Monday, August 31, 2009

More Farm Additions

Monday's w/ Michael

Well, since the last post about new arrivals on the farm, we have had many more.

This little doeling was born a couple weeks ago. Hopefully, we will be selling her soon. Let me know if you're interested. :)

I felt sorry for poor little Hiss. He was the only kitten on the farm and the other cats weren't really interested in playing with him. So I picked up this kitten last week. I wanted to name it Tori so that we would have Hiss & Tori (history), but Jane went with Butterball instead. I think it's appropriate. Butterball and Hiss get along great. Every night, they curl up on our back steps and sleep together.

On Thursday, Aug 27, Bailey had 13 puppies! Sadly, she lost one. But the other 12 seem to be doing great. Bailey is a great mother. There are 5 yellow pups, 6 black and 1 brown. They will be ready for their new homes in 6-8 weeks. Maybe this time Jane will let me keep one!
This weekend a few of my cousins brought their children over to see the goats, puppies, chicks and ducklings. If anyone wants to bring their kids over to Reinhard's Petting Zoo, let me know. We don't have tigers or zebras (yet), but it's free! :)
All of these additions have been very exciting, but I'm sure our next arrival will be much more exciting. But, I'll let Jane tell you more about that later on this week.
Make it a great Monday!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Uncle Klint

Monday's with Michael

For my 30th birthday, Klint & Sarah gave me an Uncle Klint's Bathroom Reader since Klint and I are such big fan's of Uncle John's. I spend hours reading Uncle John's numerous books...on the couch!!! Anyway, Klint and Sarah gave me a book with 30 random facts. Here are some of my favorites.

-About 8,000 Americans are injured by musical instruments each year.

-Rock star Ozzy Osborne saved his wife Sharon's Pomeranian from a coyote by tackling and wrestling the coyote until it released the dog.

-The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in jelly.

-The longest one syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

-Odontophobia is the fear of teeth.

-A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

-The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

-On average, there are 178 sesame seeds on a Big Mac bun.

-Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de losAngeles de Porciuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: "L.A."

-No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

*I cannot verify the authenticity of any of these alleged "facts".

Make it a great Monday!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Deacon here. . . . .

I have a secret!

I am going to be a BIG brother!!

We have been praying for a 'tummy mommy' named Jo and her little baby boy for a few weeks now, and this week we found out he is going to be in our forever family!!

Mommy and daddy are working to get me moved to my BIG boy room, because my baby brother is due on September 21st! I am so excited! Please keep praying for all of us!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

30. . . . . . .

Happy 30th Birthday Michael !!

We love you and appreciate you so much!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Anniversary Trip # 6!

I know, I know-I have kept you on the edge of your seats for 2 weeks now! Things have been a little CrAzY around here! It was Michael's turn this year, and he took us to. . . . . .

St. Louis!

I have never been to Missouri before! We left a little after noon on Friday and headed towards the 'Gateway to the West'. Our hotel was on the river and just blocks from the Arch. It was a renovated hotel and was now very modernized.
Saturday we explored different parts of the city and went to a farmer's market called Soulard's. It was amazing! I decided if I lived in the city, that is where I would shop! We also went to a restaurant called 'The Creperie' for lunch. They had all kinds of crepes and they were huge. So Michael and I shared the Southwestern one, and it was delicious!

We enjoyed a dinner boat cruise down the Mississippi on the 'Becky Thatcher' Saturday night. We met some new friends from Alexandria, Indiana and dined with them on the cruise. It was a great experience!

On Sunday, we had our church on a bench on the walkway to the Arch. If you have been there, you know what I am talking about-it is beautiful, tree-lined (shaded), river to one side, a little pond to the other-I just loved it!

Monday morning we finally went up the Arch! I was a little unsure about this-if you have ever gone up the Arch, maybe you can relate. The combination of going underground, then getting in this little 'dryer-like capsule' ,

Us in 'the dryer'

with 4 other people and riding up this rickety (old) track only to get to the top and be in a small room the inclines and with only, maybe, 6 foot ceilings. I am feeling woozy typing about it.

But we could not go to St. Louis and not experience The Arch! So, I did it, lived through it, and I think once was enough:) We were excited to get home to our little Deacon. We sure missed him, and I think he missed us, but I know he had such a special fun time at Grandma and Grandpa Reinhard's! Thanks for taking such good care of him and about the brownie incident: You said when you caught him, he had eaten maybe half of it, but you never said if you took it away, or if you just let him keep eating. . . . . just wondering :) Oh, I almost forgot! We also indulged in Einstein's Bagels while we were there.

