We wish you joy in this season: fullness in the only lasting, all-surpassing joy of Christ. We really enjoy hearing about you and seeing your photos this time of year. If you could email us, (or if you have a card, you could send it to Matt's parents this year) we'd love to hear from you!
This has been a full year for us. Finishing language study late spring/summer, welcoming our third precious little one, packing up our home and traveling the states all fall until now. This has been a remarkably blessed and joyful season for us, and only God can be credited for keeping us sane, let alone so glad! We've visited dozens of friends and stayed in 20 homes in the past 4 months, with three kiddos 3.75 and under. God has made it a season of rich growth, needed heart lessons (see future posts for more on this), and lots of laughter and fun for all of us.
We're so grateful to get to enjoy time with family for Christmas and New Years this year. And we're really hoping scheduling will work out to meet some special family members not far from here too. Then we'll make one more stop to visit friends before we head back to our home in Asia.
We are so eager to be back there, to find a new home in the new city we'll be in. Sometimes life is hard there but every second of it is dearly worthwhile. We are glad to get to be there, to live purposefully there, and for ourselves to treasure and to raise our kids to treasure the light of Christ together.
May 2010 bring you more of the knowledge of the goodness of Christ- beyond comprehension, beyond comparison.
We send lots of love to you friends, at Christmas this year.
Here's a few more pictures from our Christmas photo shoot in my aunt's living room. Isaiah, eager to be 4, Marian proud to be 2, and John at the half year mark.
To close, we want to share one of our favorite songs with you... it's a wonderful telling of the Christmas story. Enjoy...
"In the First Light"... from Todd Agnew's CD "Do you see what I see?"
In the first light of a new day, no one knew he had arrived.
Things continued as they had been while a newborn softly cried.
But the heavens, rapt in wonder knew the meaning of his birth.
In the weakness of a baby, they knew God had come to earth.
As his mother held him closely, it was hard to understand...
that her baby, not yet speaking was the Word of God to man.
He would tell them of his kingdom, but their hearts would not believe.
They would hate him and in anger, they would nail him to a tree.
But the sadness would be broken as the Son of life arose.
And the firstborn of creation would ascend and take his throne.
He had left it to redeem us but before his life began,
he knew he'd come back not as a baby but as the Lord of every man.
Hear the angels as they're singing on the morning of his birth,
but how much greater will our song be when he comes again.... to rule the earth!
Click here to listen to the song.