Well, our birthday season has officially come to a close now that Hannah has turned sixteen last week!  I thought I’d share some photos of the festivities of the past few weeks.  It’s been a full four weeks but really fun and joyful for all of us.  We thank God for our wonderful girls and the way they are growing up, especially growing up in their faith.

Kaylah was our first birthday girl. She turned five on the 1st of February.

 

Aunt Carol was here to help with the party preparations. She was a great help!

 

Kaylah’s party was a rainbow theme . . .

 

Rainbow fruit . .

 

And rainbow jelly!

 

Everyone wanted to get into the action, putting m&m’s on the cake. Well, most of them made it onto the cake! 🙂

 

Happy Birthday sweet Kaylah! We love you! And as she told me the other day herself: Jesus will never, never, never stop loving you!

 

Aliyah’s special day was next. She turned 14 on the 5th of February.

 

Aunt Carol took us out to lunch on her birthday – it was a yummy treat!

 

We thank God for Aliyah and her heart for Jesus and the way she serves others so generously.

 

While Aunt Carol was visiting we did a really fun outing to the SS Great Britain in Bristol. It was a fascinating place to visit.

 

We got to dress up inside the museum!

 

We had such a special time with Aunt Carol. Here she’s having a cuddle with Jessah.

 

Aunt Carol and all the Meadlings. Her visits are always so special.

 

Thanks for visiting and for all you did for us Aunt Carol!

 

We enjoyed another family visit from our niece Rebecca.  While she was here we went to Castle Combe (known as the “prettiest village in England”) for a walk. We had a really special time with Rebecca while she was here – come back soon Rebecca!

 

 

Next it was Mariah’s turn . . . she turned 12 on the 19th of February.

 

We went for a fun walk in the woods at Castle Combe on Mariah’s birthday with our friend Alex from Slovenia.

 

Mariah’s friendly, joyful spirit is such a blessing to us. We are thankful for her desire to follow Jesus too.

 

In the midst of birthday season, the Cor Deo women’s programme was going on. It was a joy to spend time with Gretchen, our friend who led the programme, and the other ladies who were here.

 

And last but not least, it was Hannah’s birthday! She turned 16 on the 2nd of March.

 

Here is Aliyah frosting Hannah’s nutella and cream cheese (6 layer!) cake. Yum!

 

Peter and I feel old . . we can hardly believe that we have a sixteen year old daughter!! Hannah is such a delight to us and we are excited to see where God takes her in the years to come.

 

The non-birthday season Meadlings – Joel and Jessah – enjoyed celebrating too.  (There is lots of cake to be eaten in the Mead household this time of year!)

 

By the fourth birthday celebration, Jessah even tried to get into the action by “blowing” up balloons!

 

So cute to see her trying to copy us all. She is growing up so much!

 

So March is marching on now . . . our days are full with homeschooling and people God brings to us to spend time with and hopefully point to Christ. Peter is enjoying preaching through the book of Daniel at church and preparing for another Cor Deo intensive coming up in a few weeks.  Please let us know how we can pray for you.  As always, we value prayer for physical stamina and closeness to Jesus so we can serve our family and others with full “tanks.”

We were in Daniel 4 last week . . .and reminded of how God is the one in total control in our lives.  We need Him so much.  The last verse of the chapter is this one:  “All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble the proud.”  Please pray we rely on Him every day and keep our hearts humble and reliant on Him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week we finished the second Cor Deo women’s programme.  It was three weeks with a group of six ladies, led by our good friend Gretchen from Portland.  Peter and Mike went in each morning to help with teaching the Bible sessions and the history/theology sessions, but then Gretchen and Anniina (a good friend from our church), led the afternoons.  It was a great time!  Sadly we were hit with coughs, colds, and flu and so different ones struggled at different times.  Peter even missed a day which hasn’t happened too many times over the past years.

It was so special to look at John together, enjoying Christ more each day.  It was good to think through how Christianity has arrived at this point, primarily so we can think about how to discern what is healthy and how to share that with others.  We also got to enjoy some meals together and will miss the ladies that are now travelling to or already home in Portland, Slovenia, Wales, Devon, etc.

Thank you for praying for us during this time.  We are already looking at the schedule to determine when we can run this programme again – please let us know if you might be interested next time!

Smiles from Jessah

Melanie —  February 20, 2017

 

 

Jessah made us all laugh recently . . . . this girl LOVES food – especially anything sweet!  After Aliyah’s birthday meal, we were praying around the table like we often do – this time for Aliyah – and Kaylah and Jessah were coming in and out of the room, playing with each other.  Suddenly Kaylah came and said to me in an intense whisper:  “Jessah is eating cookies!”  I went into the lounge and sure enough, Jessah was sat with a large plate of cookies, munching away! (She’d carried the plate from it’s place in the front bedroom, all the way into the lounge!) She’d taken one bite out of 3 different cookies by the time I arrived!  She looked up at me sweetly and did the sign for “please!”  Oh my goodness, it was hilarious and it slightly interrupted the prayer time next door as everyone dissolved in laughter!  (Hannah and Aliyah didn’t even mind too much that their cookie plate for a party was slightly depleted!) And I bet our heavenly Father didn’t even mind too much that we pressed pause on the prayer time to enjoy the antics of a little person.

And another story from today . . . After six children, you’d think that I would know a 15-month old has no concept of “yesterday!”  Well, I have been reminded of that today.  🙂  I was reading Jessah a story just now before her nap and one page had a car on it.  She LOVES cars and going out in the car and started saying “car, car, car!”  I said, “Yes, yesterday we went in the car to church and saw your friends.”  A minute later I was singing her her bedtime song and she started pointing toward the door.  I laid her in her bed, like I always do and she burst into tears and started saying, “car, car, car!”  Poor girl, yesterday is a hard concept for a little girl!  She obviously thought we were going out right now in the car!  We had another cuddle and I tried to explain.  She calmed down after a while and I think resigned herself to not going out.  Lesson learned – don’t talk to your 15 month old about what happened yesterday!

Maybe we could all take a lesson from Jessah (and the apostle Paul!) . . . Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)