Let’s Talk New Year’s Resolutions

Good-bye 2013!
So let’s talk New Year’s and New Year’s Resolutions!!!
  I just love making goals for the new year, and brainstorming all the ways I can improve myself, my way of life, and improve things for my family, etc. etc.  
  I was all busy doing that last night.  I printed out a list from a blogger buddy’s blog.  You can do it too:
www.doofydizee.com for the very helpful printable.
   …..Then this morning hit like a Mac truck.  We all slept in a little, and as soon as I got up everyone kept hitting me with needs.   While feeding the baby, I watched Dan on his monitor get out of bed, squat down in his floor and make the poop face.  Drat.  
  That’s right!  We now have a Dan cam!  Best idea ever, Amy!  Thank you!
  When I told Mom about the camera, she was happy for us too, and then she said, “Now you can watch him poop from afar.”  That’s kind of hilarious because so many of our Dan problems do center around his tendency to not save #2 for the toilet… 
  I took care of that Dan-poop situation and headed down stairs.  I was tripping over baskets of clean laundry, suitcases overflowing, toys that need batteries, children that needed help….and of course, all I wanted was coffee!
  Dan was sick in the middle of the night with a fever, so Alan and I hadn’t slept much.  Plus JD has been pooping every few hours for 10 days now……Yes, when toddlers and babies rule your world, the poop topic comes up a lot…..sorry!…..  So we woke up at 6am this morning to try to make the boys’ doctor appointments….  Well, wonder of wonders, Dan woke up 100% better this morning.  JD still had to be taken care of though.
  (The doctor decided it’s just a virus JD’s having trouble kicking…..SO SORRY Amy and Greg, we did NOT realize at the time that we saw you and let him play with Wesley…..Will we ever be popular again??)
   Back to my morning–The boys kept bothering me to help them start their homework.  The problem with telling the children that they can’t do this, that, or the other until they have done their winter break homework–I’m not making this up–Joshua’s teacher assigned them a bunch of homework (2nd grade) for the break–is that you have to actually get them what they need to do homework and listen to flashcard practice pretty early in the morning, as they are eager to get it done!
  Have you ever done flashcards with a kid with an attention problem–not my favorite activity.
…..I sat on my bed, and I made a list of what I wanted to accomplish and what I absolutely had to accomplish.  I knew there was no way I could get it all done.
   Then I got out my Bible and read Genesis 4-6.  (Yep, it feels like a read-the-Bible-all-the-way-through kind of year!)  Reading God’s word can bring you peace that I cannot explain.  I took away several important things this morning:
1.  Sin and Anger:  You must master it.

“Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry?  Why is your face downcast?  If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?  But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door;  it desires to have you, but you must master it.”  Genesis 4:6-7

I had already lost my temper with Caleb this morning, when he was trying to wimp out on his math assignment.  (You can’t give only one kid homework, so I made some up for Caleb too).  This was a reminder I needed to hear about mastering my anger.  Don’t worry.  I had already given Caleb lots of hugs and apologies.  
2. Evil thoughts grieve God.

“The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.  The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.”

That makes me sad, and it also reminded me of the holiness of God.  Do I grieve the heart of God?
3.  Chill.  
As I prayed and looked at my overwhelming job of managing my four little boys, I thought about my “New Year’s Resolutions”, and all I could think was “Eh!”
Who cares whether or not I lose 3 inches off my belly this year?  
Who cares if I do not get every closet organized?
Who cares if I do not save up enough money to do with as we please?
Who cares if I don’t read as much as I’d like to?
I’m doing good just to get the laundry done.  I’d rather get a few things done, but not feel so much pressure that I end up yelling at my children.
  When I feel overwhelmed and out of control, as though I’m failing by not “doing it all”, I am more prone to losing it with my children and my husband.
  When I just chug along with my list of things to do and let what doesn’t get done just go, I’m a lot more fun to be around.
  So that’s my big goal for the year.  Sure, I have a few other things I’d like to do in 2014.  But there will be no long list of goals this year for this mama.  This mama is going to CHILL.   My children and my husband will thank me, I’m sure!
   I’m going to chill, I’m going to smile, and I’m going to laugh.  I’m going to focus on enjoying my children while they’re young.  I plan for JD to be my last baby, so I guess I’d better soak every minute in!
My 2014 Goals:
1.  Chill.
Have a great year!!


  • Loved both posts! Really enjoyed Christmas this year too! Did you find that great organizer I told you about at Target? Theboys left that skylander that is like a red and white mushroom, one of those base things for the Wii, a pair of supersoldier underwear, and an empty plastic ammo cartridge. We will mail them soon.

  • First off – Glad you liked the printable and thanks for the shout out! Secondly – I think you made the best new years resolution – Chill!!! We need to enjoy the here and now. Even if it seems like it is filled with lots of poop! 🙂

    Happy New Year!!! Looking forward to 2014! Wishing you nothing but the best!

  • Anonymous

    great post! I like the pictures.
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  • I forgot about the organizer, maybe next time I make it to Target! That sounded like a good one.