2017 is almost upon us...how in the world did that happen?!  I don't know about you, but I'm ready to bid "Adieu" to 2016.  And for whatever reason, be it the long nights or the softening of hearts around the Christmas season, I naturally spend much of December in reflection mode.  I'm not usually one for New Year's resolutions or choosing a word for the year, but this time, a word chose me.

We have four kids, with a ten year age span between my youngest and oldest.  Since our oldest two are in double digits now, there are many things that are easier than the intensity of having all small children.  But having a wide age gap also brings its own challenges.  As parents, we have our feet in two worlds of child-raising.  I spend my days potty training a toddler and negotiating time-outs, naps (or not), and snuggles.  And then we spend our afternoons and evenings chauferring pre-teens to activities, supervising homework and instrument practices, navigating the ins and outs of screen time, school projects, grades, friends, etc.  Many times, we feel like we are in a tailspin at the end of the day, week, or month.  It's like our life is whipping past us without even a second to slow down and take it in, without time to really enjoy each other.  

Time.  That's the word that chose me for 2017.  I'm not sure how it will look or what will manifest in the new year, but Mike and I both agree that what we need to give to each other and to our kids is time.  We want to live the slow life a little better--which is halfway laughable when you have four active kids.  But we can reflect enough to know that we all function better--we are more peaceful, loving, and centered--when we aren't rushed.  This means that we will have to perfect the art of saying no in 2017 as well!  It's a process that we have gotten better at recently, but we are going to have to teach our children the beauty of an unscheduled life too! Giving ourselves days at the river, weekends of hiking, playing board games, or spontaneous adventures sounds like the kind of soul care we need after a wearying 2016.  

What about you?  Will you choose a word or a resolution for 2017?  We'd love to hear about it here!  Leave us your one word in the comments!  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family to yours!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family to yours!

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