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Sunday, January 02, 2011

new year

It's a new year, 2011. Kind of crazy. A new year is a good time to reflect and renew. I actually like putting away the holiday decor. Not the putting away part itself but the clean sweep it gives. An uncluttered looked, a fresh start.

Once upon a time I thought at some point I would have become the person I want to be. I thought that it would have been some point before the second decade of the 21st Century, but I am still working on it. I also thought I'd be a lot more vigorous in my progress on this road than I am. The saying "endure to the end" is taking on a new meaning as I get older. The ability to continue in a sustained effort to better myself, despite repeated set backs and disappointments and to do it with enthusiasm and cheerfulness. That is enduring to the end. You can't get tired. You can't stop. It would be nice to have something down pat by now...but since I don't actually know anyone who does I guess maybe that's not our lot for this life.

so my annual "to do" list:

learn how to make homemade pasta, yesterday we went to the Henrichson's New Years Day open house and she served among other delicious things, a warm and tasty chicken noodle soup that had the best noodles.

lose some lbs

use up my box of Uncle Brian shirts by remaking them into fabulous and fun things.

serve more

invite more people to our home

share the gospel with someone

do a really great job at my calling, and at mothering, and at wifeing.

See my parents

meet my nephews

send J and S off to school (read:BYU)


Yvonne said...

Great list.

When I was young I thought by the time I was this age I would have learned EVERYTHING. HA, HA, HA!!!! I guess I'll be learning until I take my last breath ; )

Happy New Year.

BTW, had a FANTASTIC visit with your mom. She is wonderful--JUST LIKE HER DAUGHTERS.

nikko said...

I'm realizing the same thing. The older I get, the more I have left to learn. Some things get easier the more I do them, but in all the end result is always a bit disconcerting and I find myself always wanting to do better. But, I guess that's what life is all about and why we're really here.

BTW, I think you do an awesome job at inviting people over. After all, you are the Party Princess. :o) I need to do better at that.

We sure miss you guys. I'm kind of hoping we get sent out there so we can hang with y'all. :o)

matt and michelle ray said...

Love your list. And your insights. I think you are further on your road than you think you are. You're awesome.