Being present in 2014

Being present in 2014

Celebrating New Year's EveA few thoughts as we enter the new year…

This year, I want to be present. Every phase, every day, every moment. Husband and I are sooo looking forward to owning our own home and molding and shaping our life into what we dream. And yet, for some reason, after nearly two years of searching, the Lord has not yet brought the right house to us. And so we continue to try to be patient — ever vigilant, yet patient. And I worry that the time we have now is slipping through our fingers as we dream of what will be.

After our loss in 2012, it became so apparent to us that every moment is precious, and we are not promised tomorrow. I want to hold on to those moments, not losing sight of the future, but focusing on the now. I want to truly be present, each and every day.

I don’t know how much time I have, I don’t know how much time I will be given with those I love. But I want to make the most of it.

I want to ride my horse more often, take more walks with Husband, capture more of our everyday life in photographs, dedicate time to writing. I don’t want to put off for “later” the things that I could be embracing now, but for my own failure to live in the present.

So this year, my word is present. No matter what the day brings, I want to live it.

My word for 2013 and 2012.



Would you like to meet the newest members of my little family? I thought so =).

These adorable creatures were my Christmas present from Husband. Their names are Gidget and Fidget, and although they look a whole lot alike, there are some very distinct personality differences here–mainly that Gidget loves people and loves to curl up in my sweatshirt hood, and Fidget loves to escape us to explore.

Sugar Glider

They are Sugar Gliders, which is a type of marsupial from Australia. I still have a lot to learn about these guys, but I’ve been doing my research and they are truly fascinating characters. They love to eat fresh fruit and vegetables, they have opposable thumbs on both their hands and feet, which makes them great at climbing, hanging upside down, and holding things with their feet. When they walk, they waddle. They like to jump from one person to another and they climb up really high and glide down like a flying squirrel.

My Christmas present from Husband

In the wild, they live in tree tops and eat meal-worms and tree sap that they find under the bark. They like to sleep somewhere soft, though, so my girlies have a hanging pouch of fleece that they huddle in. Like many little creatures, they are nocturnal (you can see how adorably big their eyes are!), so I have mine set up in a room with a red light–easier for us to see them without hurting their eyes.

New family members!

New sugar glider

Many more pics to come, I’m sure. They’re too adorable not to photograph!