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Busy March

Peter —  March 25, 2019

The last few weeks have been busy with Cor Deo, Trinity, Union and ELF all at once.  Here’s a quick summary:

Cor Deo – We held another women’s intensive as we do every year at this time.  Again it was a special week for the women involved.  Peter taught in the mornings, but left at lunchtime as the afternoon was led by our friends Gretchen and Anniina.  Then after a week off, Peter and Mike led the first ever John Feast . all 21 chapters of John in four full days.  It was wonderful and everyone involved had a great time.  We are planning to repeat this programme before too long!

Trinity – We are preaching through Mark at the moment.  Last week we had a dedication service for one of the newest little members of the TC family and were joined by over 20 guests.  Every Sunday is busy with lots of setting up and packing away, but every Sunday is a special time.  The community during the week is really encouraging too.  We love being part of this church.

Union School of Theology – Peter has driven over to South Wales to teach on campus for three days so far this semester.  There is one more to go and then the school year will be over for him.

ELF – The European Leadership Forum is in May, but mid-March is the deadline for speakers to submit their teaching notes.  It was a big relief to get these sent in earlier this week.  The Advanced Bible Teachers network that Peter leads will be focusing on Galatians this year, and preparing the notes started to build my anticipation for that.

The family is generally doing well, although the last week has been really tough for Melanie with difficulty sleeping at night.  This happens periodically, but thankfully it doesn’t seem to go on forever.  We pray that this won’t last too long for her.  We have a family holiday planned in a few weeks and hopefully that can be a refreshing break for us all.

Hannah is now 18 and will soon be heading off to university.  Her plan is to go to Corban University in Oregon.  She has a place already and so we are now in the financial aid conversation with the university to see if we can reach a level where the cost is not too uncomfortable.  Please pray for this to be figured out soon so she can know what she is doing.

Birthday Month

Peter —  February 19, 2019

Not even three weeks into February and we have had three birthdays already.  Today was Mariah’s (after Kaylah’s and Aliyah’s).  Kaylah enjoyed snow on her birthday, but that seems like a long time ago now.  That snow and ice caused our church venue to be cancelled, but we were able to arrange an alternative at short notice.

Hannah has her good friend from Oregon visiting, which adds another girl into the mix!  Later this month we have a women’s Cor Deo Intensive and there are still spaces available – do you know anyone who could join us in Chippenham for next week?  Please get in touch!  We also have a four-day John Feast in March where we will study John’s Gospel right through for four days.  This is a trial run of this new format, but it should be exciting (all are
welcome to this Intensive).

Thanks for praying for us.  Birthday season is a happy time, but obviously it is a lot of extra activity on top of the normal load of schooling and ministry.  Right now we are in the process of helping Hannah figure out how her desire to study English & Bible at university in Oregon can work out practically.  We’ve had a conversation with one of the universities to talk about financial aid with them.  Thanks for praying for us: for ministry, for family, for these precious daughters who are celebrating birthdays, etc.

(We will get some birthday pictures on here soon!)

Christmas Greetings from the Meads

Melanie —  December 21, 2018

Wow, Christmas and the dawn of 2019 are almost here!  These past days and weeks our family has been busy finishing off schoolwork, preparing for Christmas, and trying to be a blessing to those around us.  Our church carol service went very well last week and we had quite a few guests join us.  We had live animals, free family photos on offer and a party for the younger children.  This Sunday we have another special Christmas family service including our first Trinity Chippenham nativity.  It’s been quite a hectic last few months with ministry travelling (Chicago and Spain) and seminary teaching and marking (for Union in Wales) for Peter, along with much serving at church.  I’ve been doing my best to manage the household, as we also open our home and hearts to various people.  We’re all looking forward to a break from the normal routine over the Christmas holidays.  Everyone is also excited about my parents arriving from America tomorrow to spend the holidays with us!

As this year draws to a close, we realise we are long overdue to share some family news and photos.  Here are a few photos to give you a flavour of what we’ve been up to:

 

Looking right back to the start of the school year . . here are all my amazing students! (the title of the book Jessah is holding cracked me up!)

 

We’ve been studying ancient history this year and the kids made an edible cake map of Egypt for one of their assignments. 🙂

 

Hannah helped Kaylah rig up a horse and “buggy!”

 

Aliyah doing some baking with the little girls.

 

Jessah and Kaylah eating “log cabin” toast (just like my mom used to make for me!)

 

It’s been a goal of mine to spend more time outdoors this school year. We’ve had some lovely times together enjoyed creation.

 

Kaylah found a TINY snail!

 

The autumn leaves were absolutely gorgeous.

 

Lots of Mead wellies in the leaves.

 

We’ve enjoyed spending time at the nearby stream and woods, both by ourselves and with other homeschool friends.

 

Our September nature tray . . .

 

And October . . .

 

We took this photo to preserve the memory of a VERY wet walk home from the supermarket. We were absolutely drenched and Mariah heroically carried a sobbing Jessah all the way home! A walk we won’t forget!

 

Our church’s annual Light Party is a real highlight of our autumn. – a great outreach opportunity and lots of fun. Here the girls are icing MANY cookies to put in party bags.

 

Jessah at the Light Party!

 

Another highlight of our autumn is doing the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. We read stories from an amazing book this year which inspired us even more to get involved. Kaylah got very excited and spent lots of time and her own money filling her box.

 

Sweet Jessah turned 3 in November!

 

And Joel turned 12!

 

We really enjoyed Thanksgiving with some friends. Aliyah did a beautiful job decorating the table.

 

Our walks have gotten fewer this month as we have had extremely wet weather. Here we are managing a little walk/ride between the raindrops.

 

A winter highlight for me so far was taking Jessah ice skating for the first time. We went with my friend and her daughter – so fun!

 

It’s a good deal, being able to ride on a banana when you get tired!

 

Kaylah and her friends from the “Har-minis” choir had fun singing carols at a retirement home.

 

Life is sometimes a complicated web . . . with God’s gracious help, we keep on “climbing” and serving Him!

 

Thank you for your prayers for our family.  We would very much appreciate prayer for physical and spiritual refreshment over the Christmas period (we are all quite tired and in need of a break) and quality time as a family.  Also, that the Lord will work through us in the times that we spend with others outside our family. Our desire is to share his wonderful love and kindness that we ourselves have received.  Happy Christmas to all of you and please do let us know how we can pray for you and your family in 2019.