Reflections and Intentions
|Christmas Eve 2015|
2016 has started and with it our Family Intentions of pursuing learning, wellness and reducing our waste.
Learning: About the world, each other and God.
Pickle is using her imagination fully. She now refers consistently to David as "Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight". She is often Baby Princess Leia and occasionally R2-D2 or Jane Banks (from Mary Poppins). When she is "Jane", I am Mary Poppins and must respond to my new name and refer to her as "Jane". Sweet Potato has hinted she is moving out of the everything-must-be-Star-Wars phase and into a more faerie, princess, enchanted world phase. The Disney versions can stay away. We've got this covered with actual fairy tales and Sparkle Stories thank. you. very. much. [This Mama may have banished the names "Elsa" and "Anna" recently.]
|Princess Leia Butterfly with her blaster gun and|
Jedi Panda with her lightsaber.
Reducing: What comes in and how we curate our lives.
At this moment, the upcoming year looks pretty quiet in comparison to last year. I know it'll fill up with wonderful life giving memories soon enough. Our family goal this year is to watch how much we bring into the house. We have a system for moving things out, but we want to be intentional about what comes inside in the first place. For the third year running, I am vowing to knit from my stash. Thanks to friends and their babies, I'm making headway... sorta. I need a snow week to really motor through some projects. Also, I have a lot of yarn -- even after giving a trash bag full to a friend! This is also the year I will tackle all those photos!
We are also working hard to avoid food waste. At this stage of parenting and within our culture, it seems a given that kids won't eat everything. This is also a challenge for me, the primary cook and food purveyor, to use up all we have in the refrigerator, freezers and pantries. And yes, one of my goals is to consolidate as much of my pantries together. It's working just going to take some time and diligence on my part!
Wellness: Eating, being, and becoming.
We will continue with our primarily gluten and dairy free diet regardless of what the doctor says at Pickle's appointment in February. We feel so much better as a family and I think have found a way to make it work realistically for us. Travel remains tricky, but I'm finally enjoying meal planning again. We're also currently supplementing with Iodine but that [and maybe the meal plans too] deserve their own post.
|Tree climbing in the dark. Loads of fun!|
As C. S. Lewis so aptly penned, "There are far better things ahead than what we leave behind." I'm looking forward to what's ahead!