2016 is almost in the books already, and I can’t believe it. This has been an incredible year of ups and downs for my family. We had some amazing moments, like my oldest graduating high school, our trip to DC in February when he got to see snow for the first time, my youngest getting his learner’s permit, and my husband and I opening a business. Of course, we had some not-so-great moments too, that included health issues, financial issues, and a period of time where it seemed like everything around us, cars, dishwashers, pool pumps etc. broke all at once.
However, looking back, it’s not the struggles I remember, it’s the special moments we had together, and that’s what I want to continue focusing on in 2017. Now that my boys are older, I realize just how fleeting my time with them is. In just another year, my oldest will be off to a university to finish his degree, and then starting his own life with his brother soon to follow. While that excites me and makes me very proud, it also fills me with a sort of wistfulness. A wish that I could slow time down or back it up just a little bit. Of course I know that’s not possible, but if I could, I probably would.
So, my plan for this next year is simple: be in the present with my family every day. Let go of my plans and savor the moments God gives us. Forget about timetables and worrying about everything that seems to have to be done right now, because in reality, I spend a lot of time stressing out over things I think are really really important, that turn out to be small potatoes in the grand scheme of things. I want to be able to be more flexible next year, and allow more time for spontaneous adventures when the opportunity arises. Mostly, I just want to pour as much as I can into my boys to get them as ready for their next step as possible, and and enjoy this time I have with them. Happy New Year everybody! I wish you all the best.