2015 – The Past Year of (Counting) Sheep

It is now the evening of the 2nd of January, 2016. The year or 2015 has passed, and I guess if I’m being honest, I’m super glad to start a new one. There is something about fresh starts that I love. I remember being a 1o year old and finding out we would be moving to the country, to a place I’d never heard of and definitely didn’t know anyone, and I was thrilled! New places, people etc – I loved the thought of it. Moving out of home to start Uni was the same. In fact for most fresh starts that I can remember, I’ve felt the same. But this fresh start is different. It’s not so much that I’m looking forward to a new year as I’m looking forward to moving on from the previous one.

Here are the things I think of when I reflect on the year 2015:

  • A crazy amount of very difficult parenting challenges.
  • No sleep, or at least very little, which is mostly Annie’s fault, but who can blame anything on that cutie? Thus I like to call 2015 ‘The year of (counting) the Sheep’.
  • A stressed out husband (still love you Honey!).
  • Study study study – just way too much study. Japanese is a really hard language.
  • Tiredness. Possibly connected to all of the above and all of the below. (Oh and being pregnant and having a new born while moving overseas for both my husband and I to study full time as missionaries). I’m literally trying not to fall asleep as I type this.
  • Missing friends. Missing family. Missing our home church.
  • Numerous unnecessary hospital visits, mostly pregnancy and baby related.

So, in an entirely realistic way I’m hoping that this year will be the year of:

  • Perfect children
  • Abundant sleep – too much in fact!
  • A chilled out husband who isn’t phased by anything.
  • A giant reunion with all of those I miss.
  • Energy, all the time (except for in the midst of my abundant sleep of course).

I know, I know. Not the most realistic list I’ve ever written, but neither are most other New Year Resolutions. At least I’m aware of it!

Really though, I guess I just hope that 2016 will be a little better than the last. That we will do things smarter and better. There’s not a whole lot of room for the externals to change, we still need to be here studying for a while longer, but just need to work some things out to take the pressure off if we can. I might have to write about that another time. We have some good ideas I think! And anyway, “…with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27)




2 thoughts on “2015 – The Past Year of (Counting) Sheep

  1. Carla says:

    Hi Mel!

    Greetings from Eltham! Have loved discovering your blog and reading about your adventures in Japan…it feels like yesterday we were all in our first mothers’ group session together. We miss you lots and wishing you lots of love, support (and sleep!) in the coming months. You guys have shown such strength and grace in the face of a very difficult and busy year which is an inspiration.

    As I am not on facebook, I don’t get to catch up on everyone’s news, so this blog has been a fantastic way to read about your exciting new life.

    Take care of yourself….love Carla and family, Eltham.

    • Melissa Jessop says:

      Hi Carla,

      It is so lovely to hear from you! As you can see I have had to put this blog on the backburner for a little while, due to the hectic nature of life, but hope to pick it up again soon. Thank you for your kind words. We miss you and our other mummy friends (and kids too!) How are you going? And your sweet boys? Is L at school this year? Hope we can keep in touch this way a bit more!

      Love Mel.

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