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Our four birthday girls!

Wow, more than a month has passed since we posted on the blog.  February was packed with lots of birthday fun and encouraging ministry too!  We were blessed to have our friend Gretchen George (from Oregon) join us for the month of February to help lead our very first women’s Cor Deo programme.  By all reports, it was a very encouraging and strategic month for the women who participated.  Peter helped to lead the morning sessions and felt so blessed to be a part of it.  In addition to her Cor Deo involvement, Gretchen was also able to lead a parenting course and a women’s evening on the topic of forgiveness for Trinity Chippenham.

We thoroughly enjoyed the time we were able to spend with Gretchen in our home.

We thoroughly enjoyed the time we were able to spend with Gretchen in our home. Kaylah especially enjoyed it when Gretchen read her stories.

A few more bits of news and prayer requests before I share more photos (don’t miss them below!):

**Peter spent a few days this week doing preaching training with a group of Salvation Army ministers.  It was a unique opportunity and seemed like a strategic few days with good feedback from the ministers. He also preached during the month of February at Trinity Chippenham on the book of Ruth.  You can listen to the messages here on the church website.

**We look forward to welcoming my parents this evening for a 10 day visit!  We are all excited to spend time with them and introduce them to Jessah.

We’d really love prayer this weekend please. This weekend our church will be hosting and performing The Mark Drama. This is a 90-minute presentation of every event in Mark’s Gospel, performed “theatre-in-the-round” (this means the stage is at the centre, so we are almost treading on toes as we act). For the past six weeks 15 of us have been learning the structure of Mark and our first rehearsal was last night. The performances are Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. We have distributed almost 2000 invitations and would love to see local folks coming to this event. Last year we had 120 at the two performances, 90 of which were not from Trinity. Actually, most of Trinity was in it!  The Mark Drama was an amazing experience last year and we anticipate the same again this time. Peter, Hannah and Aliyah are all in the acting team, Melanie will be helping with childcare. Please pray for health and strength for the cast – at least two are battling migraines today and several have had colds/coughs which could affect voices.  We know Satan is on the attack as he would love to stop us sharing the gospel.

Speaking of migraines, I (Melanie) have been struggling with frequent migraines the past 2 months (including one worsening today).  I would really appreciate prayer that they would stop and that I can figure out ways to prevent them.  I have dealt with them for years and there are many things I do/don’t do to keep them under control but at the moment my life is being significantly disrupted by them.  Pray for endurance and patience with this “thorn in my flesh.”

As always, thank you for praying and please let us know how we can pray for you!

Now for the photos . . . 🙂

 

The birthday celebrations began with Kaylah's 4th birthday on February 1st. She requested a castle cake. :-)

The birthday celebrations began with Kaylah’s 4th birthday on February 1st. She requested a castle cake. 🙂

 

The girls bought her a princess dress for her birthday.

We love our sweet Kaylah! She is so affectionate (she's often telling us - "I love you!") and funny too.

We love our sweet Kaylah! She is so affectionate (she’s often telling us – “I love you!”) and funny too.

And, like her siblings, she LOVES Jessah!

And, like her siblings, she LOVES Jessah!

 

Aliyah's birthday was next on 5th February. It was a big one for her . . .

Aliyah’s birthday was next on 5th February. It was a big one for her . . .

 

Now we have two teenagers in the house!

Now we have two teenagers in the house!

 

I continued the tradition I started with Hannah and took Aliyah for a mother daughter night away. Here's us out to lunch.

I continued the tradition I started with Hannah and took Aliyah for a mother daughter night away. Here’s us out to lunch.

 

It was a VERY stormy night so we stayed cozy and watched a film. Jessah came too.

It was a VERY stormy night so we stayed cozy and watched a film. Jessah came too.

 

And having breakfast at the B&B we stayed at.

And having breakfast at the B&B we stayed at.

 

We are so thankful for Aliyah! She has such a servant's heart.

We are so thankful for Aliyah! She has such a servant’s heart.

