2013 flew by so fast, I'm enjoying reminiscing at bit at all that happened this year. This was a big year for our family and, of course, for Eli! Being born is a pretty big deal :) I'm excited to see what God has in store for 2014!
Five Revelations from 2013
God's approval is all I need.
It is impossible to please everyone and no matter what you do there will always be at least one person who disapproves! Recently, God has been showing me that I need to get over my approval-addicted nature. God wants us to live by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, not by the pressure and/or manipulation from other people.
Being a mom is truly amazing. While I was pregnant, I worried that I wouldn't love my baby enough and that I just wouldn't be a good mom. That's not a concern of mine anymore! Despite my lack of baby experience before having Eli (I had never changed a diaper before!?), being a mom comes naturally. I'm thankful for all of the more experienced moms I can go to for advice. I definitely don't know what I'm doing all the time, but I know God made me to be a mom!
Mr. Eli was busy brewing at the end of February. Seems like so long ago!
I don't think I could love this kid any more! I'm crazy about him.
Cloth diapering isn't rocket science. It's weird to say I actually enjoy cloth diapering. A very generous friend gave me some of her cloth diapers and I figured it was worth a shot. Now I love cloth diapering and it's definitely worth the savings and hardly any extra work!
The start of my cloth diaper collection!
Being a SAHM is worth the sacrifice. This was one of the biggest stretches of my life. Never in a million years would I have thought I would be a stay-at-home mom (or that I would have a blog!). Leaving my job (and my friends), moving to a new town, and living on one income was an intimidating whirlwind of change, but it's all worth it. God led me to leave my comfort zone and spending this time with my son has been worth any "sacrifices", tenfold.
If something is a priority, you make time for it. The picture the world sometimes paints of parenthood is that it is the end to all "fun" and you won't have time to do anything for yourself. You CAN make time to read your Bible everyday, to exercise everyday, to journal, to (fill in the blank)...
Motherhood has taught me new lessons in time management. I need to read the Bible and do devotionals in the morning before Eli wakes up or wait for nap time. Fitting in exercise everyday just means being flexible schedule-wise; if it doesn't happen in the morning, I sneak out for a run when Leo is home. Sure, one could say, "That's easy, you only have one baby right now!", and my response to that would be God strengthens us in each season of life. If He blesses my husband and I with more children, I trust that the Lord will give me wisdom for that season!
It's hard to get out the door some days, but I never regret exercising.
Five Resolutions for 2014
Be a prayer warrior. You can't be "bad" at praying, but I do want to be more dedicated to prayer. I made an index card of daily prayer requests and am going to focus on starting the day out with prayer and time with God! We're especially praying that God blesses us with Baby #2 in His perfect timing :)
Get CrossFit. Ha! I don't even know what that means, but I want to try it. One slight problem is that my "home gym" consists of a yoga mat and two 10-lb. weights, so I'm going to use my imagination (or just my body weight) in this. Running is my favorite, but this winter has been unhealthily cold and I'm trying to expand my knowledge of cross training! Below is a workout from the "Naptime Circuit Training" series. These workouts aren't official CrossFit routines, they are just a quick way to fit strength training into the day - a little strength training is better than none!
Read more. I read my Bible every day, but I'm looking to do more supplemental reading as time allows. Currently I'm reading "Approval Addiction" by Joyce Meyer and I've got my sights set on reading a couple books by Will Davis Jr. after that. Reading is really enjoyable and I want to encourage Eli to be a reader, too.
"Enough" by Will Davis Jr. (photo from Amazon.com)
Make more visual arts and crafts. Graphic design is great, but it requires a lot of computer time these days. I want to go back to the visual art-side of things and start making crafts with Eli. I made a few Christmas gifts this year and found that I really miss painting. Doing crafts with a 10-month-old probably means me making something pretty and him destroying it, but that's okay :)
Be God-confident. I'm insecure; always have been, don't want to be forever. The fix for insecurity isn't in self-confidence, but being confident in God and seeing myself how He sees me. No more negative self talk and listening to Satan's lies. I have a distorted view that God is always mad and disappointed with me and it seems guilt is always lurking. The solution? Knowing and constantly reminding myself that Jesus is my Savior, meditating on God's Truth, and knowing that guilt is not from God.
Happy 2014 from us!
What have been your revelations over this past year?
What are your resolutions for the new year?
What are your resolutions for the new year?