Happy New Year! We celebrated at home with a few friends. We rang in the new year early with a kid countdown, sparkling grape juice (champagne for the grownups), and confetti bombs. Everyone left around 9:30, we got the boys down for bed, and Jeremy and I finished watching the Buckeye game and checked in on all the NYE coverage. It was a pretty low key but magical night.

There's not much I love more than the fresh start of a new year. I know we can start over any day but there is something special about ushering in a new year when the clock strikes 12. I've spent some time today planning out my hopes and goals for the year as well as finding a program to help me reset our home.


Find a church and continue my daily Bible study. We have been looking for a church since the end of 2020. We had been attending a church we loved for a few years but after we moved it didn't make as much sense as it was 45 minutes away from home. Once the pandemic hit and "church at home" was a thing, it became even more apparent. Every time we're about to commit and call a church our home something just pulls at Jeremy or I and we don't feel like it's quite right. We have a few more we want to visit and we are hopeful we will find our church in the next few months.

As far as my Bible studies go, there's always room for improvement. I tend to think my Bible time should be first thing in the morning when it's quiet and peaceful and if I can't make it happen that way, I don't do it. I have three young children who need me and unless I'm waking up at 5 am, my morning will not be peaceful and quiet for quite some time. I need to just lean in to this season I am in and make it happen without excuses. I know its important the boys see me reading my Bible and they need to understand it's a priority in our lives.

More structure and routine to our days. I spent a whole lot of 2022 in bed with pregnancy sickness and I am craving structure and routine like never before. It's going to be a big year for our family. The boys will turn six, five, and one. Tucker will start kindergarten. The big boys want to play t-ball this spring and soccer again in the fall. Our life already feels full and chaotic and I know its only going to get busier as the boys grow. I so badly want systems in place that make our life easier and our home easier to manage. 

Stick with a cleaning routine. Before I got pregnant I was sticking to a pretty simple cleaning routine. I only had one or two main tasks to do each day (on top of the everyday picking up, etc.) and it was pretty manageable. We pay a friend now to clean every couple of weeks and I want to get to a good place where she is able to focus more on the details (mopping, baseboards, etc.) because I've kept up with the other things.

Have healthier boundaries with my phone. I want to be able to watch a movie and only watch the movie. I don't want to pick up my phone to scroll. I don't need to pick up my phone every time I'm nursing or going to the bathroom. I know it's important to have down time where I can be alone with my thoughts and I want to stop filling every void with the mindless scroll. Especially as the boys get older and they're wanting to do things on the phone (they love to use the Snapchat filters and I have a couple of games I let them play) its important Jeremy and I model a healthy relationship to ours.

Being intentional with my relationships. Monthly date nights with Jeremy and a monthly night with my girlfriends are both things I want to make happen this year. Because I was so sick last year I was pretty lonely. I spent a lot of time alone and while social media provides a sense of community and I love the connections I've made there, nothing beats in-person time together. Jeremy and I have always done pretty good making time for one another but I'd like to make an effort to have more dates outside of our house. With three kids we've gotten pretty good at having game nights and dinner by candlelight but I want to switch it up every now and again.

Make time for the creative things I love. God made me creative and it's something I love about myself. There are so many things I'm interested in and I really want to make sure I'm giving myself the uninterrupted time to make some of them happen. I want to set time aside each week to work on homefolk and continue to grow that business. I also love to crochet and take pretty pictures for Instagram and want to make sure I'm taking the time to do those things for fun because it recharges me.

As always I have a few other things on my list but those are the main things I want to focus on this year. I know I won't get it all checked off and I know I won't do it all perfectly but it's helpful for me to write it all down and have a place to look back and check in. The first thing I'm doing this year is The Home Reset from Naptime Kitchen and I'm super excited. After 2022 our house could use a good reset so off I go to complete step 1 in the kitchen!

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