Well Happy Happy New Year to all of you! 2012 is over and 2013 is here and I just cant wait to see hat it brings! Not only is it a new year, it is also my second anniversary of this blog! Yikes! I cant believe that we have been here for two years! So many memories, new achievements, and great new friends have been recorded in the posts here! I have loved every second of it and I want to thank you all my dear readers for all the love, them comments, and the faithful following that you all give me! Each of you is a blessing! Thank you all so much! If it werent for all of you, this blog would not be what it is today!
Now, I dont know about you, but with each new year I feel this urge to really set myself up to be the best I can be during this year! I want to make sure that my plans are set, my goals are realistic, and that my whole family can benefit from these ideas! I also like to look back and see what went right and what should be a bit different. This year has been very good to everyone here. We all learned alot, we played together, created things, and got closer to God. I didnt loose any weight, but I did get a treadmill to help me do that. We did spend more time together, but I think that there is alot I can do to be better at that. It was a good year. So for the new year my goals are similar to last year’s: take time to play with my girls, keep learning together, and of course loose weight. 😉 But there are some other things that I really feel like God is asking me to do this year too. One of those things is to live the liturgy of the church year. There are some really beautiful celebrations and some really amazing saints that we remember all through the year. My girls dont know very many of these and the things they do know seem like a negative thing since they often HAVE to go to church. So this year we are going to make these days real celebration and fun days. My plan is to try and do one each month with the girls (this will also help with my goal to spend more time playing)! I want them to find joy and fun in the heritage of our faith. Faith is a living thing and I want them to feel that!
Another thing that I want to do more of is make things. Make gifts, make our food, and grow our own veggies this summer. We have alot of random food allergies here and there are alot of things that I am realizing it would be better for me to make. Some of those things are tomato sauce, beef stock, and even granola. Does it take more time, OH YES! But I think that the payoff is going to worth it. Plus, it seems like I eat less when it is homemade and that will help with weight loss!
Our virtue for the year seems a little less clear, but I think that maybe it is Piety. There is a great value to being close to God daily and I really want to make sure that this is an integral part of my kids childhood. Plus as they get older I want to be sure that they are really ready to receive the sacraments. Bunny will be making her first communion in May 2014, and I want to be sure that she is ready deep in her heart. It is a huge moment in her life and I dont think we can start too soon deepening that relationship with God. So there you have it! My plan in a small way for the new year! There is lot of things we want to do and things we want to accomplish, but it all boils down to trying have the best family life we can possibly have! I wish all the same for you too! Happy New Year!