It felt so strange to be away from the blog for so long. I have not looked at my own blog, or anyone else’s for nearly an entire month now, and while I missed it, it was also very refreshing. We had such a wonderful Christmas season, and a big part of what helped make it special was minimizing distractions (like the internet) and soaking in every moment. And still it passed so quickly!
This time last year I was barely 16 weeks pregnant, and just starting to put Bonnie’s nursery together. It’s so hard to believe that she’s now six and a half months old, and so big! She weighs 16.8 pounds and is a whopping THIRTY inches long! I remember so vividly the first time I held her. I remember my amazement at how teensy she was. The story of her birth has got to me one of my favorite blog posts of 2014.
In addition to one big miracle (Bonnie, of course) 2014 has also been a good year in other ways, and brought us lots of small, everyday miracles. It brought Andrew several steps closer to earning his doctorate degree in chiropractic. It has also brought us into a new season of our marriage, and taught us so much. Even though 2014 has been a good year, I am glad to say goodbye, and to enter another new chapter of our lives.
My husband does not make New Year’s resolutions. He thinks they are silly. I disagree completely. The beginning of a new year is an opportunity to start fresh in every way. It’s a new opportunity for new ways of thinking, new habits, new choices, new goals, and new dreams.
My goals for 2015 seems kind of small when they’re laid out for all to see, but they are all signifiant in my small life, and they all revolve around one theme: Discipline.
I’ve been convicted recently that this is something I need to work on. The Christian life is all about discipline, and it is something I’ve been lacking these past several months in particular.
So, here are my goals for the new year:
1) Have regular quiet time with Jesus- Particularly since I started keeping Luke during the week, my quiet times with Jesus have become a bit sporadic and rushed. But with better time management, and more discipline, this is something that can, and should, be fixed.
2) Pray together as a family daily- I pray with Bonnie every morning and every night, but I do not always make it a priority to include Andrew in this. All of us praying together is important, and I need to start treating it like it’s important, and making it an absolute priority.
Physical and Emotional
1) Eat and drink ONLY things that I want Bonnie to eat and drink- Overall I eat fairly well, but over the holidays I’ve noticed myself not wanting her to have certain things that I am eating or drinking because they are not good for her. I want her to have a diet rich in whole foods, good fats, and things that are going to nourish and heal her. So I need to be eating those kinds of foods too. And only those kinds of foods. I’m really serious about this one, and Andrew is on board as well.
This is going to mean a big lifestyle change for us, but I’m really excited and 100% ready.
More than ready. My body and conscience are begging for it.
2) Exercise regularly- This was not an issue for me while I was pregnant. I walked my butt off every single day. And I was really active the first few months after Bonnie was born too. But this is something else that changed once I started keeping Luke. It’s really hard to get out the door and get moving with two babies. Hard, but not impossible.
And again, my body is begging for more activity.
1) Post three times per week.
2) Start sending out a weekly newsletter again (I really let that slide after Bonnie was born!)
3) Post two recipes per month- I’m hoping this will help motivate me to try cooking and baking new things more regularly.
4) Create a Facebook page for the blog- One of my favorite things about blogging is the people it’s brought into my life, and I think a Facebook page is a great way to make that community even smaller and more accessible to others in need of encouragement, accountability, or just good information!
1) Save money- This is hard since we’re operating on quite a limited budget these days, but I want to be more diligent about it this year than we were last year.
I’d also like to take more pictures, and learn more about my camera. I’d like to go to the Nashville Flea Market a time or two this year, lose about ten pounds, get dressed every day (wearing pajamas around the house all day every day is not good for self-esteem or productivity) floss daily, and ready several books. But I’m not quite ready to add these things to the official list!
In short, I am excited to see what kind of showing off God is going to do in 2015.
He is so good.