Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Welcome Tobias Martin Reynolds . . . .

He's finally here! Tobias "Tobi" Martin Reynolds was born on Monday, July 28th, 2008 @ 12:01PM Vienna time at Goldenes Kreuz Privat Klinik in Vienna, Austria. He weighed in at 3480 grams/7.6 lbs. and was 50cm/19.6 inches long. We are very very very honored and blessed to share his first photos with you all. Enjoy!

Below: This picture was less than 2 minutes after he was taken out by C-section. He seems to be saying . . ."Hello World!" :)

Feel free to leave comments on here . . . please leave your name so we know who you are if you comment anonymously. Blessings!:)
Brian, Betka, & Tobi Reynolds in Wien

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Summer time . . .

Hey all,

We are still waiting. Betka's due date is only a week away and she is feeling great . . .Praise the Lord!

We went to the doctor Monday night at 6 and he recommended that Betka go get a fetal well-being scan and fetal heart monitoring done. He was able to schedule us for immediate appointments at the hospital where we plan to deliver immediately following our appointment with him. From his exam he told us that Betka was not really that close to delivery, but that this meant not in the next couple of days. His only concern, was a little one, was that the baby is pretty big and she is pretty small. He wasn't freaking out, but he wanted to get a more definite estimate than what his machine showed. So we went over to the hospital and they did the scan. The baby is VERY healthy and strong, but he is already almost 4 Kilos (3.8 Kilo is roughly 8.2 lbs.) So they did the tests and they sent them to our doctor and our next appointment is for Thursday afternoon. We got back last night around 9:30 so it was a very eventful night. We kind of got the feeling that we will be discussing the delivery more imminently the next time we see Dr. Husslein. We can use your prayers as this gets more and more real and the nerves start to come. We really appreciate it! :)

On another note, we have been doing some things to keep busy and we have some new pictures to share with you . . .

Above:Donald Miller says in his book Through Painted Deserts, that "No, life can be understood flat on a page. It has to be lived; a person has to get out of his head, has to fall in love, has to memorize poems, has to jump off bridges into rivers . . ." Well, one day we did just that we went with a few of our friends/colleagues and rented paddle boats for an hour on the Alte Donau River. Halfway through our time my friend and I stopped and got out of the boats and decided to jump off the bridge. It was one of the most random things I have ever done and it was a blast!:)

Above & Below: We were also at another friends house on the same Alte Donau and I went swimming again and we grilled out, something we never really get to do. I think one doesn't realize how much they enjoy something like grilling until they can no longer do it whenever they like.

Above: This is a beautiful Viennese sunset from the window of another of our friends that invited us over for dinner. What a blessing!:)

Above and Below: Here are some pics of the construction site. They are a couple weeks behind schedule but are working really hard. Before school starts at the end of August they will install a new elevator, replace the roof, and cut a new door in the art room and make a corner of the room into a handicap bathroom. Also the other pics are the before pictures of my volunteer project that I am doing for the school this summer. The kids had been continually getting splinters on the wooden parts of the playground so I have sanded them down, put putty in the deep cracks, and I am attempting to seal the cracks, preventing splinters, and preserving the playground equipment for generations to come. Check back later for more pics.

As for pictures of our baby boy please keep checking back . . .we will post them as soon as we have some. Should be soon. Be blessed ya'll!:)

Brian & Betka & T _ _ _ _ _

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Still Waiting . . .

Hey all,

Just wanted to let you know that we are still waiting on the birth of our son. We are now only 12 days away from Betka's due date and she is really feeling ready to "get this little guy out". We are truly ready to greet him and welcome him into this world.

We were asked a couple days ago "What would you do if it came out and was a girl?" Well, we would be shocked, but it would still be a blessing. We would probably get a new doctor . . . he has showed us on numerous occasions that it will be a boy and to be honest our entire wardrobe is for a boy. That would be the shock of a lifetime. memorable stories to say the least. We are very thankful for your continued prayers throughout this pregnancy and upcoming delivery.

On another note, I checked airfare prices to get, me, Betka, and the baby "home" to the States this coming holiday and tickets for Betka and myself are running over $1000 a piece. Please be in prayer for us that the Lord would provide the need financial support to not only keep us here in Vienna but also to travel. It is starting to look like its going to be an expensive trip to the States this winter!! Thanks so much all of you for continuing to uplift us in prayers and support. We are very grateful. Be blessed this day and those to come!:)

Brian & Betka & T _ _ _ _

Friday, July 11, 2008

Summer pics . . .

