Friday, April 24, 2015

Seven Acre Wood

A few weeks ago Anna, Laura, and I went with the Wades to a fun place.

Andrew desperately wanted to touch the chickens, but they kept running away.  Finally one pecked him a little and he was very impressed.

Andrew and Samuel were disappointed that this tractor wouldn't go.

Andrew liked touching all the animals.

Samuel loved this big old ship.

The zip line was a big hit too.

Monday, April 6, 2015

February-March Family Newsletter

April 4, 2015 -- Pedersen Family Newsletter

From Laura, 16 …  I have been spending time lately getting ready for my first piano recital.  I am preparing a song that I’ve been working on for the past year.  It’s an arrangement of the theme song from Jurassic Park and by far the most difficult piece I have ever played or worked on.  Having mastered it to some degree, I feel a lot more satisfaction than I’ve felt with other songs.  I think this is simply because it has taken so much more effort to get it to the same quality level.

From Becca, 18 …  My bread business has been picking up a little in the past few months.  I started it for Thanksgiving, 2013, but I didn’t do anything with it in 2014 until Thanksgiving came around again.  With graduation in the near future, I decided to try to start having a real business.  I mailed out a few flyers to neighbors and got a bunch of orders for the holidays.  Two customers started ordering bread on a regular schedule.  I acquired an e-mail address, a website, and business cards.  Then I took a quick online course to become a certified food handler so that the business is legal.  I hope that I will get more customers after I graduate.  Check out my website if you like:  I welcome criticism and advice.

From Seth, 22 …  My phone broke a couple weeks ago, so I got an old cheap iPhone on eBay.  In kind of a surprising way, it's turned out to be a huge blessing.  My phone plan doesn't cover data, so I downloaded a lot of apps that work without the Internet, one of them being a digital Bible.  So now, when I'm out and about and find myself waiting around for something, I can feed myself for a few minutes on God's word.  Reflecting on the sometimes limited access to Bibles throughout history, it's amazing to have one almost literally at my fingertips all day, every day.  (Hat tip to John Piper for a 2011 article, "Beware: The Bible Is About to Threaten Your Smartphone Focus," that has stuck with me all these years until I got a smartphone.)
[Editors note: Go read that article.  It's short and funny.]

 From Anna, 25 …
  I’ve now been working for our church for a full year.  It continues to be a good fit for me.  I really enjoy most aspects of the job, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to invest my time and abilities in supporting the church that means so much to me.  It’s nice to feel like I’ve found my niche.

It felt a little bit strange to turn 25 last month.  It’s beginning to sink in that I really am an adult now, but I still don’t feel nearly as mature as 25 sounds!  It’s sobering, though, to realize that I’ve probably lived a third of my life already.  It is a fresh encouragement to use wisely the time that God has given me.

From John, Megan, James (3), Ezra (1), and Joy Constancy (due in August) … (by Megan) Our biggest news is that we are having a girl!  Joy is active and growing as she should.  James is very excited to meet her!  We're enjoying seeing pink come into our home even if it's just in the laundry so far. ;-)

From Ray, Katie, Peter (5), Samuel (3),  Andrew (2), and Grace (10 mo.) … (by Katie) Here are a few quotes from the little people lately.

Peter, while I was sick for a few days: “Mommy, are you well enough to do school today?”

Samuel, upon arriving home from a fun but wet campout with dirty laundry, exhausted parents, and heaps of things to be put away: “How many days until we go camping again?”

Andrew (the one who doesn’t talk much yet), hearing Ray pointing out a new highway ramp: “Wow!!!!”

Peter, playing pretend with a little friend who suggested that she be his wife: “What do I need a wife for?”  (Oh, and the little friend’s mother: “No, let’s just be friends!”)

Grace (10 months) is still her adorable, adventurous, easy-going self.  She loves her brothers and follows them around, although she doesn’t hesitate to yell and scowl when they bother her.  We’ve pondered how to keep her from being either a tomboy or a princess, and I’m starting to worry that she might be both!  There’s nothing like parenting to send you praying for wisdom, that’s for sure.

From Judith … The garage contents are now moved back to the garage and the garage has new siding and windows.  We added a third window in the process.  It’s wonderful that all the rotten parts are gone now!  The next step will be exterior painting and putting up shutters.

The family room has been insulated.  That step brought a dramatic change in the “sound” of the room.  The moist, blown-in insulation absorbs sound.  The room is 30 feet by 40 feet, but when I’m talking to Gerald out there, it sounds like we’re in a small closet!  That will change after the drywall is put up, which is the next step.  The shutters have been put up and Anna has started painting the doors.

In the main house we have hired John’s company to finish out the master bathroom (except for the vanity cabinet, which Gerald will do) and the guest suite bathroom.  Though Gerald enjoys that sort of work, he just doesn’t have time.

From Gerald … Twice a year we invite any friends who are interested to join us camping.  We do this once in the spring and once in the fall.  (Let us know if you want to be added to the list of those who receive information about coming to future campouts.)

We make plans 5-7 months in advance, so we never know for sure what the weather will be.  We had our spring campout a few weeks ago during Seth’s spring break week and the weather forecast was looking very wet in the days leading up to the campout.  As a result we had a much smaller group than usual, but we still had a great time.  Thursday and Friday ended up being sunny days and we did not get rain until Friday evening.

Because of the prediction of rain, we took along our giant (30 ft. x 40 ft.) tarp, which we set up on Thursday.  This covered our table, cooking area, and tent, and left enough space for folks to gather in camp chairs out of the rain.  Most folks who were there had a good time; we enjoyed being out in God’s creation and being with friends.
With love from the Pedersen clan