Good bye 2010, hello 2011!:)
Saying good bye to 2010, and greeting 2011, there are many changes here at the Reynolds’ household. The biggest being we have transformed from 3 into 4 as of December 25, 2010. I brought Bety and Izaak home from the hospital and that makes us a family of 4 now!:)
While it is said that March sometimes comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb . . . we would say that 2010 went out like a lamb and came in like one as well. The past few weeks have been really interesting in the sense that we have been so busy with things connected to Izaak’s birth that both the celebration of Christmas AND New Year’s were affected. I told Bety last night that in some ways I feel like we did not celebrate, but then again what better way to celebrate a new year than to receive a new son!:) Izaak is a real blessing to us. He only seems to want to voice his opinion when he is either hungry, needs to burp or needs a diaper change. Even then, it isn’t more than a quiet squeek to let us know that things are not as they should be. He is a joy.
Tobi seems to be taking this new adjustment fairly well. We have been warned ahead of time that we need to be on the watch for him doing things to his newborn baby brother . . . but so far we leave the room for a minute to come back to such dangerous things as Tboi kissing Izaak’s head, and Tobi trying to play with trains with Izaak. One can tell watching these two that they will get along great when they are older. Tobi is in dire need of a playmate . . . he was trying to bulldoze Izaak the other day . . . thankfully Izaak was sleeping on his little rocker bed and Tobi pushed the whole bed, not even waking Izaak.
All-in-all I am extremely blessed to be in ministry where I am. ICSV has been great about letting me have some time at home to help Bety fully recover before going back to school and being gone all day. January 10-14th I will have “Paternity leave” and will be at home with Bety. We may be visiting the offices in Vienna making sure that our son is documented where he needs to be. This will require us visiting 2 embassies/counsolates and at least 2 individual Austrian offices. Granted all of this running around for paperwork does result in our receiving the “familienbeihilfe”, and “Kinderbetreungsgeld” two financial ways that the social system here in Austria helps us due to the fact that my wife is an EU citizen and consequently our sons are too. so, this year os promising to be one of improvements and we look forward to all that our Lord has in store for us this year. We are also very much looking forward to how He will choose to use us this year in the ministry at ICSV.
We are very thankful for your continued prayer and financial support, without both of those we would cease to be affective here in Austria.
The Reynolds: Brian, Bety, Tobi and Izaak