Saturday, January 3, 2009

Hello, 2009! MUAH!!

In our life, 2008 was a challenging, transitional year. As for many, we were affected by the economy greatly. We moved, changed jobs, and then found a whole new life...again! Talk about a mid-life crisis! But, with the changing of the calendar, I feel a sense of anticipation of a new leaf changing over!

I'm not sure how I feel about New Year's Resolutions, as those tend to go by the wayside for me by February 1, or more like January 4...but I digress. When I awoke this am, my quiet time with God wasn't earth-shattering...if was down-right dull, but I did walk away with some enlightenment that has helped me put things into perspective. I get the sense that 2009 is going to bring our family opportunities, great friends, challenging lessons, relief in some way, and an incredible time of closeness with God and each other. I guess there is something about a good cry that helps wash things away and allows you to begin to start anew. Maybe this is what a New Year's Resolution is all about. Starting anew. Starting fresh. Wiping the old away. There are so many things that I desire or want for me, friends or family, but when I sit back and take a look at all of those things, I being to wonder if I believe that if I just had those or did these things, or looked a certain way, that I would be happy and I would be able to check off a "Resolution" off of my list. That is not how I want to live; I'm a list maker by nature, and by all is not natural. Living by lists can squander even the most adventureous of spirits.

So this morning, I guess my quiet time with God wasn't so dull after all. Walking away feel fresh, inspired, new and whole again is exactly what I needed to start a new day, a new month, a new year.

So, Happy New Year everyone! I pray you feel freshly inspired to start a new year with a clean slate! Get "crack-a-lackin'!"


I Wasn't Born a Soccer Mom said...

Clean Slates are good and sometimes I don't think we slow down to see when they are offered! Thanks for stopping by my blog and following me, I am adding you to my blog roll!

Vodka Mom said...

That is the coolest picture ever!!

And yes, I love the clean slate. " Every day is a new day"- that's my motto at school - and the kids LOVE to remind me of that.

Nancy said...

Clean Slates for all! :)

Happy New Year.

Braja said...

Hey Carrie...saw you at Vodka Mom's.

I like your clean slate...and quiet time with God is never a wasted moment...nor a dull one for that matter!

everyday mom said...

Crying can be so cleansing. I think this will be a year where we will see God move in his people.

Love the new blog look!!

Helene said...

Clean slate sounds like a really good way to go! A great way to start off the new year!

Love the pic of the french toast with 2009 on it!!!!