Here is a copy of our annual family Christmas letter for you my online blog reading friends to enjoy! (although if you read and/or subscribe to this blog – you are already “caught up” and quite well informed on life at the Lambdins!)
“For unto us a child is born and unto us a son is given”
These memorable words from scripture take on a special meaning for us as we hear them during this year’s Christmas Season. You see, on April 20, we were blessed with another child….a son – Daniel Guy Lambdin Jr. After recovering from the initial shock of having a boy, the girls have become quite the adoring, doting, spoiling big sisters to their baby brother. We are all enjoying our precious sweet baby boy and give thanks daily for God’s incredible blessings of life!
Soon after the baby was born, our eldest daughter Michelle graduated (with valedictorian honors!) from Jim Elliot Christian High School and headed off for six months with Youth with a Mission to Australia, Spain and Africa. We have missed her greatly but are so pleased that she has such a passion for those suffering in this world. Amy began her high school experience as a freshman at JECHS. She is adjusting to the intense academic rigor, has made many friends and ran with the Varsity Cross Country team that won the section championship and made it to the state meet. Kristen is finishing up her last year as a happy home school student & will begin high school next fall. Rebekah is in 6th grade and continues to lead anyone & everyone who will let her. Grace is turning 9 (wasn’t she just “sweet baby Grace”?? – my how time flies by!) and is enjoying being a carefree kid. Joy at 4 years old is truly a joy to all our lives – playful, funny, cuddly and full of life. She provides an endless amount of entertainment for us all. To stay up on our family throughout the year and see lots of photo’s you can subscribe to Beth’s blog. Check it out at – www.bethlambdin.net
This year is a special milestone for our family – 10 years ago we set out to begin the ministry at Jim Elliot Christian High School. We began with our personal Christmas card mailing list and asked for much needed prayer and support. You, our dear friends and family came through in abundance and provided the foundation for this incredible ministry to young people. We want to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for your faith and abundant blessing and to report that the school you helped start is prospering! Dan continues to minister there as the Bible teacher & Chaplain. This year Beth decided to jump back into the action as the Director of Development to assist in taking JECHS into the next decade of discipleship. If you want to be really blessed – check out the new site she has created that highlights the great things God is doing in & through JECHS – www.jechs.wordpress.com
The newest happening on our horizon is the hope of adopting a baby brother! We are working hard to submit the extensive paperwork, complete a home study and raise the finances to bring home a baby from an agency in Tennessee. There is a sense of excitement buzzing around our household as we all are working together to make this happen. We hope that next years Christmas photo will be a family of 10 – including two boys. Pray for us. The sisters have created a site that shares about our adoption journey – www.babybrother.wordpress.com
May the wonder and excitement of the Christ child who was given to you on that holy night over 2000 years ago fill your hearts and lives as you celebrate this Christmas season.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:2
Blessings to you all,
The Lambdin family –
Dan & Beth
Michelle (18) (not pictured), Amy (15), Kristen (13), Rebekah(12), Grace (9), Joy (4) & Daniel (7 months)