2019 New Year family thoughts & musings

2019 New Year family thoughts & musings
Family hiking

Yesterday, we embraced our Wisconsin family after our annual Christmas celebration. As we departed through the garage, we noticed a sign that reads, "Success is a journey, not a destination."

Wisconsin cousin fun

Wisconsin cousin fun

That rings true as we humbly look toward 2019 and another family New Year. A 2018 highlight includes some hiking. Our now eight-year-old inspired a post-hike round of family kudos that he led in Tucson, Arizona that thanked "Mommy's teamwork, [his] five-year-old brother's leadership, Daddy's direction, and [we contributed] our then seven-year-old's fortitude."

As our boys anticipated Santa Clause's arrival upon Christmas Day, I read The Night Before Christmas at our parents'  celebration. Our boys sat on Santa's lap and answered they behaved pretty well this last year. 

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

Our family also reflects and listens at mass. We now prepare for the New Year and Feast of Mary on January 1. Though far from perfect, we aspire to a recent New York Times article titled, Why You Should Stop Yelling at Your Kids. It suggests the ABC's of parenting or anticipation, behavior, and consequences --- similar to the realities of a New Year.

Our oldest also prepares for his first reconciliation this January when he will confess his sins to a priest for the first time. This 2019, we also look forward to our eight-year-old making his First Communion.

We notice our oldest deep in prayer before a flight takes off or even before he gets in the tub at night. Just as we pray, we also try to set intention for how to do our best. This Christmas break, we coax our boys to practice independent reading and writing. We leverage their new Nintendo Switch as an incentive if they practice.

We set family and individual goals. How well we prepare and behave will trigger results and consequences. I try to remind myself to be patient with our boys.

And, we revel in song and dance with loved ones.

Dance party at Grandparents' home

Dance party at Grandparents' home

We look forward to our oldest singing in our church choir on the 12th Day of Christmas in 2019. Best wishes for a happy New Year full of good health, joy, peace, and prosperity. XO

LAST POST: Love from our family for a Chicago Merry Christmas
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