2019, and other things.

Happy New Year – I hope the first seventeen days of January have treated you well, so far.

At MOPs yesterday, we talked about resolutions, and I have a few. My motto for the year is “Homemade, Mindful, & Fruitful.”

Homemade is mainly a food effort – to make things that we eat frequently, myself. I’m thinking chicken nuggets, bread, and broth. I was inspired while watching Little Women on Christmas Day, while the characters are gardening, and baking bread. I was like, “I can do that. Why don’t I do that?” So far, I have made a successful bone broth, but I have been nervous to commit to the bread, and realized that I need to be sure I have a chicken nugget recipe that is eggless, but will freeze well – don’t really want to make my kids sick. So, that’s a developing goal. It’s only January……..(she says, as December creeps around the corner, because Time Waits For No Woman.)

Mindful is more of a personal thing – in the past few years, I’ve gotten less able to stop myself from becoming super stressed, or letting myself be angry, or impatient. I think I’ve listened to the lie that “well, you’ve had a really crazy, and hard couple of years, so you have the right to be that way.” That’s…..well, the first part is true, and maybe in the midst of those times the last couple years, the second part was true, too, but now….with Isaac turning One in a couple months, and Lucy being Two, and currently no Baby 3 on the way…I don’t really have a lot to be stressed about. Like I shared at MOPs, I think I’m coming out of “new baby/dying baby/two baby” survival mode, and need to ask the Lord to help me develop better self control. Because yeah – new baby/dying baby/two baby Mom Brain is a brain that really just in going moment by moment, and feeling all the things. Lots of hormones. Lots of changes.

Fruitful stems from Mindful, in that I want to live a life that bears good fruit for the Lord. How I treat my family, how I react to things, how I deal with situations, the choices I make….if I’m mindful about them, and going to the Holy Spirit asking, “Please make me Christlike, help me have the fruit of the Spirit, what is the right choice or action to take?” And if I’m obedient when I hear His voice (because that’s the key,) then inevitably there will be fruit. I want to be fruitful. I think I’m kind of fruitful now, but I know I could be doing better. So I’m trying.

My once-a-week shift at Starbucks is going fine. I don’t know how long I’m gonna make it though…I miss having a day to hang out with my family, or go on a date with my husband. Our weeks are surprisingly booked – I don’t think I realized it until the one TRULY open day we had was gone. I think I’m going to try and go through February, maybe March. But I don’t think I’m gonna make it to Spring, if I’m honest. I should talk to the manager. Eight hours is a lot of hours – and it’s also NOT. It’s literally ONE shift. I really don’t know how working moms do it. I can’t imagine working 40 hours a week or more. Bless.

Now to the REAL exciting stuff – My seasonal girlfriend brunch plan is still a thing! Winter Brunch is at the end of February, and I’m so excited! More ladies are going to be able to come, which is VERY exciting – though our cozy Fall Brunch was lovely, don’t get me wrong. But this one is Galentine’s themed, so the more ladies the better!

I’m going to be 28 this year, Tim’s going to turn 30. I want to do something special for his 30th, but I’m not sure what that would be. I need to make a Pinterest board for it lol.

New Year! Love it. I’m excited to see how it goes.



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