Thursday, January 10, 2013

a new year

Happy happy New Year everyone!  We had a lovely autumn and beginning of winter.  I think we were trying hard to spend as much time all together as possible before our first little chick left the nest.  Oh my!  Bring on the tears!  I don't know if we'll ever all live together under one roof again and that thought is a tiny bit depressing, but what can you do?  I dropped her off in Idaho last Friday and when I called on Sunday evening I asked how she was feeling.  She said, "Mom, I know I'm in the right place."  Such a comforting sentence for a mama.  I was so worried, dropping her off in a place filled with only strangers, that she would be so lonely and scared -- not at all!  She has great roommates, a nice apartment, kind and helpful professors... such a relief!  And she hasn't even seemed annoyed when I call or text.

::Saying goodbye at the airport -- these were the last photos since I didn't get any of her apartment, etc.  Lame of me, I know.
 ::Ibby was trying so hard to not cry!  When I got home she told me that she was so excited to be upstairs sharing a room with Lulu now and then she started bawling.  I said, "You miss Ella don't you."  "Yes!" she wailed.  Indicating that the trade off wasn't necessarily worth it.
 ::Charlie being a goofball!

I just got back from our trip out west on Tuesday evening so I hadn't even started thinking about New Year's goals and resolutions yet -- one thing at a time -- but as I thought about some things this morning, there is a lot I'd like to work on.  I think a word I'd like to use this year is "Act."  Not as in playacting or pretending, but as in actually doing all of the many many things I think about doing.  I need to lose some weight -- so I'm going to!  I need to not waste so much time -- so I'm going to have an actual plan in place for my days and work on some side goals that will require me to plan my time better.  And most importantly I want to Act on the nudges and promptings that I get instead of ignoring them.  This is the most important one.  

I had to give a talk in church on December 30th and the topic was, "The Future is Bright" and I really believe that it is.  Come what may, if we are living right and doing our best there is no room for pessimism, anger, negativity, fear... Here is to a great year!


Jennifer Gibson said...

Both Eliza and Allison are there, they would be more than happy to help her out if she need anything.I will send you Elizas number for her in case she ever needs anything. Hang in there, it doesn't get easier but you get used to it. :)

Stacey said...

Mary!!! I have missed you! I can't believe Ella is at school! I am so glad she is happy. Will you be posting about your cruise?

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