We enjoyed a nice family dinner for the New Year last week. After clearing the plates away, Chance and I sat at the table with our children and discussed the concept of resolutions and goals for 2009. We discussed some things we would like to improve on physically and spiritually as a family. More determined healthy eating, more regular exercise, more family nights, etc. We made it a goal to try to be to church on time this year. (Uh...we're starting that goal next week as we woke up late for our new 9:00 am church time last week.) After our discussions, we asked each of the kids to identify some areas in their own lives that they would like to improve. Here are their goals for 2009:
Tyler feels he needs to work on improving his video gaming skills - specifically Wii. He also mentioned offhand that he should probably start listening better to his parents.
Noah says his goal is to try to eat his dinner this year.
Emma is going to ride her bike.
My own goals are harder to put onto paper. I have spent several quiet moments over the last month in the late or early morning hours thinking to myself. I have pondered and pondered the last 10 years of my life with Chance and where we have been (and where we could have gone) as a married couple and a family. I am enormously blessed and satisfied to have him as the companion of my life. I look back at all that we have experienced together and I want more. I want our lives to be fuller, richer, more meaningful. We have so much already ... but I want more. I can't find better words to express myself right now. I do not know what changes or improvements are needed yet. I just want more.
"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man." ~Benjamin Franklin