Wow, it's been a whole year past since I've been here before. Another 365 days, or would you say 366 since Feb. 2012 had a Leap Year day??? Either way, it's been awhile. A lot can happen in a week around our house, let alone a whole year. With baby #5 due in June, basement finishing project currently underway, and a whole myriad of misc. to keep us busy - it's no wonder a lot can change.
So what has a whole year done for this birthday girl? Hmm, time for some inner reflection . . . .
Over the last year, I've learned that some things in this world really aren't that important. . . . or at least not as important as I used to make them. And some things are not negotiable; up for debate. In a nutshell, I've learned more about what to let go of and what I should grasp onto harder. For instance. . . .
- Some people really are mean-spirited, won't change and are not content until you are discontent
- Other people are a blessing and I am forever thankful they've been a part of my life. Don't know what I'd do w/out their encouragement
- Being home to raise my kids is most important in this season of life vs. a career
- Baseboards/ceiling fan/ledges being dirty are not the end of the world. Who looks at those things anyways?!
- The 5-second rule reigns supreme in this house. . . . unless what was dropped was wet/gooey.
- Underwear/burp rags really don't have to be folded
- Kids being crazy actually helps calm the chaos. . . they have to run out of energy sooner or later! *wink*
- Pets are a great addition to a family, but some family dynamics no longer fit the ability to have/care for a pet as needed
- Fighting the laundry 'monster' in a house with 6 people is a futile effort. As long as they have 1 clean outfit & 1 clean pair of undergarments - we're all good!
- Having less $ has caused us to focus more on what we DO have, what we can afford to GIVE away and how to better UTILIZE what is currently in our possession.
- Coordinated nap times with both Wookeese & Nattie Bear is a blessing
- The human body can actually function on less sleep than what I think is ideal
- Patience! Wish I had more but I do see its benefit when I'm of the right mind to use it.
- No longer do I harbor an aversion to minivans. I really like our orange 'party' machine. :)
But most importantly, over the last year I've learned that even in my moments of doubt, fear, resentment and lack of faith - God STILL continues to stand by and show me that He hasn't given up on me! When we've run short on supplies, he provides. When I become frazzled, he is there to calm.
And when I hurt, he has brought others in my life to show me love. There really is no greater lesson & gift than that. ♥
**Linked to: A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, Women Living Well