Monthly Archives: January 2011

New Years Resolutions

I know I’m a month late here. Call me your average procrastinator =) But I’ve been thinking about new years resolutions for a while now.

I didn’t make any.

For some reason that sentence feels like I’m sitting in a confessional booth and a priest is on the other side. But, it’s true, I didn’t make any. Did you?

I guess it’s because I know that I’m not going to follow through. I can’t think of a single thing that I started for my own benefit that I finished. Well, maybe journaling. I’m a pretty decent journaler. I’ve journaled for years. Other than that though, nothing comes to mind. I can think of a lot of other stuff that I’ve started though. Here I’ll show you.

This is a spool of yarn I bought sometime in November to teach myself how to knit so that I could make a hat with a super cute flower on it for Zoe.IMG_4224

This is the “how to take good photos” guide for my Canon Rebel. I would love to be a great photographer.
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And my guitar I got 3 years ago for Christmas. I still only know the same 5 chords.IMG_4228

And finally, my scrapbooking baskets. I blame this corner on Brad. He kept hinting that he wanted me to make one. So I did. Kinda. I’m on the second page. I’ve been “working” on it since we came back from our honeymoon.IMG_4229
(please disregard the state of disaster my bookshelf is in)

Those pictures are just from my living room! Can you imagine what the rest of my life looks like? My back yard? Where’s the garden? Oh, I stopped taking care of it 2 months in. Although, I don’t take responsibility for that. I was pregnant. It was Florida. I hate sweating. All that equals no gardening. =)  I could go on and on with the list of things I’ve started for my own pleasure that I never finish.

What’s my point? My point is that this blog is for my own pleasure. Sure, I know people enjoy reading it. And I LOVE that! But honestly, I’m writing so that I become a good writer. So that I can gain the courage I need to one day be a writer. To write a book.

I would love to write a book. One day.

But here’s the trap that always gets me. It’s a solitary activity. That’s the issue with all of the above photos. I have to do them on my own. Granted, I can sit in the room with Brad and work on the scrapbook while he does something else (watches TV)….but it’s not with him. Not really. And so I don’t.

So here’s my “not so new years” resolution. I’m going to blog 5 times a week. I can not promise what the content will be….it might, honestly, be about dust mites….but it will be something. Ok, so I probably won’t write about dust mites b/c, let’s be honest, I don’t dust….but if I did blog about dust mites I would at least try to make it funny.

Here’s what I need from you:

1) encouragement
2) accountability….if you notice I haven’t posted in a few days, get on me!
3) If you feel like it, and only if you feel like it, leave a comment. Let me know you’re here.
then maybe it won’t feel like such a solitary activity.
4) somebody to keep Brad occupied while I blog. JUST KIDDING!!!!

I have a few more “resolutions” I’m tossing around in my head. But I’m going to do this for a month, and then, if I feel like I can add more, I’ll let you know what the next one is. Ooooohhhh!!!! Maybe I’ll add one at the beginning of every month?!?!?! That would be exciting. HHHHmmmm….I’ll have to think about that.

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To have and to hold

Wow. Two marriage posts in a row….I didn’t plan that right!!!! Today’s posts excites me as much as yesterday’s….if not more.

Today my parents celebrate 32 years of marriage.

32 YEARS of marriage.

32 years, 5 kids, TONS of moves, and God only knows how many animals, lots of ups and lots of downs….and they’re still in love. Wow.

I think so often we say “I do” and we genuinely mean forever….but we don’t really grasp that concept. Maybe b/c it’s a concept that we have never personally experienced. You know? I mean. I’ve seen marriages last….but up until I said my vows I was never married. Kinda redundant. I know. But….do you get what I’m saying?

Anyways….back to my parents. They’ve been married all my life. That’s incredibly awesome. I can count on my two hands the number of people I know (my age) who can say the same thing. It hasn’t always been a perfect marriage because, let’s be honest, there’s no such thing. But I can say this, it’s been WAY more good than it’s been bad. Thank God. Growing up my mom made it perfectly clear that in our house it was God first, Daddy second and then the kids. And she had 5 kids. She would tell us, point blank, “If I ever had to choose between you and your Dad I would choose your Dad.” Not exactly what you want to hear as a kid….but as an adult, holy cow, I am SO thankful that was her approach to marriage. And not just hers, my dad’s too.

I would tell just about anybody I know that if they want to see how a good marriage works to move in with my parents for a week. They laugh. They fight. They makeout in front of their kids (well, not so much anymore b/c the kids moved out of the house….but growing up? OMG!). They LOVE each other. They serve each other. They know each others quirks and how to push each others buttons faster than anybody on the planet….and they are ok with that. They FORGIVE each other. They spend time with each other, in fact, they would rather be with each other than anybody else on the planet. That’s the truth. They still date each other….they never stopped. They are madly in love.

For some odd reason I don’t have pictures of them on my computer, but I have this one…it’s when their first grandchild was born…you might recognize that baby…I only have like 1,000 pictures of her on Facebook. =)

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Happy Anniversary Mommy and Daddy!