Tuesday, January 1, 2013

new year's resolutions

Happy New Year!  For the first time ever I am really looking forward to the start of a new year.  I have never before felt like there was something I wanted to leave behind but this year I do.  2012 held more heartache than I ever thought I could handle.  I will certainly, most assuredly, never ever ever forget my sweet Evie girl and the lessons the Lord has taught me through losing her, but I am looking forward to a fresh start.  I want to jump into 2013 with enthusiasm and a new energy for life.  I have loved and lost and now I have a chance to grow from it.  Here are my goals/resolutions/new ideas for 2013:

Swamp Stomp 1/2 Marathon.  Oh yes.  In April I plan to run this race in honor of my little Evie.  I want to train and push myself and run more than I ever have before.  I want to make a shirt for myself so fellow runners will know the reason I am running.  I want to do it for her.  I have no time goals.  I really just want to not collapse in the middle of it all!  

If anyone else is interested in running the Swamp Stomp in memory of Evie please do!  I would love that so very much.

Be more purposeful with my blogging.  For some reason the Lord has entrusted me with this story that seems to really resonate with people.  I feel a sense of obligation (in a good way) to share Evie's story with as many people as possible.  I want to be like the servants in Matthew 25 who took what their Master gave them and multiplied it to his benefit.  If you think of me, please pray that I can take what the Lord has given me and use it to glorify Him.  To whom much is given much is required (Luke 12:48).

Manage my time better.  I haven't figured out exactly how, but somehow I will.  

Compliment more.  I often think compliments in my head and then neglect to deliver them.  Afterwards I think, Why didn't I tell her that, she would have loved to hear it!  I am going to try harder this coming year to really deliver positive words where they are due.

Think with my "pink" brain.  Our church's ladies Christmas Party this year was themed "A Pink Christmas".  Being the Pastor's wife, my mother-in-law is usually in charge of narrowing down a theme for the party.  She chose a pink Christmas this year because of Evie and the impact this little one had on her grandma heart and on our whole church family.  My mother-in-law challenged all the ladies to think with our "pink" brains - to really tap into the caring, nurturing, relational aspect of our femininity and use it to bless others.  I have been the recipient of so much "pinkness" this year and it feels only appropriate to reciprocate.  

So those are my big ones.  I look forward to all that 2013 will bring, especially my husband's graduation from CRNA school in December, woot!  

Thank you Jesus for the New Year and the chance to start afresh.  

...forgetting those things which are behind and reaching for the things ahead, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:13-14

How about you?  Any special goals for 2013?


  1. Special goals? It's the same every year: Continue to work on becoming a better version of me. I really like your compliment one! I'm horrible at wanting to say things and never saying them... and then never having a good reason why I didn't voice up and compliment someone or say hi and be friendly. I think I'm too shy. I'm working on that one too! :)

    P.S. I'm totally joining you for the 1/2 marathon! I'm not a runner at all, so not dying is my goal as well!! I'm thankful you're not a competitive runner otherwise I probably would be scared to run a 1/2 with you! :)

  2. We'll work on that one together! The shyness ...

    I'm excited you want to run. Hopefully we will make it!

  3. I love this...loved all your goals! Love your attitude! Thanks for continuing on with the Lord as you continue to grieve the loss of your sweet Evie... I am right there with you.

  4. And also, I read that story in Matthew again last week and felt very convicted of just the same thing... I have been asking the Lord just how He wants me to "invest"...so we can celebrate together upon His return! I like the ways you have been challenged through that verse... :) Thanks...

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! Saying a prayer for you right now as you figure out what "investments" to make this year <3