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.
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)