Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Holidays

I had great expectations for the holidays this year. I "NEEDED" to make them happen. I needed to follow through with all my thought out plans and new traditions that I want to do. These are not extravagant ideas - in fact I think they will make the holidays much more simple, magical and meaningful in the end. But most of them take initial work and preparation on the front end. And well, I have spent the better of the last month and half fighting to stay off the couch - honestly some days I don't even fight. So I have decided that I will finish my Jesse Tree Ornaments this year (starting this weekend) and that will be the only special addition to our holiday seasons. I am trying to use the energy and what little ability I have to make and hold complete thoughts to get our family settled into life and routine for the beginning of the year. So I have decided that I will lower my expectations for this season and enjoy my family.
This move has created in me a renewed heart for my home. Not the physical place as much as what it encompasses. John and I have survived for a long time and we are ready to settle and thrive and I want our home life to be a haven for all who live here. Simple and intentional are the words that resonate with me these days. So hopefully if I can plan for January then I will be ahead of the game instead of frantically playing catchup. My hope is this will set me on a course to have a fruitful, simple and intentional year with my family. Soon I hope we are thriving again - not sure again is appropriate here because John and I aren't sure we have thrived since we had children.


Jenny said...

Amy, I didn't know you well, but I went to TSU and traveled in the same CO circles as you and John in college. I've enjoyed reading your posts and just wanted to let you know what an encouragement they have been to me. I really admire you openness to tackle heart issues with such high accountability and it inspires me to do the same. Our family has also been surviving rather than thriving in many areas since we had kids and have also endured many moves. Thanks for the courage you are showing to move past that!
I am a homeschooling mom too and am loving all your fun and crafty ideas! Keep 'em coming!

Danny and Jennifer White said...

Amy thanks for being honest.I will be in prayer for you.

Momof3 said...

Thanks for those words of "simple and intentional". The last 2 weeks, I have tried to do this with the kids (I didn't put these words to it until now) even in our busyness and it has been amazing. They have responded well and it is making things run smoothly. I think I'll use these words often as I pray and plan our days. I love you my sister!