Shoveling Snow

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Happy New Year! I hope you had as much fun ringing in the new year as a toddler does (since after all, don’t they have fun doing EVERYTHING?). It’s been interesting to reflect on the past year while simultaneously contemplate the year ahead.

As I wrote in our personal Christmas card —

while life is not without its struggles, we truly have been blessed this past year. It has been amazing to reflect back and see God’s hand at work in our lives, and all the blessings that have ensued — including a growing family [see post about in-utero #2].

And before we part for the day, let me share this picture of my toddler…having fun…shoveling our deck the other day (today’s snow was much more substantial). I love how little minds work: “mama, I need my dump truck.” Next thing you know, the dump truck is helping move the snow off the edge of the deck and dumping it. I think he had the most fun inside afterwards, rinsing off the “inside” dump truck and toweling the truck dry. It was tough for me, in parent mode, to think outside the box and let that inside toy play out on the deck, but the whole experience for my son made my “sacrifice” worthwhile. I love when our children teach us things, don’t you?

May your 2014 be filled with peace, joy, and love!

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