Friday, November 27, 2009

Grandma and Grandpa Meet Their First Great-Grandson

The Pedersen Players

We've been working on a play for quite some time now, partly for fun and partly to give Becca and Laura some acting experience. We performed it on Tuesday for Mama, Papa, Grandma, Grandpa, Ray, and Katie.

It was so much fun!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Siding is All Up!

The scaffolding we had rented had to be returned on Tuesday morning. Siding can be put up from ladders, but it's much faster and more convenient to do it from the scaffolding.

So... the crew worked until 11:30 Monday night.Taking a quick photo break.
Look at that!

There's still work to be done on the wall-- trim, caulk, etc.-- but we made huge progress!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009

On to Siding!

Replacing the utility room door.
Putting on house wrap.

Replacing windows upstairs.

Working on trim.
The first course of siding!

It's going up!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Progress on the Wall

The work on our wall is coming along.

Setting up scaffolding. Having fun on the scaffolding!
Removing the very last brick.
Having our supplies delivered.
The wall, after having removed old, damaged sheathing.
New sheathing.
Now the lower half has rigid foam insulation.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Little Steps Toward Sin

I read another quote from Augustine's Confessions that I thought was worth sharing. One of Augustine's students was enamored with the games. Augustine reproached him for this, and he changed his ways and ceased going. Here Augustine describes how his student fell into the obsession once again:

"[in Rome] he was bewildered again by the bewildering lure of the games. Though he had showed a revulsion to such things, and denounced them, some of his friends and fellow students, chancing to go from dinner to the open circus, dragged him along with a joshing compulsion, despite his strong refusals and resistance, to enter the amphitheater at the time of its most savage and cruel displays. He protested that even if they forced his body inside, and held it there, they could not fix his eyes and attention on what was occurring. He would be there as if he were not there, and would rise above them and the show. This made them no less eager to hurry him inside. In fact, it sharpened their curiosity to see if he could stick to his determination. When they were inside and had found what seats they could, everything was a frenzy of extravagant excess. He shut tight his eyes to seal in his soul against this evil-- if only his ears had been closed as tight. For when the fight took a dramatic turn, a huge roar from the crowd crashed over him. Yielding to curiosity--though determined to scorn and reject what he saw, no matter its nature-- he opened his eyes...

"His fall was sadder than the fighter's, at which the crowd was cheering. That shout, entering his ears made his eyes fly open. The mind thus buffeted and overthrown was more rash than steady and all the weaker for reliance on itself rather than on you [God]."

I found this a powerful example of how we fall into sin. First he was spending time with the wrong sorts of people; then he allowed himself to be brought into close proximity with temptation; then he yielded to curiosity-- not with the intention to embrace, mind you, but it didn't matter. Once he was watching, he was pulled back into the lure of the games. All the while, he was led from one step to the next by the belief that he was strong enough in and of himself to resist temptation. It reminds me of 1 Cor. 10:12-- "Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall." It also reminds me of this video.

Monday, November 16, 2009

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

It was determined several weeks ago that the best solution to our leaking brick problem was to replace it with siding. John has generously scheduled all of this week to jumpstart the project, with Seth's help, and so demolition is underway!


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mama and Papa Have Working Sinks!

As of today, the sinks in Mama and Papa's bathroom are fully functional!

The finished countertop.

Attaching the sinks.
Looking good!

Faucets, sinks, counter, and plumbing!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A New Season of Life

I’ve looked forward to having grandchildren for several years now. The combination of gradually realizing that we weren’t likely to have any more children of our own, along with our older children becoming adults, has brought on that anticipation.

Yet, I didn’t really know how the coming of grandchildren would impact me.

Truly the experience began with Katie getting married, becoming pregnant, and then giving birth. She was entering my world. She is becoming more and more of a sister to me. This is sweet indeed! Yet at the same time we still relate to each other as mother and daughter, with me passing on whatever I can that will help her navigate these new waters.

I knew that childbirth would be the hardest thing Katie had ever experienced. Her life had been rather easy – no serious injuries, illnesses, or losses. I wondered how she would do. Truly she was a trooper; she labored stoically. As I stayed by her side, along with Ray and the midwives, all my labors came back to my memory, it almost seemed as though I could feel every one of her contractions. I wanted to take them away from her – to have the baby for her. But I knew, as with all women, this was her own journey, the one God assigned to her.

