Well, 2012 is almost here. Can you believe it? Another year come and gone...it sure makes a person feel old. But, I can honestly say this has been one of the best years of my life. In January, I set my word of the year to be "contentment". There have been a few moments here and there where I struggled, but I really feel like I have everything I will ever need at this point in time.
Yesterday, I read THIS POST and felt like it summed up how our family approached contentment over this past year. There are a few on that list that I need to evaluate again (like unplugging), but yeah, we have done a really good job as a family and it shows. Our biggest struggle has been trying to explain to our children that we don't have as much money as some other families in our community. Several times our son has said his friends have something much more expensive than he does or that they get way more for their allowance. And, it's hard when even people in your family throw away dollars at everything they want. It comes down to a WANT vs. NEED and we are identifying the differences together. It really is amazing how much you can say no to once you realize you can live without it. We also ask ourselves constantly, "will this purchase make a difference in God's eternal kingdom?" When you see that things are just things, it really changes your perspective.
So, what should be my word for 2012? I'm still working on that one, but I've been thinking a lot about giving...giving money, giving of my time, giving of my belongings. That could very well be the next goal for this family. Only the new year will tell. And speaking of the new year, I'm gonna be making some changes on my blog here too. You can see that I've already given it a face lift, but I'd also like to add a regular post each week that reflects on who I am as a person. Plus, I'm looking at doing a post called "inspired by". I don't think people in this crafting community get enough recognition for their amazing work. I think it would be fun to showcase some of my favorites.
Here's to the New Year of changes and beginnings!