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

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Something I Heard Today

I was listening to a message by Kelly Bradrick today titled Victory for Daughters.  She said something I thought was meaningful:

"Everyone wants to be the chief and nobody wants to be the Indian.  Everyone wants to be the head.  No one wants to be the helper.  We don't understand that being a helper is something to be desired.  What would a chief be if there weren't any Indians?  And as girls this is what we were created for I believe."

Monday, May 16, 2011

Pictures From our Week

The low-tech way to view a sideways video without tipping your head:
 Peter likes to do the hand motions for the song, "The Wise Man Built his House upon the Rock." 
 Mama finished the bridesmaid dresses! They are beautiful!
 And last but not least, we are waiting impatiently for the coming of a certain little baby! 

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Work Goes On-- Bathroom Vanity

Some time ago we installed a utility sink in our downstairs half-bath just to get us buy until we could put in the real one.  We were very happy to get the basic vanity built recently so that we were able to put in the counter and sink.  It was a significant upgrade!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Spurgeon on Earthly Suffering

"Nothing reflects so much honour on a workman as a protracted and severe trial of his work, and its triumphant endurance of the ordeal without giving way in any part.  We are God's workmanship, in whom He will be glorified by our afflictions.  It is for the honour of Jesus that we endure the trial of our faith with sacred joy.  Let each man surrender his own longings to the glory of Jesus, and feel, 'If my lying in the dust would elevate my Lord by so much as an inch, let me still lie among the pots of earth.  If to live on earth for ever would make my Lord more glorious , it should be my heaven to be shut out of heaven.'  Our time is fixed and settled by eternal decree.  Let us not be anxious about it, but wait with patience till the gates of pearl shall open."

~Charles Spurgeon, in Morning and Evening

Friday, May 6, 2011

Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts

Attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux, Translated by Ray Palmer

Jesus, thou Joy of loving hearts,
Thou Fount of life, the Light of men,
From the best bliss that earth imparts
We turn unfilled to thee again.

Thy truth unchanged hath ever stood;
Thou savest those that on thee call;
To them that seek thee thou art good,
To them that find thee All in all.

We taste thee, O thou living Bread,
And long to feast upon thee still;
We drink of thee, the Fountainhead,
And thirst our souls from thee to fill.

Our restless spirits yearn for thee,
Where'er our changeful lot is cast;
Glad when thy gracious smile we see,
Blest when our faith can hold thee fast.

O Jesus, ever with us stay,
Make all our moments calm and bright;
Chase the dark night of sin away,
Shed o'er the world thy holy light.

Monday, May 2, 2011

How the Garden Grows





Melons and carrots on the left, lettuce and one watermelon plant on the right