Friday, January 15, 2010


I have been slowly bending my mind around what I want out of my life this year.
Motherhood is an exercise in not getting what you want, so this is a tricky direction for my mind to move in.
Oh, my tired and disjointed mind!


I have to be simple and vague in some respects, because the content and direction of life after mid-May is still very much a mystery to us.

Speaking of which, I'm sure everybody's prayers are quite crowded just now, but if you could spare a moment to pray that we match with a residency come the end of this month..... we'd appreciate it!

So, while not in order of importance, I hope the order of importance is not too hard to figure out.

1. Celebrate something every day.

Celebrating is so easy, and I want it to be a way of life for our family. It can just be using the "good" stuff instead of the "everyday" stuff. I'm not a big fan of saving things for "someday" when you can be enjoying them often.

2. Take better care of my body.

First and foremost is sleeping more. Followed closely by drinking more water. I shall be surprised if I get further than that in a year.

3. Improve the structure of our days.

The boys deserve to have a rigid enough routine that they are comfortable with what comes next. I need to be the one in charge more often.

4. Purge and pack and move.

This is huge and makes me hyperventilate sometimes.

5. Improve my character to better fit with this definition:

Character is revealed, for example, in the power to discern the suffering of other people when we ourselves are suffering; in the ability to detect the hunger of others when we are hungry; and in the power to reach out and extend compassion for the spiritual agony of others when we are in the midst of our own spiritual distress. Thus, character is demonstrated by looking and reaching outward when the natural and instinctive response is to be self-absorbed and turn inward. If such a capacity is indeed the ultimate criterion of moral character, then the Savior of the world is the perfect example of such a consistent and charitable character.

6. Cuddle with and kiss all 3 of my boys more.



--jeff * said...

excellent goals, em. go forth.

if you ever need someone to stand and testify of your awesomeness, i will gladly be there.

lastly, there's a picture that cycles through your displayer at the top from your recent self-portrait session that has a pointed wall ornament right behind you, making it look like you punk spiked hair, and it's a really good look for you.

hairyshoefairy said...

I like your goals. It's hard to set some when you know so much will be changing and out of your control. I'll definitely add your family to my prayers for a match.

The Skinners said...

Great goals! The moving part is a PAIN! But we are definately praying for you to find a match. Let us know! Love you guys!

E n D said...

Those are some fine goals! I hope things work out the way you want with the whole moving and residency thing. It's so hard not knowing what your future holds! But I have to say I think you and Renn are very smart for doing a residency!

The Hodges Family said...

Awesome Goals! Love ya! Hoping for the best with residency!

Cam said...

I notice you're maintaining your free spirit by having signed up Oliver for a sword swallowing class. :)

Cam said...

BTW, I'm impressed with your goal #5.
VERY ambitious! Good for you.

Anonymous said...

Awesome Em! Your boys are lucky to have you!

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