Friday, October 26, 2012

Psalm 63

Chris' loves to hear the children singing Psalm 63.
This week he has been traveling, so I decided to video the children singing and 
send it to him while he is away.
We look forwards to picking him up from the airport tonight.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

$10 Mailbox fix me up

Our mailbox had seen better days, it was falling off, the door was falling off and 
the wooden post had seen better days.

For $5 I found a metal box at the goodwill.
I sanded the post, painted the box black with some paint we had.
Then bought some fall flowers for $5.
Doesn't it look nice.
I wish I had a before photo to show you just how bad it was.
But trust me, this is so much better!!!
I also plan to buy and attach a few number to the box so people can find us.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Secrets of a Home Schooling Mother of 8

I can not tell you how many times I get asked the question, "How do you do it?"
Again and again, I am asked the same question.

Well the first thing I'd like to say is I don't do it all.
But what I do, do is with the strength of the Lord.

The Lord has taught me that he will only give me what I can handle.

He has given me 8, soon to be 9, blessings.
And he gives me the strength to do all that I need too.
Including Home Schooling.

And the Lord has given me some secrets along the way that help me to get through my days.  
One of those secrets are children helping children.
My four older children have to watch the little children for 30 mins a day.
This keeps them out of trouble and busy.
As an example, my older son, Caleb, loves to draw and do crafts.
So for his 30 mins, he spend it drawing with the littles, coloring, or making things,
and keeping them out of trouble and busy.
Today after Caleb's 30 mins, I heard, "Hey Mom Look!"
I turned around to see this...

Caleb had kept Elijah and Hannah busy doing this.
They are suppose to be a king and princess.
They had a blast and it was 30 mins I was able to help some of the others with their English.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Yard Sale

 This past Saturday, a few friends and I decided to have a yard sale!!!!
 Here is what our sale looked like half way thru!

Yard Sales are so much better when your hanging out with friends!!!
Here are my two good friends Meghan and Andrea with one of our customers!

 The Children sold Hot Apple Cider and Rice Crispy Treats!

Although, see any kids?  They were off climbing trees!
(They came home very sappy.)

Here is a photo of the guys hanging out.
Tailgating if you will at the garage sale.

Overall I think I had garage sale success, with sales totaling over $50.  

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hair Cuts

Today, after giving my guys haircuts, I decided to take their photos.
Looking at Elijah I couldn't believe how much older he is looking these days.
They do grow up quick.  I have to say the older they get, the better it gets!!!
I love to watch the new things they are learning every day.
How they are growing and what the Lord is teaching them.
Raising arrows or Olives shoots, what the Bible calls them, is such a sweet blessing from the Lord that I  am very thankful for and joyfully praise the Lord!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Baltic Amber Necklace

Philip has been having lots of teething issues of late.
From the rash on his face, to the rash on his bottom.
I finally decided to try the Baltic Amber Baby Necklace.
To make sure it was authentic Baltic Amber, we decided to order one from Abby's Lane, LLC.

Here is more information on the Necklace straight from Abby's Lane website
I have omitted how long they believe it took to form, because I know the Bible says, the earth is younger than they are mislead to believe...
Knickernappies Baltic Amber baby teething natural pain relief necklaces are suitable for babies, toddlers, and children. Amber is associated with sunlight and warmth and reputed to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing of wounds and is thus the perfect help for babies and toddlers who wear it when they are teething.

They are not designed for chewing with teeth, parent supervision is recommended at all times when baby is wearing necklace. 

  • Designed for wearing by either boys or girls

  • A completely natural, drug-free way to relieve the symptoms of teething in babies and toddlers
  • Amber is a fossilized resin, not a stone. It is therefore warm to the touch, and light to wear.
  • When amber is worn on the skin, the skin's warmth releases miniscule amounts of healing oils from the amber which are then absorbed via the skin into the bloodstream.
  • Amber's anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties have long been appreciated by parents in Europe.
  • All of our Baltic Amber teething necklaces feature rounded beads for your babies maximum comfort.

  • Only natural 100% authentic Baltic amber is used to make our teething necklaces. Beads will vary in color, shape, and size since they are natural resins.

    Beads are small enough to not pose a choking hazard and each one is knotted individually for safety.
    Necklaces are approximately 13" long.
    Made in Lithuania where the Baltic Amber is collected.
    Gintaras (Lithuanian for amber) comes from "ginte" (meaning to protect).
    Amber is any natural resin which oozed its way out of a tree and eventually fossilized. Amber comes in many shades and colors, although the most common are cognac, honey, green, lemon yellow, ivory and cream/yellow. It is is lightweight and because it is an organic substance, each piece is unique.

    Baltic amber (known as succinite) is a specific subset of amber that is found only in northern Europe: it accounts for some 80% of the known amber in the world. Sap oozed out from a forest of conifers (probably either false larch or kauri) in the region now covered by the Baltic Sea, and eventually hardened into clear lumps. Shoved around northern Europe by glaciers and river channels, lumps of genuine Baltic amber can still be found today on the eastern coasts of England and Holland, throughout Poland, Scandinavia and northern Germany and much of western Russia and the Baltic states.
    Baltic amber is fossil resin produced by pine trees, which grew in Northern Europe - from southern regions of the present day Scandinavia and nearby regions of the bed of the Baltic Sea. The climate became warmer and conifer trees started to exude big amounts of resin. Scientists say that amber is a fossil pine resin from this region that has achieved a stable state through oxidation. The word amber meant only one thing – the Baltic Amber. However, the process of how amber is formed traced more amber varieties in different parts of the world. Although more than 125 types of fossil resins are known in the world, these resins are not amber but its relatives. They are mostly found in Europe and America and each of them has its own name. But the Baltic amber is uniquely known for its quality and is most sought after.

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

    Nice Weather

    Today it was very nice weather at the Reeder house.
    Elijah and Hannah decided to take Philip outside for a ride, our trusty boxer, 
    Lady Smith was right there to protect the children.

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

    Cat Love

    All of our Children Love our Cats and Our Cats seem to Love our Children.

     Philip loves to hold the cats, just look at that happy face!
    And that dirty nose.
    Cat Love.

    Monday, October 1, 2012

    Philip in a Milk Jug

    Our New Schedule Chart

    Here is a photo of our new schedule chart.
    A couple weeks ago, I went to an "Encouragement for Home Schoolers Conference" where I was encouraged by the Maxwell Family.  A home schooling family of 8.  We have used their "Managers of their Chores" book for a few years now, but this time, I picked up their "Managers of their Homes" book.  I have been super encouraged by this family through some of the hardest times in my life.  And once again I was re-encouraged at this event.  The conference encouraged me to make a new schedule, and the kids can't wait to start it tomorrow morning, bright and early at 6am.