Happy New Year!
I love new. Not necessarily new things, but a chance for renewal. New choices. New life. New habits. New mercies, sufficient for today’s worries.
I don’t always make New Year’s resolutions– but I like to reevaluate at the new year (and in the late summer, before the new school year starts) to see where I am.
Where am I?
I am very happy to be a homeschooling mom.
But the pattern of my days right now is non-stop. One Sunday before Christmas, three people asked me if SweetP was always "like this." Meaning all over the place. The answer is yes.
My two year-old daughter is like this (they were all like this at this age.) She is constantly climbing every piece of furniture. Multiple times a day she falls off things, bonks her head, cries for ten seconds, and climbs back up. She is up and down the stairs, in the cabinets, pulling chairs over so she can get on the counter or flip switches. And I am exhausted. I fall into bed every night without having accomplished half the things on my list. I am behind on the laundry, we keep running out of our favorite foods, and every time I sit down for a second, someone is asking me for something else.
So I am going to try to ramp down my expectations for what we can do in a day, and try to do more outings, more field trips, more walks.
Where is my writing?
I had a wonderful interaction with an agent in the fall. She read my full manuscript and gave me some excellent, specific feedback, even though she didn’t want to represent me. So I am encouraged and ready to try a new tack.
What about my job?
God told me to stop asking for permission to quit. (I’ve been asking this for awhile, to no avail.) God told me to start asking to have joy in my job, and the ability to be peaceful there. So I’m trying to be faithful in praying those prayers.
What about you? Do you have resolutions? A 101 in 1001? Where are you this new year?