The month of July has come now and we Meads are enjoying being finished with our schooling! The weather has been wonderful so we’ve been enjoying bike riding, roller blading, picnics and a few outings. We’re looking forward to some fun times with friends this summer, as well as doing what we can to serve others as a family with the extra time we have. Peter has been travelling quite a bit this past month so we’re looking forward to having him around a bit more too.
But really, I want to share some photos from June. It was a special month! To start with, I had a grand surprise when I walked into church one Sunday afternoon just before my birthday! It was pretty funny as I was not at all early to church (i.e. nearly late!) and the very friendly guy on the door kind of “hurried” me inside. (Hmmm. . . he’s never done that before, I thought). As I entered the room, Mariah asked me with a big grin if I’d like to “get ready” for church (not sure what that meant!!). Then a friend who knows well that I don’t drink coffee, asked me if I’d like to go get some coffee from the refreshments table! I said, “Well, I’ll get some water,” and turned towards the table, only to find . . . MY SISTER (from America) standing there!!! Oh, my goodness!! I was completely shocked. What a wonderful surprise! I kind of felt like the whole ten days she was here with my nephew was a dream. But an amazing one!
So after that, I thought I’d had my birthday surprise! (Yup, it was a big one – the big 40!) The next day was our anniversary (day before my birthday) so Peter and I were planning on going out to dinner. Well, after what seemed a LONG drive around the countryside, we finally go to the restaurant. I thought something might be up, but I was not prepared to see a large number of ladies from church all there and shouting surprise and happy birthday! Peter excused himself after taking the photo below. 🙂 Oh, my goodness, another shock!
The next day was my birthday. We had an amazing day out at Bowood House – a beautiful place with an adventure playground, lake, house and gardens, waterfall and caves. We are blessed to have passes, thanks to my Aunt Carol!
So turning 40 was actually a really nice experience! Getting older is a funny thing . . . while we were away on holiday in the spring, I did some processing with Peter about the whole idea of getting older and the emotions that come with it. There is a certain wistfulness that comes when you look back and realise that your youth is gone and so many good memories are now in the past. However, I know that God is the author of the past and the future and my times are in His hands – well, my whole self is in His hands! The verse that I was pondering last year when Peter turned 40 has meant a lot to me . . . “Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly, we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:18. With Jesus, we know the best is yet to come.
So here are a few more photos of our time with Amy and Matthew. What a gift those ten days were!
Thanks so much for coming Amy and Matthew! And thank you to everyone who helped to make my birthday special.
Peter has just returned from a few days in Ireland, helping teach at the Impact Ireland outreach training. Hannah went with him and will be staying there until the 18th as she is participating in the outreach. I know she would value your prayers. Peter is will be preaching tomorrow in our series at Trinity called, Dear Church, on the seven letters in Revelation. Here is a link if you are interested in listening to any of the messages.
Happy Summer! May God refresh and bless you over the next weeks.