she is baptized and taught all that Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:19-20, Ephesians 6:4). We will raise her as a disciple and pray she will be a covenant keeper by her trusting in the promises of God; trusting in Christ on into adulthood. Please rejoice with us and continue to pray for Hannah and all our children that they will grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, to Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity!

If you would like to learn more about what God's word says about Baptism we suggest the following resources:

Christian Baptism Sermon Series by Rev. William Shishko

Infant Baptism: How My Mind Has Changed by Dr. Dennis E. Johnson

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Lord's Day Photos

Here is our first more 'formal' family photo from this past Lord's Day. This past Sunday Hannah was baptized, but more to come on that later, with photos.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

We forgot the Sunscreen!

Today we were back to our Saturday sports. The kids are still playing their favorite sports, soccer for the girls and t-ball for Caleb. Their practices were kind of spread out today from 11am-3:30pm, and ah... well, I kind of forgot the sunscreen! Hannah and I were sitting in the shade all day, so we are fine. However, Chris and kids are now sporting a RED glow! Oops!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Grammy and Pappy's Visit

Grammy and Pappy Mathna just left from their four day visit from PA. They were able to spend a nice week hanging out with our Reederbunch. The highlight of their trip was meeting Hannah for very first time. Here are some photos taken from the week.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Hannah's First Photo Shoot

Yesterday, we visited Carlena at the Picture People
here are my three favorite shots.
Thanks Carlena!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Happy Birthday Zoe!

Yesterday was Zoe's 3rd Birthday. She enjoyed her day, eating bagels for breakfast and picking out her own special gift. In the afternoon we watched a movie... her choice. And in the evening we were able to do cake and gifts. Happy Birthday Zoe!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Such a Good Baby

Hey everyone. Well, it's been over a week since Hannah was born. She is such a GOOD baby!!! We have been VERY blessed. She sleeps GREAT, eats GREAT, and hardly cries. Who could ask for more! Praise God for his constant blessings!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Birth Story- Quick Version

7:00pm- When we were told to get to the Hospital
8:30pm- When they told us to come back to the Hospital
9:30pm- Taken to Labor and Delivery Room
10:00pm- IV started and First dose of Antibiotic
11:00pm- First Dose of Antibiotic complete...
Waiting to start second dose...
1:00am-Doctor broke my Water
2:00am- Second Dose of Antibiotic started.
Pitocin and Contractions Start... I ask for Epidural
2:15am- Epidural
3:00am- Second Dose of Antibiotic complete...
Baby will be protected... Goal accomplished.
3:55am- Time to wake up doctor
4:01am- Hannah Arrives

This was the BEST delivery, yet!!! Praise the Lord!!!

Hannah's Birthday Video: A Day of Blessing!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Hannah Selah Reeder

Hannah Selah was born at 4:01 A.M. at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. She is 7.9 oz and 21 inches.

Kara is doing great saying this was the best delivery yet!

Our Lord is very gracious.

May Hannah grow in the grace and knowledge of our lord and savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Packing up!

Well, tonight is the night! I just finished getting all the kids stuff together to go over to the Borema's Home. That is where the kids will be staying tonight. What a blessing to have friends with such a willing heart to watch all 5 children. Tomorrow is also, VBS, from 9-12, so Chris will most likely be picking them up after that.

The doctor said they will be calling me in around 7pm, but things will most likely take a while to get moving. Please keep me in your prayers for a safe, quick, and as pain-free as possible labor! Thanks!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Scheduled Induction

Hello family and friends,

Just wanted to let you all know that if baby #6 doesn't come tonight or tomorrow, they will be inducing me at 7pm, tomorrow night, August 7. So, I will either have a 08-07-08 baby or an 08-08-08 baby. Please keep me in your prayers!


A couple of people have asked why induce so soon, you were only due yesterday. The major reason is GBS. I am group B positive, which requires at least one, however, they like two doses of antibotics in labor. This is baby #6 and they anticipate a rather quick delivery. They are playing it safe, making sure to get both doses in, to protect our unborn child. If you want to read more about it, check out this site.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Tomorrow's My Due Date

Yes, I'm still expecting. Tomorrow is my due date. Today, in hopes of going into labor I tried to do some pressure points, as a natural labor inducer. There is one on your hand, ankle, and inner leg. I've been pushing them all afternoon, but no contractions. All I managed to do was give myself a bloody nose! Which Chris thought was rather funny! Tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment in the afternoon, I will send out an update then.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Here come the Terrible 2's

Elijah is starting the terrible two's! He has been getting into everything! Actually, it's the older kids that are annoyed by him, he messes with their stuff, and they are learning to put their stuff up now. My major concern is he has figured out how to unlock the front door and the dead bolt, and lets himself outside! We've started using the chain, which is up really high, but then Chris can't get in, which I believe is kind of annoying to him, especially at the speeds I'm moving these days. But better safe than sorry. We pray that with a little discipline we will get through this stage quickly.