Thursday, December 30, 2010

More Info on our new place!

Just got in from a night of demo. Chris said no photos yet, you have to wait for before and after photos. Remember this place is a fixer upper. Not everyone can see our vision. haha...

Originally we were
looking for land only, to build on. Then we found this place, land and a home to live in, while we build. It was a foreclosure, which was a bargain. It's not a beauty, but it will be a place to live for a few years until we can build. But before we can live in it, it needs a little fixing up. And if Lord willing we build our dream home, we will be living and being part of the construction, right next door! Unless the Lord has something else in store for us.

Oh, by the way, for those of you who don't know, our vision is a homestead/farm type property. We named our property about a month ago... Heritage Gate Farms

Check back for more... And maybe some demo photos.

Home Owners Again!

Yes, you read the title right! The Reederbunch are home owners again. I still can't believe it. Our LORD is an amazing God who has blessed our family. This morning as of 10 am we are now the owners of a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, fixer upper, with 6.5 acres! We are excited about the fun projects ahead. Stay tuned as we plan to post pictures of our progress!

Monday, December 27, 2010

SC Snow 2010

I'm not sure why Hannah is in a tub?


Caleb giving Elijah a sled ride.

The girls wanted a photo with the cats.

Mary stayed inside, in the warmth, eating a banana and toasted oats. And yes, she is still in her church clothes!

This past Saturday it snowed in SC! Something that we didn't think would happen, but it did!!! On Sunday morning, as we prepared to leave for church, I over heard our children telling one another to pray that the snow was still here on Monday. In their own effort to not compromise the sabbath, they didn't even ask if they were allowed to play in the snow! I was very proud of them, while others in our neighborhood were skipping worship and building snowmen, our children took delight in public and private worship. In Isaiah 58:13-14, it says, "13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it."

Please don't take this post wrong, I am not saying my children are perfect. They need a savior just like everyone else. I am merely proud of my children, as another mother may be proud of her child making the winning goal in a soccer game. I am delighted that the words of God's mortal law, which we are teaching to our children, is getting to their hearts.

When our children woke up this morning, they were delighted that there was still snow on the ground. What a blessing! Here are the photos of our SC snow!

Lord's Day Visiting

This past Lord's Day we had some of the Di Lella's over to visit. We had a nice time eating and talking together. Here are a few photos I took of our visit.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Other Pantry

This past weekend, we were delighted to make our first trip back to Raleigh, NC. We enjoyed visiting friends and had a opportunity to go shopping at some of our favorite stores, which I miss. One of those stores is Neomonde Bakery and Deli. For those of you who live in NC. It's located at 3817 Beryl Rd, Raleigh, NC. They have the best prices on Tahini Sauce and Dates, plus, you get 10% off if you buy the case, which we do. And because I took all my children with me, the guy gave me an extra 10% off because I have "a beautiful family". Yay!!! I also went to the Asian market to pick up 80 lbs of brown rice and some unsweetened coconut. I love stocking up my pantry! After I returned to SC, I went right to work straightening and stocking up our other pantry. Here are a few photos I took of pantry #2.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pressure Canner

Here is a photo of my new toy. A pressure canner. I was looking to buy a regular canner, but in doing research, I realized that a pressure canner was a better deal. I will be able to can even more things with it.
It all started by me wanting to can oranges. Yes, I said Oranges! Ever eat those small mandarin oranges? Well, my kids used to love them. Oranges have been SUPER cheap and I started thinking about how to preserve them, so I could have some delicious inexpensive oranges come summer, when they are expensive and taste bad. I found out if I do a little work now, I will have some sweet blessings come summer.
Plus, I love the fact that I will control exactly what will go into them. Tonight we canned 14 quarts of oranges, packed in orange juice, no sugar for the Reederbunch. The children were a huge blessing, as they rolled and peeled oranges, lots and lots of oranges. I think I only peeled 4, as the children kept me busy filling up the jars. More photos to come.

*Updated... here is a photo of our finished product. We canned 14 quarts of oranges and 7 quarts of pinto beans. Beans of course store perfectly fine dry, but sometimes I don't have time to cook them, this way, I will have some beans ready which could be eaten right out of the jar.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Guess What?

Yes, that is a positive pregnancy test!
The line is brighter in person.

