Parenting Goals 2016

IMG_20160104_1440262016 started off a little different than I expected. I got a case of strep throat, Baby Girl had the worst cold she’s ever had, and David is feeling under the weather, too.

Needless to say, I’m very thankful for z-packs, nose suction bulbs, and being back home in my bed after all the holiday travels.

I’m also thankful to have a husband who went 30 minutes out of his way to get me the tea I needed, a mom who keeps checking in on me to make sure I’m feeling okay, and sister who sends lots of encouraging texts throughout the day.

Seeing how much that’s meant to me over the last few days, I think 2016 needs to be the year of deepening relationships and rich community. We need each other!

With that in mind and also thinking through my other goals for the year, I’ve come up with a few mom goals for 2016.

  1. Be present. Don’t miss out on the little joyous moments of life with family because you have to go finish the dishes or do chores. Those things matter, but don’t miss the good stuff!
  2. Show Baby Girl who Jesus is through my life. Sing songs that tell of His goodness. Pray prayers over and with her. Tell her stories of His faithfulness. Read Bible stories together. Create art that shows her more of who God is.
  3. Show Baby Girl how much I love her daddy. She needs to see hugs and kisses and quality time spent by her parents.
  4. Explore. I have a little explorer child. She is so curious about everything! This year, I want to show her fun things, take her to new places, and let her curiosity and wonder of the world get bigger and bigger.

2016 is going to be a great year. Only two months away from having a toddler, I’m looking forward to my little girl who can pretty much only say, “dadda, momma, oh wow!, and yeah” to start picking up more words, running around the apartment, and stealing our hearts with her big personality.

Happy New Year to you!



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