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Lynette .......... Caedmon .......... Libby .......... Tom

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Christmas Letter 2005

“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” John 1:14

What an amazing concept! Jesus – the Word, the Creator, the Eternal God – humbled Himself and came to live among us so that we might spend eternity with Him. Until this year, Jesus as an infant was as far as my mind explored, but this year I started thinking about Jesus as dependent on Mary in the womb…how much more humble can one get? The God of the universe completely dependent upon one of His creations. Despite what the world would say, we celebrate this season to remember God’s greatest gift to all mankind. We pray that you know His great love for you this Christmas and beyond.

One reason that Jesus’ birth takes on new meaning for us this year is that we are expecting our first child! We are so excited to welcome him/her into our family and have been enjoying the busyness of preparing for baby’s arrival. Lynette is doing well, but very happy to be into her 2nd trimester. Tom has been super dad – researching all of the best strollers, cribs, etc. It’s amazing how the way we spend our free time has changed and our little one hasn’t even arrived yet! Close friends tell us that we can’t even begin to imagine!

The rest of our year has gone well. We stayed closer to home for most of the year – no overseas foreign travel. However, we were able to spend some vacation time visiting our families in New York, Pittsburgh and South Carolina…. and also with friends on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Lastly, we took a trip to Kauai, Hawaii, for our 2nd anniversary. Oh… and a fun weekend out in Hollywood, California as well. Okay…so our travels were more extensive than we gave ourselves credit for!

Tom’s anesthesia group remains busy and continues to grow with additions of younger highly qualified physicians. Lynette continues to find activities to fill her days. Her church activities have grown and she has helped in coordinating some of the volunteer work for the women’s ministries at our church. We have made many wonderful friends there, found encouragement and challenges for our personal and spiritual lives, and even Tom has found future interest in leading of one of the Bible studies (Crown Financial Ministries). Our lives have been impacted this year in such a positive light by you, who are our friends and family. Life is a blessing filled with wonderful surprises, sacrifices, hardships and pains. We are privileged to be God’s children and having been given stewardship of the earth and all that comes with it, we look forward in anticipation to the future with God and Heaven as our home. As we grow together in the years to come, our life will hopefully be a model of godly stewardship for our children and for others. It has been said by some of the faithful of old, ‘Resolve now to live each day as you would have hoped to have done when you reach the end of your earthly life, and live each day as you would have if you had already seen the joys of Heaven and the terrors of Hell’… ‘a religion that costs nothing is worth nothing’… ‘our everyday choices have eternal consequences’. We leave you with CS Lewis’ inspirational words as he writes about Jesus and Heaven, “When Aslan said you could never go back to Narnia, he meant the Narnia you were thinking of. But that was not the real Narnia. That had a beginning and an end. It was only a shadow of the copy of the real Narnia which has always been here and always will be here, just as our own world, England and all, is only a shadow or copy of something in Aslan’s real world… It is hard to explain how this sunlit land was so different from the old Narnia… The reason why we loved old Narnia is that it sometimes looked like this…the further up and further in you go, the bigger everything gets. The inside is larger than the outside… like an onion: except that as you continue to go in, each circle is larger than the last… It was the unicorn who summed up what everyone was feeling. He stamped his right hoof on the ground and neighed and cried: “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now... Come further up, come further in!”

We pray that whatever life has brought your way, you find God’s peace & love to carry you through.

Merry Christmas 2005 and Happy New Year!
Tom & Lynette

Monday, August 29, 2005

Dear C-boy

August 29, 2005

Hello my child… I’m your dad. Your beautiful and amazing mother is sleeping peacefully now. What a wonderful surprise when I arrived home earlier this evening, a back to work Monday after just returning from spending 9 days vacationing with the Elwood family at Point No Point Resort in British Columbia, Canada. Your mother stopped me in the back doorway, handed me “a piece of important mail” to read. We held each other there laughing with tears in our eyes, as I read from a love letter she wrote me… your news was the surprise ending she had in store for me. She had first found out earlier in this morning after I had already left for work. She went through her day in a daze! You are an answer to our prayers. God has been preparing your mother and I all our lives…to be your parents. He has had to work extra hard with me. I’ve always been a bit of a rebel, but God has pursued me through these years, shown and re-shown me the error of my ways… and somehow still saw enough in me to bless me with your mother. I’m still quite stubborn sometimes, and your mom is well equipped to deal with me! Her background as a teacher has given her many skills in managing unruly children. I feel so fortunate. I am 37 years old and your mom is 32. In October we will have been married for just 2 years, although we feel as if we have known each other all our lives. In comparison to many around us, we are much older to be having you, our first child. We began trying to get pregnant 5 months ago and your mother had worried and felt frustration over the last few months at not having become pregnant yet. I was beginning to feel a bit inadequate, but your coming into existence happily proved me wrong. You have been planned for and created, given life by God at just the perfect time. I have much to tell you, much to teach you… but these younger years of mine will never be experienced by you. I always felt like I would have been ready to be a dad at a much younger age, but that just goes to show you how little we know about ourselves… God’s timing is not our timing… and His time is true. It is a bit strange to be calling myself dad, and your mom mom as I write. We have always been Tom and Lynette up to now. For now, you ought to know that we are so happy that you have been given to us by God. You have been alive for 2 weeks now. Your mom and I have an exciting 8-9 months to prepare for you. You are our secret for the moment. Soon we will share your news with all our family and friends. I should be getting back to bed with your mom now. She will be there waiting for me to hold her. I love her with all that I am… and I love you. I can’t wait to know more about you and think about names to choose for you. It’s gonna be such a fun and exciting 8+ months from here on out. I wonder if this is how my parents thought when they first found out about me? I wonder if this is God feels when He give us life? Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations." Our lives are about to change completely. I am smiling at the thought.
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