A Full Pantry

Who doesn't love a full pantry?
After our trip to the store yesterday, my pantry looked so nice and full. I actually have two pantries side by side which is a huge blessing. But I won't show you the other. It's not as organized.

Mary's New Bonnet

The other day I decided to attempt to make Mary a new winter bonnet. I had an old jacket that just didn't fit right, so I used the fabric from it and went to work. Here is the finished product. It's a little big and Mary didn't like it.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Pizza Night

Tonight we did something that we haven't done in over a year! We had a vegan build your own pizza night. A few years ago I did a blog on our very first healthy vegan pizza night, which can be seen here. * Updated to say, I found a more recent link.... here. The recipe hasn't changed. It's still not the real deal, but it's A LOT healthier! I made homemade Whole Wheat crusts, homemade pizza sauce, and homemade vegan cheeze. We also had a lot of fun healthy toppings. I took a lot of photos. Enjoy!

After a few hours of pre-baking personal pizza crusts and preparing toppings,
the table was ready!

The Reederbunch ready to build their own pizzas.

Spreading their own sauce.

Spreading their own Cheeze.

And adding their own toppings. Hydrated soy bacon bits were a popular pick.

The pineapple was a big hit too!

Loading up the pizzas. Chris adding broccoli.

Black Olives are a family favorite!

Abigail helping Hannah.

Pizzas ready for the oven.

Abigail's pizza hot out of the oven.

Grace's pizza hot out of the oven.

Hannah eating her pizza.

We played a trick on daddy. Switching his pizza with a mini that mommy made.

Isn't he cute, ah, I mean the pizza cute.

Caleb ready to eat his pizza.

Zoe ready to eat her pizza.

Doesn't it look yummy?

Mommy with her pizza.

Daddy with his real size pizza.

Leftovers! The little kids couldn't eat their whole pizza.

More leftovers.
We couldn't save these, because all the toppings were licked off,
so the cats enjoyed some pizza too!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

No more plastic

Not long after Chris and I were married glasses, glass plates, and glass bowls were banded from our home. There were just to many casualties on our dishes. Then, when I had 5 children, 5 years of age and under. I actually went out and bought some "special" plastic plates and bowls which became our everyday dinnerware. If you came to our house you were eating off of plastic. Many memories were shared eating family meals around our dinner table off our special plastic plates. Well, yesterday was a memorable day in Reeder history. We said goodbye to all plastic bowls and plates. We purchased 32 everyday bowls and 32 everyday plates, yes you read that right, 32 of each. We bought extra in case of accidents, but with our children getting older and our older children being more responsible. It was time to move on from plastic. There was a new sound around our dinner table, it was the sound of metal against our new porcelain plates and bowls. There will be many new memories made around our family dinner table which will include our new plates and bowls, and I'm sure a few of those memories will include the sound of breaking. But we are prepared for that. Here are photos of our first meals using our new bowls and plates.

Daddy and Hannah take a Nap

After some fun jumping on the trampoline outside in the cold, Hannah curled up on the couch with Daddy and took a nap. These pictures were too cute, I had to share.

Mary Kate Playing

Here are a few photos of Mary Kate playing on the floor. It's not often that Mary gets a chance to actually play on the floor with six siblings. Normally she is being pushed around in a baby doll stroller, being dressed up in cute little hats, or simply being toted around. I was glad that she got some personal time in to explore.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Safe Eyes

In today's day and age, there are images everywhere. Things that we don't want to expose to our children and things we as adults shouldn't see either. This week, our family installed a new program on all our home computers called Safe Eyes. You can set up categories which keep all who use our house computers away from sites that we have decided to stay away from.

For our family, we also want to avoid idleness. Which means wasting time on things that are meaningless and lend to us being bad stewards of our time. With safe eyes you can limit your internet usage. So for me personally, I can set a time limit of an hour a day. The computer tracks your time, so I can use 15 mins here and there, but once it reaches 1 hour, I will be kicked off my computer. Also, for someone who wants to avoid the computer at certain times of the day, you can also set up the program so you are not allowed to use it during certain hours, so say during the evening hours when I should be spending quality time with my husband and children, I am not allowed to use the computer.

It will take a little getting used to as for our family we have blocked sites which we have decided are time wasters, even though there is nothing wrong with them.

To learn more about Safe Eyes visit...