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I cannot believe we’re into 2018 already. When people talk about 2007 (for example), I want to say that was last year. Or maybe two years ago. It was totally 11 years ago. How. HOW?! However it happened, it did, and we’re into a new year.
We’re rolling into this year with 4 kiddos! Can you believe that I haven’t posted since baby number four entered this world? Here’s a quick update on that.
We had baby number four 9 [freaking long] days late, on August 8. And it was another girl! Our little Gwynn. She’s a sunshine child, just like her big sister was. Super great baby. She spends her days hanging out, drooling, pushing herself around the floor, and napping.She’s 5 months old already. Again, how does time go so fast?
This is obviously not a food post. I haven’t had time to take pictures of food for awhile. I’m lucky if I remember to eat breakfast, let alone photograph it. Y’know? I thought we’d go for a goals/resolutions post. As well as a books-to-read-in-2018 post.
I am actually not a huge fan of resolutions. Mostly because I can’t decide what I’m supposed to resolve to do. And because when I finally do decide, I end up failing. Horribly. Goals sound better. They aren’t written in stone, but they’re something to kind of strive for. I feel like they’re more flexible, and I don’t beat myself up near as much about them.
My goals this year are very similar to the ones I had last year, though maybe a bit more specific.
- #WordbeforeWorld Doing some Bible reading before doing ANYTHING else, as often as I can.
- Less screen time, more actual reading. (Hence the book list at the end of the post. Scroll down to see what I’m going to try to read!)
- More exercise. I’m a huge fan of running. It’s stress-relief for me, and makes me feel like a million bucks. And I missed out last year because of pregnancy and recuperating from giving birth (it takes me awhile to get back in the swing of things) . I love outdoor running, so once spring rolls around – here I come! I’m super excited. Other than running, I’m hoping to do some at home Beachbody stuff with Hubby. We just need to start… The hardest part, eh?
- Saying yes to some things, and no to others. I’m figuring out that just because something is “good”, doesn’t mean I need to do it. But some things, I try to avoid doing, but probably shouldn’t.
- Work hard, play hard, rest more frequently. Is that even possible? Haha.
- I reaaallly want to make a quilt. And finish the sweater I started to knit for hubby. And knit mister Jude a new hat. So I’m putting those down into my goals.
On to the book list. I go through spurts with reading. But I really love to read. A lot. I just haven’t made enough time for it lately. It stretches my brain, reminds me of words that I know (guys, I actually know words that aren’t kid-words!!), plus it’s relaxing. I also read pretty much anything (though I’m a closet sci-fi/fantasy fanatic). This year though, the focus is really on parenting. There are some other subjects included, but it’s mostly mom-related. I have a list of 30 in front of me. I curated it over a couple evenings. Screenshots I had taken of books people of IG were reading, titles from other 2018 book lists, etc. There are 10 that I’d really like to read, and a few that I’ll read, if I’m able. Now, I know 10 isn’t a huge number. I’m one of those people that would read 10 in a month, if I had time. But 10 is more realistic for me right now. Here goes.
- Present Over Perfect, by Shauna Niequist
- The Lifegiving Table, by Sally Clarkson
- The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
- Just Do Something, by Kevin Deyoung
- Charles Spurgeon, Preaching through Adversity, by John Piper
- In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Bloom
- Give them Grace, by Elyse Fitzpatrick
- Parenting, by Paul David Tripp
- The Weaver’s Lament, by Elizabeth Haydon
- Cultivate, by Lara Casey
As I’m thinking about it, I actually did get through some books last year, so hopefully we’ll do it again this year!
What are you reading? Any great books you’ve read recently that I should add to my list?