We took the Christmas tree down Wednesday. Jason took the boys with him to plow for a little bit and I got to work filling up a laundry basket full of ornaments, garnet poinsettias and wintry greens. It’s always a little sad taking the tree down, but it felt good to reclaim our space. Jack came in from outside and got a little teary-eyed when he found out what I was doing. Just like his mama.
Last year I stumbled upon this top ten list of year-end reflection questions and finally managed to sit down before Valentine’s day and pen down some answers. I pulled it out again this week and read my answers. Then I set out to answer the questions for this year. And what an amazing year it has been in so many ways. I’ve heard people call the time period in their lives with young children many things, “the tired years, the blur, diaper years.” And, yes, these things are true, but that is why I like this list so much. It helps to stop and smell the roses for a minute and reflect on all the great things you accomplish each year. I’m telling you friend, you did a lot of great stuff last year. Drink it in one more time and give yourself a pat on the back for being amazing.
This year I added a couple of questions to the list. I thought it would be really rewarding to read them each year. You know, the realization of progress through the blurry, tired years. Here are the 3 I added:
- What have I learned on my faith journey this year?
- What books did I read that really impacted me?
- What was the biggest surprise this year?
So, pour a glass of wine or a hot cup of tea and let’s give 2013 one more hip, hip hooray!
And, I’ll leave you with some of my favorite photos of last year.
Giddy up, 2014! Here we come!