Good morning! I hope everyone was able to enjoy some time with family or friends over the last few days. We loved seeing our family and friends, but we are tuckered out from all the traveling; we also had baptism on Sunday in the midst our many family Christmas’. We have not been home much, and with a new baby being passed around, she got to the point where Mom is where she wanted to be. BUT…. all in all, we had a great year – lots to be thankful for.
I got to spend Christmas morning exactly how I like it too – on my couch, with coffee in hand, watching the Walt Disney Christmas Day Parade. It was just better this year because I got to enjoy it with a little girl who I hope to share the love of Disney with one day.
On another note, today is the last Wednesday of the year! Can you believe it?! I can’t. The year went so quickly!
So today and for the rest of the year, I will be 1. not eating (say what?!) since I ate enough food for an extra month in the last 5 days – at least sweets anyway, and 2. will be reflecting hard on my year, and what I’d like to accomplish in the new one around the corner. What are some of your best memories this year?
Back to work I go today, and I can already tell it will be a multiple-cups-of-coffee kind of day. So let’s get to it!
Song of the Week:
I’m thankful for…:
I am thankful for so many people, places, things, experiences, and memories. I am forever thankful for my family, friends, and even my enemies. About ten years ago, I made a switch between materials vs. memories. I like to gift that way as well. Life is so short and I just want to appreciate it. I want to get everything out of life that it has to offer.
Bible Verse of the Week:
My greatest accomplishment of the year was…:
I have accomplished many little things this year, and some I would have never thought possible. I have so much more that I didn’t accomplish that I had planned, but I found out quickly what my priorities were when I got pregnant and had a baby.
BABY – SLEEP – FOOD – SLEEP
My greatest accomplishment besides delivering my child was sticking to my blog and not fading out. I do not think I have ever stuck to something I had once started for the New Year for an entire year without losing interest. And that’s how I know I love something I guess. That’s how I know it was important to me. Funny – all those exercise and weight loss goals over the years must not have been too important huh? There were a few weeks I didn’t post, but every now and then, you need to step back and take a break (and that’s with anything in life).
Quote of the Week:
My greatest lesson was…:
I learned so many things this year and particularly in the last 3 months. As you all know, Eric and I brought our first child into the world, and we have, yes, learned so much, but also know, that we have A LOT left to learn. But I have taken so much away from the last three months.
When she became my world, my social life changed a lot (not saying that is a bad thing). I just found that there was so much more to life than I had ever thought possible. You know that lyric, “you find out who your friends are”? I learned who my true friends were – the ones who wanted to be with or around me knowing that I would either 1. bring my little girl along, or 2. have her at home if they were coming over. I learned how important it is to take care of someone who is oh so dependent on you for survival, and how a bond is quickly formed (it’s like she knows who’s here to feed her and who just wants to play – Dad).
But most importantly, I learned that even though children do not come with instructions or owners manuals, I know what’s best for my child because I live with her everyday. I have learned her cries and know the difference between hungry and tired. I have learned that it doesn’t matter if you ask or not, people will always give you advice on how to parent and what to do for your child – just smile and say “maybe I’ll consider that”. I have learned that it’s okay not to pass her off when she is crying because the likelihood of someone else helping her isn’t all that great when all she wants is her mommy. I have simply learned a lot, but what I like most about what I have learned, is that it is more than okay to say no because I am the mom – she is my responsibility.
That’s what I have for you today. Take some time to reflect the year behind us and prepare the one before us. Make some goals even if it’s simple; life is boring if you have nothing to work towards. See you next year!