We are thanking God for a really blessed summer! It was such a joy to have Aliyah and Hannah back home and it was wonderful that Hannah’s fiance Noah could join us for a good portion of the summer too. The picture above was taken during a week of holiday that we had all together in Norfolk. With everyone’s work and travelling schedules promising to be very busy, I savoured this week where we were able to be all together. We took long walks in the surrounding countryside, played games, slept, read, enjoyed eating together and did lots of swimming in the heated pool on the property where we stayed. Here are some more photos from that week:
The summer was filled with foreign trips for our older kids. Mariah spent a month in Spain, studying Spanish. Once Aliyah got back from her year on the Logos Hope and in Burundi, she travelled to Romania and Malta to visit ship contacts and then with Mariah and Joel to Albania for a ten day mission trip outreach. They had a fantastic trip and I think they would all say it was a life-changing time. Hannah and her college roommate Mallory were able to travel to Norway, Sweden and Denmark and thoroughly enjoyed it. Peter stayed busy with two Cor Deo intensives (Aliyah, Mariah, Joel, Noah and I were all able to attend one and were greatly blessed) plus our ongoing ministry responsibilities at Trinity Chippenham. We continue to praise God for growth and are asking him to provide all we need to shepherd the growing church body. Lives are being changed and that is so exciting!
Here are some more photos from the summer/early autumn . . .
The past few weeks have been filled with starting back to homeschooling and regular activities (music, Spanish and art lessons). We actually started school in mid-August as we are anticipating finishing early next year due to Hannah and Noah’s wedding. It’s been an adjustment for all of us, but we are gradually finding good rhythms and routines. Mariah recently got a job at a nearby retirement home which she’s very excited about. She’s also enjoying teaching music lessons and mentoring younger girls from church. Joel is well into his long distance running. He’s done several 10Ks and runs a 5K park run every Saturday. He’s doing so well with his schoolwork and staying on top of everything. They are both heavily involved in the youth group. My parents came to visit us recently too and we had a week away up in Derbyshire with them in a beautiful rural location. They hadn’t been here for almost 4 years, so it was such a treat to spend time with them here in the UK.
Thank you for praying for our family as we serve Jesus here in Chippenham. We have several church outreach events coming up soon and Peter leaves Friday for a weekend of teaching in Ireland. Please pray that all of us Meads would lean hard on Jesus. We all have different challenges and growth opportunities we are facing. We need your prayers so much.