Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013...here we are

This post was originally titled "2013...here we come."  Yet here we are already.  I started to type this out days ago and got very sidetracked.  The last day of 2012 and this first day of 2013 have blown right past me.  I am afraid that if I don't stop and take a moment now, this whole year will be gone before it has even started.  My, where does the time go? 

2012 has been a monumental year for the Kummerow's.  Afterall this was the year Eleanor came into our lives.  Because we have been ever so busy, I haven't had many thoughts about entering this new year.  Last year I had many grand plans, and instead of accomplishing them all, I learned a valuable lesson.  I may make plans, but it is God's plans that will prevail. We took a leap and sold almost all of our belongings early last year and decided to move internationally to become missionaries.  Yet here we are, a year later, in the same town, in the same house.  While we never accomplished a single goal from last year, I would have it no other way.  Our lives were blessed beyond measure!
So looking ahead at 2013, I'm hesitant to make any plans.  Who knows where God will lead us now!  However, I am a goal-oriented person so I am going to put out just a few thoughts as we enter into another year.

I want to complete a triathlon.  I would actually like to do several.  This was my goal for 2012, but I got a little side-tracked.  Maybe 2013 will be my year.

Along with fitness, I would also like to run another half marathon.  I think it would be really fun to train with Alex, but I'm not sure if we will have the time together.

I have a big plan to read the bible in one year.  Alex bought me a new chronological one-year bible to help guide my reading.  I am excited to dive right in on New Year's Day today.

I am going to start hosting friends over for dinner again.  We love to entertain yet all but quit last year when we had no furniture, and then when I was super sick and exhausted from pregnancy.  So now, with a dining room table back in place we are excited to cook for our friends once again!

And since I'm not going anywhere to become a missionary any time soon, I really want to dig my feet into the ground here.  I used to volunteer for the Christian Mission, teach Sunday school, and do many other things right here and I'm ready to get back out and give of myself again.  I am not sure where I will begin, but it will be soon!  So my goal for this year is to be a missionary in my own hometown.

Of course my biggest goal of the year is to be a remarkable mother to Eleanor and an even better wife to Alex.  I am not sure how to quantify that into measurable goals, but I know it will have everything to do with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

Other than that, I am willing to just ride out 2013 and see where God will take me and my family.  I am excited for what is to come.  I am excited for my growing relationship with Christ, building my faith and trust in God, nurturing my relationship with Alex, and learning who Eleanor is as her personality unfolds this year.  I absolutely love life right now and couldn't be happier.  God's plan is truly great and I am blessed to be a part of it all!

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