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A Brand New Year

Hey my friends!
I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas.
We certainly did.
Just spending time together.
I also hope you had a Joyous New Year’s Day.
I took the week off from blogging, to enjoy time with my family.
You must admit, blogging takes some time.
However, do you know how to determine if you need something in your life?
When it’s gone, you miss it 🙂
And oh, how I’ve missed you all.
So, I will be catching up with posting, leaving comments, and reading 
all that I’ve missed. 
I really enjoy all the friendships I’ve made with so many of you.
With a brand new year, I always get in the clean-out/simplify/organize mood.
Do you?
I want to throw away old stuff and only keep things that I love.
I plan to organize, regroup, and rethink the whole house and all of it’s contents.
But I must say, there are more important things…
like the big picture.
I’ve been soul searching with thoughts of a fresh start of the new year.
What do I need to do to make this year better?
I need joy, laughter, fun!
Don’t you?
Sometimes mom duties can be overwhelming, stripping the joy right from us.
Laundry, cleaning and parenting are not always joyous events.
Therefore, here is my motto for this year:
“Don’t be dejected and sad, 
for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”
Nehemiah 8:10
While getting back in the gym, eating healthy, organizing, and
cleaning out, are on my list of resolutions…
what matters most is having fun with the people I love.
Make memories.
 In 2011, I want the JOY of the LORD to be my strength.
I’m committing to having fun
being the best wife and mom I can be,

Because, after all, if it’s not fun, why do it? 
Let’s have fun together!
Here’s to a brand new year!
What are you committing to this year?
Becky C
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23 Responsesso far.

  1. Karen says:

    Becky, what a wonderful post. Reflecting but renewing. I so enjoy reading and looking when I drop by. Wishing you a successful year in all of your goals.

  2. ~*~Happy New Year Becky!;) Your house looks beautiful~*Im commiting to catching up with old friends that I havent seen for a long time..being the best supportive mom to my boys and encouraging wife to my hubby and losing weight! Hugs,Rachel~*~*

    French Farmhouse 425

  3. What a great post, Becky! Happy new year to you and yours!!
    I took a break from blogging too, I've had little computer access the past week. It was a nice break but I missed it, too!!

  4. Your home (and your heart!) are so beautiful! Here's to joy!! 🙂

  5. Fabulous post, and yes, I need to remember the joy too! Thanks from one Becky to another :).

  6. Amy Kinser says:

    I took a nice break as well. It was needed. We spent the last two weeks playing, watching 24 marathons, eating, sleeping in and just enjoying family time. It has been grand.

    I am committing to making sure to spend quality time with my family this year. Our son is a senior and will be going to a community college for the first two years, but it's still going to be a major change. This change is one I am praying for peace with. I am a mommy who is not ready to give up her children.

    Loved reading what is in your heart. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Welcome back, Becky!

    I'd like to do things this year that I've never done before. Because I know the more I grow, the more I CAN grow.

    Here's to a wild 2011 ride for all! 🙂


  8. sissie says:

    Blogging is time consuming, but it is so rewarding, but sometimes we just have to take a break.
    I love all of your beautiful photos of your home and your vingettes. I feel so inspired just looking at everything. I love the idea of the wreath over the vintage window. I might have to borrow that one! Love it all.


  9. Everything looks just beautiful. You are right about it being time consuming but I love it so. You just have to follow what's good for you and your family and if there are times you need a break from it, don't feel guilty. We'll be here when you return. Have a great New Year, T

  10. Good morning Becky-
    So glad you took time off to be with family, so important.
    I need to go through everything as well and organize toss and sort, today, I will clean 🙁
    Happy New Year to you!

  11. Kim says:

    Love your dining room especially the white cabinet with black beadboard back.
    Joy of the Lord to you!

  12. Robin says:

    Best wishes and good luck with all you plan to accomplish this year.

    Like you, this time of the year I spend thinking of all I hope to do and change in my life, starting with my home. I'll be doing a little editing of my possessions also. It always feels so good and give the house a fresh outlook.

  13. Marie says:

    Hi Becky – You are an inspiration to us all, design and emotion! Looking forward to more of your inspiring posts this year.

  14. Great post! I didn't realize you were a homeschooling mama…me, too…since 1985!
    I always enjoy my visits here…gorgeous!

  15. You are right, joy is a essential to a fulfilled life! And your scripture verse is a very profound truth! Your images are all so soothing and soft.
    This visit was certainly a rest for my soul and a reminder to me!
    Happy New Year!

  16. Very well put!! Beautiful post Becky…thank you!

  17. Elsie says:

    Nice post Becky …welcome back.

  18. Love your beautiful home and thank you for the reminder to "make memories"! I get wrapped up in the things that have to get done, including homeschooling my brood too, that I forget to stop and enjoy our moments together. Needed some encouragement! BTW I am a redhead with 4 redhead daughters too! Thank you and blessings on the new year to you and your family!

  19. Wonderful post,Becky!

    We need to talk, check your e-mail…… 🙂


  20. Tracey says:

    So glad to find you! I love your blog and Love all the burlap! Will be back often!

  21. Becky ~
    Your pictures are so very beautiful !!
    I found you from LaurieAnna's and am
    so glad I did !!


  22. Lissa says:

    wonderful post! Love your goals. I do find that blogging takes up a lot of time and I have trouble keeping up! But I enjoy it and this was a blog full of wonderful words and beautiful photos! Happy New Year!