There was one in Union Station and that was really neat! We love Einstein's!! (My stomach is growling!) We had a wonderful trip and now it is my turn next year-where will the road take us. . . . . . . . . :)

Monday, August 17, 2009


Monday's w/ Michael
Today, I am 10,956 days old. I will spare you the math, but that means I was born on August 19, 1979. Which means that in 2 days from now, I will be 30! Wow. I always enjoyed birthdays growing up and they never bothered me before, but turning 30 is a little hard to grasp. Me...30? That's old! (No offense to those of you over the age of 30).
I guess it's just that if you would have asked me 10 years ago where I would be at on August 19, 2009, I would have thought that I would be more advanced spiritually. I would have thought that I would be in better shape physically (I'm probably in the worst physical shape of my life right now. Jane is just way too good of a cook!). I would have thought that I would be more stable financially. I would have thought that I would be a better husband and a better father. I would have thought that I would have more hair! I would have thought that I would be more grown up. But here I am.
When I think about it, it can be kinda depressing. But then I think of Jesus. We can read in Luke 3:23 that Jesus was "about thirty years of age" when He was baptized. So where was He on His 30th birthday? Still living at home with Joseph and Mary? He hadn't started His ministry yet. And think of all He accomplished in the next 3 1/2 years!
So maybe there is hope for me yet!
Oh, and by the way, if you see Krent Frauhiger today, wish him a Happy Birthday. He turns 30 today. (But don't tell him I told you).
And if you see Vince Pfister on Thursday, wish him a Happy Birthday. He turns 30 the day after I do. (Again, don't tell him I told you).
Make it a great Monday!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Farm Additions

We have had many new additions to the farm this past week. On Saturday, Michael drove down to Marion and picked up day-old chicks! We have 20 Plymouth Barred Rocks (they lay brown eggs) and 10 Americana (aka Easter Eggers, they lay colored eggs (light blue, light green, light pink)). We can't tell if they are male or female yet, so hopefully we will end up with 15 laying hens and butcher the roosters.

On Monday, Michael brought home a kitten from work. We have tentatively named him "Hiss" because he randomly hisses at things. He is really cute!

Yesterday, our Muscovy ducks hatched 15 ducklings! We put the ducklings with our chicks. Even though the chicks are 1 week old and the ducklings are only 1 day old, they are about the same size. It is so much fun to watch them run around.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Under the Overpass

Monday's w/ Michael

If any of you listened to Focus on the Family on Thursday and Friday, you heard the story of Mike Yankoski. Several years ago, Mike and his friend, Sam Purvis, took an intentional journey into the world of homelessness. They spent 5 months in 6 American cities sleeping on the streets, digging through trash cans for food and asking for money. Mike wrote a book called Under the Overpass based on their experiences.

I read the book a while ago. It was very challenging, very convicting. Sometimes the Church would help them out. Many times it did not. I remember one specific example where Sam & Mike attended a church. They had been on the streets for a while. They were dirty, unshaven, hungry and they stunk! After the service, some young men came over and started talking to them. Mike's shoes were falling apart and he had blisters all over his feet. His feet hurt terribly. He decided to do an experiment. Throughout the conversation with the young men, Mike repeatedly mentioned how bad his feet hurt. As the conversation ended, one of the young men said, "Well, I'll be praying for you." And that was that. After the guys had left, Mike turned to Sam and said, "My feet are killing me. But he's praying for me." The prayers of that young man did little to relieve the pain in Mike's feet.

I think too often, I have the same attitude as that young man. I see a need and instead of getting involved and getting my hands dirty, I offer up a hurried prayer and continue on my way. The book really challenged me to take action.

We have an opportunity to help the homeless right here in Northeastern Indiana. I visited the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission's website and discovered these ways to help.

-Show them kindness and respect.
-Don't give them money. Give them gift certificates to restaurants, instead.
-Pray for them.
-Teach others to care.
-Volunteer your time and talents.
-Donate household items.
-Contribute financially to Rescue Ministries.

One of the ways to help is by donating household items. I contacted both the Rescue Mission and Charis House (for women and children) and plan on taking some supplies to them sometime next week. If you would like to donate items, just give them to Jane or myself and we will be happy to deliver them for you. Some of the items needed at the Rescue Mission are disposable razors, stick deodorant, hypoallergenic bar soap (Dove), shaving cream, tooth brushes, white athletic socks, pillows and pillow cases, towels and cloths. Some of the items needed at Charis House are school supplies, new car seats (infant and toddler), laundry detergent, alarm clocks, batteries (AA, AAA, & 9 volt), baby lotion, hypoallergenic bar soap (Dove), stick deodorant, hand or body lotion and pack n plays. Any items you donate will be appreciated.

We all have our perceptions of the homeless. "Many people when thinking of a homeless person see the image of a grizzled old man who has had a drinking problem. At one time, that picture was more often than not a correct one. Yet, more and more the homeless look just like the rest of us." It's difficult to get an accurate picture of the homeless, but nationwide it looks similar to this:
-35% of the homeless are families with children
-30% are women
-79% are under the age of 50
-30% of the homeless have jobs
-61% are caucasian
-17% are African-American
-16% are Hispanic

Like many of you, when I hear stories and statistics like this, I immediately think of Matthew 25. "I was hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me." On Judgement Day, I don't want to be standing with the goats and hear, "I stunk and ye gave me no deodorant."

Make it a great Monday! God bless!

Monday, August 3, 2009

6 Years Ago Today. . . .

. . . . . . . I married the man I love!

Today. . . . . I am married to my BEST FRIEND! I love you Michael, to the moon and back again, forever, and ever. . . . .