It's been such frightful weather since my last post on Thursday, that we've done very little by way of photographic excursions or anything outdoorsy at all. We set up the tent in the garage for the boys which they have absolutely loved, especially in this weather. On Friday night we 'babysat' Caleb and Josh at their place which was super fun. We sent the four boys off into the tv-viewing area to watch a movie, and Nick pretended to read while I watched a different movie.
Yesterday Nick had a funeral to take, of a gentleman who was tragically murdered three years (he was unknown to us). The court case has just recently been wrapped up, so his friends in Timaru felt that now was a good time to get closure. It was a small affair but a wonderful opportunity to urge those present to contemplate their end as well.
"It is better to go to the house of mourning
than to go to the house of feasting,
for this is the end of all mankind,
and the living will lay it to heart."
The inclement weather continued on into today so between services we were at home, amusing ourselves with watching short video clips of the boys in their 'younger years', as Caleb put it. The preaching was powerfully strong at both services; what a blessing to sit under Nick's ministry. Our small congregation is growing at the morning services, with several returning visitors who are rapidly becoming integrated as friends in our fellowship - praise God! After the PM service we called in at the Camerons for toasties, and then were home by 7.30 to await Rene and Bronwyn's visit. We got the boys into bed, and they had left their three at home, so we had some great adult time of chatting and then several rounds of Dutch Blitz. That's a seriously great way to warm up!