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End of October

Melanie —  October 24, 2017

 

Wow, where has this month gone? We have some exciting things coming up and some great reasons to give thanks, including the safe birth of a baby girl to our good friends today – yay for baby girls!

Another praise . . . just yesterday, Peter’s parents were able to exchange contracts on their house move.  Since the start of the year, we’ve been trying to support them as they prepared their house to go on the market and looked for a new one (on one level) in Chippenham.  The process has definitely had its twists and turns and we’ve seen that what WE think best is not always God’s plan.  It’s increased our faith and we are so thankful for God’s goodness in providing them a house very near to us that fits their needs.  We look forward to spending more time with them and being able to support them in the years to come.  Moving day, Lord willing, will be 8th of November!  Our children are very excited to have Grandma and Grandpa near and are already making plans to ride their bikes over there regularly.

Here is Grandma Mead with Jessah and Kaylah.

We’ve had a great sermon series on the Reformation going on at church – to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the church door at Wittenberg.  Click here to access the Trinity Chippenham sermons or you can always subscribe to them in iTunes.  Our church’s annual Light Party (Halloween alternative) is coming up this Saturday!  Please pray for a great turn out and that it would be a fun and fruitful time of connecting with people.  The girls and I are quite involved in the planning and preparation so please pray it all comes together.

My children are becoming my right hand helpers in preparing for church events. They do more baking than I do nowadays! Here they are making cookies for the church weekend away.

Hannah is currently out on her silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition.  For those of you not in the UK, the D of E programme is an award scheme to help young people learn new skills, do charity work and participate in sports.  For each level, they do a camping expedition out in the countryside where they work together in a team to travel from one location to another, using maps, compasses, etc.  Hannah missed her expedition in July due to illness so we were so thankful that she stayed healthy for this one (especially as we had a tummy bug in the house last week!). We have been praying that God will use her in some way over these three days as he orchestrated events so she’d be on this expedition and not the one she prepared for in July.

Since we’re talking about Hannah, did you know she has a blog now where she is sharing her writing? Click here to check it out.  We’re delighted at the way she’s developing as a young writer.

Next week, Hannah will be joining the Cor Deo Reformation intensive (her first Cor Deo intensive).  We are excited to host this here in Chippenham and to welcome people from all over the country and even a few international guests! Please pray for Peter as he teaches and for it have a great impact on all who are participating.

Here are some recent photos to give you a flavour of life over the past few weeks.

 

My aunt Carol visited in September. Here she is with the older five children when she took them on a private tour of the Cotswolds. They all really enjoyed it.

 

Here are the older 5 Meadlings in the beautiful Cotswolds.

 

Kaylah has been loving her swimming lessons, which she started in May.

 

And Joel has been loving playing football on a team which he also started a few months ago. They’ve had a lot of character building losses, but he’s having a good time anyway!

 

Here’s Aliyah hard at work . . . aunt Carol helped her and Aliyah redecorate their bedroom.

 

Kaylah and Jessah continue to bring us much joy and delight with all their sweet and funny ways.

 

Here they are helping Mariah and I shop for flowers. Mariah did some planting for a school project.

 

Couldn’t resist sharing this one . . . Kaylah reading to her sister at dinner.

 

Dynamic Duo – two budding musicians?!

 

On a recent (and rare) sunny day, we decided to all go to Bowood House . . . we love it there and have passes which were gifted to us. The older girls came too – it was such a special afternoon with all 6 of my children.

 

Aliyah and Jessah . . .can’t believe Jessah is about to turn two!

 

I love this photo with all six of them.

 

Happy autumn to everyone and Happy Reformation Day for next Tuesday! We are hosting a film night for our church family kids at our house that evening.  We’re watching the Torchlighter’s video on Martin Luther.  Great for adults and kids alike!  If you don’t already know about Jelly Telly, check it out. It’s a great source of wholesome Christian tv for kids.  Members can access all of the Torchlighter’s videos there or get them “on demand” on the Torchlighter’s site.  Why not invite some kids over and watch it as a little Reformation Day celebration?

Thank you Father, that our salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone.

Ephesians 2: 8-9 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long Overdue Update!

Peter —  October 2, 2017

Well it has been a busy summer, but that is no excuse for not updating this site since July!  The summer has flown by and it looks like the good weather is probably done for the year.  Homeschool is back in full swing.  Actually, we started in mid-August because we want to finish the school year early next summer before a family trip back to the USA!

Seventy of us gathered in the dining room at the weekend away!

This weekend we had a great time at our church weekend away.  It was our fourth and best.  Two or three families couldn’t make it, but the majority of the church were present and the venue was bursting at the seams.  It was such a great atmosphere.  Honestly it felt not only fuller than previously, but the group of people as a whole just somehow felt more mature and together than in the past.  It is a real privilege to be part of Trinity Chippenham.  The older girls were sharing with other teen girls, Melanie stayed at home overnight with Jessah and then joined us during the days.  I (Peter) shared with Kaylah, Joel, and a good friend with his daughter and son.  It was so cute to see the little ones playing together, and praying together at night.

Sunday morning Kaylah and her friend Lumiana told me that Kaylah had cried on Saturday evening while I was watching the movie with everyone else.  Kaylah told me, “we almost came outside in the rain to get you, but then we prayed together and I was alright.”  So cute.

Today I am going over to Bristol to cover for a good friend who is launching a new Union School of Theology hub there.  While I am not officially involved in this learning hub, I am happy to help, not least because two friends from Trinity Chippenham are studying in it.  I lecture at Union and was on campus for a day of teaching last week, so it is great to see this ministry spreading and growing.

