There is nothing like a 20 hour road trip to ring in the new year, especially when it begins at 3AM. It was just me, my coffee, the open road, and The Art of Celebration for a few hours--plenty of time to think about getting back to 'normal' life after two weeks visiting family. My thoughts wandered around all the things that will be on my plate this spring, both things I need to do and things I want to do. Sadly, I did not figure out how I would manage to do all this and stay alive.
--I circled around to the blog a lot. And look, here I am! I still think it helps me to process everything that's going on in my life and to see what God is teaching me, so I'd like to get back to writing again. I spent some time thinking about how to finish up the series I was writing, since I may need it if we adopt again.
--we've had a semester under our belt of preschool for Katie, and I want to take better advantage of my Luke/Liz time to work with them.
--and my house! Thinking about Luke/Liz time reminded me of all our kids books that need to be sorted/purged, and I'd really like to get a larger bookshelf for the family room. The new toys mean we probably need to get rid of some of the more babyish ones that I saved for Liz. Unless, you know, we adopt again...
--it'd be nice to do that before I start teaching, along with getting some homework sets and lecture notes together.
--which means I need to tidy up my freezer and think about filling it with handy meals. I'll be teaching twice a week in the afternoon, so quick/easy (i.e. freezer) meals will be a must.
--healthy eating! dealing with all those cookies I ate! I think I've gotten most of the family on board to do Jillian Michael's 30 day shred with me. :)
--everyone asked about my Etsy shop over Christmas, which was really sweet...and it's been pretty far down on my list since Liz came home. My main goal this year is to do a craft fair! Maybe we'll be raising money for an adoption?
--So, adopting was on my mind a lot as I drove. It was on my mind last fall in a not-so-good way--basically stressing me out. God graciously helped me put it out of mind, but it's not that far away. I've thought of many reasons which it'd be hard to do this again, but most of the drive was spent thinking about reasons to do it anyway. Those thoughts are several blog posts in themselves, and maybe writing about it will help me sort them all out. I may or may not be planning to request access to our agency's waiting child list...