31
Dec
12

Ring in 2013!!

Last year, I started off with a word that was going to color my life lens.  HOPEFUL.

I look back at 2012 in awe of all the blessings God has bestowed on my family:

Hopeful that we will raise enough money to go to the Dominican Republic with Rilyn and Ella in July. PRAISE!

Hopeful that my son will learn to obey his parents. STILL WORKING ON THAT ONE!  James is reading a book with some of his best friends with sons, called Raising a Modern-Day Knight: A Father’s Role in Guiding His Son to Authentic Manhood that I believe will be instrumental in raising Asher to be a godly man!

Hopeful that my son will sit still long enough for a Bible story. STILL WORKING!

Hopeful that my middle child will come to know Jesus as her Savior this year. PRAISE!

Hopeful that I will be a more respectful wife. STILL WORKING ON IT! I AM GETTING BETTER AT APOLOGIZING THOUGH!  🙂

Hopeful that my photography skills will improve.  PRAISE!  But I defnitely have a long way to go!

Hopeful that I will spend more time playing with my children.  STILL WORKING…with my photo business picking up speed, I lost my gusto to really play with my kids, and more about using my time to edit photos.  😦

Hopeful that I will see the Bible Study I’m in for the spring not as a burden, (as in LOTS of homework), but as a blessing (as in LOTS of time getting to know my Father through His Word).  PRAISE!  That was a challenging spring, but I look back and see God’s hand in every detail, and feel so blessed that I got to be apart of Women’s Development!

Hopeful that my oldest daughter will find a best friend who loves Jesus.  STILL WORKING ON IT.  😦   

Hopeful for health for my family and extended family.  PRAISE!

Hopeful that I will go to the gym 3 days a week and eat healthier.  I WORKED OUT THIS YEAR MORE THAN I EVER HAVE BEFORE AS AN ADULT!  BUT EATING HEALTHIER?  NOPE.  😦

Hopeful that all things in 2012 are happening not to me, but for me, and for His Glory.  YES!!  THIS BIBLICAL VIEW HAS BEEN MY ANCHOR IN MANY LIFE EVENTS THAT HAPPENED THIS YEAR!  PRAISE HIM!

2011 was the last year of diapers in 7 straight years of buying them.
2012 was the year that naps disappeared.  I had to build “naptime” in my schedule for the previous 7 1/2 years and it was time for Asher to stop napping.
2013 is going to be another year of big changes…ALL my kids will be in FULL TIME school by the end of August! Wow!! Asher will start kindergarten! We will no longer be paying preschool tuition (we’ve been paying preschool tuition(s) for 8 years)! What will we do with all that extra money (I can hear James laughing now), maybe get our first pet?!?

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1 Response to “Ring in 2013!!”


  1. 1 jvanvleet
    January 2, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I loved reading how you saw the Lord work over the year with your word, hopeful. That is so inspiring to me to come up with my own word and to be diligent in documenting,like you did, at how that is prayerfully played out.


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