Be Still

be still necklace A new year, so full of possibilities. I must admit, after all the gearing up for Christmas, it is sometimes a bit of a relief when it is finished. I immediately think of the spring coming (though that won’t be for many months here), and new life and warmth. I look forward to celebrating a new year of birthdays starting with all of my boys in the spring. Thoughts of what to plant, where to plant it, and how much to plant. Dreaming of picnics every week in the warm summer sun, having it be warm enough to let my kids play for hours outside every day. We have serious cabin fever by this time of year. It wouldn’t be so bad if it was just cold, but the wind makes it unbearable. I’m not such a huge fan of resolutions, but a new year does make me reflective over how I would like to do things this year. Much of this past year was spent physically, mentally, and emotionally recovering from the previous two years. This year I feel a renewed vigor and enthusiasm, and I am excited for the possibilities. This necklace was a gift from Hubby. It was made by Lisa Leonard and is called Be Still. I absolutely love it, and it is a constant reminder to be still. Being still is sometimes a little difficult with four children. This year, I want to live in the moment more. Enjoy each and every hug, story, cuddle that I am blessed enough to have. I want to enjoy cooking more, so often it’s a matter of just trying to get a nutritious meal on the table while stopping a squabble, holding a fussy babe and trying to think straight and stir at the same time. I want to be outside more, and truly enjoy the beauty of the world around us. To visit family more as time goes by so quickly, and the children are growing at the speed of light. I want to lie in the grass and read stories to my children, make them picnics to have on adventures in the back yard. Then there are the more domestic things that I want to accomplish, such as being more organized, getting some sort of chore system worked out with the abilities of everyone in the family. Being really good about making a big shopping trip and then only going out when we need milk and fresh veg/fruit. I could go on forever as there are probably hundreds of things I want to do, but my overarching goal is to be still, enjoy what God has given me, and make thousands of new, fantastic memories with my family. I sincerely hope that you all have a wonderful new year and are able to accomplish all that you want. Happy New Year!

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11 Responses to “Be Still”

  1. Cornflower says:

    Happy new year, and the best of luck with all your plans!

  2. Mousy Brown says:

    What a lovely gift and a lovely reminder! I think it is one of the hardest things for us Mums to do but so, so important – hope it guides you to many special moments this year 🙂

  3. Sandie says:

    A lovely reminder.

    Happy 2010 to you and all your family.

  4. Leonie Guld says:

    I understand exactly where you are coming from. Good to hear your body is returning back to good health. May this year bring you all the happiness and energy in the world. xx

  5. Jen says:

    Happy New Year to you. You will accomplish the things you mentioned. The fact that you are putting them out there makes us all a little more responsible. The winters are long here in Park City. I too am dreaming of spring and summer and sun and warmth. I love the winter but……it’s a lot of work.
    I will continue to check in. I love your writing and your photos. Here’s to 2010.

  6. Amy says:

    The gorcery shopping and living more in moment hit home for me. Wishing you all the best in the coming new year. After what you’ve been through, that list doesn’t seem so big to tackle.

  7. Emma says:

    Happy new year to you and yours xxxx

  8. Emily says:

    Happy New Year! Great thoughts on the new year and what to focus on.

  9. denise jones says:

    i love my lisa leonard necklace and wear it daily.

    it is hard to “be still” with a house full of littles. i like that your ideas of being still involve including your children in that stillness- reading, picnics, outdoor adventures. i want that kind of stillness with my kiddos.

  10. French Knots says:

    I have a special necklace from The Vintage Pearl that I wear every day to remind me of my family and to live in the moment. It’s hard to do.
    Your necklace is gorgeous, such a simple, special design. Hope 2010 brings you stillness.x

  11. Anna, Sydney says:

    Oh I hear ya sister! This year I want to get organised, and minimise. To remember to be grateful for all the many things I DO have. And more.

    You’ve put your intentions down in writing, you’ll achieve it. A lovely 2010 to you and yours.

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