Monday, September 28, 2009

I Care About Orphans

Monday's w/ Michael

Focus on the Family’s® Orphan Care Initiative™
Believing that all children deserve to grow up in a family, Focus on the Family launched the Orphan Care Initiative in the fall of 2006. The Orphan Care Initiative is designed to inspire, equip, and engage the body of Christ along with and through the Church to bring orphans into a Christ-centered family structure. We’re working with churches to share the plight of the orphan, unveil God’s heart for orphans, and help uncover their specific and individual place in orphan care.
Right now, more than 127,000 legal orphans in United States foster care are waiting for adoptive families. The US also has more than 300,000 churches, and God has given clear commands for Christians to take care of His orphan children.
So if the command is clear and the need is apparent, why are these kids still waiting?
*Everything above was taken directly from
In Indiana alone, there are 8,612 churches and 3,343 orphans.
You know, the thought just hit me: 3,343 orphans. 92 counties. That's an average of over 36 children per county. In Wells and Adams counties, we each have 3 school systems. 36/3=12
Excluding Kindergarten, there is (on average) 1 orphan in each grade in each shool. There is an orphan in your child's class. An orphan eats lunch with your daughter every day at school. An orphan plays tag with your son at recess. At school, he/she probably seems like every other student. Yet when they go home in the evenings, they don't go home to Mommy & Daddy. They don't have parents to help them with their homework. They have foster parents, but each one is desperately longing for their "forever family". With 8,612 churches, why should we have any kids in the foster care system?
To view some of the children available for adoption in Indiana, visit the Indiana Heart Gallery here:
A father to the fatherless…is God in his holy dwelling…God sets the lonely in families…Psalm 68.5-6

Monday, September 21, 2009

Street Fair Preview, 2009

Monday's w/ Michael

Tomorrow is the first day of Street Fair! This is the one week every year that Jane's kitchen is officially closed. Jane and I have made a tradition of eating at least 7 meals at Street Fair every year. Traditionally, we eat supper there Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Saturday we are there for all 3 meals. With Finn, we probably won't be able to pull it off again, but that just means we will have to cram more food into less meals!

I'm sure most of you reading this already know everything there is to know about the Bluffton Street Fair, but in case there is someone out there who has never attended, allow me to give you a crash course.

Best Place to Sit for Opening Night Parade
When I was younger, we would always stand across from the Gravitron. There are large power cables crossing the street there and we would always watch for people in the parade to trip on the cords. The most humorous were the Rising Stars. The little girls were so focused on catching their baton, they wouldn't be watching their feet. Cruel? Probably. But alas, the parade changed it's route and we lost our beloved seats. I now like to sit in front of the Clinic near the start of the parade.

Best Game
The Mouse Game. But not just any Mouse Game. It has to be the Mouse Game just to the East of the Courthouse (right beside the Flip-a-Frog game). It has to be the Mouse Game run by Jim & Jean Martin. My family has been going there for as long as I can remember. I can't wait to introduce them to Finn! I doubt Deacon will remember them, but I'm sure they will remember Deacon. I'm fairly (ha ha, get it...fair-ly) confident that if the Claire Yergler family would boycott Street Fair that the Martin family would starve. It's gotten to the point where my parents now receive Christmas cards from them!

Oh, and if you do choose to play the Mouse Game, let me share 2 valuable secrets that will increase your chances of winning infinitely. You can't just place your quarter down and hope the mouse will run into your hole. No, you need to cheer her on. A loud cheer of "Go, Minnie, Go!!!" usually does the trick. And my other secret...oh, boy, I can't believe I'm sharing this with you...put your quarter on 23. 23 is my lucky number. I can guarantee that if you put your quarter on 23 you will least within the first $20. Oh, that's another thing, don't change your number. Once you pick a number stick with it. Unless of course #23 opens up, then by all means, move your quarter to #23.

