I'm beginning to think that my number one resolution should be to blog more! I'm so behind, it's not funny but in my defense...my brain doesn't altogether work until March 19th or so.
Christmas was great but quite a blur. Chris spent the week leading up to Christmas at our house. Thursday was spent in Illinois with the Teal family. Friday was spent in Evansville with the Sills' family. And Saturday was spent on the couch from exhaustion! Isaac loved his first "real" Christmas and the new Elmo he received from Ita and Pa.
New Year's was a bit of a blur as well. We were so glad to have my parents and brother in for New Years Eve!
But we're even happier to get back to the routine of life and settle down a bit. It's true when they say you eat horribly during the holidays. Christmas wasn't too hard on our systems but we were gluttons on New Years Eve...and we paid for it! Boy did we pay for it. I've never been so happy to eat organic, healthy food in my entire life. My body was happy too. We had to endure a few days of sickness and sore throat to realize what a treasure it is to keep your body healthy!
Saying that, it has strengthened our family resolve to get back to some good habits we've let fall by the wayside, implement new habits and get rid of some old habits that are weighing us down.
That said, here is our "new year's resolution" list:
1) Nix soda from our diet altogether. There are some things we (meaning Rodney and I) consume that has absolutely no nutritional value at all, sodas being one. And honestly, I feel awful telling Isaac he can't drink mommy's soda because it's unhealthy while I continue drink it right in front of him. It reminds me of parents who drink and/or smoke in front of their kids. Saying "Now do as I say, and not as I do" never works. And that's a good enough reason for me to give up this vice so I won't go into all the rest! Now, to finish the 2 liters of coke left over in the fridge...
2) Organize the house for baby #2. We have some 'spring cleaning' to do before the next baby arrives including: cleaning out closets, organizing the kitchen space, deep cleaning each room, gutting the office/junk room and creating a tranquil space and buying necessary items for the baby. We're in great need of a co-sleeper and tracking a good one down on eBay perhaps is a necessary to-do before March. Thankfully, my mom has volunteered her time and energy to helping me with this resolution and she's the most organized person I know!
3) Make holistic home remedies a part of our daily life. Being sick taught me how much I don't know about herbs & natural remedies. Being pregnant I was forced to look at natural ways to get better that were safe for me to take. Not to mention, I had to get creative about what to take when you can hardly swallow! Already, I feel like I know so much more about making teas, using food as a natural remedy and taking herbs but in order to make it a part of my family's life, I'll need to do a lot more research! I recently ordered (based on a recommendation) the book The Handbook of Vintage Remedies as well as a couple books on natural pregnancy and postpartum health. Those will be a great place to start!
4) Making God a part of everything I do. Ok, so maybe this should have been listed as number one but in a way it fits here because it ties every other resolution together. What other reason do I have for taking care of my body and my family if not for the glory of God? But in my personal life, I need to strive to transition from Him being a part of big decisions and Sunday mornings to Him being a part of every loving word that I speak to Isaac and why I chose to fix a healthy dinner when I'm having a lazy moment. He'll have to be my strength or these New Year Resolutions won't last past February 1st. But this could possibly be the hardest resolution of all because I'll have to fight against myself!
I hope those encourage you to make some godly resolutions this year but to let them be more than just resolution...making them life changes and ways we can ultimately glorify our Father in Heaven!