This coming weekend I will be up in Wrexham speaking at the North Wales Men’s Convention.  I’d appreciate prayer for that as I will be speaking twice to the whole group.  Then it is back to Chippenham so that I can continue our Reformation 500 series at Trinity on Sunday.

Kaylah with her friends enjoying a hot chocolate by the camp fire

A successful family-friendly praise and prayer session at the Trinity Chippenham weekend away!

 

A June to Remember

Melanie —  July 8, 2017

The month of July has come now and we Meads are enjoying being finished with our schooling! The weather has been wonderful so we’ve been enjoying bike riding, roller blading, picnics and a few outings.  We’re looking forward to some fun times with friends this summer, as well as doing what we can to serve others as a family with the extra time we have.  Peter has been travelling quite a bit this past month so we’re looking forward to having him around a bit more too.

On 4th of July, Aliyah made a special cake and the kids dressed up in their Chicago Cubs shirts (red, white and blue!) to celebrate. We brought the cake to share with our homeschool group friends at our Sports Day in Bristol which was so much fun!

But really, I want to share some photos from June.  It was a special month!  To start with, I had a grand surprise when I walked into church one Sunday afternoon just before my birthday!  It was pretty funny as I was not at all early to church (i.e. nearly late!) and the very friendly guy on the door kind of “hurried” me inside. (Hmmm. . . he’s never done that before, I thought).  As I entered the room, Mariah asked me with a big grin if I’d like to “get ready” for church (not sure what that meant!!).  Then a friend who knows well that I don’t drink coffee, asked me if I’d like to go get some coffee from the refreshments table! I said, “Well, I’ll get some water,” and turned towards the table, only to find  . . . MY SISTER (from America) standing there!!! Oh, my goodness!!  I was completely shocked.  What a wonderful surprise! I kind of felt like the whole ten days she was here with my nephew was a dream.  But an amazing one!

 

This was taken just after the surprise at church! I love you so much Amy!

So after that, I thought I’d had my birthday surprise! (Yup, it was a big one – the big 40!) The next day was our anniversary (day before my birthday) so Peter and I were planning on going out to dinner.  Well, after what seemed a LONG drive around the countryside, we finally go to the restaurant.  I thought something might be up, but I was not prepared to see a large number of ladies from church all there and shouting surprise and happy birthday! Peter excused himself after taking the photo below. 🙂 Oh, my goodness, another shock!

Here I am with my lovely sisters in Christ at my surprise birthday meal. Thank you all – you are such a blessing!

The next day was my birthday.  We had an amazing day out at Bowood House – a beautiful place with an adventure playground, lake, house and gardens, waterfall and caves.  We are blessed to have passes, thanks to my Aunt Carol!

 

It was so special to have Amy and Matthew there too!

 

We enjoyed a picnic together. . . (excuse the funny expression captured on Peter’s face – ha!)

 

It was adorable watching Jessah eat her lunch on the bench with Peter.

 

This girl is so full of fun! (She’s also starting to grow a little fro!)

 

Matthew and Joel had a fantastic time together doing all things BOY!

 

Here are Aliyah and Hannah at the waterfall.

 

And Amy and I in the gardens.

 

And our whole family . . . I truly believe I have the best family in the world.

 

Peter had one more birthday surprise for me – a jar full of memories/notes of appreciation from him, the children and some of my friends and extended family. I laughed and cried my way through reading them. What an amazing and precious gift to treasure!

So turning 40 was actually a really nice experience!  Getting older is a funny thing . . . while we were away on holiday in the spring, I did some processing with Peter about the whole idea of getting older and the emotions that come with it.  There is a certain wistfulness that comes when you look back and realise that your youth is gone and so many good memories are now in the past.  However, I know that God is the author of the past and the future and my times are in His hands – well, my whole self is in His hands! The verse that I was pondering last year when Peter turned 40 has meant a lot to me . . . “Therefore, we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly, we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:18.  With Jesus, we know the best is yet to come.

So here are a few more photos of our time with Amy and Matthew.  What a gift those ten days were!

We drove to London one day, parked in the outskirts and took the tube into the centre. Here we are having a picnic in St. James’ Park! We were enjoying it so much, we lost track of time and realised we needed to get moving to the Westminster area and catch the boat we had booked!

 

Amy and the kids outside Buckingham Palace.

 

The Meadlings with Buckingham Palace in the background!

 

Trafalgar Square lions! We even managed a few minutes in the National Gallery after this photo was taken.

 

The boat ride on the Thames was a great way to see the sights – nice and cool too, as it was a hot day! It was a very memorable day out.

 

Another day we took a walk in the woods above the nearby village of Castle Coombe.

 

The kids absolutely loved being in the woods, digging for wild garlic (we realised after we got home that it’s the leaves, not the bulbs that you eat – oops!) and playing army, in the case of Joel and Matthew.

 

It was another hot day so the children spent a lot of time in the stream.

 

They found a dead crayfish and proceeded to make a memorial for him. (That’s the crayfish on the rock in the middle! He was promptly dubbed Lecrae after an American Christian hiphop artist – hilarious!)

 

Thanks so much for coming Amy and Matthew!  And thank you to everyone who helped to make my birthday special.

Peter has just returned from a few days in Ireland, helping teach at the Impact Ireland outreach training.  Hannah went with him and will be staying there until the 18th as she is participating in the outreach.  I know she would value your prayers.  Peter is will be preaching tomorrow in our series at Trinity called, Dear Church, on the seven letters in Revelation.  Here is a link if you are interested in listening to any of the messages.

Happy Summer! May God refresh and bless you over the next weeks.