 

Mariah's birthday was next - 11 years old on 19 February.

Mariah’s birthday was next – 11 years old on 19 February.

 

Mariah has always had such a sparkly smile and a super friendly nature.

Mariah has always had such a sparkly smile and a super friendly nature.

 

She and Joel enjoy learning about birds so she got binoculars for her birthday so she can do some birdwatching.

She and Joel enjoy learning about birds so she got binoculars for her birthday so she can do some birdwatching.

 

She decided she wanted an ice cream sundae bar instead of a cake this year. We had fun celebrating with the Smith family.

She decided she wanted an ice cream sundae bar instead of a cake this year. We had fun celebrating with the Smith family.

 

Hannah turned 15 on 2 March . . . OK I am in denial. How is it that we have a 15 year old? I am OLD!

Hannah turned 15 on 2 March . . . OK I am in denial. How is it that we have a 15 year old? I am OLD!

 

Throughout the month of February, Jessah continued to grow! What a delight she is!

Throughout the month of February, Jessah continued to grow! What a delight she is!

 

We tried and tried to get a 3 month old photo of her smiling but had a hard time. Here is one of the best we got. So sweet. It's amazing how much she looks like Joel did at the same age.

We tried and tried to get a 3 month old photo of her smiling but had a hard time. Here is one of the best we got. So sweet. It’s amazing how much she looks like Joel did at the same age.

 

Getting some tummy time

Getting some tummy time

 

And getting used to the exersaucer . . . what a big girl!

And getting used to the exersaucer . . . what a big girl!

 

Smiles . . .

Smiles . . .

 

And more smiles! Can't believe she is four months old now!

And more smiles! Can’t believe she is four months old now!

 

Someone asked us recently if we still have arguments over who gets to hold her and yes, we do! Here's Joel multi-tasking while he does his school work.

Someone asked us recently if we still have arguments over who gets to hold her and yes, we do! Here’s Joel multi-tasking while he does his school work.

 

Aliyah's turn!

Aliyah’s turn!

 

Four sweet girls . . . Mariah was gone so missed being in this photo. The roses on the side have a story behind them . . . after seeing me buy roses for a friend's birthday, she asked if she could buy her some too and also some for her sisters. So we turned around and went back to the store and she proudly used her birthday money to buy the roses! I couldn't turn down that sweet request!

Four sweet girls . . . Mariah was gone so missed being in this photo. The roses on the side have a story behind them . . . after seeing me buy roses for a friend’s birthday, Kaylah asked if she could buy her some too and also some for her sisters. So we turned around and went back to the store and she proudly used her birthday money to buy the roses! I couldn’t turn down that sweet request!

 

Being a mom is the best job in the world (a hard one but definitely the best!).

Being a mom is the best job in the world (a hard one but definitely the best!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January Memories

Melanie —  January 29, 2016

 

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January is coming to a close and it has been a really special month for us. I thought I’d share some photos so you can see what we have been up to.  Of course we’ve been continuing to adjust to having our sweet new baby, Jessah.  I can’t believe she is three months old on Monday!  We have been thoroughly enjoying having this new little person in our family.  In a way it feels like she’s always been here and on the other hand, we are still adjusting to the more demanding schedule that is life with a newborn!  Ministry wise, this month has included a Cor Deo level two intensive, Peter’s trip to the OM conference in Germany and of course serving at our church, Trinity Chippenham.  We were also able to welcome my sister, Amy, for a joyful week visiting with our family.  And on a more sad note, we had to say goodbye to our dear friends and colleagues in Cor Deo, the Searights, as they moved back to the USA.  Here are some photos that give you a peek into our month:

It hardly seems possible that Christmas was just over a month ago. We had a precious time together. Everyone agreed it was the best Christmas ever!

 

Jessah's first Christmas!

Jessah’s first Christmas!

 

This isn't a great quality photo but it's a special memory. Peter was dancing with Jessah to some Christmas music and she just LOVED it!

