Colette: Fourteen Months

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Popping in here with a quick, very late fourteen month update for Colette.
At 14 months, she had just really started walking. For a few weeks, she only took a couple of steps a day. Then all of a sudden, almost over night, she just took off and hasn't looked back since. Crawling became a thing of the past. In all honesty, I'm glad she is more mobile and independent, but it is exhausting keeping up with a three year old and a babe that can now get into everything.

One of her most favorite things is carrying something (anything) on her arm. Bags, bracelets, hair bands, shoes; if she can put her arm through it, she will carry it around the house.

It has taken a while, but she is actually starting to enjoy books. She will finally sit in my lap and let me read. Usually though, she insists on turning the pages, which means we read books out of order, but that's fun too.

The sweetest thing is her new love for this bunny. She got it at Easter, but has just recently started to love on it. It now goes everywhere with us. She loves to give it hugs and snuggle with it when she is going to sleep.

The time is passing all too quickly, and this little girl is growing up. She is in full on toddler mode, and loving every minute of it!

2016 So Far

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

For the past several years, instead of setting resolutions at the first of the year, I have picked one word to be my focus for the year. I did the same this year, and even starting writing a post about it, but never hit publish. I'm not sure why, maybe because in the past few years, I've not had much success in actually following through in keeping my focus on my word for the year. Here is what I wrote back in January:

I have been thinking about the new year for a few weeks now. what I want the year to look like for us, what my goals are, both big picture and specific. Honestly, my ideas were all over the place.

Then I started a new Bible Study and decided on my word for 2016: Breathe. We started this Priscilla Shirer study at the most perfect time. Isn't it amazing how God knows exactly what we need and how to speak to us?

So for 2016, I am going to learn to Breathe. I am not 100% sure on what that will look like exactly, but I know it will include simplifying the things in our home, the things we choose o bring into our home, how I choose to spend my time, and learning to spend less of my time 'doing' and spending more of my time truly being in God's presence.

For 2016, I am going to truly learn to breathe.

We are now over halfway through the year, and I think this change of mind is actually going to stick. We still have a ways to go, but we have made great progress in cleaning and purging things from our home. We have taken at least a handful of car loads to Miracle Hill. We have one more room to tackle (our to-be playroom) and I really feel like we will be able to take a deep breath. Our house feels more open and relaxed already.

I am also trying to be conscious about how we are spending our time. Taking time out of the busyness of life to take a breath. Sometimes that means not stressing if I don't get to everything on my to-do list for the day. Sometimes that means not even making a to-do list and just tackling what we can as it comes up. I am a planner by nature, but I have found that I actually get more done if I don't worry about a list. We are spending less time in front of the TV and more time outside. We are eating more of our meals at the kitchen table instead of on the couch.

I am excited to see how my perspective continues to change as I continue to seek what God intended as our Sabbath and how that translates to the rest of my family.

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