04 January 2014

Just Start

I am a good 10 posts behind from 2013 but I will start here, today and catch up in the future. Thankfully I have notes to remind me of all the many things we been involved in and will take one evening in the near future to put it all down.


Russ made a stellar breakfast for us all this morning. His last day of leave; he presented the idea that we look at Isaiah 43.19 as a family and use that as our verse for the year. We are each  facing a very challenging but exciting time ahead and these words seemed fitting.

We had such an animated  discussion around what God meant and how we can apply it to our own lives as individuals. I am always amazed at how kids can grasp and apply scripture to their lives in a way that is always inspiring and fresh.

We also discussed this quote:

We spent a good 2 hours each writing out (and decorating) our thoughts and prayers relating to the verse and will put it up on the wall in some prominent place in our home.

I (we) have been feeling for some time that we would like to see the kids grow in their own faith and their own relationship with Christ. I believe that this is the year they will find who He is for themselves.

I have also embarked on the Gratitude 365 journey. I know it has been going around the scrapping world for years but it never bit me. I believe timing is everything and it would seem 2014 is my year to capture daily moments for myself as well as begin to teach the kids about living with an attitude of gratitude.

I will be blogging this (Gratitude Daily) as well as capturing it in hardcopy form. (yay, paper and glue!) This year will not see me returning to scrapbooking in the traditional sense but it will see me finding new ways to be getting messy in my studio. (well, my studio is now a classroom but you know what I mean!)

01 January 2014

New Years Eve

We had a very special New Years Eve this year. We spent it quietly with my folks and the kids.
We (okay, the guys) braai-ed and the girls lent a hand in the kitchen making dessert.

I did some Pintrest prep beforehand and came armed with 'worksheets' and coloured pens for some interesting family activities later in the evening.

Each one of us (kids included) filled out a sheet looking at how to set goals. We also looked back at 2013 highlighting our favorite memories, our sad moments and lessons we learnt. For 2014 we each chose a word, outlined our hopes and brainstormed personal, practical steps to ensure success in areas that are important to us.

This is the first time we have ever done something like this.  Goals. Resolutions. Plans. All this jargon often attract criticism but We NEED goals. That is how we, personally,  are wired.

 Once we had all completed our questionnaires/activity sheets we all took turns to read out our answers. There is a real vulnerability in this and it was very special to have this multi-generational experience. It gave the kids a chance to see us (their parents and grandparents) as real human beings with strengths and weaknesses. With struggles and heartfelt desires. With joys and regrets.

It also gave me the chance to witness the true giants that reside in my kids.  Yes, they call each other names and do ridiculously annoying things like put empty cereal boxes in the cupboard BUT they are truly remarkable. Set the bar high and they will rise to it. 

okay, we let him sparkle at 2315 because he really wasn't keen on the midnight wait!

three sparkly, awesome little people

We had no plans to stay up and see the new year in but somehow we all found ourselves awake as midnight fell upon us. (barr Levi who simply said NO MORE at 2315 and put himself to bed!) 

We celebrated with some sparklers and thanksgiving to our Father who takes us forward into a new season in 2014.