I started writting a post about how I was doing on my New Year’s Resolutions, went to link up to it…it’s not there. Figures. Come to find, I have three complete posts that for some reason I hit save instead of publish. No wonder my blog is looking so sparse! I guess the best place to start is at the beginning. This one was written New Year’s Eve and lays some ground work for some of the posts I have and have not posted.
BTW, if you haven’t already read the previous post, my husband hijacked my blog. I was gone for less than a day and supper apparently was quite the production. If any of you know my husband in real life, you’ll appreciate the humor and perhaps even get a bit of insight into what life with him is like 🙂
So here it is New Year’s Eve. Phew am I glad. 2008 was a rough year for so many people, ringing in the new year tonight we be with a sigh of relief for me. I love fresh starts and new beginnings…even if they are, in all actuality, just another day.
I rarely, if ever, make resolutions for the new year. For some reason, this year I could not resist. Perhaps it was because 2008 was a year that I felt I had to trudge through. Perhaps it’s because there are a few things I desperately want to change in my life. Regardless, I’ve made a few and am sharing them with you and hoping that someone out there will keep me accountable to them. It has taken me a few days to narrow down what about my life needs improvement and to sift what is really so important as to have a strict goal in that sense.
1. To be a better Christian. By that I am not saying go to church more, tithe more, or sing in the choir. I really want to focus some time this year in the books that Paul wrote in the New Testament. What is my role in my home, my church, and my world? I haven’t talked much about my faith on this blog. You won’t see me talking religion…I grew up with religion and it didn’t take too well. You can bet it will be showing up more in my posts. I am a firm believer that Jesus Christ died for my sins (as well as yours) and that he rose on the third day after crucifixion. I am a firm believer in the Holy Trinity and that the Bible is not just a collection of stories, but God-breathed and as much for my life today as it was for generations past. I have to wonder how many are still reading at this point : )
2. To shape up physically. I’ve never been petite and won’t pretend to be. I am 6 ft tall, big boned, and have put on weight on top of that. I am as clumsy as they come and want to run and hide when a ball starts flying around. Yeah, I’m a sissy when it comes to sports. I did start Yoga, though, and plan to continue it a minimum 2 times every week. I also would like be on a bike for 30 minutes minimum each week. I have no idea if this will get me into shape, but I have to start somewhere and it certainly can’t hurt. The Y is less than 2 blocks from our home and we are members…shame on me for wasting the resources available to me. They even have a child-watch center that is free! This (like all of my goals, now that I think of it) is not just for me, but for my children. I want to model a healthy lifestyle and want to be able to romp on the floor with grand-kids in the very far off, distant future. Nothing like planning ahead, right?
3. To shape up my house. I am awful at keeping house…there I said it. It embarrasses me to no end. If people just stop by I get so crazy nervous because my house is always cluttered and messy (not dirt mess, stuff mess…though I do need to dust and vacuum more often.) I’m not just saying it, either. I wish it were as simple as dog hair in the corners or the kids books on the floor. I know much of it is because my time is divided between homeschooling, cooking three meals, helping family, and your standard daily goings-on. I know the other part of it is that I just do not know where to begin. I’ve had so many people say “don’t worry about the house while the kids are little”…they have not seen my house. It gets to the point that you can’t find what you need, that you can’t set something down when you need to, and there are days I want anything but to be at home. Ultimately, I want a pretty house: cohesive colors, pictures on the wall, and my favorite things not just there, but in use. For this year, I will settle for de-cluttering and cleaning up. There is much to go through, most of it not necessary and I am anxious to start.
Well, this post took all of 3 hours to write and I am officially going to post it now or it will not get postedalong with the other three I have started. Besides, the kids are hungry and I had better feed them before going our friends’ house where there will be junk food to no end. Mmmmm, I love party food. On a side note, I did really well avoiding junk food this Christmas. All the baking I did I kept at my parent’s house or in the freezer in the garage. When I went to parties I took the smallest plate available and filled it up with the healthy stuff first. After eating that I had given myself plenty of time to decide which of the more “junk-type” foods I really wanted to try. For one Christmas it was the meatballs, another was the orange cinnamon rolls, the next one was tough but I settle for good (tapioca cooked with lots of brown sugar and no milk with whipped topping, nuts, and bananas…mmm), cookies at the following one, and the final one I had a Belgian waffle with blueberry syrup oozing all over it and a popcorn ball. Ok, the food talk talk is making me hungrier.
Happy New Years to you all and I hope 2009 finds you more content than 2008 and that you are able to ring it in with those you love!
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