Monday, January 6, 2014

Praise the Lord, I'm Excited!

Christmas Reflections

This weekend the Christmas decorations came down. 

Typically I get melancholy and sad about ending the holiday seasons.  I think there's something in me that feels as though the happiness, joy, anticipation, and family time has to end when we get back to normal lives and schedules.  I feel as though there's nothing more to look forward to.

This year that melancholy feeling never came!  This year there was a joy and anticipation in getting back to the every day routine.  My heart swelled with excitement for upcoming events, trips, and normal life.

I'm excited for our trip to NYC and DC in April
I'm excited to begin leading a small group at church
I'm excited to be taking two amazing classes at Nate's seminary

(Yay for discounted prices for student wives!)
I'm excited to build into my friendships
I'm excited to grow closer to Nate daily

I'm thanking the Lord for this excitement and know that He is doing great things in my heart and in my life!

33 comments:

  1. I know what ya mean...even though we don't really decorate a tree(Kids do a mini one) I feel that excitement ends once school reopens and things roll on.
    Great for your trip and all other things you are looking forward to.:)
    http://www.kickingkilos.com/2014/01/mentally-strong-friends-making-monday.html

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  2. Your excitement is contagious. This morning I was so bleak that the holidays were over and that Malcolm was going back to varsity... but you're right, there's so much stuff to look forward to :)

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  3. love your outlook on the new year!! :) i'm ready to get back to normal routine as well! unfortunately, my husband & i have yet to take our decorations down, but we are planning on doing it this week! you'll have so much fun in NYC and DC!!!! you can get a white house tour (it's free) if you schedule through your congressman in advance! i think you have to get approval at least 21 days in advance!

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  4. I took down our christmas decorations on new years day... which is way earlier than we usually do it. But I'm just so excited for spring time this year! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  5. That was my feeling on the decorations and the "holiday season" ending this year too. I wasn't sad, I was ready for the new year to come!

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  6. I know what you mean, I am enjoying getting back to 'normal' whatever that is :)

    Alison
    x

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  7. That's so exciting! You have a lot to look forward to this year. I still need to take down my Christmas decorations...

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  8. I couldn't wait for our decorations to come down either! A bit unusual for me but I started Christmas night. :)

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  9. I totally get that melancholy after the holidays feeling. But how exciting that you have so many things to look forward to! The thing I always look forward to after New Years are the two long weekends in January and February. :-)

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  10. It's going to be a great year girl! I can feel it. :)

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  11. Yay for exciting plans in the new year! That's the best way to beat the holiday blues. :)

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  12. Sounds like quite some exciting trips and challenges ahead of you! I wish you all the fun and success in the world!!

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  13. sounds like a lot of good things to look forward to!

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  14. I think it's so awesome that you felt good about taking everything down this year. Such a good sign for 2014!

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  15. I'm always so relieved when the Christmas decor comes down--something about the busyness it creates in our house seems to mimick the busyness in our lives!

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  16. I was so happy to take all our Christmas stuff down... my home almost feels cleaner now, since it's less cluttered.

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  17. pretty sure my tree was a fire hazard when i took it down this weekend.

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  18. Your excitement is making me excited! I was SO blessed last week when I came home from work and Daniel had undecorated the tree and put everything away - but just like you the melancholy feeling never came. I couldn't be more excited about 2014 and what God has planned for it! Wishing you the best in all your endeavors {especially those trips in April - sounds like so much fun!}

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  19. I've a very good thing to be able to look at your upcoming season in life with a great deal of excitement! I feel like I'm in a bit of a waiting period--I don't quite know whether to get fully excited till things get a little more confirmed.... :P

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  20. I'm so glad that you skipped that melancholy feeling this year. I still kinda have it. :-/ In a weird way, though, I actually think putting away the decorations and my gifts will snap me out of it! I'll have to go through all of my gifts again to find places for them, so it'll be like Christmas Day all over again! :)

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  21. Sounds like you have some great things planned!

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  22. As sad as it is to see the holidays over, a whole new adventure is starting. I hope your new year is off to a great start.

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  23. I'm so glad you have so many things to look forward to. :) I've got the same feeling lately!

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  24. Love your positive outlook! I love being in a routine, so I was so ready to tackle 2014 and get my house back to normal as well!

    XOXO
    Chelsea
    http://www.anchorsaweighblog.com/

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  25. I love this! :) Here is to an amazing year my sweet friend.

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  26. Taking classes?! That sounds so exciting! Which ones are you taking?

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  27. I always have those same feelings too when the holiday seasons comes to an end. This year though, while fun an exciting, was SO busy traveling all over the place I almost felt a bit of relief when it was over. I think I'd like to find a place somewhere between disappointment and relief next year though. Contentment would be nice :)

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  28. So sweet!! I would love to take bible college classes, you lucky girl! Love all the things you're looking forward to!

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  29. Oooo awesome Susannah! Feeling your excitement. What a great motivating feeling to start the year with :)

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  30. What a great post - having things to be excited about in the upcoming year definitely makes it easier when the decorations come down :) Also: NYC *&* DC? You're a lucky lady!

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  31. ditto -- which classes? ahhhh I was in NYC and DC in December and it was amaaaaaaazing... So glad you are going on a trip! do you have your itinerary planned out? do you want any suggestions? :D happy new year dearie

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  33. Seems like you are having some awesome plans! Enjoy!

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