“The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
– Marcel Proust
We get new eyes on Thursday! 😀 If we want them, I mean. 2015 eyes- wow! A brand new year full discoveries just waiting to be made.
Guess it’s time for a new Word of the Year! I’ve really enjoyed having them around. My word in 2014 was “Us-plus”.
I wrote it down in all sorts of places I was sure to see it, and every time I did, I was reminded to be grateful for, and intentional about, the gift of “us” and our soon-to-be plus. 🙂
For Kevin and I, 2014 was the last full year as a “just us”. What a gift, that time was! That last 365-day chunk as “boyfriend and girlfriend”. Ha! You know what I mean though, right? [smile] Our dynamic will change next year, but I have a feeling we haven’t even begun to experience the deepest dimensions of our love for each other yet. I mean, the very thought of Kevin becoming a father makes my breath catch in my throat, and my eyes well up with tears. Next year, I will see that happen right in front of me. I will see him walk into a room, I will see him drop down low to the floor, and I will see him outstretch his arms in the direction of the little boy who already calls him daddy.
I still haven’t figured out how to keep my heart from exploding the very second that all plays out.
2014 also became the year I could walk out onto my front porch and see BOTH of my best friend’s front porches. We all live on the same street now- weeeee! What a sweet surprise! I also *really* got to know all the other mamas adopting sons and daughters from the Angel House orphanage in 2014. As the year comes to a close, I feel more and more grateful for the gift of these women in my life. I’ve never experienced this kind of Sisterhood, and I certainly didn’t see them coming. Poof! They were all just here. In my life. In 2014. It seems like many of our most cherished friendships are unexpected though, don’t you think? Friendships that we, in our wildest hopes and dreams, couldn’t begin to imagine, but that, by the grace of God, materialize, right when you need them most.
I WAS BLESSED WITH A SON IN 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 (insert 23 kajillion more exclamation points and an eternity of gratefulness, HERE) How on earth did that happen?!? How did a God line up my life like this?!? (I don’t deserve it.) How did a country, A WHOLE DIFFERENT COUNTRY, hear the same Voice I did in 2013?!? I know they did though, because our paperwork was paired with our son’s paperwork every day in 2014. We were “together” all 365 days.
It’s humbling, this adventure. Every single day of it.
So, 2014, you were a pretty cool dude (dudette?)- and you pretty much rocked in lots of once-in-a-lifetime ways. I’m not saying you were always cool. Or that you always rocked. (August and September = Grrrr!) I’m just saying, I’m SO grateful for the TIME, and the Gifts you came bearing.
My word of the year for 2015 is Wonder-full. It’s been popping into my head for months, and it always takes my thoughts straight to the Creator.
1. a remarkable phenomenon; a splendid or conspicuous work.
1. completely filled.
Wonder-full (with a capital “W”)
1. anything unexpected and fascinating that is brimming with Glory.
I want to slow for His wonder-full works everywhere. I want to notice more of them. I want to appreciate and share them. I want to take pictures of them, and talk about them, and write about them. I want God to know how much they mean to me.
Off to write down my word in places I’m sure to see it…with my 2015 eyes. 🙂
Do you have a word of the year? I’d love to hear it if you’d like to share. XO
Word of the Year 2012- Up
Word of the Year 2013- June
Word of the Year 2014- Us+