This isn’t a great quality photo but it’s a special memory. Peter was dancing with Jessah to some Christmas music and she just LOVED it!

 

We feel privileged that Grandpa and Grandma Mead live close enough to join us for holidays and birthdays.

 

Just after Christmas, my sister, Amy, joined us for one very special week. Here she is meeting Jessah and getting reacquainted with Kaylah.

 

We had so many joyful moments!

 

Here we are having a yummy lunch in a Bradford-on-Avon tea room.

 

What a treat!

What a treat!

Lovely ladies!

Auntie Amy has a special bond with her nieces.

 

Cuddles with Kaylah in a phone booth!

 

While the rest of us went inside a very old church from Saxon times, Mariah and Joel found something more interesting to do – climb a wall outside! They had a lot easier time getting up than getting down! 🙂 (I still think the Mead children are part mountain goat with all the climbing they have done over the years!  They come by it honestly though as I was exactly the same way as a child!)

 

Amy helped me a bit with beautifying our house (she has a great eye for interior design!) and even found time to paint and decorate our little bathroom with the help of the girls. Thanks Amy!

 

I love my sister so much and feel so grateful that she came to visit us! (Note – she was having a cuddle with Jessah in a baby carrier under the blanket!)

 

Thank you for coming to visit us Amy! We love you!

Thank you for coming to visit us Amy! We love you!

 

Jessah loves to be in the baby carrier and the girls love to hold her in it.

 

Kaylah is too little to use the baby carrier but she still loves to hold her sister!

We are all enjoying her so much! She is cooing and smiling all the time and becoming a lot more aware of her surroundings!

We are all enjoying her so much!

 

 

 

She is cooing and smiling all the time and becoming a lot more aware of her surroundings!

Sister love . . . Jessah is cooing and smiling all the time and becoming a lot more aware of her surroundings!

 

And Joel loves to spend time with her too. . . it's still a competition about who will hold her next!

And Joel loves to spend time with her too. . . it’s still a competition about who will hold her next!

 

What a joy this little person is!

What a joy this little person is!

 

The most precious moments in life always revolve around our relationships.

The most precious moments in life always revolve around our relationships. We were created by a relational God to be relational creatures!

 

I love it that our girls all have a close relationship with their Dad.

I love it that our girls all have a close relationship with their Dad.

 

Our neighbour, Alex, spends a lot of time here with our family. We are so thankful for her!

Our neighbour, Alex, spends a lot of time here with our family. We are so thankful for our friendship with her!

 

And it's because we are relational people that goodbyes hurt so much. We had to say goodbye yesterday to our friends and colleagues in Cor Deo, the Searight family.

And it’s because we are relational people that goodbyes hurt so much. We had to say goodbye yesterday to our friends and colleagues in Cor Deo, the Searight family.  Here they are with a “we love the Searights” heart cake we made for them.

 

The Mead and Searight children will miss each other so much!

The Mead and Searight children will miss each other so much! There were lots of tears last night.

 

The girls plus their American girl dolls. They will miss playing together.

The girls plus their American girl dolls.  They will miss playing together. (If you look closely, one of the babies is not a doll!)

 

The newest Mead and the newest Searight - 5 weeks apart in age.

The newest Mead and the newest Searight – 5 weeks apart in age.

 

Here's Aliyah holding them both.

Here’s Aliyah holding them both.

 

Sweet babies

Sweet babies

 

The kids had a fun last day of playing together in the woods near our house.

The kids had a fun last day of playing together in the woods near our house.

It was a beautiful day.

It was a beautiful day.

We won't say goodbye, we will just say Au Revoir Searights - or as Erin put it - God be with you until we meet again.

We won’t say goodbye, we will just say Au Revoir Searights – or as Erin put it – God be with you until we meet again.

 

As we turn the calendar over to February, we are looking forward to birthday season (four girls in four weeks, starting with Miss Kaylah turning four on Monday!) and also the start of the first ever women’s Cor Deo programme which starts on Tuesday.  Our dear friend, Gretchen, is flying in from Portland tomorrow to lead this group.  We would very much value your prayers for life change in each woman who is part of the programme including several from our church and one coming from as far away as Slovenia.

