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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Another Day

Yesterday, the vicar and I went to see a movie and stop at a couple of stores after. It was our last holiday hurrah, one of the few times we were alone together during our whole Christmas break. I was not very chatty, mainly because the thought of going back to work was hanging over my head. But we had a good time anyway!

When January 1 hits, I try too hard to get everything in place at once. This year, I am giving myself until the end of the month to set some new things in place. Then, just maybe I won't give up in despair!

Last year I didn't end up doing much of Ann Voskamp's Joy Dare, because I was lazy and thought it too hard to find the things on her list. Now I think that it's kind of the point to search for things out of the ordinary...but I still might mix it up with straight up gratitude. I think that's better than not keeping track at all.

A grace I overhead today was my daughter helping her little brother with his homework, and two songs that remind that I am where I am for a reason.



I am thankful for quiet minutes in our living room chairs with the vicar. And that it's Friday tomorrow. I needed a slow transition back to reality. .

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New beginning

Towards the end of 2012, I decided to move my blog to a new home. I have been blogging (sporadically) at "Heather Between" since a few months before we left Spain and returned to the US. The end of 2012 seemed to be the end of a long period of transition. I don't feel so "between" anymore. 

The phrase "My joyful mess" came to me as we prepared to move into our very first home this past summer. It was all such a happy surprise, and the joy in the midst of chaos seemed like a good place to be.

It has been a growing trend for people to have a word for the year. Last year my words were encourage and community, both as separate words and as a phrase. This year I chose 4 words: Read, write, move and pray. In the past I have struggled with the idea that January 1st would allow me to magically reinvent myself and my life into something closer to what I think I/it should be. Surprise, surprise, there is no magic in the 1st day of January!

So although 4 words may seem like a lot, I don't have any lofty goals lined up with any of them. Yes, I'd like to say I'm going to lose 30 pounds, or read a certain number of books, or become a prayer warrior by the end of the week. Instead, I'm just going to do those things MORE. Maybe I should add that as a word :) 

Here's to reading, and writing, and moving and praying.
 

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