2013: a personal restoration

After much pondering and prayerful consideration, my word for this year is: RESTORE. With all my cherubs now attending school, I will have a little more free time on my hands (I hope!) to work on getting to know myself better, for trying new things and for returning some parts of myself to their normal state or situation. I know. I may be aiming a little too high here but I am hopeful that by working hard I can achieve the results I want :)

One of the reasons I chose the word restore was because I love the meaning:

*bring back or reinstate (a previous right, practice, custom, or situation); 
*return (someone or something) to a former condition, place, or position
*repair or renovate so as to return it to its original condition 

Oh my! After spending 14 years working full time at home caring for my family, I am hanging out for a couple of days to myself a week! I am craving it even. I adore my cherubs so much and my main focus has alway been on putting them first, yet still, I have to admit that I am so looking forward to putting into practice more what I share with you all in my Pockets of Happiness Ebook. I have already started planning some dedicated time out moments for myself to help add a dash of joy and happiness to my life. 

So far I have planned in new recipes to try, craft projects to finish, ebooks to complete, pinterest boards to actually read, exercise program to follow, suburbs I want to explore, holidays to plan and save for, new books to read, cards to send to friends, movie's I want to watch...I am looking forward to being able to make a decision on what I will do with my time and then being able to follow through on it without many interruptions from cherubs. 

Although, I know I am going to feel great sadness as I will not have moments of cherub chatter and laughter during my day. I will miss the crazy games they make me play and all the hugs I receive. 

This year, 2013, really marks a time of change in our family. We will have four children in primary school and and three children in high school. Eeeek! The homework...let's not go there! My cherubs are growing up so fast and I am reminded to cherish them all the more whilst they are children as the years are flying by so fast. 

I am looking forward to being a mother in a new way, with more time to help out at school and more time to serve my children around the home. Even though I am looking forward to this, 2013 really is a time and season for me. It is time for a personal restoration and I am looking forward to what this new year has to offer. 

What are you looking forward to this year?