Yesterday was Mission Cookie Baking Day. Quite a few years ago, Nathan began heading up a chapel service at the City Union Mission homeless shelter in downtown Kansas City, the second Saturday of the month. We girls donâ€™t go, but we can have a part by baking fresh, chocolate chip cookies. The younger children (mainly now Anna, Jesse, and Mary) have sweetly taken over the job of making about 120 scrumptious cookies each month. Here they are in action.
Today,Â a neighborâ€™s cat is acquired (with permission :-)), so our Golden Retriever, Honey, can tree it so we can photograph the scene for our artist to sketch an illustration for Spring with the Moodysâ€¦.
Cat is encouraged to run up the tree. (As a side note, we put the catÂ near the tree and THEN let Honey out. Of course, the cat ran up the tree, as Honey excitedly ran toward the tree!)
Honey is encouraged to jump up and look at the cat. Hmmmâ€¦ Cat climbed higher than we wanted! If you notice, the cat is way up in the fork of the tree.
John has to go get his ladder so that we can bring the cat out of the tree.
Heroic John to the rescue! He manages to coax the cat close enough so that he can reach her. Meanwhile, his sister is a little nervous as she watches.
Success! Cat is now in hand as he climbs down the ladder.
Okay, another try. We opted for a shorter tree this time. Honey had been put away and then brought back again as John put the cat on the tree and channeled it the direction he wanted :-).
This time the cat is much closer and Joseph can get a better picture.
Honey is put in the house, and the cat is again brought down. The hand-off from John (in the tree)Â to me occurs.
The cat is safely down!!
So, just a little adventure in capturing a picture for the next Moody book!!
We wanted to provide you with an update on Baby Maxwellâ€™s recent doctorâ€™s visit â€“ specifically his/her ultrasound and our consultation with the specialist.
First, and most importantly, we praise God that the possible cyst on the childâ€™s brain stem is gone. The ultra-sound found nothing to indicate problems around the brain stem, skull, or brain area. This was both a huge blessing to us and an answer to prayer. Baby seemed happy with this news as (s)he was doing flips and a lot of moving during the ultrasound. 🙂
The challenging part of the visit is that they found another area of concern. It is related to the childâ€™s stomach, duodenal atresia specifically. This condition causes material to not be able to flow through the digestive tract due to a blockage, whether partial or complete is unknown, in one of the GI tubes. Surgery will be needed very shortly after birth to resolve this. There are other possible complications and challenges. We are now officially a â€œhigh risk pregnancy.â€
Obviously this was rather traumatic news for Melanie and I. Our elation at the childâ€™s brain stem checking out quickly evaporated. However, we are continuing to seek peace in Jesus Christ and looking to Him for direction, guidance and most importantly healing.
We continue to covet your prayers for our child in particular, but Melanie and I as well.
Sunday night our family, including Nathan, Melanie, Grandad, and Grandma caroled at thirty-three of our neighbors’ homes. Grandma started our Christmas-caroling tradition about seventeen years ago by planning a caroling evening to her Meals-on-Wheels, elderly friends. When she no longer was delivering Meals-on-Wheels, we moved the caroling to our neighborhood.
Along with caroling, we deliver a plate of cookies and candy to each home. This year, we worked on baking goodies to go on the caroling plates for two Saturdays. Then, Sunday afternoon, we compiled the plates. Dad buys brightly wrapped candy at SAMS to add a finishing touch to the plates. We also include a card that we design with a Scripture verse on it with the plate.
After we carol, we go next door to my grandparents, have our evening Bible time together, eat cookies, and drink hot chocolate. Caroling to our neighbors is one of the highlights of the Christmas season for our family!
Only for Jesus, Sarah
I didn’t take pictures of this year’s plates, but here are some pictures from last year’s plates.
Dear Friends, You may remember that Melanie and I were going to have a ultrasound first part of December. We have elected to delay it until January. This will reduce the number of ultrasounds we have, which we feel is in the child’s best interest. We continue to covet your prayers. Nathan
This was a recent blog comment. “In this same vein (Scripture against TV) would you post scriptures that helped you decide how to celebrate Christmas? I’ve read elsewhere that you have Christ centered decorations only and I’d love to see pictures of your choices. I’ve been trying to incorporate your ideas, but would love further guidance. Have you got your Christmas decorations up yet?”
I reread Teri’s Corner and would add a reference that she did not include that has had an impact on how we decorate. “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not,” (Jeremiah 10:2-4).