17 Weeks and Time for a Break

Melanie —  December 16, 2011

We started this school year back in mid-August and apart from a days here and there, we haven’t taken any real breaks.  So we’ve now completed 17 weeks of school together!  Our school year is 36 weeks long so we’re nearly halfway through.  I am very proud of how hard the children have worked and it’s been such a treat to enjoy good books and learn together.  Now it’s time for 2 weeks of holiday for Christmas and we’re all looking forward to some down time and celebrating Jesus’ birthday together.   Then we’ll probably be able to get a couple weeks in before the baby arrives!

I saw the midwife today and all seems well with the baby.  He or she is probably not facing head down yet (which is not too much of a concern since there is more time to turn) so pray that the baby will be in the right position at just the right time.  Please keep praying with us for this little one to arrive safely and in God’s perfect timing (anytime after the 9th of Jan would be perfect in our minds!). We’re gradually preparing for the arrival of this newest little Meadling.  Tomorrow Peter will venture into the loft and bring down some baby things.  It’s been 5 years so we need to take stock of what we still have and what we gave away.

Some prayer requests . . . Peter is preaching twice on Sunday.  Both services will probably have many visitors attending so pray for God’s Spirit to work in their hearts.  And pray for him as he prepares to speak during the month of January too (it would be ideal if the baby did not arrive on a Sunday although he does have back-up speakers lined up!).  The Cor Deo season will also be starting in about one month, so pray for all the practical pieces to come together and for God to be working in the hearts of the participants and in Peter and Ron too.

Here are some photos so you can get a taste of Mead-life lately . . .

Decorating the Christmas tree (Joel's in a shepherd outfit and Mariah is an angel)


The kids like to snuggle up under the Christmas tree . . . here's Aliyah


Hannah took this of Mariah and Joel when they were playing wedding yet again!


The children got an idea from a Christmas activity book to hide little notes around the house promising to do things to bless others. Aliyah did one for Mariah promising to wash her feet and paint her nails. Very sweet.


I glanced over at Joel's plate last night at dinner and found he had taken most of his peas out of their cases. Check out the sight!


When I asked him why he did that, he gave me a cheeky grin and said, "Just because I wanted to." 🙂


Enjoy the last week before Christmas.  I’ve been reading Hebrews and been reminded again that we have a Saviour who can completely identify with us in our weaknesses and temptations because He became one of us.  He knows what it’s like to be tired, sad, abandoned by his friends and tempted to lash out at others . . . He understands our struggles and he’s praying for us right now.  So . . . “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)