This photo of Kaylah was taken a couple of weeks ago during a spell of very hot weather we had – well, hot for England, anyways! That week happened to be our family “staycation” week. We decided instead of going away on holiday, that we’d switch off our phones and computers and enjoy some family time at home. Our week included activities like playing Scalectric (we turned our schoolroom into a racetrack!), going for walks, sleeping in a tent in the backyard, going for a boat ride, eating lots of ice cream, playing games, reading, going to a police dog show, watching films and trying to stay cool as the weather was very warm! Here are a few photos from that week:
Our staycation was a lot of fun but unfortunately, by the middle of it, we were dealing with a nasty virus which almost all of us got in the end. It was a 24 hr thing for most of us, but it was disappointing timing and was especially draining for me (Melanie) who had it the worst. After I was mostly recovered, I ended up having trouble sleeping for about 3 days so was left very drained (and discouraged) last week. I am doing better this week but still feeling a bit lacking in energy. It’s these relatively minor trials that remind us of our human frailty, our need to rely on our Father every moment of every day. It also has made us thankful for the good health we enjoy most of the time. Someday we will have those perfect bodies God is preparing for us now and pain and struggle will be just a memory. In the meantime we press on by faith and trust in Him.
The month of July also included, amongst other things, a youth campout for Hannah and Aliyah, our church weekend away and a visit to OM Ireland outreach team for Peter. Aliyah and Mariah are currently at another camp this week with a friend, our former neighbour. Please pray for a spiritually significant week for them.
Looking back a little farther, here are some photos from the month of June. That month included finishing up school, my birthday and our 18th wedding anniversary (we had 2 nights away with Jessah!), a visit from my aunt, a trip up to Scotland to see friends and a trip to Weymouth with my aunt for the four older kids. Whew, I guess it was a busy month!
The month ahead will Lord willing include a week-long trip to Boston (6th-11th) for Peter (he is a student this time in a Christ-centred Preaching class), a Cor Deo intensive (16th-19th) and a trip to the USA for Hannah, Jessah and me (30th-7th). We’ve also been busy changing rooms around in our house a bit, preparing for next school year and of course church involvement. The kids have some summer goals they are working on too (musical, Bible and exercise). Peter and I are generally feeling a bit drained and lacking in motivation for things. We’d appreciate prayer for a close walk with Jesus and appropriate times of rest and rejuvenation. We long to be fruitful for Him and to be faithful to love and serve the people He brings into our paths each day. Thank you for praying for our family – we need a moment by moment connection with our Father so much – through the ups and downs of ministry and family life – apart from Him we can do nothing. We hope to send out a more ministry focused update in the next few days so watch your inbox for that!