Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!  I can’t believe it’s 2016!  Oh my goodness….where does time go?  I have had a thoroughly relaxing, nurturing few weeks which I needed more than I knew.  There is beauty in the mundane and ordinary once more; life looks brightly coloured and full of hope; I am dreaming lazily about the simple pleasures life has to offer, refreshed, content and incredibly happy.

Over the holiday, I was ill and in bed for over a week.  The illness, which seemed to have very few symptoms except extreme tiredness, forced me to slow down.  I had to be in bed because each time I stood up I thought I would pass out.  So I stayed in bed, watching reruns of Grey’s Anatomy, whilst my incredible family looked after me.  As the days passed, gradually, almost imperceptibly, I began to smile once more.  Giving myself up to the love of my husband and children, I felt warmed by their nurturing and nourished by their attentive care.

Once I felt well enough I took to reading rather than watching, and have spent this last week alternating gentle housework with reading a few lovely books, which have comforted and inspired me in equal measure.  Happy sigh.  I needed this rest and it is wonderful to feel more like myself again.

This new year feels full of potential.  I am excited about its possibilities and where God will be directing us over the next few months.  My goal this year is to simplify and slow down.  I do not want to end 2016 in the same way as 2015.  This year I will not be exhausted because I will be making some changes to prevent it.  And you know what?  They will be small changes.  Nothing big, but when put together they should prevent the burn out.

Over the next few weeks I will be catching up on all my school-blog reading, as well as catching up on some of the posts I have sitting waiting to be finished.  I will be sharing what God has been doing in my life as well as the changes He is guiding our family to make this year.

Before I go, I must say a huge thank you to the three (!!) people who nominated me for the Liebster award.  It was such an honour.  I will be visiting your blogs to thank you personally sometime over the next 24 hours or so.  It was a lovely way to see in the new year, and you made me a very happy girly!

So what about you?  Are you excited about the coming twelve months?  Have you made any plans?  Or is life a bit tricky at the moment?  Do let me know in the comments and I will pray for you.

Hopefully this will be a great year.  Thank you for joining along with me.  It’s always much more fun with company!