Wednesday, January 4

enjoy!

there are lots of things i want to do this year. lots of things i'd love to improve at, succeed at, and learn more about. i made a little list yesterday... and i closed it with the word enjoy.

last year it took me a while to think about what my word for the year would be. after praying, and thinking, and reading, i chose praise, and i am thankful i did. this year it was a no brainer for me. i asked myself what i wanted my word for the year to be and within two seconds i spoke the word enjoy back to myself.

i am life lover. but, sometimes life can get in the way of enjoying and loving life. which i realize makes entirely no sense at all but, at the same time, makes all the sense in the world to me.

the other night i couldn't sleep, it wasn't anything new as i battle with insomnia in these late stages of pregnancy. so i took a bath at 2 am. a bath. in our tiny, freezing, slightly rusted around the faucet bathtub. it's the only room in our house that we haven't been able to invest time and money into… and won't be able to for quite some time. i'm okay with it, really. i just never take a bath. i think i only have three other times while living here the past year and half. you get the point.

but for some reason i thought it was a good idea. 2 am will do that to a lady.

as i sat myself down into the hot water, i closed my eyes. i pretended that i could submerge my body farther down into the water than just covering my giant baby belly, that the water could be up to my chin and i could softly blow away the bubbles that were about to overflow out of my claw foot tub. that i could sink in, lay my head back, and soak it all in. i took a deep breath in and imagined this:




and i smiled.

it wasn't happening. but i was enjoying it as if it was. i was enjoying the bath tub that most often times makes me cringe.

the faucet began it's dripping.


drip.

drip.

drip.


enjoy.

enjoy.

enjoy.


this life? i have only got one and i want to enjoy it. i believe Christ wants us to enjoy our lives here on this earth, the beauty that surrounds us, and the blessings that He bestows upon us.

i want to soak up each moment with my kids. i want to get on the floor and play with them, and chase them, and play "cave" for the 100th time today. i want to laugh, and love, and grow, and change. and while all that is happening i want to enjoy it. i want to enjoy the ride. i want taste my food, not just eat it. taste it and enjoy it. every bite. i want to enjoy every minute that my hard working husband is home with us and not sulk when he's gone. i want to enjoy my girlfriends on a whole new level and invest into our relationships more, make them a priority and enjoy their company. i want to enjoy my baby girl when she arrives and not let the stresses and worries of having a newborn creep in. i want to enjoy prayer, and learning and growing in His word.

and instead of life getting in the way of enjoying life, i'm gonna do just the opposite.

drip.

drip.

drip.

enjoy.


18 comments:

  1. I love this post. You really have a way with words. Thank you for reminding me to take time to enjoy each part of my life and truly take the time to enjoy what God has given me.

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  2. what a great outlook - 2012 is bound to be wonderful - best le

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  3. I love this post. I've been struggling with my word for the year as well, and while I still don't have one, your post has inspired me to figure it out. Today. Passion might/could be my word.... To be more passionate about life in general would really be good for me, more passionate about my kid's interests & their every day happenings, more passionate towards my husband!!! We need it, this pregnancy has been long and drawn out, and it's taken a toll on my personality and the way I approach everything these days. Passion. I think, maybe... Happy New Year, Danielle!!

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  4. what a great, inspiring post & outlook.

    I'm so excited to start this new year, too... ove your blog. thanks for the inspiration!!

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  5. great post. i think "enjoy" sums it all up perfectly. happy 2012!

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  6. what a perfect word for the year, and i love your thoughts that accompany it. here's to contentment in the coming months, no matter what they bring.

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  7. Love this and your heart! You have such wisdom girl - seriously I admire you and your ability to communicate profound truth in a simple way. Thanks for doing what you do!

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  8. i love this.
    i want to enjoy this year, too!

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  9. yes! Enjoy! And that bathroom isn't bad either ;)

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  10. Danielle, I am not a blogger, but I follow about a dozen blogs mostly for crafting/decorating inspiration. But yours is at the top of my list and I always thoroughly enjoy your posts. Funny, I am probably almost double your age, but God has instilled in you some wonderful wisdom, guidance, and inspiration in that younger mind, body, and spirit of yours. Thank you for what you share and how your share it. Kim (mops).

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  11. i love that word. i think i need it too. the other word i came up with for this year is "content". i keep telling myself to just be content, with who i'm with, with where i'm at, with what i'm doing.

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  12. So I just threw a total fit about something really dumb. I then sat down at my computer in tears & read this. Shew. Thanks friend for reminding me to enjoy. I needed to be reminded today.

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  13. i love your list and i love your word.
    enjoy.
    count me in, seeking to enjoy along with you!

    xo

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  14. thank you! i'm having my own bouts with pregnancy-induced-insomnia right now...i needed to be reminded to enjoy even these moments :)

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  15. i featured you in my blogger award today! you can check it out here...
    http://mimickinggodscreation.blogspot.com/2012/01/blogger-award.html

    :) emma

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