Monday, May 30, 2011

May Newsletter

From Laura, 12 … Now that the Wades have another baby, Peter seems like a giant! Having two children is a huge adjustment for the Wades to make. We have been helping them occasionally by entertaining Peter, bringing meals, and cleaning their house.

From Becca, 14 … On May 19, Katie had the baby! While Katie was in labor all day long, Mama was over there and Peter was here. It was fun babysitting him. That evening we all got to go over and see Samuel when he was only about an hour old. He is sweet, soft, cuddly, sleepy, and floppy. It’s going to be really fun to watch him grow and to see how he is different from Peter. I love being an aunt. I have learned so much about babies since Peter was born. It has made up for not having baby siblings.

From Seth, 18 … Last week I took a CPR/first-aid class at a local fire station. I found the class very helpful—especially the information about CPR. Basically, the most important thing you can do for an adult whose heart-beat and breathing have stopped is to kneel at his side and give him hard, rapid chest compressions. Even if a person has terrible wounds, it is more vital to keep blood and oxygen flowing through his body. Chest compressions work by forcing blood in and out of the heart and by forcing air in and out of the lungs.

Over the past weeks, I’ve been enjoying reading through Revelation. It contains the glorious themes of Christ’s exaltation and victory, Satan’s ultimate defeat, and the perseverance and preservation of God’s people.

From Anna, 21 … We had the privilege of attending the wedding of some friends last weekend. We have known this couple for quite a while, so it was a sweet blessing to watch them make this transition to being husband and wife.

Besides John and Megan, we also know a few other couples that are moving toward marriage. It’s so exciting to see new families being formed and established for the glory of God.

From John, 26 … My life right now is a flurry of moving, busyness at work, and last minute preparations for wedding and honeymoon, while trying to still get enough sleep, spend time in the Word each day, and generally avoid getting stressed. I’m excited about the once-in-a-lifetime events of the next two weeks, but I really am looking forward to getting started on a new normal life with Megan.

About Ray, Katie, Peter, and Samuel … (by Judith) Joy of joys! Samuel Dean was born to Ray and Katie Thursday evening, May 19 (six days past her due date). He weighed 9 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 22 inches long. Katie is recovering quickly and smoothly and Samuel has taken well to nursing. Ray has been a faithful caregiver. Peter has enjoyed getting to go out with Ray on most of his work- and home-related outings. The Wades are coming along with adjusting to the expansion of their family.

From Judith … I really like this grandma business! It is second only to having children of my own. My days of bearing children are past, so I’m especially grateful to have these two (so far!) delightful little ones in my life. Also, it is pure joy to see these new Christian families forming and expanding. Though our adult children have faced and will face trials in this life, I know they are trusting in God’s sovereignty and are seeking to glorify God with their lives. That is my great hope for each one of them.

Once again I was given the great privilege of attending the Wades’ birth in their home. I was so glad to be able to be at Katie’s side; she was a trooper. Then there was my elation as I witnessed Samuel’s first breath. Oh, the wonder of it all – God’s amazing design for creating and bringing forth children! I was full of awe once again as I thought of Samuel being inside of Katie just moments before!

From Gerald … Another grandson! It is so special to hold a new baby. Samuel looks so much like Peter did as an infant. It will be interesting to see what they are like when they get older. What a special privilege it is to have Katie and Ray and their children living so close to us. This is a very busy season for us. In addition to Samuel’s birth and all the regular activities of our household, there is much going on. Last week, we attended the wedding of friends from church. It was a very meaningful service. Seth continues to work diligently to finish his high school work. He is also planning his schedule for fall and will attend new student orientation next week. Of course, there is much to do in helping John to prepare for his wedding next week. And there are countless projects to complete in our house and yard.

Our Love, Gerald, Judith, John, Anna, Seth, Becca, and Laura

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