Wednesday, November 26, 2008

30th Birthday Party










I will be turning 30 this coming Thanksgiving Day. I am very excited to turn 30 and start a new chapter in my life. According to Pastor Voddie Baughman, when you turn 30 you reach senior adulthood, and I am very excited to grow and continue to be sanctified. God has blessed me so much, I can't wait to see where he takes me. Not only has he blessed me with a wonderfully loving and supportive husband, six adorable blessing, but he has also blessed me with some amazing women that I can learn from and grow with. This past Monday night, these wonderful God fearing women, suprised me with a 30th birthday party. What a delightful girls night out. Thank you, Amanda, Amy, Catrin, and Jessica for a simply splended evening. May God bless You!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Recital






Recital Time! The children had their recital tonight. This was Caleb very first one, and he was very excited. For their recital, they also, practice their public speaking. I think they did a wonderful job. My camera was making funny noises during the taping of Abi, so she was kind of hard to hear, but she did an amazing job. Caleb also did a great job. We were very proud of both kids. Enjoy!


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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Happy Birthday Elijah!!!

























Today was Elijah's 2nd Birthday. We are going to officially celebrate with gifts this Saturday, when Chris is home from Colorado. But today we did want to do something special for him. So today we went to Kazoom a puppet theater in Raleigh. And then to Planet Child in Cary. The kids all had a lot of fun. Here are the pictures from Elijah's special day.

Hannah


Hannah is getting big. I snapped this cute shot and thought I'd post it. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A decision has been made!

The photo we are choosing for the 2008 Reederbunch Holiday Card is.... Photo #1

Thanks for all the emails and comments.

Monday, November 17, 2008

What's Your Vote?





This past Saturday, we had our family photo taken at the picture people. It's a little hard to get 8 people to look 100% perfect in each photo. Here are our options for the 2008 Reeder family photo. Cast your vote on which photo is your favorite. 1, 2, 3. or 4. Reply to comments section of this post to cast your vote.

Jumpin' Beans






A few weeks ago our kids went to a friends birthday party at Jumpin' Beans. Here are a few photos. The kids had a lot of fun!

Girls Morning Out







A couple Saturdays ago, the girls had a "girls morning out". It was a lot of fun. Abi, Grace, Zoe and mommy had a great time. We went for Breakfast, and then to the hair salon. The girls all got their hair cut, and had a lot of fun! Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Zoe Skates

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Here is a very short clip of Zoe skating. Mommy forgot to charge the batteries! Enjoy the small glimpse.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Operation Christmas Child



This year our family participated in Operation Christmas Child. Each child filled up one shoe box full of things that a needy child might need or want. Our children first started by wrapping a plastic shoe box and praying for the child who will receive it. Then we went shopping! We had such a great time. The kids enjoyed picking out toys, school supplies, toothbrushes and toothpaste, sunglasses, and much more! We also wrote a short note to the person who will be receiving our shoe box. This is a great way to share God's love with others. If you are interested in Operation Christmas Child please visit. http://www.samaritanspurse.org/ And click on Operation Christmas Child.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Elijah feeding our Guinea Pigs

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Elijah loves watching and feeding our guinea pigs. Today I captured him doing his thing.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Honoring the lesser king

There’s nothing Christian about joining in on the national sport of lampooning the leaders you voted against. - Nathan Trice

Whatever the outcome of today’s election, most Americans will consider it one of their basic rights to complain about that outcome wherever it fails to meet their hopes and expectations. Many conversations will include terms of disrespect for the newest leaders of the land.

Our First Amendment freedom to, among other things, speak our minds about our elected officials will be exercised widely in the days following the election, and many an American Christian will join in this national sport of lampooning the leaders they voted against.

But there is nothing Christian about such a liberty.

It may come as a surprise to some of us that—though the denigration of our leaders is a liberty afforded by our society—it is not a liberty afforded by God. To be sure, the right of moral protest against unrighteousness in our rulers is one clearly derived from Scripture, and we should be grateful to live in a land where this right is acknowledged by our founding documents. Yet, where such civil liberties in the West have been accompanied by a widespread indulgence in the rhetoric of personal disdain for our leaders, the same Scriptures are being blatantly violated. The call of God in his Word is simply and emphatically: “Honor the King” (1 Peter 2:17).

The call to render honor to civil authorities is perhaps most striking when voiced by the apostles. They preached the gospel of a risen Christ who was the rightful King of all the earth, yet they did so in an era in which the highest civil authority, the emperor of Rome, was increasingly demanding of an idolatrous loyalty by his subjects. This called forth the most heroic defiance of civil authorities when necessary to “obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). Yet, astonishingly, the same apostles retained the view that God has instituted all civil authority, and that Christians were to render respect and honor even to godless rulers as unto the Lord (Romans 13:1-7). What they recognized is that one of the ways in which God in Christ rules the world is through even pagan rulers, whose hearts are in the Lord’s hands (Proverbs 21:1).

As the various ramifications of this election sink into our minds in the coming days, so also should the implications of what Paul says to the Christians in Rome: “[T]here is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1). All who rise to political power, whether by means of a privileged birth, a successful military coup, or a victory at the ballot box, do so only by the providential appointment of God in heaven. This consideration alone calls for not only law-abiding submission, but also the respect and honor of our hearts and lips. We may discuss whether God has brought blessing or judgment upon our land through the various election winners, but in each case they are nothing less than “ministers of God” (vs. 6). We honor or dishonor God Himself as we honor or dishonor his servants.

Indeed, the posture of Christians toward their rulers should be something of a paradox to a watching world. Like the martyrs of the Church throughout the ages, we should be capable of a radical defiance of human rulers when faced with a conflict between divine and human authority. Yet we should also be mindful of Paul’s example while on trial before the Council, when he accepted a rebuke for his strong words against the High Priest, and acknowledged the law’s requirement: “You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people” (Acts 23:5). Christians should distinguish themselves among their fellow citizens for holding their leaders in the highest honor, despite even their most obvious character flaws, out of acknowledgement that they occupy their offices by the express appointment of God.

Let us distance ourselves as Christians from the irresistible American pastime of deriding our politicians. Our first allegiance is to the King of Kings, but, for His sake, we must also honor every lesser king ... whether we voted for him or not.

Nathan Trice is a pastor in Matthews, N.C.

Copyright © 2008 WORLD Magazine
Published November 04, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

Habitat for Humanity






This past Saturday Chris rode with his company to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. There were three riders from his company, Skanska. Skanska also sponsored a rest stop for all the cyclists. The kids and I helped with a couple of girls from Chris' work to hand out food and drinks to the riders. Everyone wore Skanska shirts to support the company, as they raised money for Habitat. It was a great opportunity to teach our children to serve others. This ride was for a specific family in Durham, which, Habitat is building a home. Since Chris' company is a construction management firm, they work directly with Habitat.

Ice Skating Season Starts












Ice Skating season has started. The kids were very excited to start back. This year Zoe was old enough to start lessons. Daddy was able to be there for the 1st lesson, yay! They have started out the season great! Enjoy the photos.

Elijah's 1st Official Haircut




Elijah went along with Chris to get his 1st official haircut. I have cut his hair up to this point. He did a great job sitting. Here are the photos.