One Little Word

One Little Word

Each New Year’s Day my husband and I talk about how we want our year to go, what we want to happen, our wishes for that year if we could write it out for ourselves and choose what our year will be. We often make (and break) resolutions, not giving ourselves too hard of a time when we break them. But I know I can’t write out my perfect year. And I’m glad I can’t do it all on my own. That would be exhausting! I’m glad I have a God who doesn’t let me do it all on my own. I’ve heard about people choosing one word to focus on throughout the year, but I’ve never done it. This year, I’ve been inspired by and joined the movement One Word 365 in choosing a word to guide my focus back to Him. I’m still going to make some resolutions and goals (more on that soon); however, I want this one word to help me be intentional about achieving my goals with a God-centered focus. My word: Delight. I knew I needed a positive word. I made a list, prayer, continued brainstorming, prayed, and then kept coming back to the word DELIGHT on my list. I needed the opposite of what I often complained about last year (depression, disappointment, melancholy, sorrow, unhappiness). To choose a word meaning a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment is absolutely what I need in order to live a better year. I want to find the joy, happiness, contentment, gladness, gratification, and satisfaction that means delight in everything I do. I want to delight in...
December Goals

December Goals

December is here! And with it, brings all of that magical holiday excitement that only this time of year holds. Tim and I already act like kids around the holidays, but I’m excited now that Graydon is over a year old, he can really start to participate in many of our traditions. I want this month to stay simple. I want to let my usual, unending to do list be put on hold this month, and simply enjoy the season. DECEMBER GOALS 1. Celebrate our 25 Days of Christmas Each year we write down 25 things we want to do, see, experience, make, etc. They range from free or inexpensive like baking, making a Christmas craft, watching a holiday movie, or having a picnic by the tree to minimal cost like a new Christmas movie or book. Some years there’s even a few splurges like seeing Trans Siberian Orchestra or going on a day trip. I print out our list, cut apart each activity, and place one in each door of our advent calendar. Some days needed to be planned and placed into the calendar on a specific date, but most are randomly put in. Even though I made this list, I can’t wait to open it each morning and see what our activity is for the day. This year’s advent leans more towards Graydon-friendly activities that are easy to do with a 14 month old. We’ll save going to The Nutcracker and TSO again till he’s a little bigger. 2. Slow down and Soak up family time I’m the first to admit that I can be a little...
July Goals

July Goals

I posted my goals last month thinking that would be good accountability. It’s shown me what’s realistic for me right now, and what kind of expectations I should put on myself (in addition to the everyday cleaning and taking care of baby). JUNE GOALS REVISITED: 1. Put things on my walls. Sadly, my walls look just about the same as they did a month ago. I realize when it comes to household chores, taking care of baby, and living life, decorating is just really low on my priority list. I’ve adjusted this goal to be more realistic for this month. 2. Take Graydon to the library and read more. Success! Graydon and I went to Baby Time at the library twice this month and we signed up for summer reading (or listening in his case). I have such fond memories of the library in the summertime with my mom and want to pass that love of reading on to him. I also checked out a few books that I’ve been wanting to read. I read 2 books this month…highly recommend both. First I read, Defending Jacob. This is not a book I would normally choose, but I’m so glad I did. I first saw the recommendation on Blue-Eyed Bride (Erin has some good book recs) and then noticed several Instagram friends post and comment about how intriguing it is. I was engaged throughout the entire 400 pages of this mystery. And then I needed something a little lighter to read, so I went for Sparkly Green Earrings. I’ve been wanting to read her book after discovering The Big Mama Blog. Such...
What’s On…My Walls and June Goals

What’s On…My Walls and June Goals

I can’t believe it’s June already! I’m linking up with Andrea today for “What’s On…Your Walls” to share a little bit of our home. Taking a look around our house, I immediately think I should title this “What’s NOT on our walls” because they are so bare. So here’s the deal. We moved into this house exactly a year ago this week when I was 23 weeks pregnant. We (and by we, I mean my husband a couple of good friends) painted the entire house from top to bottom in the 10 days between closing and our move in date. By the way, this is something he says he never EVER wants to do again. It was quite a feat.  Once we had a fresh coat of paint on the walls, they looked so clean and pretty, I didn’t want to put any holes in them and hang pictures. Plus, I wanted to live here for a few weeks and get a feel for how I wanted to decorate. So those few weeks turned into months as my belly got bigger and bigger during the hottest part of the summer. At that point, I was already thoroughly covered in pregnancy sweat in this Texas heat by 9am and I wasn’t about to do anything that made me sweat any more, so the walls went undecorated again. By the fall I had a newborn, then this first-time mom was finding her groove with baby, then baby got bigger, and here we are now. He’s 8 months old, we’ve lived here an entire year, and our walls are still barely decorated....