Wrapping up 2015

This has been a year of changes, but, then again, what year is not? 

My babies are in kindergarten. (Kindergarten y’all!) They are back at the sweet Lutheran school that all four boys attended for at least part of their elementary school careers. The girls are soooo much younger than their brothers that I hardly know any of the parents! So it has been a time of me making some new acquaintences. 

Out oldest is taking some time off of college, and joining the National Guard. While he waits to go to basic training, he is living at home again. So I had to get used to cooking for a large crew again, and I have relished my time with having all six kids under the same roof, if even for just a little while. 

All of the other boys are in high school and middle school and they all are either in band or choirs, so I have found myself making sure that there are proper performance clothes in their closets, and I have been attending a lot of concerts! (That is all joy, my friends, all joy!)

Work is going exceedingly well. I am learning that I am a”systems person”, which shocks even me, but once I put a system in place, my projects nearly complete themselves! 

I also branched out some this year. With some friendly nudging I have begun really working my social media consulting. I’ve taught a few seminars and led a few breakout sessions at the Women’s Leadership Summit. I LOVED it! (And I like to think that people actually learned something.) That being said, if you are local and want me to come and do a session at your workplace, class, or club, let me know. I’d be happy to put something together. And, if you are not so local, we can talk too–I can travel, and I am also working on some distance learning. 

I’ve focused on some self care. I’ve joined a gym, I’ve improved my diet. I’ve begun to be more mindful about wardrobe purchases and my appearance in general. I’ve not lost a single pound. And that is OK. I feel great. I like how I look. I feel healthier and more confident. That is all more important than numbers on a scale. 

As my kids get older I know that I need to make sure to take time to carve out my own hobbies. Many of my friends with older kids leaving thre nest are struggling a bit, finding their way, finding a new normal. With adding the twins to our family, we are a long way from the empty nest, but I realize that I will have an incrementally emptying nest, and I want to be ready. 

All in all, life is good. I am blessed beyond measure. Things have not been easy. I’ve spent a lot of time in prayer. I know that tomorrow may or may not be as bright as today. But, I have God, my family and my friends on my side. None of us has to wade through life alone! 

Chime in! What has been your “biggest thing” of 2015? Leave a comment. 

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Written by Dakotapam
I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including young adult sons down to 8-year old twin daughters. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!