December 30, 2011

New Years

This year I seem to be approaching New Year's with a lot more reflection on the past and forethought for the year ahead. Maybe it's because I am getting older, maybe because I need to make some changes, or maybe because life has just been a little slower this year and I've had time to think. It seems I was drawn to ask myself some questions concerning my spiritual, physical and mental health. And then the list came together.

Here are a few things my heart tells me I need to make happen in the coming year:
  1. Consistent, longer daily times with the Lord.
  2. Experiment with more healthy cooking.
  3. Get regular physical exercise.
  4. Read more. Especially about things important to me.
  5. Make time and opportunity for important conversations with my boys.
  6. Learn some new skills like bread baking, crocheting.
  7. Do more scripture memorization.
  8. Continue "dating" my husband each month.


We had a wonderful Christmas this year although it did seem to go by way too fast.

December 3, 2011


Winter, or at least colder weather always seems to lend me time to do more reading than usual. I am one of those people that is in the middle of a couple of books at any one time. Usually one on the coffee table in the living room and one on my night stand. It all depends on my mood and interests for that day or week. It's very strange for me since I am quite organized in the other areas of my life but maybe that is why I find great joy in it.

Currently on my "In the middle of it list" is:
One Thousand Gifts
Monique and the Mango Rains

Once I am finished with these two...
  Kisses from Katie

I am so thankful that I can read. So many in this world do not have the honor of learning to read and I am grateful.

Beginning to Look Like Christmas Around Here

The stockings are hung...

The Christmas parade has happened...

The tree is decorated...

The Advent candles have been lit...

The homemade garland has been strung...

The snowman family is on display...

The African nativity is in it's place...