Best Appetizers/Side Dishes
Some might argue for Tom's Tasty Taters. Some might argue for Mozzarella Sticks or the Cheddar Cheese Curds. But I'm going to have to go with the Fried Pickles (ok, ok, so I'm doing this one for Jane). Jane loves these things. The first year we were married, she got them so many times I lost track. The next year, on opening night, I walked up to the booth, the girl looked up at me and smiled "Fried Pickles, right?" We haven't gotten a Christmas card from them yet, but we've got to be getting close!

*My personal favorite is probably the Cheddar Cheese Curds.

Best Meal
This one could get tricky. There are so many wonderful things to eat at the fair. Just ask Templeton. I think instead of just naming my favorite, I'm going to have to count down.

5. Walleye Fish Sandwich- This is found near (possibly even at Tom's Tasty Taters).
4. Italian Sausage - Again, I forget the name of the vendor, but I could point it out to you. It's on the North side of West Market.
3. Mettler's Fish - Conveniently located near the Fried Pickle vendor. I typically get this on opening night. There is no better sandwich at the fair than Mettler's Fish.
2. Taco Potato - The 2 hour wait in line is worth it. Jalapenos give it just the right kick.
1. The Sirloin Tips - This isn't really fair. This isn't "fair food". It's like comparing steaks and hot dogs. Oh wait, that's exactly what I am doing. This is a full meal fit for a king. Jane and I share and we never go hungry. Mushrooms, potatoes, etc, this meal has it all!

And just for the fun of it....#732. The place Jane and I got Corn dogs last year. A couple guys at work were ranting and raving over the Corn Dogs a certain vendor served. I encouraged Jane to get one w/ me. When they handed them to me, I wasn't all that impressed. They just lookecd like a regular corn dog. But when I bit into it, I was definitely was FROZEN!!! I don't think Jane and I will be back for another Corn dog this year.

Best Dessert
With all the Elephant Ears, Caramel Apples & Cotton Candy, my favorite dessert is just an ice cream cone. No, not the famous Pineapple Whip. Just a good old fashioned vanilla cone.

See ya at the Fair!!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Pictures of Finn

Monday's w/ Michael

*tune in next week for the Annual Street Fair Preview Edition

Sunday, September 13, 2009

100th Post!!!

How is the transition from one boy to two boys going you ask?

We haven't had a dull moment yet! :)

Friday, September 11, 2009


Phineas "Finn" Mateo Reinhard!! We wanted to give him a name that would honor his heritage. Mateo is Spanish for Matthew. Matthew means "gift of God". Finn is certainly that!

We were surprised by a phone call Tuesday morning saying that the time had come. Jo wasn't due until the 21st, so this was 2 weeks early! We rushed down to Anderson and arrived in plenty of time. Finn arrived on 9/8/09 at 7:56pm weighing in at 6lbs, 5oz and measuring 18.5".

We were fortunate to have a few days in the hospital with Jo. It was great to get to know her and we will certainly miss her. The hospital staff was great (we even got our own room) and so were Doug and Brooke from the Miriam Project.

This was truely a miraculous experience. For more details, just ask one of us.

Finn & a Spanish Bible.
Mommy, Daddy & Finn
Finn w/ Doug the Director.
Finn w/ Brooke our Case Worker.
Grandma Reinhard
Grandpa Reinhard
Grandma Braselton
Grandpa Braselton
Uncle Mark & Aunt Angie
"Aunt" Lynn
The outfit we bought to take him home in was a 0-3 month. It was a little big!
The rest of the outfit.
At home in his very own crib!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Deacon's New Room

Monday's w/ Michael

Well, with the baby on the way, Deacon graduated to a "big boy bed." We didn't want him to associate his baby brother coming home with him getting his new room, so we moved him in this past week. For the first few days, he loved playing in his bed, but it didn't work out for us to let him sleep in it until Friday night. But so far (I'm typing this Sunday afternoon), he has slept in it Friday night and Saturday night and he is sleeping in it now. Below are some pictures.

Sunday morning right after he woke up.

Deacon's "new" dresser
Deacon & Mommy - For some reason, whenever Jane gets in bed with him, he cuddles up to her and they snuggle. But whenever I get in bed with him, he cries and pushes and pulls and does everything he can to get me out of bed.
Make it a great Monday!