Interestingly, what most intrigues and thrills me this side of the birth, is seeing Katie as a mother. I immediately felt an intense affection for Peter, and can’t wait to learn what is going on behind his beautiful countenance, but, for now, the real fun is watching Katie nurse and care for Peter. I liked the way Becca (in a letter to her grandmother) described Katie’s first week with Peter:

“It is fun to listen to Katie talk to Peter. He doesn’t talk back but she feels like she has a little buddy. She was happy to tell us that once she talked to him and he turned his head to look at her.

“She is trying to teach him what days and nights are. When it’s night she keeps him in bed and whispers to him. When it’s day she opens the blinds, turns on the lights, talks to him out loud, and tells him it’s morning.

“It’s so sweet to see her being a mother. A family’s first baby is the sweetest thing.”

Besides meeting Peter and seeing Katie become a mother, it has also been very special to see how adoring all the new aunts and uncles are! The blessing of being walking distance from the Wades has increased. Again from Becca’s letter:

“Anna, Laura, and I have each gone over to help Katie. Anna went and helped her change all her maternity clothes out for her other clothes. She was pretty excited to get her old clothes back. I swept the house for Katie and Laura helped her sort baby clothes.”

Of course, it is a joy to see our children serving each other in this way. Also, due to living close, we have been able to have frequent, brief visits to help us all become acquainted with Peter.

With all my heart, I embrace this new season of my life, as an undeserved reward from the Lord. To him be all praise and glory and honor. May Peter, and every grandchild to follow, become a child of God. That is my singular and greatest desire.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Storm, a Power Outage, a Baby, a Conference

Dinnertime, Thursday, October 29: rain starts coming in bucketfuls.

A bit later: two of our yet-to-be-re-sided exterior walls start leaking in around our windows and doors, so out come buckets, pans, and armloads of towels.

Soon after: our power goes out, but we learn the Wades still have power.

(Note: when our power goes out, our well stops running and we are almost instantly without water. Yes, a backup generator is on our shopping list!)

Bedtime: younger ones go to bed in the dark and without working plumbing.

Meanwhile: on battery for his computer, Gerald, the registrar, works hard on last-minute communications for the huge conference beginning the next day.

About 10:45 p.m.: power comes back on! Yeah!!!

Minutes later: Ray calls to say Katie’s water broke, but I’m not needed there yet. A baby will come soon!

About 12:45 a.m.: Katie’s contractions are close together, time to go!

From about 1:00 a.m. until 4:30 a.m.: sit with Ray and Katie through the labor. (I can’t remember the last time I went all night without sleep! I was reminded that when you don’t sleep, you get very hungry! My stomach was making obnoxious noise during her labor. Ray offered me food, but I couldn’t bring myself to eat in the middle of the night.)

Until about 6:30 a.m.: see baby and mom stabilize.

About 6:30 a.m.: hurry back home for breakfast with the family before Gerald leaves for work. (It was great fun to wake them all up with the grand news! There was tremendous excitement!!)

Friday morning: catch some sleep.

Friday noon: finally consent to take three very eager new aunts and one very eager new uncle over to briefly meet Peter after lunch.

Friday afternoon: rush back home to nap and for the children to finish preparing for the conference, including preparing a mobile dinner to serve ourselves later during conference registration.

About 3:30 p.m.: again head over to the Wades, this time for Grandpapa and Uncle John to finally meet Peter!

4:00 p.m.: Off to the conference!

Saturday evening, October 31: at last, a relaxed visit with the enlarged Wade family!

Whew! What a wild weekend!
This post is not all I have to say regarding Peter’s birth. This was just an effort to give our readers a view into last weekend. I’ll write more later.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Peter is Here!!!!

Our first nephew, Peter, arrived on Friday!! We're all so thrilled to meet this new, adorable, little person. See his little toes?!!! He's unbelievable tiny (born 6 pounds, 12 ounces), but so complete and perfect!

The new mother.

The new father.

A beaming Grandmama... awwwww.
We praise God for a safe delivery and rejoice in the gift of new life. We can't wait to watch Peter grow up and see how God uses him!