We took Christmas down in our home today. The pine needles decorate the carpet where our tree once stood. They also decorate the path of its exit. Okay, my house is covered. After the day we had (thank the Lord for a new start each day - can I get an amen?), I dare not vacuum while Nora sleeps. It'll have to wait for tomorrow.
How was your Christmas this year? One of my favorite celebrations of the season was when my little family cozied up together to read through the same Advent book Chad studied as a child. Most nights Nora wandered into our bedroom to dig through my jewelry box, but I'm a nut for new traditions, so Chad and I kept reading. We want to be intentional in the way we teach our girls the love of Christ. While it may feel fruitless in the midst of toddlerhood, I know we are planting good seeds.
Intentional. That is a word I am so excited to bring with me into the new year. I've spent the past several days with my nose in my brand spankin' new Day Designer, a life organizer that has me itching for the new year. Y'all, this thing is amazing! (And no, sadly, there's no endorsement check with my name on it.) Technology is great and all, but I will forever love the beckoning call of fresh, clean, January pages in a planner. So this prized planner wound up on my Christmas list and, now, into my lap - well, what's left of it at 36+ weeks. Yes, it's a daily planner, but its purpose extends far beyond grocery lists and meeting notes. While gleefully chatting about the future with Chad, I keep referring to it as my "dream book"; it prompts me to record what is most important in my life and set measurable, tangible goals for achieving just that. Each evening, as my home quiets down, I can be found scribbling my plans for the new year. By pausing to do this, I'm allowing myself a chance to dream about the future and how I fit in it as a wife, mom, teacher, daughter, sister, friend, woman, and child of God. There's a whole lot of change coming my way in 2015 (more on that soon), and I don't want me to get lost in all of that. Thank you Day Designer. 2015, I'm ready for ya!