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Letters to Our Children – January 2016

Some friends and I are writing letters to our children in a monthly blog circle! After you read mine, click here to check out my friend Michelle’s letter next. If you click through each letter (all of which are full of parenting awesomeness and amazing photography), you’ll eventually find yourself right back here!

dear emily and wesley,

I decided to change things up a little.  I’d like to start out the new year by writing to you both. First of all, Happy New Year! It’s 2016!  2015 was a wonderful year and we had some big changes that happened. Emily, you started Kindergarten and Wesley, you started going to school for the first time. We also moved out of our house that was the only home you’ve ever known in your entire lives.  We’re still in the midst of that transition as we look for a new home and the two of you have handled the changes amazingly well! Daddy and I are always blown away by the two of you and we are always so, SO proud of you both!

Christmas was awesome! Even though we weren’t in our own home, we managed to stick as closely to our traditions as possible. We went to a Christmas tree farm, Emily and Nai Nai went to the Nutcracker ballet, and we just generally spent lots of time with our family. On Christmas morning, you both were very happy with your haul. Wesley, you got your nerf gun that “has darts coming out of it” – your one and only request from Santa!  Emily, you received just about everything you asked for including the Paw Patroller and all the Pups. You also received some really cool Inside Out toys which made you very happy!  Nai Nai and Apah are the absolute best!  They allowed us into their home and let us participate in (i.e. take over) their holiday celebrations. 😉 We are so thankful for them! What an amazing example of generosity and kindness they set for all of us!

It’s customary for people to make resolutions for the New Year, but I prefer to make goals instead. Here are two of the goals that Daddy and I have discussed for our family this year:

  • Find a new home – this is the big one! I’m really looking forward to finally feeling settled this year. I feel a little guilty when I think about the past few years and how transitional everything has been. The last 3 years or so have felt very unsettled. We were always in a state of preparing to show our house, or packing things away so that the house didn’t seem so cluttered.  I can’t wait to finally have a new house so we can create our home, our routines, and new memories.
  • To be more present with the two of you – this is another big one and another one that I feel guilty about. Daddy and I haven’t been setting a good example for you when it comes to screen time. This coming year, we want to cut back on the use of our phones and other screens when we’re with you. I think our phones have become addictive and I worry that you might think it’s normal for someone to constantly be looking at their phones because that’s the example we’ve been setting recently. It’s very easy to sit down and immediately pick up our phones and tune the world out, but it’s not right for us to tune you out. And so this year (and every year after), Daddy and I are really going to cut down on our use of technology in front of you.

2016 is going to be amazing! There are big changes on the horizon and who knows what other surprises are in store for us.  I can’t wait to make wonderful memories with both of you. I love you both SO much! My heart truly overflows just thinking about you!  We are beyond blessed!

Love always,
Mommy

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  • Kasey - Although you were not in your home, It looks (and sounds) like you had an amazing holiday season! I agree about your goals too! Both of them actually (we hope to move, maybe not this year but in the near future) and the less screen time. So important! Thank you for sharing and I enjoyed looking at all of the fun in your photo’s! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Such gorgeous photos. Love your goals, too!ReplyCancel

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