It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. It has flown by. 2008 has been a fun, though sometimes challenging year for our family. We have enjoyed some fun times like a beach vacation to Gulf Shores and a “working” vacation to Miami. Ben has learned a lot about the Everglades, The American Revolution, The Constitution, the US Elections Process, and the Olympics. I’ve struggled a bit with my health, culminating in major surgery, from which I still battle some complications. Tom has continued steadfastly in his job, as have I. Ben switched from TaeKwonDo to soccer and swimming. Overall, it’s been a successful year. But I do look forward to this next year being even better (and healthier!).
A homeschool group that I am apart of began a tradition last year of choosing a word to exemplify those changes we wanted to make within ourselves for the new year. So rather than making empty New Year’s Resolutions that none of us keep, we think and pray about what word we can focus on. For 2009, I have chosen the word, LOVE.
We have been working on a family/homeschool mission statement based on the scripture from Matthew 22:37-40.
Jesus replied: ” Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself”.
As we work out what this will look like for our family (for me!), I will come back and share. What I do know is that I do not do a good job of loving in this manner. Reading that this is THE greatest commandment is quite humbling and overwhelming for me. You would think that as a Christian, a wife, a mom, I could get this one right.
I’m not sure I’ll ever get it “right,” but I will strive to work toward that goal this year. I hope we all will. What better New Year’s resolution could there be, than to love each other.