Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

We brought in the New Year watching "While You Were Sleeping", "The Santa Clause", and "Caillou." We also ate, played on the ipad, napped, and ate some more.

All while wearing a tutu.

Around 11:00, we went ahead and toasted the New Year with our non-alcoholic sparkling peach beverage. Amelia didn't make it much later than 11:15, Alex went to bed around 11:30, and I watched the ball drop at midnight.

I'm not big on resolutions but Alex and I are big on goals. We sit down together at the beginning of the New Year and list our goals as a family. I went over our goals from last year and there were several we reached - several we did not. I'm sure several of the 2011 goals will end up on the 2012 list as well.

I'm always excited for a new year and this year is no different.

I'm excited to meet our new baby girl in March 2012 - not very far away.

I'm excited to clean/organize house to prepare for her arrival.

I've been praying about my goals for the new year. I know life will be busy with a new baby but I want Him to be my focus in 2012, even with a new little one who will need much of my attention and time.

He has already laid a couple of people on my heart that I know I'm supposed to reach out them His love every chance I can get. I find it so easy to get caught up in my wants, my needs, me-time, me, me, me. We're naturally self-absorbed, but living for self goes against everything His Word teaches. I don't just want to talk about wanting to spend more time in His Word or wanting to live a life that honors Him. I want to HAVE it and LIVE it daily. I have a vital role in how much I grow in the Lord...that's all on one else.

My brother-in-law preached his father's funeral last week and part of what he spoke on was dying to self.

Dying to self leads to abundant life.

I want the first thing on my mind to be someone else other than myself when I wake up in the mornings. What can I do for someone else today?

Many days it will simply be what I can do for my husband and daughter. Just putting my own wants/desires aside and putting them first. As much as I love Alex and Amelia, some days are easier to do that than others. Usually the days that I'm really tired are the days that it's hard.

This season of life that I'm in brings a larger size than I care to wear, dark circles under my eyes, unmanicured nails, untweezed eyebrows, super-sized amounts of coffee to function, and when Sydney arrives - very little sleep. But this I know...I can still reflect Jesus to my family and those around me during this season. It's not always easy but it's what pleases Him.

To live the life of Christ and not my own...that will be my #1 goal.

Wishing you a blessed New Year!

Love to all,


Linda said...

Love and appreciate your goals for 2012, Jill. Those should be the goals for all of us. Thanks for the reminder. And, even though I haven't commented in a long time, I still keep up with your sweet family and am excited about the new little one that will soon be here.

Faith said...

Jill, you are just the sweetest thing. I'm so excited about what's in store for you this year. I can't wait to see precious Sydney's face.

I pray that the Lord would work on my heart as make more of Him and less of myself. I have a lot of work to do.

I love you and can't wait to see you in 2012 (I'm just claiming now that He will make a way!)

PJ said...

Happy New Year, Jill!!! I hope it is filled with much happiness!

annalee said...

and this is why i love your blog. i always leave with a breath of fresh air and truth. thank you!

Ashley E. said...

Y'all are going to have such a fun new year with Sydney coming soon! :) Love that picture of y'all with the glasses and sweet little Amelia's hands! Precious!

elainaann said...

Love that pic of the three of you. Amelia's face cracks me up.

I cannot wait to meet and love on Sydney.

Thank you for being an example of a godly woman, wife, and mom.

Love you sister.

Ashley said...

Thank you so much for sharing your heart. I just love you. You are always so sincere and honest and open and I appreciate it so much. I just keep coming back to read more and more! I can't wait to "see" sweet Sydney this year. Yaaay!