thoughts on the 28th year

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Yesterday was my 28th birthday (!). Just thought I’d share some thoughts on the year in general. It’ll include some thoughts on my “Goals for 2013” (that post originally was on the “old” blog, you can click the link to see it), since my birthday conveniently falls within two weeks of the end of the year, I figure it’s as good a time as any to reflect on those.

1. I totally feel like I should be an adult now. Every time I hear of someone being “28” I subconsciously think that they’re an adult. But I don’t feel it yet.

2. I was told this year that every five to ten years your life changes. Didn’t take me long to realize that five years ago, I didn’t have any children, wasn’t married, didn’t own a house, etc… So I definitely count the last five years as a positive change. Looking ahead at the next five years, well… in five years I’ll be 33, so I should definitely be an adult by then. 😉

3. General overview on the year: It was a hard one. Filled with things I’d rather not repeat. But… I can’t say that it was a bad one. In fact, I’m pretty sure out of all the hard situations, a lot of good has come. So, that means, it was a good year.

4. One of my goals this year was to work on patience. That didn’t seem to get anywhere until the last month. And there are still times that I run out of patience much, much faster than I’d like. But if I compare it to the beginning of this year, then I’d say progress has been made. {I’m gonna keep it on the list for 2014 too!}

5. I am happy to say that I made my Read one book a month goal. There were only two months where I read only one book, but most of the other months were more than two. I’ll be sharing at least a list towards the end of next week with all of them.

6. Get out of debt…. well, this goal sorta happened, then reversed itself. It’s something I don’t care to dwell on. But, if we’re talking about money, we decided to start tithing, well, partial tithing if I’m giving full disclosure. That, while I haven’t physically seen my repayment hundred fold, the peace that comes with it, and the peace about our financial situation is very well worth it.

7. Just read the rest of the goals and one of them was “make and stay on a budget” nope, didn’t happen either…

8. Final goal from this year was to get John potty trained. Day time, he does great. No problems whatsoever. Night time…. not so much.

9. We joined the Catholic Church (part 1, part 2, and part 3 of the story). That has been a blessing in so many ways. Maybe it’s just joining and attending a church. I’ve learned so much. And I’ve finally gotten to know a few families, which has been so very nice.

10. I’ve realized that I’m not super creative or organized when it comes to homeschooling. So…. maybe Jared was right all along when he wanted to do Seton all the way through. They have very detailed lesson plans for all grades.

11. I’ve come to see that things that my children do, even if they don’t line up with what I want, can be and are blessings.

12. I’ve been getting myself back into taking photos. Nothing fancy. But for a long time I hardly picked up my “real” camera, now I’m getting back to picking it up and documenting our lives.

13. I made an unofficial resolution this year to waste less food and to make sure the leftovers get used up or eaten instead of just sitting in the fridge until they get moldy (I’m real good at that part!). I find myself “inventing” meals and ways to cook things, and planning meals around what leftovers I can put in a new dish. I consider that a plus.

14. I was somehow thinking I could come up with 28 individual thoughts on the year, but my mommy brain is bout done in the deep thinking department. That and Karl is all done with his nap and the other two are *trying* to rest on the couch, which so far includes combing Karl’s hair, coming the moose’s hair (stuffed animal), inspecting wet patches on pants and discussing what they may be from…. you know, just the regular stuff.

Must get running now. Gotta figure out something for dinner.

~Ruth Anne

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