Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Merry Christmas

Wow!! What a time we had this year - all five daughters were home for the holidays, plus one son-in-law, and a boyfriend. It was busy and bustling and fun. Also exhausting, expasperating and noisy! All have left this morning, husband is back at work and the house is a mess, but it is quiet. No one is expecting me to do something for or with them, and I have the computer to myself. I have some tidying up to do in my sewing room, and by tomorrow I'll be ready for some all out sewing, but for now I just want to is sit.

I am looking forward to lots of quilting in 2007. I just celebrated the fact that I have been quilting for 20 years now - so I am looking forward to my 21st year of quilting (guess that makes me an adult in the quilting world now, right?) I am working on trying to publish a few patterns, and finishing up a few old projects. I plan to enter a couple of juried shows, and to actually attend one of them. This summer I will be making a trip to Colorado with one of my daughters, and at the beginning of the year a trip with my husband and our married daughter and her husband.

Some of my personal goals are to be more efficient at my housework (think I may go back to the flylady routines!), and to journal more this year. Hopefully I will be good at keeping up my blog also! I want to simplify my life, and continue to define myself - in all my years of mothering, and loving my husband I feel like I've lost touch with myself. I am really thinking about who I am, what do I like, what makes me happy... I want my family to know that I am a person in my own right, not just someone who is here to make them all happy in their little worlds! I hope that doesn't sound really angry. I love my family, and I want them all to be happy, but sometimes they forget that I want to be happy also.

I want to grow spiritually this year. I want to spend more quality time getting face to face with God, and to know Him better. I want to be the woman that He has designed me to be. I want to look at this life with new eyes, and to see the things that are important. To know my blessings and to be truly grateful for all the wonderful things I have been given.

I also want to get this physical body of mine into better shape. I want to be able to walk and run and have energy to get all the things done that I want to do every day! I want to eat foods that will nourish my body, not food that will clog my arteries and make my hips bulge out like balloons. I want to be healthy, and comfortable with the way I look. I want to drink more water so that my skin will stay smooth and lovely, and not be dry and itchy.

So, I am a work in progress (aren't we all!). Here's to a Ney Year full of blessings, grace, and love. Today God has blessed me with a wonderful day to stay inside and recoup from the busy holidays. I blessed Shannon by making her heart shaped pancakes! I hope all of you have a wonderful day today, and that you will know that God loves you!

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