April 22, 2012

Stick With It....

I can't remember if I posted anything about my New Year's Resolutions this year. It's ok if you don't remember either.

Point is, I made some.
January 1, 2012 was super-dee-duper needed in my life and the Lord knew it.

So, I made some resolutions which I haven't done since nineteen-ninety-nevah.  I've mostly been one of those gals who can keep her ducks in a row and push through. Resolutions, I've always thought, were more or less for failures.
But y'all remember back in October when the Lord dropped an adorable baby girl Bird into my world? Right? Go here...she's quite the stunner.  She was however, I reiterate, my THIRD child. How does that Duggar lady do it?
Kaylee's daily dose of awesomeness and my sheer will to make my sons take a nap helped me limp to the end of 2011. Kaylee left as planned,  Christmas came, and sprinkled throughout all of that was a lot of frustration and anger. It came outta nowhere and man o' man did I need some freshness like the Prince of Bel-air.
After some thought, I came up with a pretty extensive list, seeing as how I generally regard New Year's Resolutions as lame.

In no particular order, with the ones I've done/am-doing crossed out:
* Exercise
* Read "Shepherding Your Child's Heart"
* Read "Grace Based Parenting"
* Read "The Hobbit"
* Organize home movies and video clips into edited, watchable videos. Particularly the birthday videos.
* Memorize Ephesians

* Be Kind(er) to my children everyday
* Start saving more diligently for Rivers #4 (whom in theory will be adopted)
* Make Immanuelle's quilt/blanket for her "big girl bed"
* Set aside 2 days a week to get alone and pray. 

Impressed are we?

And as a virgin-resolutioner I am pleased to be knockin' these bad boys out like the Godfather did his haters. Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

Exercising is continuing and that's like something every resolution-maker has to make, exercising.

But the Hobbit? That is simply because I made it all the way through approximately 17 years of schooling without ever reading it...and Petey Jackson is making it into a movie and who wants to show up to the opening in December as the non-well-read person?  Not I, said the cat.
Anthony is taking up all the slack on the organizing home videos and is also doing his part to pull me along and keep me accountable to memorize Ephesians.

Y'all wanna hear how hawt my hubs is? Joker memorized Philippians last year. The. Book. of. Philippians. Dang.
So, we're now to the middle of Chapter 4 of the letter to the Ephesians. If you're interested I'll tell you how we go about it in the comments.
You may have noticed that "getting up earlier to read my bible every morning before the children wake up at the booty crack of dawn" isn't on my list.
Yeah, right.
The early to rise thing will make it on the next list, maybe. 2025-ish. Until then, I thought hiding a little of God's word in my heart would be good. I want to be able to quote it and meditate on it anytime time of day.  It's already helping on those days when I act like a Christian who Paul needs to write a strongly worded letter to, Corinthians!! (Really? Bible joke? And you're still reading this?)
I'm doing better at being kind, "with all gentleness" to my kids. I still get fightin' mad and lose it WAY too often. Pray for my kids. But in between the red moments, I'm trying to let the Lord love through me and remind me that his kindness leads us to repentance. Hoping the 2 books I haven't read will help a bit on this. 
And yes, we've begun saving for another adoption but not near like we'd hoped. Y'all excited? I am.  I hate money, but it's so necessary for just about everything, including adoption. Still a couple years off, so I'm having to tell myself at IKEA that my brown baby girl (the Lord hears our prayers!) is way more valuable and worthy of my investment than the curtains I want.

The prayer thing has been a failure because of lack of planning and then lack of schedules coinciding and then lack of the triple nap. Getting there, getting there. 

Ellie Bird's blanket has a few pieces cut out, but not much else. I have til the end of the year and even then, she won't be in a big girl bed yet. But here's for batting a thousand my first time out.

Did you make any resolutions this year?
You sticking with it?


Brandon and April said...

I think you're awesome. way to go with it only being April and most of your list being checked off.
I'm not much of a resolution list-maker either. I probably should be. Maybe it would help me be more motivated to complete certain tasks.
A few other things...
1. looks like your grocery store rocks.
2. Can I book an appt to have henna done while I'm there?!?!?
3. Your children are gorgeous. Awake and Sleeping.

That is all.

Jason and Charity Palmer said...

Very impressed. You rock, mama! And super stoked for the future Rivers child. By the way, I'm reading "Shepherding A Child's Heart" right now too...good read. Convicting (even though we haven't really had to discipline our little one yet lol). Hope you guys are doing well!

Elizabeth said...

I loved reading your list. It reminded me that I've been slacking on some things - the main thing being reading. I didn't post it on the blog, because I've become a terrible blogger, but I DID take a photo of my stack of books that I want to read through this year. I'm not making that great of progress so far.

Random, but true... I've read the hobbit aloud to Shannon twice so far in our 11 years of marriage. Yes, we're crazy.

My sister Emily memorized the book of James one year while on a mission trip. I was super impressed (though she admittedly has a crazy good memory... just ask her to sing any song she's ever heard). I've actually thought about memorizing Philippians and Ephesians before, but haven't ever gotten started. Would love to hear more about your process. :)

e&k said...

Sharon i really enjoyed catching up on your blog. I love reading your heart! I love Ephesians- my husband, for an Anniversary gift to me memorized Philippians one year and quoted it to me on our date to show his committment to memorize the word with me :) It was a great gift! I also memorized most of Ephesians :) i love Ephesians! I love that it begins with us as nothing but Christ as all, He ransoms us, establishes the church- I love how it flows- He is the stone, the church is the foundation, goes into relationsips in the body which flow from Him and the foundation and then ends with victory over the enemy- I think this is how we really experience vicotry over the enemy, we have the right to pray the way Ephesians 6-we are in HIM, we are in His body, we are living in love and grace towards everyone in the body and in all our roles and functions, then we can pray and have the kind of Ephesians 6 victory- it is not written alone to stand alone, it is written in the context of Ephesians as a whole! Anyways, i love it! I am so happy and proud of you for walking in obedience and allowing the Father to draw you closer in so many ways! I also reread Shepherding A Child's Heart because I felt like I was getting easily frustrated and angry with my kids, it had some great truths in there to think on and I'm still daily praying and trying to follow Father completely in my parenting. Keep sharing how Father is at work- He is so glorified in His work in you! Much Love and Blessings! Katie