Saturday, January 5, 2008
Inspired by friends and kinsmen who let us in on their goals and wishes for the New Year, I thought I would jot a few notes on ours. Well, my goals and wishes anyway; although Phillip and I think along the same lines. Though we haven't talked about 2008 specifically, we often talk about what we would like to accomplish in life.
We want to continue keeping our lives simple. In this world that we live in, it is so easy to get busy and be gone from home all the time and spend too much money on more stuff that complicates your life. With church stuff and homeschooling groups and classes and kids additional activities and then personal get away time ~ you just have to make yourself say no. I don't know that we do great at this, but we try.
I want to enjoy my kids more. They are so funny and want to have fun ~ I don't want to miss out on this time of their lives. Elizabeth will be leaving home in 12 years! So this means watching Jonathan when he says, "Watch me, Mom!" (which is constantly!). Working with Elizabeth when she wants me to help her with a project, have a tea party or play Webkinz with her. This means holding Phoebe or holding her hand or reading her a book while she sits in my lap.
I would love to get up earlier every morning to read my Bible and pray. I've always tried to do this, but it seems a lot harder at this point in my life. I pray for myself and for my kids ~ our whole family ~ to love God and to love others more than we love ourselves. I figure since those are the two most important commandments, then even if I just pray for that, we'll be on the right track! :-)
These aren't measurable goals, I know. If they were, I would meet the measure and then quit, so I just have things I want to work toward. Hopefully by the end of 2008, I can look back and say I did do those things more this year than I did last year.