Happy New Year!

Welcome 2010! I remember stocking up on canned goods and bottled water 10  years ago, wondering what would happen when the calendar rolled over to the year 2000. Wow. Was that really 10 YEARS ago?! Was I really that paranoid? (yes, I was.) Have I really finished college, gotten married, quit my job, birthed 4 children, moved 5 times? (yes, I have!)

What’s my plan for the next 10 years? I wish I knew!! I really felt much more in charge 10 years ago. I knew what I wanted. I had my goals set. Today, I feel like if I have a dinner plan before 3pm, I’m doing great! But, I am realizing I need some kind of vision for the next 10 years, because they’ll be gone as quickly as the last 10! My ‘baby’ Greg will be 17 years old, nearly a man. Woah! Does that sting the heart? (for this mama, it does!)

So, while I don’t know all the details of my “10 year plan”, I do know it will include preparing my kiddos for adulthood. Sure, that’s what we all do as parents, right? But, I only have a decade left to prepare Greg. Just a decade. (dun, dun, dun) Seriously, though, I already feel like someone hit fast-forward on the last 10 years.  I know I don’t have extra time to waste in the next 10.

I have read several blogs this week that suggest choosing one word for the new year… and focusing on that word… instead of making hasty committments and resolutions that often get forgotten. My word was going to be PANIC! But, that’s not very motivational, is it?

I’ve been reflecting on what I want for my kids, my family, myself…  And my ‘word for 2010’ is health.

No, we’re not sick. But, I really want to focus this year on establishing healthy habits. The habits they are forming now will either stick with them — or be really hard to change. I can think of a few from my childhood I am still working on! (please don’t look under my bed!) I want my children to be healthy: physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Yes,  this is what every parent wants for their child…. but this year, I want to be deliberate and intentional and focused on guiding them (and myself) into healthier habits.

Just a few of my ideas for January… changes for myself to set a good example to the munchkins (maybe some of you can help keep me accountable….)

Physically: No more DAILY McDonald’s visits for Diet Coke. I realize it is bad for me… so do the kids. I want to show them I can cut back, or give it up. I want to show them I care about my health and my body. While I can’t promise to never drink it again, I can cut back! My goal: one soda a week!

Mentally: Ok, Diet Coke deprivation is going to effect my mental health for a while!  But checking email and facebook all day is also turning my brain to mush. I want to show my kids reading and learning can be fun! They’re not buying it when they never see Mom open a book. I sure Greg sees the hypocrisy of limiting his video gaming, while I sit behind the computer. Different screen, same mind numbing result. My goal: Email/Facebook checks once during the day… then after they go to bed.

Spiritually: Do my kids know I love Jesus? Need Him? Enjoy Him? Sure.  Do they know I love Jesus… even more than I love them? If I want Jesus to be their #1, I need to show them He’s MY #1. I know my words say that to them, but I need my actions to. I love this song the kids learned at VBS last summer, “You walk talks and your talk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks!”  There’s nothing like Proverbs for ‘walking instructions’! I will read the Proverb that corresponds to the date (Jan 5 = Proverbs 5) and share with the kids. Greg and Camille can grasp this! My goal: Read Proverbs DAILY with my children, and study the Word more consistently on my own.

I’m sure for a lot of people these seem like easy objectives! But, I’m feeling rather off course right now… and sobered by the thought that 2020 is right around the corner. You only get one chance to raise your kids. This is just the start of my list. I have so many ideas for this year, but I know I need to start small… and I know if I start with myself, they rest are more likely to follow. So, with that, I wish you a Happy and Healthy 2010!

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  1. How did I never see this wordpress site on Facebook. I just read this entire post and you’ve motivated me to want to do something for my family too. Wow, the convictions I was feeling by reading this were so strong. Thanks for posting this. It was no accident that I read it! Now I just need to come up with a 10 year plan! Yikes!!!

    Love you friend!!


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