Saturday, January 5, 2013

Happy New Year: A Year of Joy

I realize I procrastinated a little bit with this post, but it has taken some serious reflection and maybe a bit of soul searching to decide on what I could do in the year 2013 to make a better me. I've put quite a bit of time into thinking about this, especially during late night feeding sessions with Jude: What are some things I'd like to change about myself? What are some things that I am not happy with right now? What do I see for myself in the future? In what ways can I honor God, my spouse, and my children on a deeper level?

It seemed like all of the thoughts I had for bettering myself had a common trend. Making this year a year of JOY.

2011 was incredibly hard on our family. We were in the midst of confusion, anger, and grief all at the same time... and it lasted for well over half of the year. Needless to say, this took its toll.

2012 was a year of healing. We were dealing with a roller coaster of emotions and most notably accepting the loss of one child while simultaneously welcoming a new one into our family. Growing pains were abundant, but healing and peace have begun to creep back into our home.

I am resolved to make 2013 a year of joy: To enjoy the two little boys we have been immensely blessed by, to enjoy being married to the man of my dreams (yes, you read that right Daniel!), and to be happy with the person and the mother that I have become.

I have a list of things I envision for the new year... limitations on screen time, talking more about my joys than my gripes, dancing around the house more, writing more letters to family and friends, being more aware about me time.... the list goes on. They aren't very measurable things or things that can be put on a checklist, but that's okay with me.

I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for me and my family! I am hoping to meet all that comes my way with a joyful heart!