Friday, January 4, 2013

FYI Friday-- 2013 word of the year

A few days into January and the new year seems like a good time to write about my word of the year for 2013! Ohhhh, how I've thought on this for a while now. I've thought on how I can really focus on my word of the year, this year. See, last year, my word was focus. I must admit, I didn't do a whole lot of focusing last year. I tried, just like people try to keep up with their resolutions, by hitting the gym and living out that gym membership they signed up for at the beginning of January. Oh no, I didn't sign up for a gym membership, but you get my point. Life happened last year, and I got caught up in the whirlwind of finding out we were pregnant with baby #4, showing our house, Chad having major surgery, selling our house, finding out our little baby has Down syndrome, moving, renovating our new house, giving birth, adjusting to life with 4 (which we are still doing!) and so on. Focus, was definitely not happening--rather survival!

Ahhh, but now, we have a new year! Couldn't be happier for a new year!! I've learned a lot over the past year. Lots about myself, which brings me to my word of the year (enough babbling already). . .

(as defined by

the act or state of looking forward or anticipating 

I get easily excited about events, things, people in life. I also set myself up for things. I set expectations and sometimes, they aren't met. Cue disappointment. I can't stop thinking about the scene in Christmas Vacation when Clark Griswold and his wife are in bed talking and she says to him, "You set standards that no family can live up to." and he replies, "When have I ever done that?" to which she says, "Parties, weddings, anniversaries, funerals, holidays, vacations. . ." I think (and I've been told) that I am just like Clark Griswold! In the end, you gotta love him (thank goodness), but I don't want people around me or myself, to constantly have to live up to these expectations! So, when it comes to setting expectations, I'm going to try not to. Or, at least I'm going to try to manage my expectations! It's fantastic to look forward to events, things, people, but not to set standards that cannot be met! We have four children now and not everything is going to happen in the magical way my brain thinks it should! Agreed?!

On another note though, I do plan on waiting with expectation on the Lord! I want to keep my eyes and heart open to what He's going to show me and teach me! I am anticipating good things--and that will not disappoint because Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."

Happy New Year!
Anyone have a word of the year out there? Verse of the year? Resolutions? 


Stephanie said...

I have a word and verse(s) for the year. I'll be blogging about those soon (after I wrap up my 2012 blogging). ;)

Ashley said...

I don't have a word for the year, but I think I'm going to steal yours! So true!!

Suzanne said...

I LOVE THIS post! OH its so love love it! Maybe my word will be intentional, with time, energy, that I can really enjoy things and not just do everything! I have some verses I blogged about, I need all the help I can get, oh and baby way please.


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