I can hardly believe that another year has slipped by, but I am ever thankful that I've recorded milestones, everyday life, new beginnings, ups and downs, and the good and the bad here on my blog. This year I made a conscience effort to delight in 5 things:
GOD'S WORD: I can honestly say that this year I have had the most consistent quiet times; studying God's Word, applying it to my life, reflecting on His Truths, and allowing myself to stretch and grow through His Word. I worked through many Bible Studies: One in a Million, parts of Revelation (I missed several lectures, but hope to complete the study some day), Faithful, Abundant and True, and I'm currently working through Breaking Free. I have delighted in the times I've set aside for God and can feel a change in myself. I have a LONG ways to go, but I feel that I'm headed in the right direction.
THE EVERYDAY: I truly love my life....I am blessed beyond measure. Sometimes everyday life is mundane, sometimes it's really difficult, sometimes it's better than you could have ever imagined. I attempted to capture glimpses of my life through my camera lens, blogging, journaling, and stepping back to take it all in. Not everday has been fun---on Feb 14 I fell and broke my wrist, but I did delight in the fact that I didn't break a leg, or both wrists, or my neck. It was difficult to delight in living in a teeny tiny apartment...and then to have both of our cars stolen from parking lot, but we did delight in God's protection over us. We were unharmed, a huge drug ring was busted, and people were put in prison. I continue to delight in being able to stay at home, care for our child, and be creative.
RELATIONSHIPS: I did put forth effort in this area, but with all of the crazy changes in our life this past year I know that those relationships that are precious to me will be a focus of 2012. I'm finding it more challenging to cultivate relationships with girlfriends when you have a wee one, but I see that I have a deeper need for these relationships now.
SERVING OTHERS: I can always use improvement in this area, but have felt God's grace in this area as well. There are certain capacities of serving that come very natural to me...things I do for others that fill my soul and bring me (and hopefully God) delight. I love cooking for others and I believe that people appreciate a homecooked meal. I took great delight in taking photos of families in time for Christmas. I also delight in caring my husband and child.
BECOMING A MOTHER: I wrote this last year when unveiling my word DELIGHT
"I know that this will be the one area that delight will pour out of me along with my energy. When I'm in the trenches of sleepless nights and a crying baby I want to remember that God created me to be a mother...and I want to find delight in caring for the precious child He already has selected for us."
I had no idea what God had in store for us, except that He would bring us a baby in 2011. I didn't know the sex, the temperment, how I would handle it, how Brian would handle it, if the baby would have colic, if he/she would sleep...etc. I couldn't have selected a more perfect baby for our family. The moment I laid eyes on Karsten I knew he was God's chosen one for our family. Looking back on it the going to the hospital was completely surreal...I remember it, but I cannot explain how I felt. Then when we got home and I held Karsten for the first time all I felt was love. On my first Mother's Day was when it truly hit me that I was a Momma...I was his momma and I couldn't imagine anything better.
He continues to delight me every single day. His temperment and joy for life has blessed our lives in more ways than I could've ever imagined. Although in coming years I will not choose the word delight...I will always delight in being his mother, even when he refuses eat his peas!
USING MY TALENTS: I love creating things, photographing things, and writing about things. I did some of this in 2011, but in 2012 I will refocus on slowing down and using my talents. I believe that God has given me talents as a part of His purpose for me...I just need to shed off the excess in my life that I might be able to follow His dreams for me.
OTHER MOMENTS THAT BROUGHT ME GREAT DELIGHT IN 2011
Karsten's adoption finalization
Our trip to Colorado to celebrate my 4th heart birthday and Karsten's adoption
watching the Cardinals win the World Series
having 2 of my best friends here to meet Karsten
Karsten's first Easter
Karsten's First Christmas
Watching my parents with Karsten
Watching Brian with Karsten
I could go on and on....just looking through my photo archives reminds me of what a blessed year 2011 has been.
Tomorrow I will reveal my 2012 word along with a new blog banner. Enjoy this last day of 2011 and look forward to the blessings of 2012.