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2012: Living Intentionally

Jeniffer and I both really enjoyed our week “off” from blogging. It was nice to have extra time with my family and to give my brain some time to rest!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s with your families! Here’s a few photo highlights from mine:

Isaiah (3) and Makaylah (8) enjoying the aftermath of snickerdoodle baking - an annual tradition here.


They were begging to open"just one" present on Christmas Eve.


Makaylah and Sophia painting a present for my mother-in-law.


Isaiah has a newfound love of Legos, so he had a blast building legos with his daddy at my aunt and uncle's. So many of my (almost all adult) cousins love building legos that there was even a lego building contest, and the legos just stayed out as a center piece afterward!


My sweet kids Christmas morning in their annual Christmas pj's. Makaylah (8), Nehemiah (11 months), Isaiah (3), and Sophia (6)



I’ve done New Year’s resolutions in the past, but not every year, and with limited success on achieving my resolutions. I’m pretty sure my resolution last year was, “Have this baby soon!” Ha! I vacillated about whether to make any resolutions this year. But after reading this post by Ann Voskamp, I felt newly encouraged to make some goals as we head into a new year.

1. Our family has committed to reading through the Bible in one year. We’ll be going chronologically, something I’ve never done before, and I’m excited to see how God will use His Word in the life of our family.

2. We’ve played games off and on with our children over the years, but last night was our first real “game night.” I made dairy-free no bake cookies, Daddy brought peanut butter M&M’s, and we taught the kids how to play Go Fish with a real deck of cards. It was a blast, and we want to make it a weekly occurrence – no phones, no T.V., just our family, food, silliness, laughter, and memories.

I did pick up my phone during the game long enough to snap a picture!


3. Financially, we’ve been working on paying off debt for awhile, but we want to be more aggressive about it this year. As part of that and an overall desire to be better stewards of our finances, we are limiting eating out to a rare treat. Because its a stress reliever for both of us, it had become a once, twice, or even three times a week event. To keep us from falling into that, I’m working hard to do a better job at meal planning, something I’ll share more about in an upcoming post.

I have other goals that I won’t take time to go into here, but there’s one word that those goals and all the ones I’ve shared have in common. Intentional. I want to be intentional about the way we spend our time and our money, and about the way we parent and disciple our children. It wasn’t perfect, but my intentional focus at savoring the season this Christmas was a wonderful experience, and I want it to spread to this whole year. Living intentionally.

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Do you have any goals in 2012 for yourself or your family? Is there a word that encapsulates your focus for this year?




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