i’m actually in shock that we are on this end of the holiday season already! it’s been an amazing blur of parties and gift wrapping and visiting with friends. for two months leading up to christmas, my fingers were busy with knitting, crochet, and sewing, as is common for this time of year. each year gets a bit busier, and this year i unfortunately had to turn down work because there just wasn’t enough time for it all (shown here are most of the items, i didn’t have time to photograph some of them before they were packaged and gone!)
our family worked really hard to keep christmas about Jesus this year, and shifting the focus back onto Him. we did more acts of kindness, and gave more gifts that didn’t require wrapping. it was the very best christmas season that i’ve ever experienced, and i’m hoping to duplicate it for many more years to come.
2013 was a big year of changes for me. i got older, i cut my hair (multiple times), i pierced my nose, i dropped 20lbs, and i had my braces removed. i learned to control my illness with diet, and am so so thankful for that victory. i also got cats; two of them. i learned (through trial & error) to be a better mom, and to be a confident homeschooler. i quit yelling at my kids, then fell off the wagon, then humbly scrambled back onto it again.
looking ahead, there are things in 2014 that i want to do differently, and things that i want to stay the same. always, always, always– cherish the time i have with my kids and other loved ones.
my “new years resolution”, is to get back into my 30 day schedule of self-improvement. i have a few lined up, and i love it when you guys join me in them!
- january: clean house every night before bed. the handmade gifts and christmas schedule left me running and dropping a lot, and i’m just ready to snap at the state of my home! i came across this today, and it totally seems achievable. so i’ll try for a month and even if i fail half of the days, i’ll still be ahead.
- daily in february/march/etc, (in no particular order): practice french, spend 30 minutes with God, delete & clean up my photos. i dunno, i’m kind of dry on ideas. i usually have several “healthy eating month” or “30 day shred month” ideas, but my kids are at the gym 4 times a week with programs, so i’m working out during those times too. and my “special needs belly” forces me to eat healthily every single day, so they’re kind of unnecessary regulars that i can’t fall back on anymore. any suggestions?
most of all, i want 2014 to be awesome! in what will feel like 3 months, we’ll be back here again wondering where another year disappeared to, and i want to be able to have nothing but great things to reflect upon. i’m so ready to work towards that!
thanks for sticking around and reading my musings. i hope that each one of you have a great 2014, full of God’s blessings and your recognition of them. happy new year!