Monday, January 13, 2014

News from the Mathews

Hi everyone. This has been my longest time away from the blog. More than a year! I haven't made any new year resolutions about restarting blogging though I have thought about it once in a while. Lets see what happens... This post is just to share our new year letter with all 5 of you who may still check out this blog once in a while (or am I being too optimistic!!). It's been a good year and we are looking forward to 2014. To all our friends on the blogosphere, here's wishing all of you a blessed New Year with lots of fun and happiness. Ciao!

This was supposed to be a Christmas letter, but has become a New Year one! So belated Merry Christmas to all of you! Hope the season brought much joy and a special reminder of the great blessing that we received 2000 years ago. And we wish you all a very happy New Year filled with blessings and happiness. 

As we come to the end of 2013, there is much to be grateful for. We have been blessed abundantly as a family and our lives have been full of happiness. One of the biggest events of 2013 for us was Amy’s completion of her Diploma in Anaesthesia and entry into the MD programme in community medicine even before her previous course was over! This was most unexpected and for us it was yet another indication of God’s clear guidance regarding our future. As is her wont, Amy made a smooth transition and is thoroughly enjoying her new vocation, just as she did Anaesthesia. Being equipped with both degrees is sure to be a great boon whatever she chooses to do in the future.

The other big event of 2013 was that we finally moved out of our room (cosy as it was!) to a house. After the two lovely years we had spent in our three-story mansion at Shillong, we were really excited to move into our new home on the campus which is just as lovely and has been set up superbly over the last month by Amy. Moreover, after enjoying having so many of our friends staying with us at Shillong, we are happy that we can once again welcome anyone who is passing through and needs a place. We have made some close friends here at CMC and look forward to many happy times with them in our new home.

Another excitement of the year was all the music. Under the lofty-sounding banner of the CMC Philharmonic and Choral Society (CPCS), a group of us get together every week to enjoy music and have fun. There are now three distinct entities to CPCS. The children’s choir conducted by Amy is a great hit on the campus and the kids are always surprising us with their talents. The adult choir, made up of super-talented students, loves to experiment with different styles and forms of music and it is always great entertainment! The instrumental group which recently added a euphonium to its ranks (in addition to the violin, piano, lead guitar, bass guitar and drums) favours jazz, and loves interpreting classical music in a rock style. The final effect is not as bad as it sounds (pun not intended!).

As we look forward to 2014, we are really excited by all that is in store for us. The victory of Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP coinciding with our celebration of the birth of our Saviour has been a great morale booster and cause for hope. If one man and his team can make so much happen in one year, surely we can all make a difference. As we enter the New Year, we are becoming more and more aware of our need to search diligently for God and His ways and we look forward to a much closer walk with Him in the New Year. We thank all of you for your love and prayers for us. Here's wishing you all a blessed 2014.


Amy and Arpit

I leave you with the song the faculty choir sang for Christmas last year. God bless!


  1. Welcome back to the blogosphere! Keep it coming!

  2. Glad to see you back! That's one lovel letter. Thank you for the updates.
    Happy New Year to you both as well.

  3. A blessed new year to Amy and yourself. Loved the rendition of 'For unto us'