Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year's Resolution

I have never been one to make New Year's Resolutions. I never really understood the hype about it. If I did not do it last year, why would I do it this year?

So instead of making New Year's Resolutions, I propose my "wish" list for the year 2009, not like a Christmas wish list, more like things to aspire to.
  • Find quiet. Things have been to hectic in our house. I want things to slow down, have more quiet moments and enjoy them.

  • Accepting help. I have a hard time admitting when I need help, let alone asking for it. We had so many people help us this past year and I find it so hard to accept because I cannot reciprocate. They do not expect anything in return, I just want to return the favor. Although, this year will bring a respite care worker for Brayden and I need to accept all the help that can bring.

  • Be thankful and express it.

  • Quality family time. Jeremy and I need more date nights (we have only had 2 in the past 18+ months). We need to go back to family dinners instead of one of us tending to Brayden and the other feeding Carter and Luke. Find fun family outings that include all of us.

  • Make it less about Brayden. I love Brayden and will do whatever it takes to help him. However this past year has required our lives to revolve around his needs. We need to find a balance.

  • Be still. Things are busy with three kids, especially with Brayden's needs. I need to be still. I saw this quote, "My goal is a peaceful heart, a calm mind."
Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is holy
Be still oh restless soul of mine
Bow before the prince of Peace
Let the noise and clamor cease
Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is faithful
Consider all that He has done
Stand in awe and be amazed
And know that He will never change
Be still
By Steven Curtis Chapman

What are your resolutions? Or your wish list for 2009?


Shannon said...

I love your wish list. It is beautiful.

Andrea said...

I like the more date nights wish. We've had more than 2 in the last 18 months (you are definitely long due for a lot of them) but since Ellie has arrived we haven't had many because we feel bad asking people to watch both kids. Kind of silly, huh? They're not really a lot of work.
And in honesty, my vain resolution is to look good for my 10 year reunion.

Keri said...

You brought a tear to my eye. Being a mother of two, my oldest having spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy, I can surely relate. I love the quote and especially the poem. May I use it? I'd love to post it as a daily reminder for I too need to 'be still'. Thanks for the lovely post.