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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If Anyone is in Christ . . .

Melanie —  February 8, 2017

If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation!  These are the words we put on the cake we made Mariah for her baptism.  What an amazing Saviour we have and a beautiful message to share with the world.  When we trust in Jesus as our Saviour, the old is gone and the new has come!  Our hearts are made new and we have God’s Holy Spirit living in our hearts.  As we walk with Him, He transforms us from the inside out.  Baptism is just a physical symbol of a spiritual reality.  We have died with Christ, our sins are paid for and we are now spiritually alive with Him, by the Spirit!

As parents, our greatest wish for our children is that they would trust Jesus as their Saviour and follow Him wholeheartedly and passionately.  We often pray that our children will far surpass us in their love for Jesus.  So it was a special and joyful day on the 29th of January when Mariah was baptised!  She became a Christian a few years ago and we were so thrilled when she decided to publicly share her faith in Christ and get baptised.

We had a great turnout for the baptism – a bigger crowd at Trinity Chippenham than we’d ever had. We were so thankful that many of our friends from our homeschool co-op and other friends and family from near and far were able to come too.  It made it so special to have each one join us.

Mariah’s testimony was videoed beforehand but the video didn’t play so she had to step up and do it live!  Nerve-racking but she did great!  She and the other girl being baptised were presented with a book from the church which had a verse printed in the cover, chosen by their parents.  These are the verses we chose for her:

John 10:27-29

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me,[a] is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

This was the first baptism that we had at the leisure centre where we meet each Sunday.  All 100+ people trooped upstairs to the poolside and with lifeguards looking on, we held the baptisms!  A lot of planning and organisation went into making it all happen but it certainly paid off.  Everything went really smoothly safely and no little children fell into the pool! (we have a lot of little ones at Trinity!)

Here is Peter getting ready to baptise Mariah. Edith (the other girl who was baptised) is waiting her turn.

 

I love these photos of Mariah looking up at her Dad.

 

Being buried with Christ . . .

 

And raised with Him to new life!

 

A hug with Dad . . .

We had an open house afterwards for any friends and family not from Trinity (we wish we could have invited all the church people too but our house is too small!) and I think we had over 40 people in our house in the end (including many children!) What a special time.

Here is Jessah enjoying some of the baptism cake with Auntie Elizabeth.

As part of the service, Mariah and Edith were asked for three reasons why they love Jesus.  Mariah’s were:

  1. Because He loved me first.
  2. Because He loved me enough to die for me.
  3. Because He is always there for me.

 

Please pray for Mariah as she continues to walk with Jesus.  Pray that her faith and love will burn red-hot for Him and that her life will be a shining light to the world!

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.