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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!

Catching Up!

Melanie —  January 26, 2017

Wow, we have been seriously neglectful in writing on our blog.  We will try to do better in 2017! To help you catch up with us a bit,  I will share some photos which will hopefully give you a taste of what we have been up to over the past couple of months.  There have been plenty of challenges but also many joys and we have much to thank our loving Father for!

Coming up in family life, we have four birthdays to celebrate and are so excited that Mariah is getting baptised on Sunday!  Please pray for her as she takes this important step.  Peter will be preaching at the service and he is a bit under the weather with a cold/flu so please pray he is well for Sunday and for the Holy Spirit to speak through him as there will be quite a few visitors including those who don’t know Jesus yet.  My aunt Carol is arriving from the USA tomorrow and will join us for all the festivities, starting with Kaylah’s 5th birthday party on Saturday.

On the ministry front, we have been busy with many things. . . . a few highlights:  this week has been a special week of prayer at church and it has been a very encouraging time.  Peter was in Germany last week, speaking at the OM entry conference for a couple of days.  The women’s Cor Deo programme is starting Feb. 6th and we are excited about that.  Those are just a few highlights . .  as always we value your prayers very much.  Apart from Him we can do nothing!

Now for the photos . . .

 

There have been ups . . .

 

. . . and downs 🙂
(literally and figuratively!)

 

Mariah decided to donate her hair to a charity. It took her a few days to get used to it but she’s really happy she did it. We all think it looks great!

 

Our Christmas season was very busy (I still haven’t learned how to make it not crazy!) but we had lots of fun moments. Here the Meadlings are eating gummy sushi – part of a lovely Christmas gift box from some friends.

 

Here they are on Christmas morning with their stockings (it’s getting harder to all fit on Dad and Mum’s bed!)

 

Don’t think sleepy Jessah had a clue what was going on but she had a smile for us!

 

Dad made star shaped eggs for Christmas breakfast!

 

It’s also getting harder to take an “in front of the Christmas tree” photo! (maybe we need a bigger tree!)

 

Kaylah is loving her new rollerblades!

 

Opening gifts was an activity in itself for Jessah! Here she is opening the doll that Kaylah picked out for her.

 

Checking it out . . .

 

We love playing games with Grandma and Grandpa. This one is GRandpa’s favourite – Halma.

 

And fun with cousins . . .

 

Dad and Aliyah

 

We took a frosty December walk a few days after Christmas.

 

Jessah exploring a tree . . .

 

Aliyah likes to wear Jessah in the baby carrier . . .

 

Hannah took some amazing photos . ..

 

 

 

Miss Jessah took off with her walking a few days before Christmas . . .

 

Watch out world – here I come! 🙂

 

Taking a moment to chill out . . .

 

This girl is full of energy and smiles.

 

Can you tell she likes hats?

 

She wants to do everything that the big kids do!  They are very patient with her.

 

Can I help?!

 

Couldn’t resist sharing just one more photo of her!

 

We had a very special celebration on Saturday. Kaylah finished her 100 Reading Lessons. Dad made her a special certificate.

 

Here we are counting out 100 chocolate chips to put on her cake.

 

Reading the last few lines of the 100th lesson!

 

Good job Kaylah! Welcome to the world of books! 🙂

 

Thank you for your prayers for our family.  We love you all and thank God for your partnership with us.

 

 

 

I am reading in Proverbs at the moment and I came across this verse that I don’t ever remember reading before (Proverbs 14:4):

Without oxen a stable stays clean,
    but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

Hmmm. . . interesting verse . . . It made me think about our house . . . if we didn’t have so many people in it, it would be nice and clean and tidy! But at the moment, it is full of people and yes, we all make plenty of messes!  (physically and emotionally and even spiritually). But it’s in the mess of life and family that planting and sowing and reaping happens, and Lord willing, eventually a harvest! We are praying for and working toward a large harvest – a harvest of love and spiritual life, a harvest of people who are passionate for God and who will affect eternity with their lives! That makes me think of my favourite mummy verse:  (Galatians 6:9)

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Being a parent can be really exhausting!  At times, it’s tempting to give up on various aspects of parenting.  But as we continue to change those nappies, dry those tears, make those meals, wash those clothes, read those Bible stories, take time to instruct in those teachable moments, pray with those little people, discipline and teach and train . . . in time, we trust God that we will reap a harvest of hearts sold out for Jesus.  Of course there are no guarantees (with children or crops!) but the law of the harvest says that generally, when you plant and water and care for the crops, you eventually yield a harvest.  Let us press on toward the goal, hand in hand with Jesus.  We feel our need of Him every day.

These last few weeks have been full ones (I guess our weeks are never not full!).  Here are some photos that share the story of our last couple of months.

First, Miss Jessah turned one!

 

She took her first steps a few days before her birthday and we’re sure it won’t be long before she’ll be off and running.  

 

Tonight she fell asleep in my arms when I was putting her to bed.  She hardly ever does that now so I really savoured the moment and thought back to when she was tiny.  Where does the time go?

 

Here we are celebrating her birthday with Grandpa and Grandma.

To follow the tradition of the Mead girls, I made her a cat cake.

 

Hmmm . . what's this?

Hmmm . . what’s this?

 

Jessah wasn't too bothered about opening her presents but she made up for it in how much she enjoyed eating her cake!

Jessah wasn’t too bothered about opening her presents but she made up for it in how much she enjoyed eating her cake!

 

We all delight in her so much!

We all delight in this little girl so much!

 

Peek-a-boo!

 

Reading with Hannah!

 

We have been busy with schooling . . . but here's having a time out for a hug!

We have been very busy with schooling . . . but here’s having a time out for a hug!

 

And here we are at one of our favourite places to go for some fun – Bowood House. We have many a photo taken in front of this big tree by the entrance.

 

Can you believe the Meadlings colour-coded the balls in the ball pit? Yikes!

 

We went dressed as traffic lights for our church's Light Party! The kids and I helped with the planning and we were thankful that it seemed a success!

We went dressed as traffic lights for our church’s Light Party! The kids and I helped with the planning and we were thankful that it seemed a success!

 

Peter and Jessah and I went away for a weekend recently – Peter had found a very sweet little cottage for us to stay in. We had some much needed rest and time as a couple. Here Peter took Jessah out to get some wood for the fire.

 

The autumn leaves are just beautiful at the moment!

 

On the ministry front, there has been a lot happening and there is a lot coming up!  Here are some prayer points and we hope to send a fuller email update out soon.  We always appreciate prayer for physical energy and spiritual vitality as we raise our family and serve in ministry.

Pray for the youth girls at church who are doing a Bible study called Beauty By the Book on Wednesday nights.  Melanie is helping to lead this along with a couple other women.

Pray for a Cor Deo intensive coming up in two weeks.  Numbers are high and we are anticipating a great time together.  Melanie will be attending this (the last one I did was four years ago!) and of course Peter and Mike be teaching.

Peter is preaching every Sunday this month on the book of John.  Pray for open hearts, especially for those who don’t yet know Jesus.

Please pray for Peter as he continues to teach his preaching courses at Union School of Theology over the next two days.

Thanks so much for praying for us!