Hello, dear BBs. It’s been a while. Something about post-deployment departure unwinding mixed with pre-travel craziness and Christmas week stress made me, well, totally forget about my blog. I hadn’t intended to take a leave of absence, but actually it was nice to take a little break. I know you can all understand. For the record, I had a wonderful Christmas back home with family and passed the 1 month mark with barely a hiccup
This time last year I decided to do a 12 in 2012 list for New Year’s resolutions. That was a good idea I stole from someone else. In case you didn’t notice, I fell off the wagon sometime around July. And, well, coming up with not 12 but 13 new “resolutions”…that is just too much. So I hadn’t really thought about repeating the project this coming year at all.
During my unplanned hiatus, I was tagged over at Miss Banana Pants by my fabulous cousin (that’s not filler, she really is fabulous) to come up with 5 Christmas Wishes. Obviously I missed that deadline, but here’s my attempt at some catch-up as well as forcing myself to think productively about the new year.
5. To grow in mind – This is pretty broad, but I want to continue to force myself to learn new skills and develop existing ones. Last year I completed my scrapbooks through 2009, I made my first quilt, I was pretty good at reading and review new (and old) books, and I had opportunities to develop my writing here on the blog and elsewhere. I want to continue that in the next year with bringing my scrapbooks up to date, creating new sewing projects - like actually making myself something I could wear – and of course, reading like a fiend. Basically all-around personal development. I knew going into this deployment that I would be a different person when it was over. We all change from year to year. I want to make sure, to the best of my ability, that it’s positive change.
4. To grow in wealth – For lack of a better term. There used to be a time when we were able to do things, for ourselves and mostly for others, without a second thought. We’ve got some work to do to get back to that place, and we really want to be. Now that SoldierMan is gone, the responsibility for making that happen pretty much rests on me. So I want to do my best to make that happen.
3. To grow in health – This isn’t just a New Year’s thing. I swear. I’ve been working on developing healthier habits for a while now, but now that SoldierMan is gone and I only have myself to worry about, I think I can really make a success of it. And I’ve got a good part of the year to focus on it, as well as friends here locally who also have the same goal, so I’m very optimistic.
2. To grow in grace – To myself and toward others. I know this will come as a shock (sarcasm font) but I’m not the most gracious person. I’m not a very gracious person, really. I can point back to a few moments in my life where I showed real extraordinary grace to someone, and I will be the first to say that those moments didn’t come from inside me. I want to be more intentional about showing grace to others, so that eventually I won’t have to be intentional about it, it will be more natural. When my grandmother died, the word most commonly used to describe her by those who knew her was “gracious.” I’d like to follow her example.
1. To grow in faith – I’ll be honest, I’m not a person of great faith. I have faith in a great God, but I’m a weak person. Already my faith has grown over the last month. I’m learning more and more how to trust God for today and for tomorrow. I’ve felt a peace that passes even my understanding since SoldierMan left, which I am positive is the direct result of the prayers of all our families and friends over the last several weeks. But I’ve also been learning just how far I still have to go. Again, I want to take advantage of these upcoming months of flying solo to develop my faith in a new and vibrant way. I want to get more involved in my church. I want to get back involved in discipleship, something I haven’t done in a long time. I want to be serious again about my own personal Bible study. Mostly I want to be able to use this deployment for God’s glory. Any success I have in any of these areas will be due directly to His blessing.
So, that’s my list. And following the rules of the game, I have to tag 5 other bloggers to come up with a list of their own. So, just for fun, I’m tagging:
G.I. Joe’s Wife
Learning As We Go
Head in the game. Heart in the sand
Adventures of a New MilWife
A Boy, A Girl, and the Marine Corps
I hope you all have a safe, Happy New Year!
Here’s to 2013!!