Hey all . . . Here are some pictures that we have taken this summer. It has been wonderful to see how the Lord continues to bless us in this time that is sort of a break from ministry. We are still anxiously awaiting the birth of our son and Betk's belly is still growing. These are the latest! :)

Above: There is a part of the city where you can rent boats and go out on the Alte Donau (Old Danube). It is basically a part of the old river that has been cut off from River traffic and is now a watersports recreation area. We were just walking around when this was taken but we hope to get out on the water some time before the baby comes.

Above: Betka enjoying walks around outside even though it is pretty hot . . .we try to stick to the shade. :)

Above: Summer time!

Above: Just some pictures of us at home. We love our bedroom window. The ivy is excellent.

We have 16 days left until Betka's due date and we are very much looking forward to meeting our son. By the grace of God and those loyal to Him we have been blessed to have everything we really need for the baby. We are very thankful to those of you out there reading this that have sent clothes, diapers, or money to help us prepare for the little guy. We have been blown away by people's generosity and the way that the Lord blesses us through that. We are really looking forward to this next year and what it brings. We know that it will never be easy but with our Lord's help it is really rewarding. We are very thankful for all of your prayers and support and look forward to the rest of this year and coming school year. Feel free to email us at any time if you want to know how we are doing. We love you guys!:)

Brian & Betka & T _ _ _ _ _

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Summer happenings . . .

Hey all,

Just thought I'd add a little update as to what all is going on in the life of the Reynolds in Wien, Austria.

As you might or might not know . . . school is out for the summer and we are right smack dab in the middle of the summer that has come to be known as "the desert" to at least me (Brian). Going into this summer Betka and I had absolutely no idea how we would have the money to eat this summer. Usually our food money comes from Betka teaching violin lessons and she is not currently teaching those. When the summer started officially on June 13th for us, we had no idea how the Lord would provide for us this summer . . . we could not travel to the States to visit as usual and that is one way that we can usually help provide, but the Lord seemed to not want us to go there because Betka is pregnant. Also there are no music lessons during the summer so we have lost that income. I (Brian) am available to work at the school doing maintenance and so forth, but they are not allowed by Austrian law to pay me as a worker as that would mean I would need a special work permit. So basically upon returning to Vienna from our one week vacation at Betka's parents we were looking at staying in Vienna the rest of the summer with basically no guaranteed income.

With that said let me tell you all how the Lord is really really blessing us despite all that looked so glum just a couple weeks ago. I had been sort of a back up choice for tutoring for some of the kids that needed extra help this summer. I hadn't heard too much about this possibility so we basically counted it as something that could be a blessing but we did not bank on it. So when I returned to school a week ago yesterday we had planned that I would help out at school as much as I could, if I got some tutoring students, fine, but our building manager said that he could use any help I could give. So basically all last week I worked from 8-4 each day not really expecting any compensation knowing that the Lord would provide it in some other way. During that week I had started talking to the teacher that is heading up the tutoring program and she said that she needed help with some students . . .she couldn't handle all of them due to the fact that a couple teachers that had planned to tutor had decided not to. So to make a really long story short she has passed on 5 students to me and I will start tutoring tomorrow for a total of 5 hours tomorrow and then next week a total of 9 hours at 15 Euro an hour. Praise the Lord! It is entirely His doing and all it took was the belief that the Lord would provide for us. Please continue to pray for us this summer as it isn't guaranteed income and a student could stop tutoring whenever the parents want to. However we have been greatly encouraged not only by the new income, but by the continued support and kind words we have received during this difficult time as well.

In other news, we are still awaiting the birth of our son. We went to the doctor the Monday we got back from Czech and he said everything looks good and the baby and mother are doing well. Yesterday we went to IKEA and got our crib so we are finally ready for this little guy to come into the world. Our plans for when the baby is born is to send out one really big email to everyone we know and then post extra pictures and possibly video on our blog as soon as we get a chance. We realize that life will be crazy but it is a really strong desire of ours to share the life of our son with all of you loved ones miles and miles away.

Please remain in prayer for us here in this community in Vienna, your prayers really do make a difference in our lives and without them we could not do the work that we do. One of our secretaries had her nephew pass away this weekend and we are still reeling from the many deaths that we have had in our VCS family this past year. With the Lord's grace we can be a gracious community. We have seen it at work this year and pray that our students' lives would be transformed by their experience with the living God.

Until next time ya'll . . . Danke for your prayers and supprt and have a really blessed week! :)

Brian & Betka & _ _ _ _ _ _ Reynolds