Hello sweet friends! I have missed you so. I feel as if I have so much to share. I’ve missed our connection and chats. Here’s a glimpse of what we have been up to.
Cousins and braces.
Chlorine and role models.
Brother and sister time.
Embracing and grieving the growing independence.
Turning 11. Heart string pull.
Last minute getaways when feeling a burst of energy.
Favorite red cleats, Elite socks, and football flags.
Thanksgiving and an 80th birthday celebration for my Meem.
Holiday “recycles” and bow ties.
Resting and healing. And then just when I thought I was turning the corner, I needed to rest and heal more.
I finally think my body is physically allowing me to move forward. The only thing standing in my way now is me, known as Justice Jenny by my dear husband.
I have to accept that my 2012 wasn’t what I desired. It wasn’t fair and nor was I promised that. But in order to make 2013 what I want it to be, I can’t keep looking back over my shoulder at the what could have beens.
I desire for 2013 to be an adventure.
I am an avid J.R.R. Tolkein fan. I loved reading The Hobbit and watching the movie. Here are two of my favorite lines in The Hobbit:
“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.”
“I should think so – in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!”
I love how these words show the potential risk, fear, and loneliness of embarking on a new adventure. To be honest, I think when you have a tough year, it makes it that much more difficult to embrace that fear or risk that adventure can bring. When I am still and close my eyes however, a spark allows me to see the amazing possibilities of 2013. That hope and vision can leave me excited and breathless.
So I told Jeff that my One Little Word for 2013 was going to be adventure. He paused and simply stated, “It’s going to be hard to have an adventure if your feet and mind aren’t pointed forward.” Ouch.
Jeff has the most amazing ability to keep his eyes focused forward. It’s possibly his best character trait. As a result, Jeff holds little bitterness and constantly embraces the present and opens up his own future to limitless possibilities.
The following morning as I was writing some quotes and verses in my journal, I heard Ben and Sam squealing in the family room and decided to join in on the fun. They were marching in the family room and Sam pointed to the newly hung arrow and said, “Forward march!”
And then amidst the marching and pot banging, I heard God speak to me as plainly as ever. “Forward, my sweet Jenny. Forward. You focus on moving forward and I’ll provide the adventures.”
So I’m embracing forward as my “one little word” this year. But my second little word of adventure is not too far behind.
Looking forward to our uncomfortable, risky adventures together as we march forward through life together. Here’s to an epic 2013.
Blessings sweet friends,
The idea of having one little word comes from the crazy talented Ali. You can read about it here.
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