A New Year

January 1, 2010

It seems like way more than a year has passed since I celebrated 2009. So much has happened in the past year, and it’s interesting to think about what a totally different person I was this time last year. I feel like the best and (in a way) worst things happened to me in 2009, but I wouldn’t change any of it.

The highlights:

  • On February 12 Dave and I went on our first date.
  • On May 8 Hannah was born.
  • On Mother’s Day (May 10) Hannah went home from the hospital with  her adoptive family.
  • On May 18 Dave “proposed”.
  • On May 26 we adopted Jackson, the best dog in the world, from the pound.
  • On June 11 we got married in the county jail.

Obviously, it’s been a crazy year in a lot of good ways, but I’m happy to put 2009 behind me. It seems appropriate that the new me should be accompanied by a new year. Here’s to 2010!

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Prompted

December 20, 2009

Well, apparently I’m not allowed to slack off or Jess will call me out on it. Geez. Tough love is not my favorite.

Still, I guess I’ll respond to her writing prompt: What is the area you’ve grown the most in your relationship with God in 2009?

This question is extremely hard for me to answer because I feel like I haven’t improved at all as a Christian. My faith was so much stronger when I was pregnant, but it has gradually become less and less real. My belief that God loves me and takes care of me has become something I know in my head but not my heart. It just seems like this year was a giant leap backwards in some ways.

In other ways, I know I have learned a lot about God and myself. But unless I’ve made visible improvement, I don’t allow it to count. I know that I should be thrilled about seeing more of God and understanding myself better, but it just makes me sad that I haven’t made more progress.

I want to see things differently, though. I want to be excited about what I’ve learned this year, even if no one else can see any upward movement in my life. I want to trust that these small changes in my mindset and outlook are monumental in my walk with God.

Father, help me not to rush what you’re doing in me.