Peter just came back from a very encouraging time teaching at the OM entry conference in Germany (this is where the new recruits to OM gather before heading out to their various mission fields).  However, he came home with a nasty cold/flu (his third major virus in the past month or so) so we’d appreciate prayer for a quick recovery for him.  As a wife and mummy, I don’t always find it easy to juggle everything that is on my plate, so I always appreciate prayer for patience and physical strength to keep serving and loving the people God puts in my path (especially those under my own roof!).  I am very aware at the power I have as a mother to set the tone in my home and how often I fail in that role. I truly desire the Lord to let His peace and joy fill me and flow out of me.

In other news, we hope to sign papers on the purchase of our house (we are co-buying with someone else) next week.  This has been a LONG process so please pray it all comes together as it should.

One more tidbit that you may find interesting  . . . Peter was interviewed on the Janet Parshall radio show last night about his new book, Foundations.  Thankfully he managed not to cough or sneeze during the interview!  If you are interested, you can listen here.  His interview starts about 4:21 minutes into the show.

As always, thank you for your prayers for our family and let us know how we can pray for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Month of Joy

Melanie —  December 6, 2015


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We can hardly believe Jessah is a month old!  She has brought incredible joy to our household.  The children are constantly asking to hold her; they have been such an amazing help to me.  People keep telling me I am super-mum for having six kids and to that I say – no, in a lot of ways it just gets easier the more children you have!  🙂 I am definitely not super-mum . . . I have lots of helpers and I have a good God who loves me and gives me the strength even when I am often weak and very inadequate.  I love to watch how much my older children love Jessah and see how good they are in taking care of her. God knew what He was doing when He designed the family.

 

Hannah loves to write and sweetly wrote this little piece (see below) after giving Jessah a bath the other night:

Splash, Plash, “Hic”…. Tiny hands flail, little toes curl. Bubbles on round cheeks, covering little fists. Blue, blue eyes stare at the shiny rail. “What are you thinking little one?” “Hic”, little round belly jerks. Chubby legs kick in the warm water. “Hic”, arms shudder, then relax in the water. Baby coos warble from little lips. “Hic.” She seems surprised by the hiccups that are shaking her. I scoop water over her tiny, soft head, and marvel at its fragility. Water runs down her neck rolls, and back into the bath. Blue eyes stare entranced at the shiny rail. She feels the water with her minute hands, fingers curling to pick up… What? Feet kick, sending tidal waves of warm, scented bath water over her round tummy. They recede, leaving only a puddle of water in the little hole that is her belly-button. “Hic.” Tiny body shakes, drops of water rolling into the bath. Lips part, letting out a little cry. “Is it time to be done, sweetie?” Towel in my lap, I lift her slippery body. Wrapped in the towel, blue, blue eyes peeping out, she smiles. “Hic.”

Jessah is starting to do some longer stretches of sleep at night which is wonderful.  I maintain I am the world’s worst person at coping with sleep deprivation! So along with the joy this past month, there have been tears of exhaustion and challenges in trying to keep my head above water.  I still think that the first 6-8 weeks with a newborn are much harder than the labour and birth!  But with my family’s help and lots of grace from our Father, I am feeling more human these days and functioning much better, despite the broken nights.  God is helping me realise it’s OK to rest and also to be OK with letting things go undone.  I have realised again recently how much I love to be in control (!) and having a newborn plus 5 other busy children is helping me to let things go a bit and embrace the chaos and imperfections of life.

Jessah’s smiles make it all worth it!

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We’ve taken hundreds of photos over the past month.  Here are just a few . . . Please pray for Peter as he leaves for four days of mentoring his ELF students in Athens tomorrow.  Also, please pray for him as he prepares to speak at our Trinity Chippenham Christmas carol services the next two Sundays.

Thank you for praying for our family!