Making 2014 count.

On Christmas Eve, on her way to my family's Christmas party, my 86 year old grandmother had a stroke. My mom and sister found her at a party store where she had managed to pull over and call for help when she started to "feel funny".

I've had big plans to make 2014 a wonderful year. To make it our year. To make it count. Visiting my grandmother in her hospital room, watching her re-learn how to feed herself (she's the toughest of the tough, I tell you!), I was reminded of something that I thought I've known all along... that tomorrow is never guaranteed. This year has to be a great one. This day Every day that we get the chance to wake up and spend time with the ones we love most must be lived to the fullest. This one life that we are given, is so very precious. Time moves swiftly. The truth of that fact hits me hard as a mama of an almost two  year old (two?! seriously?! I remember her birth like it was yesterday)... and truthfully, I often find myself feeling the sting of missing a moment before its even passed.

So how am I going to make 2014 count?

I'm going to say "yes". To Navi. To Chris. To myself. I'm going to do more... because I never regret doing, only not doing. I want to worry less, and trust that things are happening exactly as they are supposed to be happening. I'm going to take better care of myself- Here we are almost two years after welcoming Navi and I feel like I'm just now starting to competently incorporate tending to myself as a person. Its a delicate balance, being a mama and a woman, does that make sense? I want to show Navi the ocean. I want to see the beauty in the little things, the perfection in the day to day. I want to remember what's really important. I want to choose joy.

This year will be a great one, I can feel it. Here's to discovering all of the wonderful things waiting for us in 2014.

A few pics from our New Years Eve at home...
^^^ I think this blurry one of us, braving the single digit temps just before midnight is probably one of my favorites :)

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  1. Thank you for all of your great posts!! I enjoy reading each new update, you have a beautiful family!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Brianna... your kind words are very much appreciated :) Hope your 2014 is off to a great start!

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  2. I love that you want to embrace this year by saying "yes" to those around you and new experiences. I agree, I also never regret doing, even if whatever I do turns out to be a bad choice or not what I expected. It simply becomes another moment of life to learn from and go forward. Hoping you have a great 2014!

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    1. Yes, exactly! I feel like even when things don't turn out just right, in the long run it really seems like it happened exactly as it should've, you know? Happy 2014 to you, Kelly! :)

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  3. I feel you, sister! Why is time such a beast? Here's to making 2014 amazing! :) Sweet pics as always!

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    1. Thanks, Leah! Hope you and your family are off to an amazing year :)

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  4. Love this so much! I know we always tend to take our precious lives for granted, but you are right - tomorrow is not guaranteed. I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year! May all your dreams and wishes come true. May you be blessed with many amazing moments with your family and loved ones.

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    1. Thank you so much, Victoria! Same to you and yours :) xoxo

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  5. How very well put, as always. Tending to myself is going to be one of my goals, not because I'm not good at it now, but I feel it will slip pretty quickly with two babushkas to take care of.

    And seeing the ocean? Let's rent ourselves a beach house!

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    1. Ugh, don't temp me, my friend. A beach house would be so beyond awesome... it sounds especially delightful as I'm listening to this -44 wind chill whipping around outside my window... And yes, self tending... its something that I could stand to improve on. Here's to a 2014 of caring for oneself at least a quarter as much as we care for the "babushkas" ;)

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  6. Newest follower. You guys are too cute & I'm so excited to follow along!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ashley! What an awesome blog you have!... thanks for stopping by :)

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