Monday, December 29, 2014

//14 things i learned in 2014//

Thanks to Gina, from Someday Saints, for hosting this fun linkup. I always get so nostalgic at the end of the year and love thinking back and remembering things. The good and the bad, the Fun and the difficult, it's all these things together that shape us and make us who we are.

Here's some of what I learned this year.

1. If I stay up late, Johnny will ALWAYS get up early. Always. End of story.

good thing he's so cute.
2. Poopy diapers are a good thing. We have changed SO MANY POOPY DIAPERS in 2014. I kind of wish I had kept a running tally so that I could give you an exact figure. I can't, but I'm guessing it was something like 2,400. BUT I am so thankful we had all those poopy diapers to change instead of a colostomy bag to deal with. 

3. How to knit cables. I've been wanting to do this for years, but always thought it was too advanced for my knitting know-how.  Turns out, cables are really easy. And I love them.

like what you see? check out my etsy shop!
thanks to my friend, Caila, for being my stellar model!
4. I like setting and achieving goals. I haven't done a lot of goal setting since graduating from college. I'm glad I don't have the stress of deadlines and performances anymore. But I think a little bit of pressure is good. Without it I would stay in my pajamas all day and watch BBC period dramas. Two of my personal highlights from this past year were getting my Etsy shop up and running, and participating in the October blogging challenge. Those may not be the most prestigious goals that were set in 2014, but it felt good to say that I was going to do them, and then see them get done!

5. Sleep deprivation is something I can get used to.  This summer we drove to eastern Ohio to visit Alex family. On the way there we drove through the night because we thought that would be the easiest was to take a 15 hour road trip with a one year old. The thing that surprised me though, was that I did most of the over night driving. And I didn't even feel that crappy the next day. I guess nursing four times a night for over a year is good for something!

6. I am a control freak. This not a good thing. I think having a baby has helped me see myself for what I really am: someone who likes to have things done HER WAY.

7. And closely related: There is more than one right way to (fill in the blank) a baby. Feed a baby, Change a baby. Bathe a baby. Hold a baby. Dress a baby. Play with a baby. I do it one way, my husband may do it a completely different way, and they are both. fine.

8. How to say no. We used to help with music at our church every week and lead bible study and host lots of parties and go see lots of people, and we just can't do all of it any more. It's hard for me to say no because I like to be involved in lots of things, and I don't like disappointing people, but I'm learning I am happier when we have less going on.

9. Why people stay home so babies can sleep. I never understood why people had to cut social engagements short, or decline them all together, because their babies had to sleep. Can't they sleep at our house? Or later? Is it really that big of a deal if they miss a nap? Johnny was a portable sleeper for a long time, but not anymore. And I now I understand. If the baby does't sleep, the baby ain't happy. And if the baby ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.

10. 20 students is enough. I have more students this year than I have ever had! YAY! I'm so thankful that I get to use my musical training regularly, and that I can generate some income while staying home with Johnny. But 20 students is my limit. I don't know how some people keep 40 or 50 students. 20 students means that on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays the only things I get done are Johnny's nap and teaching. 20 is enough.

11. It's ok if everything is not fun. I like to have fun. This last year, however, has not been so fun.  Alex has been in class the entire year, some of his classes were really hard, and except for a few weeks of breaks, he's had homework to do pretty much every night. We want to hang out and have fun as a family, but after dinner Alex would go in one room, and Johnny and I in another. I just had to except that sometimes things might be lonely and not so much fun, but that we are working towards a goal and in the end it will be worth it.

12. I'm addicted to sugar. I love sugar and am always looking forward to the next time I can have a sweet. It's gotten so bad that I'm going sugar free for the month of January.  Pray for me.

13. I love family time. When Alex doesn't have homework and we can just hang out and play with Johnny, and watch him do new things, that's the best.

14. Patience is the hardest. I pray almost everyday that God would make me a patient mother and wife and almost everyday I have to ask forgiveness for my bad temper and lack of patience. Why is it so hard? I'm almost afraid to pray for it, because sometimes it seems like when I do, that's when all hell breaks loose in our house! Once again, pray for me.

How bout you? What have you learned this year? I hope you have some time to reflect on what has happened and how it has shaped you.


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  1. Came via someday saints and loved your post. I can relate to you with #11 :-( that's so hard when husband has to do his homework and you get to hang out with baby/ies alone, which is not always fun :-D

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sophie! Yes, hubbies doing homework is no fun. Is your husband in school?

  2. to say if you pray for patience God will give you something to be patient about❤️

  3. Oh my gosh, yes to #8! I struggle with that, but really learning and understanding about boundaries has helped me in that department! Hope 2015 is a blessed, beautiful year for your sweet family:)

  4. These are great!!! You are lucky to be learning #7 now. It took me years to realize--and be OK--with that lesson.

    1. Haha!! There are still pah-lenty of days where I get mad at my husband for doing things different than I do!

  5. Oh, and I LOVE the headbands you made! So lovely!

  6. Hi Anna! I found my way over from Gina's blog! So glad :) I can relate to so much of your list, but especially 1, 6, 7, and 9! Can't wait to check out more of your blog! Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks foro stopping by, Theresa! Happy New Year!!

  7. Yes to number 9! And so few people understand that until they have a child who has to have those naps! What a great list!


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