Thursday, January 24, 2008

So . . . my wife left me . . .JUST KIDDING . . .sort of . . . :)

Ok so in explanation of the title of this post . . .Betka left for Prague this morning at 8:35 to accompany 10 of our high school students to Prague for this coming weekend to join the Association of Christian Schools International Honors Choir for a couple of performances. My wife will be accompanying them as "The Czech Language and Cultural Liaison" or really just another, or THE, chaperon that can speak Czech.

Meanwhile I am here in Vienna by myself and this is one of those things that is inevitable but one dreads it anyhow. Please pray for me this weekend that I wouldn't miss her too much and that I would be able to welcome her back being sensitive to the fact that it isn't just me that was apart from the one they love the most on this earth. If any of you have good ideas for what I could do to welcome/surprise her when she gets back . . .your comments are very much appreciated. I am seriously handicapped when it comes to this romantic stuff.

Anyway, thank you in advance for your prayers and hopefully my wife will be writing a blog entry when she getts back complete with pictures from her time back home in her motherland. Blessings!:)


Monday, January 21, 2008

Evening stroll . . .

Yesterday we were blessed with unusually nice weather and my wife and I decided to stroll downtown Vienna. It is something that we like to do occasionally to remind ourselves of what kind of town we live in. They are: Top left, the Rathaus (city hall). Every year about this time the city of Vienna sets up an outdoor iceskating rink on the space in front of city hall. It is really a fun time and they even have a certain time where you can skate for free if you have ice skates. Top right, a view down a main pedestrian street in Vienna called Kohlmarkt. This used to be where people went to buy coal for their stoves and now is a center for very plush shops. Bottom, Saint Peter's Church, this is where the VCS Choirs had their Christmas concert. We were very blessed to be able to perform there this year as it isn't always the case.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Morning commute . . .

Hey everyone . . .

This morning Betka and I were going to school at 7:25 and had the wonderful experience of seeing the most beautiful sunrise I have seen in a while. Imagine seeing this on your way to work! What a wonderful reminder of what an awesome God we have. I found myself standing in awe again this morning of how fortunate we are to serve a Lord like Him but also that he wants so badly to be with us daily every minute of every day that He sent His son to die for us that we might live freely. Crazy huh!?

Monday, January 14, 2008

Gift from God . . .

Our principal sent me this pic that I thought I would share with ya'll. Enjoy!

We are having a baby!!!!

Just in case the post prior to the previous one wasn't clear enough, Betka and I are preparing to welcome our first child in late July or early August.

So many questions are probably going through your head right now . . .where will we have the baby? Is the health system in Austria good? Did we find a good doctor? What citizenship will the baby have when it enters this world? These are all very good questions and we were asking the same questions. Here is what we know as of right now and our plans as resulting from the new news (Which isn't really new news to us, we have known since the beginning of December).

Our decision to stay in Vienna for another 4 years has not and, Lord-willing, will not change. This means that we will be experiencing the miracle of birth here in Austria with doctors and nurses that are some of the best in the world. Our gynecologist is wonderful and we really are pleased with his work thus far. As for what citizenship our baby will have when he/she is born . . . we are not for certain. We have it on a good source that our baby will receive Austria citizenship from birth. This runs contrary to what we first believed to be true. We are also pretty certain that the baby will be an American and Czech citizen, so that brings the grand total to three citizenships. I am not sure if thats legal or not but that too we shall find out I am sure.

Obviously with our decision to stay here in Vienna with a family of 3 we will need to increase our support base. Please continue in prayer with us as to how the Lord might use you in this, our increasing family. The community here in Vienna is wonderful but the main reason why we are still here serving the Lord and not even considering returning to the States is because we have you all back "home" praying for us and supporting us financially. Please continue to ask the Lord how you can help us stay here in Vienna. We are very grateful for your continued support and we thank the Lord for you everyday.

Please be blessed by our news and celebrate with us this gift that our Lord has chosen to send our way. Psalm 127: 3-5 says it best:
"Don't you see that children are
God's best gift? The fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Like a warrior's fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth. Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children! Your enemies don't stand a chance against you; you'll sweep them right off your doorstep."

