Our family is strong and thriving as2010 comes to a close. This yearbrought some difﬁculties and sorrowsbut many more blessings and joys. Inthe ﬁnal assessment, we now knowmore of God’s grace and provision thanever before and so we are profoundlythankful.Tracy and I have grown in our love forone another and for our children. Jesushas allowed us to deliberatelyencourage each other in word anddeed and we are trying to incrementallyremove unhelpful distractions from ourmarriage. Living this kind of “simple” lifein a town like DC
which is anythingbut simple—isn’t easy, but we are tryingand enjoying ourselves.My transition into academia is alsofacilitating a general sense of routineand stability within our home. Forthose who do not know, I am serving atwo-year academic rotation at theNational Defense University’s Collegeof International Security Affairs. Thisnew position allows me more freedomto meet with church members andfriends during the day as well as returnhome at a decent hour ensuringsufﬁcient time with the kids beforebedtime. Even with this easy schedule, Iam tempted not to serve Tracy and thechildren when I come home and toreserve my energy instead for my ownpursuits. Nevertheless, the Lord haskindly grown me in this area andoccasionally shows me the joy thatcomes with laying down my life for thegood of my home. Tracy, for her part, isa model of service—constantly pouringherself out cooking meals, cleaning thehome, changing diapers, preparingschool work, and about 1 million otherthings each day. In this, she is the mosttangible picture of Christ-like service Ihave ever known and this spurs me on.Apart from her faithful work in thehome, I have seen great growth in Tracyover the last year. As has been herprayer, her capacities for grace andkindness are expanding rapidly and Imust confess that I am the primarybeneﬁciary of this increase. She isfaithful in the spiritual disciplines anddaily strives to place her hope inChrist, rather than in me or myprovision. She is a faithful wife, a lovingmother, and a godly woman whom I amblessed to call my own.Our children also are ﬂourishing. WithNorah’s arrival, we now have fourchildren under the age of six; solidifyingour status as
within the culture of Washington, DC. Even so, it iswonderful! Ava, Ethan, and Olivia lovetheir new baby sister—though Ethan issometimes not sure what all the fuss isabout. The biggest challenge is notencouraging the elder three to takenotice of their youngest sibling, but isinstead, teaching them that it is not ok to pick up the baby when she cries. Onmore than one occasion, we have leftthe room for some forgotten item onlyto return to see one of the olderchildren attempting to lift Norah on totheir lap—typically by her feet. Foranyone from Child Protective Servicewho is somehow reading this letterplease understand that we have put astop to this and everything is nowunder control.I will refer you to Tracy’s previouscomments for more on the kids exceptthis ﬁnal thought: our children are aconstant joy and, save only our love of Christ and each other, they are thegreatest objects of love and pride wewill ever know.Finally, we are thankful. Thankful for themany friends and family members whohave invested in us over the last year.Your selﬂess giving was often the verymeans by which God lavished his graceon us. Whether it was through prayer, afriendly phone call or conversation,whether it was by Skype or by email,you have conveyed your love for us andso shown us just how blessed we are.It is because of these many blessingsthat we are able to minister to others.Please know that, even if we rarely seeyou, we understand you to be a vitalpart of our lives and ministry and welook forward to the day when all of those who know Christ are joinedtogether and the days of distance andseparation are put to an end. Until thatday, praise God for His faithfulness toour family and to yours!
“AND BE KIND TO ONEANOTHER, TENDER-HEARTED,FORGIVING EACH OTHER, JUST AS GOD IN CHRISTALSO HAS FORGIVEN YOU.”
Klon’s “State of the Family”