It seems this new year has magically appeared before our very eyes. How serendipitous that my first post for 2013 comes to you on Wednesday White. At the twelfth hour, no less. Forgive me for not arriving armed with an impressive list of resolutions to share. But I’ll provide a few pops of white along the way. I might mention that I have a huge appreciation (or obsession?) for a well designed outdoor bathroom – very practical for an equestrian.
And am equally enticed by a great sink and faucet combo.
The flu hit our house like a Mac truck the day after Christmas, so husband and I have been busy caring for a sick brood. That would be eight days of shoddy sleep, and a house full of coughing, sniffly, sneezy, weepy little ones. It’s heartbreaking to see your child sick. Our youngest daughter has had the hardest time fighting it off and ended up in the Emergency Room yesterday morning. She’s had some improvement after a breathing treatment and meds, but is still struggling. It’s the longest she’s ever been sick. I cannot relax until she’s back to her old self.
Formulating any sensible thoughts in my current foggy-brained state is probably against my better judgement, but let’s give it a shot.
2013 is promising to bring a few changes for our family, and I’m not quite sure where those changes will take us. I’ll be honest, it’s a bit daunting. I’d like to think that there’s a modest little white farmhouse waiting for us in those changes, but no sign of one just yet. It’s on the wish list.
farmhouse by AJF design
With regard to change, I will say I do love adventure. So I’m trying to tell myself that any changes this year will be adventure in our lives. But I have to be sure that fear doesn’t creep into the equation. A slippery devil, fear is. It can rob you of a calm state in a millisecond. So I’ve been doing a great deal of reflecting. One of the most incredible things I read (and keep reading) is this statement:
“Peace is the emotion of faith.”
So true. And faith is the thread that ties it all neatly together. Just like a complicated math formula, it seems a little impossible at first. But once mastered, it is one thing you can rely upon over and over. It never changes. I’ll be the first to admit that my fear can creep into a situation and violently twist and contort it so much that I’m suddenly crippled by the imaginary “what if’s” of it all.
But as I sit here listening to the promising chirps of birds perched on our naked tree branches under murky grey skies, I’m reminded that there is always something to bring us joy…something to celebrate. Even if it’s the tiniest, simplest thing. I’m learning that the best way to find that joy and peace is having faith and channeling into GOOD. So this year I’m focusing on doing one, truly good thing every week. Something that makes me feel complete. And this year I want to give and connect more with others. The more we connect and share good, the happier we are.
I truly believe that 2013 will be the year of good. For us all.
For those of you who are ready to prepare your 2013 list of resolutions, you might enjoy this lovely little printable series I found over here. It has 12 lines for you to fill in your resolutions – that is one resolution a month. Very manageable!
Included in this series is this little resolution reminder printable for each month, which I will be using : )
Cheers to 2013. Back soon with more pretty to start your year!