Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A look back through 2011 and a Resolution for 2012

While I may be a little early for making resolutions, I think I have already found mine. My resolution for 2012 is one I not only want to carry throughout the year but one I hope to keep for life.

As I look back at 2011, it had its shares of stressors that I would like to purge from my life. 2011 also had some wonderful moments which I hope to capture, cherish, and make grow in the future.

Paul and I shared our 10 year anniversary with a much needed vacation and time away. I love my husband more than words. We are opposites in most every way and there are days that I am astounded that we work, but we do. We bring much needed balance to each others lives.

Kaitlyn has turned into an outgoing 2nd grader. She has come so far from the painfully shy, often emotional, kindergartner of two years ago. She is smart, funny, caring, beautiful, and kind. She is responsible and has an amazing heart. She is well loved by her friends and peers. I only hope to help her grow into an even more beautiful girl in the years to come.

Matthew, well, what can I say. He is trying, energetic, rough-and-tumble, spirited, extremely smart, and tiring. Most of all he, too, is kind spirited and loves to make others smile. While he sometimes takes it to extremes, aka class clown, he genuinely cares about others. He is flourishing in kindergarten, for which, I am thankful that we made the tough decision to place him ‘on time’. He brings a lightness to my life and a definite challenge to expect the unexpected. My hope for the future is to help challenge and channel his spirit to shape him into a kind and caring father, husband, and friend.

My family, no matter what is thrown in our paths, we find the strength in each other to move past it. Together with each other, we can surpass any obstacle that is put in our way.

My friends are truly amazing. They brighten my days with kind thoughts, words, and support. I would not be who I am without them. They give me inspiration to be a better and stronger person. I love you all!! xoxo

So for the new year, I resolve to take more time for myself on a regular basis. Whether it is to read a book, soak in a tub full of bubbles, taking a walk by myself, or something I have yet to think of; I feel that this will ultimately help me be a better wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend. My hopes are that it will help center and ground me. Possibly give me some patience and less anxiety about the things I cannot control. Ultimately, I hope it makes me closer to God and my family and friends.

The thought in words sounds so simple but, my fear is that I will get caught up in the hustle of life and it will once again be pushed to the way side. I have made a vow to myself that I am going to try to rid my life of some stressors, which I will hopefully ‘weed’ out before Christmas.

Here is to starting 2012 on a calmer, happier, more joyful note. I hope everyone has a great Christmas, Hanukkah, and a wonder beginning, middle, and end to 2012.

Merry Christmas!


  1. So well put, Shanna! Wishing your family a wonderful Christmas and an absolutely amazing New Year! Hope 2012 brings you much joy, happiness, and delight!

  2. You've given us all some food for thought. This is my first visit to your blog, so I spent some time browsing through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. You've created a lovely spot to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary