Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
2014 was quite a whirlwind year for my family.  The most important lesson I learned last year was that I have a limit.  Really, I do.  I ran smack up against that limit early in 2014, and the rest of the year was basically a process of evaluating our life and making sustainable decisions for the future.

So far, so good.  We all seem to be really excited about 2015, and I think that’s largely because we are in a much more settled place.  We’re still extremely busy- I find myself regularly battling our schedule just to carve out time for, well, sleep- but most of what we’re doing is actually possible.  In the past, I’ve fallen prey to believing that anything is possible if I just worked hard enough.  Here’s a beautiful thought to start your new year:

EVERYthing is not possible.

Yes, all you Type-A Positive Thinking People, it’s true.  At some point, especially when you have seven people dependent on you and only you, you find out that there’s an end to possible.  But, there’s hope.  A lot of wonderful things can happen within the realm of possible.  The next year or two will bring more changes for our family, but I’m hoping that my newfound appreciation for limits will make our transitions less disruptive and more peaceful.

We kicked off the new year by trying something new.  My kids had never tried fondue, so I pulled out the skewers and we all had some fun on New Year’s Eve. 

And Austin, for the second year in a row, stayed up till midnight.  I don’t know where that little guy gets so much energy!  He’s the life of the party.

Speaking of new things, I have a new email address: bainsteradventure(at)gmail(dot)com.  Drop me a line. I love to hear from people even though I have an abysmal track record of answering emails (see “extremely busy” above).   

Here's to a blessed 2015!


1 comment:

Diwakar said...

Hello Amiee. Let me wish you a very blessed, spiritfilled, purpose driven and a Christ centered New year. I am so blessed to know you thorugh your profile on the blogger and the blog post. I am moved to know that your husband went to be with the Lord in 2012 and since then as a single mother homeschooling your seven kids. This is amazing to know how you are managing yourself of course the Lord has been your great helper and companion and you have been able to take care of all your children because of His strength and power. Well I am in the Pastoal ministry for last 35yrs in the great city of Mumbai, India a city with great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reach out to the poorest of poor with the love of christ to bring healing to the broken hearted. We also encouarage young people as well as adults from the West toc ome to Mumbai on a short / long term missions trip to work with us in the slums of Mumbai during their vacation time. We would love to have young people from your friends circle families to come to Mumbai during their vacation time. I am sure they will have a life changing experience and will never be the same. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. God willing I will be coming to States in the month of May/ June and will be so glad to meet interested young people from your circle of friends families. God's richest blessings on you and your children. Be aussured of my prayers for you as you invest and nurture your children in the knowledge of God.