Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Looking back....and ahead.

I've decided that I really like New Year's.  I love the reflection that it brings and also the hope.  A fresh start.  A clean slate.  Endless possibilities.  And a new planner with blank pages.

Since becoming a mom, it seems the years just keep getting better and better.  2012 was all about learning to mother 2 boys 2 and under.  It was challenging at times (and still very much so) but it was filled with so much goodness and so much love that my heart swells just thinking back over the past year.

A few highlights from our year:

Sawyer turned 2 with a barnyard themed party.  He also moved into a toddler bed and stopped using his paci and started wearing big boy underwear.  Quite a year he had!
Watching my boys become brothers and friends.
Watching my baby brother become a husband and gaining a new sister.
Sawyer started swim lessons.
Graham turned 1 and we celebrated. and have lots of pictures to prove it.
Took a quick little trip in the fall with some friends.
Graham got tubes.
Celebrated Halloween.
Finished off with a merry Christmas.

I am excited to see what is in store for 2013.  I'll be turning 30 in 7 months.  And I am determined to embrace it.  I also have a few other things on my list that I'm hoping to accomplish this year. 

I've been thinking about resolutions -- or "words" for 2013.  Here's a look at my words for 2012.

And I've decided...my word for this year is:
  I just want to bless people...abundantly.  All the time.  In big ways and little ways.  I want to be an example for my boys.  I want my actions to point people to Jesus.

And my resolution is:
I try really hard not too but if I'm being honest I still do sometimes.  And it's just NOT worth it.  The email, the text, the IG picture, all of that can wait.  It's not worth risking my life, my babies life or another person's life.  I've decided the best thing will just be to put it out of reach so I'm not even tempted.  I will be using time in the car to pray, clear my head, think, sing, talk through my bluetooth if needed....but not text, email, etc.

Nothing like putting it all out there for some accountability, right?!

Cheers to 2013.



Kathy Jo said...

I'll be the first to say that you are ALREADY a blessing...not only to me but to a lot of people! If I tried to list the reasons HOW you are a blessing, it would take up all of this space. I will say, that about 18 years ago I met a very loving, outgoing, vibrant young girl that took a piece of my heart. She is accepting, understanding and forgiving. She is a giver and a provider. She is a daughter, "bonus" daughter, sister, mommy, wife, friend, confidant and role model. My list could really go on. You have touched so many lives in your short almost 30 years and have made a difference.

I love you and admire you for all you are and all you have done. I can't wait to see what 2013 has for you and the Jackson family...I am thankful I am a small part of that!

Much love!!!

Jess said...

love this! It is all so true, and I feel inspired just reading this! Happy 2013 to yall!