January 1, 2018

beginning of the year thoughts...

end of the year thoughts | yourwishcake.com
This past year has been rather wonderful. And absolutely flew by. I know people say this all the time, but really, I have no idea how we've already reached January and now have a brand new year ahead of us. With that in mind, it seems like it's the time of year to reflect on the goodness and lessons learned in the year now behind me and consider the year ahead, as well.

2017 brought a lot of newness into my life. We purchased our first home at the beginning of the year, on Mother's Day I found out I was pregnant for the third time, this fall I registered as a private school in order to "officially" begin homeschooling my oldest daughter, and Jay spent a fair amount of time this year traveling for work (which he has never done in the past, so it was an adjustment to say the least). I suppose it's no wonder the year was here and gone before we knew it...

Additionally, a big part of the year for me was spent becoming much more grounded and confident in my understanding of myself, my beliefs, my priorities, my convictions, and what it is I need in order to thrive. I've spent a lot of time paying attention to what I need less of (unnecessary commitments and activities, self-imposed expectations, social media, extra stuff cluttering up the corners of our home) and what I need more of (quality time at home, questions and conversation about things that truly matter, blank space in my schedule, good books, moments dedicated to creativity). I'm becoming more confident and knowledgeable about my faith, my political leanings, my parenting philosophy, what I hope to accomplish while homeschooling, and so many other things that I hadn't spent much time intentionally focusing on in the past.

It's been a year of reflection and learning, for sure.

I've spent very little time writing and creating, however, and I miss both of those things incredibly. I'd like to think that in the year ahead I'll be able to find pockets of time to dedicate to this, but there's just no knowing what my life will look like one month from now, let alone six or twelve. This is actually a very tricky year for any specific sort of resolutions or goals. In a few weeks (or, let's be honest, hopefully less than a few weeks) from now, our family will grow by one and we'll be knee-deep in the newborn stage for a while. Who knows what exactly that will look like this time around? I didn't even choose a word to focus on for the year, just because there are so many unknowns and I have a feeling I'll just stress myself out if I try to be too ambitious.

Except when it comes to sleep. All I really want in life is for this baby to sleep like a normal human child—unlike my first two children. Please. But I digress...

I do have a few goals overall for the year—ones that I feel are actually attainable, given my current season of life. (And I must say: It's rather nice to be finishing up a pregnancy in January, because I have absolutely no fitness or diet goals to speak of. Also, bring on the ice cream, please and thank you.) Here are some things I hope to accomplish in 2018:
  • Read 50 books
  • Take more photos with the fancy camera
  • Learn to sew well enough to make clothes for the girls this summer and to make the majority of our Christmas gifts this year
  • Complete a fair amount of home projects (more details on this later, because we all know there is a list!)
  • Focus on creating a calm, cozy family atmosphere for all of us while we transition from a family of four to a family of five
I can't help but wonder what next January will look like. But I kind of like that I have no idea. In any case, here's to a beautiful year ahead...

Further reading: my one word for 2017


  1. Loved to read your thoughts on 2017. So much happened in those 365 days, not just nationally, but also in each of our own little worlds.

    I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store for you (and me! ;)). I am looking forward to following along and to see how your life changes with baby number 3! Lots of love to you, Kerri.

  2. Finally I read this post! I had been meaning to do it since I saw it on Instagram. I think you'll love the easiness that comes with baby #3, especially since your girls are a little older now.
    Fancy cameras vs. phone camera is a big CHALLENGE, but I hope you find your time to do it and enjoy taking awesome photos of your children. We live in such a fast world that's kind of hard to 'point and shoot', but I think once in a while is a good thing.
    I admire your reading speed. I haven't finished a book in a short time since I was pregnant with my #3 2 years ago! I have no time, but also I like doing some other things, so I choose my other things over my reading.
    Happy New Year to you and your family, and lots of blessing for the new beginnings! :)


Thoughts? Questions? General musings? Do share!

If you are asking a question, I will respond here within the comments—so, be sure to click that handy little "notify me" box below to know when I've replied!