Don't forget to be a blessing to those around you this day! :)

In Christ,
Brian & Betka

Family pictures . . .

Hey there again everyone!

I just thought I would post more pictures. My mom, seeing as how all of us were "home" for the holidays, decided to set a time for a family picture. We even included Betka . . .well duh she IS part of the family now anyway.

Left: The "Vienna" Reynolds Family

Left: The Reynolds family, Europe and U.S. branches.

Left: The triumvirate, l to r, Me, Chris, Matthew.

Left: The parental unit.

Hope you enjoyed these. We will certainly have more at a later date as I now have a camera and can document this world we live in here in Wien. Tschuss!:)


Friday, January 11, 2008

Big News . . .

Betka and I would like to inform you all of a big change that is going to take place in our life together in late July or early August . . . this picture is me being sympathetic to what my wife's situation will be in a couple of months.

That's right we are expanding our home 2 feet, adding a player to our team, etc, we are expecting our first child somewhere around July 27th. Enjoy the news . .we'll certainly have more updates as we know them. Thank you in advance for your prayers and support!:)


Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Hmmm . . .

Just thought I would share this interesting passage that I found on my google home page. Nice. Should I type a blog entry like this?

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy New Year US Style . . .

Hey there again everyone.

Happy New Year! May you all walk closely with Jesus this new year.

Betka and I returned "home" to Vienna on Monday. We arrived back at our apartment around 8:00 or 8:15. We had a really crazy day of travel that started in Chicago of course. We were scheduled to leave O'Hare at 9:55 PM but when we arrived we learned that our flight had been delayed to leave at 10:40PM.

As we were waiting Betka went back out of the international terminal to get some food as there are no restaurants after you go through security. The second time she went she was gone a long time and then when she came through security she was in tears. I asked her what had happened. Her passport was stolen!!!! We freaked out but she had already told someone and they were asking over the intercom for anyone that might have found it. They took us to the information desk of LOT Polish Airlines and we waited. At this point it was getting really close to our flight time and was almost 10:00PM. The people at Polish Airlines were great they even printed out a map and phone number for the Czech embassy in Chicago right on Michigan Avenue. I really did not know what to do so really all I could do was try to console my wife that everything was going to be okay. The reality at the time was that she would have to go to the embassy which would mean missing our flight, they would give her a "cover passport" which the LOT people said would be good for her to travel back to Czech not Austria so we were very anxious about what exactly we would do. I was mentally preparing myself for possibly not returning in time for school's start on Tuesday.

As it turns out we didn't miss our flight. As Betka was getting a pen out of her bag to write down the emergency number of the embassy she FOUND HER PASSPORT!!! It was in the zip pocket of her hand bag which was new and she wasn't used to it yet. Praise God!!! We booked it to the gate to get there in time and we were, slightly out of breath and still in shock that she had it all along. So we left Chicago with Betka's pride hurt a little but perfectly fine.

Upon arrival in Warsaw at 3:00PM on Monday we realized that the boarding time for our connecting flight to Vienna was at 2:30PM so having missed that we were consequently put on a flight a couple hours later and given a voucher to the airport restaurant so all was good. We took a brand new plane to Vienna collected our bags right away and hurried down to the train. We could have gotten on the train right away but there was a long line for tickets so we missed that one and had to wait for another half an hour for the next one. We were home by 8:15, dropped our bags, and fell fast asleep not to wake up until 6:15 the following morning. All in all a very eventful trip, but we got back safely!:) Thank you Jesus.

So we are back now and the first day went well but Betka and I are both not sleeping all the way through the night yet. Tuesday morning I woke at 2:30AM and last night I woke up at 1:00AM. Fortunately I was able to read and then go back to sleep for a few hours, but we have both woken up very tired the past two mornings. School is back into full swing. Thank you for your prayers as we continue to get started and for traveling mercies as we returned. The Lord's hand was very evident during our trip.

It was a huge blessing for us to see everyone that we did while we were in the US for the holidays and again thank you to those of you that were so kind as to help us return. We believe that it was a very fruitful time for us and very rejuvenating as well. Thanks again!:)

Until next time,
Brian & Betka