Our families are one of our greatest gifts from God. I can remember wanting to be a mommy even as a little girl. My husband, daughter, and son are truly the center of my universe.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been showing them their immeasurable importance lately. Over the last couple of years, as I’ve found my place in this fun and inviting online world, my people haven’t received the full attention they deserve. I seem to find a screen in front of my face far too often, even in the midst of a conversation with one of them.
When my kids were younger, I threw my entire life focus into them. They needed me and I was determined to fulfill my mommy duties. As they grow older, our relationships are evolving, but I’m learning there are still very specific needs each of them have that only I can meet.
My daughter will turn 22 next month and is determined to see the world. As she searches for her next career opportunity, I have no doubt a far away school is in her near future. I want to spend every moment in her presence, completely present, while I await her next move. It will definitely be much farther than the 20 minute drive currently between us.
My 13-year-old son is right on the verge of that hostile hormonal takeover all of us mommies dread. I need to soak up every last cuddle and hug I can get from him. He still loves to talk to me and get advice. I want to encourage this to continue without any iPhone distractions.
Regardless of age, our kids crave our attention. Our husbands need it as well. This online, distracted life we live changes our entire family dynamic.
So 2016 will be a year of family for me. I love the one word theme concept because it doesn’t involve a lot of concrete goals. It’s just an area that really needs focus.
I’m not sure what this will look like yet. Hopefully more home cooked dinners, weekends away, and daily office hours to completely free up my evenings. I’m not setting anything in stone. I’ll let God and my people’s needs lead me.
My life verse for 2016 will be this:
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
What a breathtaking way for our husbands and children to perceive us…
My 2015 Health focus will carry over to this year as well. We cannot serve anyone if our bodies are struggling. After my husband’s recent health scare, his well-being is also at the top of my priority list.
Our families deserve our undivided attention. We are the only ones that can serve as the wife and mom which are incredibly important roles in our households. Let’s love big this year!