New Year Small Successes

New Year Small Successes

Merry Christmas! And Happy New Year!

After returning to this space in November, I had big plans and high hopes to be here more often. But a month-long (now longer) illness prevented me from doing so. Advent and Christmas were not what I had planned either. But sometimes it takes something physical (like being sick) to really practice letting go, focusing on the absolute essentials and not worrying about the rest. Christ still came to us as a tiny baby on Christmas, and it didn’t matter if we had read all of our Christmas pictures books or made Peppermint Bark. HE still came. For us. And we welcomed Him with joy!

Christmas vacation has been slow and low-key. We’ve played lots of games, made lots of loom bracelets and enjoyed a few-too-many Christmas cookies.

Here are my Small Successes for this Christmas-into-New-Year’s Week:

1. I went to the doctor for the third time in one month and finally got an antibiotic for this respiratory virus that could be Pertussis but might be something else. Ahh!

2. I learned how to play Settlers of Catan with my husband, older girls and some family friends. Cool game!

3. Last but certainly not least, I started my 2014 Sacred Intercession Prayer Journal. Prayer is my #1 goal for the new year. I have other goals, but this is really my focus. My hope is that if I can really cultivate a solid, deep, personal prayer life with the Lord, my other goals will fall into place a little more easily.

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3 thoughts on “New Year Small Successes

  1. I love the Magnifcat for that very reason. I'm also a big fan of Catan, though my daughters, not so much. It's one of my favorite games. Hope you feel better soon and thanks for being part of Small Success Thursday when you can. It means a lot to read what everyone is up to, it's very uplifting and encouraging.

  2. I hope and pray you get better soon.
    We had pertussis in our homeschool group last year. No fun. I've not heard of that game. Will be looking into it.
    LOVE my Magnificat.
    Jesus comes… sick or not. The focus was on him. It's a blessing!
    Take care and Happy New Year!

  3. I'm sorry you've been so sick, Sarah. I told my husband I'm looking into surgical masks to wear in public. Without a flu vaccine — yes, it was my own choice — I feel rather exposed. Why can't sick people stay home? I was only half teasing about the surgical masks — at least I'd get a wide berth.

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