So finally, my first post of the year! Let me begin by saying just how thankful I am for the holiday season that just passed. It zipped by so quickly and a tiny part of me is sad it’s over but then, I am also very thankful because my family and I were able to celebrate meaningfully.
There were moments of total chaos (e.g. super last minute shopping, keeping the girls from fighting over their new toys on Christmas morning) but there were also moments of pure joy (e.g. Sitting side by side as one family at Christmas Eve Mass, turkey dinner with loved ones). And all of these little moments put together resulted in another crazy, happy and memorable Christmas for me.
New year was simple yet unforgettable as well. I remember the week after Christmas day I started having headaches. It came and went, but the day before New Year’s Eve was when it was at its worst. While almost everyone I knew was busy prepping for the coming of the new year, journaling and planning their lives, I was in bed (or in the couch) in pain, trying to get some sleep. The next day, New Year’s Eve, despite the headache, Kayo and I went out to buy stuff for Media Noche (midnight meal to welcome the new year), which we planned to have in our own home. I decided to pull myself together and try to enjoy the day as much as I could. It was, after all, the last day of the year. We went to the supermarket, took a leisurely walk and had Schnitzel and frites for dinner. Somehow, it all made me feel better and a little more excited to face the new year.
On our way home, I thought I should make an effort to make our little NYE party at home more special. So a few hours before midnight, the girls and I busied ourselves with a little arts and crafts making our tiny home look more festive and 2015 ready! Thankfully, doing that instantly shifted my mood and put me in a more positive disposition. Oh the wonders of paper crafting!
We cooked waffles, watched Star Wars, did our own New Year’s countdown and kissed at the strike of midnight. It really was quite wonderful! I’m thankful that despite how I felt, I made that choice to celebrate and simply be happy.
The next morning, I woke up early before everybody else and took advantage of the silence to sit and pray and dream for myself, my marriage, my family. I also thanked God for the awesome year that was. Doing that helped me set things in perspective and look ahead with purpose. I don’t know exactly what this year will bring but I do know it is filled to the brim with wonderful possibilities. If each day I get up confident and hopeful and intentional, which I’ve been trying to do the last two weeks, even my most ordinary days will be meaningful and productive.
I look forward to the unique rhythm this new year will bring. I look forward to the highs and the lows, the exciting days and the regular days. I pray that I see the blessing in every circumstance and be strong and brave when faced with challenges. I pray I be the best mother I can possibly be for my girls and exactly the kind of wife my husband needs. I have so many dreams and things I want to experience and make happen but really, it’s all up to God. So hello 2015! Surprise me.