On Saturday, had a wonderful day making pizzas with a family from church. I recently helped Cheryl to buy a breadmaker via work’s staff purchasing list (FPH have some sort of deal with Panasonic where we can buy their products for below retail, contact me if you’d like to see their catalogue). The funny thing is, so far she’s made bread with it just once. The rest of the time we have enjoyed things like croissants, and several well-formed pizza bases. So we had a go had making pizzas, the Waltzes had four children who enjoyed designing their own flavour/topping combinations:
E did have some pizza but she is getting into lots of other foods too. Here she’s got a pear in hand…
In between her naps, Cheryl got the chance to chat and learn from Kelli, who is doing such a good job at raising and nurturing four really well-behaved, book-loving children.
We hit the local playground afterwards. Since she turned 1, E’s developed a newfound appreciation for the playground (won’t be long till she asks me to take her there!) She likes the swing and the see-saw.
Sunday we had a wonderful morning of gathered worship. Peter preached an encouraging message on finding true joy in difficult times, something I really needed to hear right then. I led the singing and we sang all hymns from a range of sources. The church seem to have picked up two Indelible Grace songs very well, Psalm 130 (From the Depths of Woe) and Jesus I My Cross Have Taken. To top it all off, we then enjoyed a steamboat lunch with the young adults, what a blessing!
In fact, right through the past week God has really blessed us. Cheryl’s pregnancy-related nausea etc. has been manageable, E has been eating and sleeping well, we had dinner with our favourite brother-in-law and sister 3(!) times (where E learned to climb their stairs), and got to enjoy time with other family and friends. Once again, I’m reminded that the gospel is such a potent glue to bind deep, meaningful friendships together.