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)