Thursday, December 31, 2009

What I Learned in 2009

Things I learned in 2009....

(OK, some of them were relearned or I have a new appreciation of them)

  • Time seems to speed up rather than slow down
  • I love digital design
  • how to take better photos with Candace Stringham
  • the joys of second hand shopping
  • to make the most of what I have
  • I love designing rubber stamps and it was a fabulous experience
  • sometimes God closes a door
  • All work and no play leads to creative burn-out
  • Creativity comes back if you change gears for a while
  • I hate being a procrastinator
  • how to create a digital blinkie
  • I rediscovered the joy of sewing on fabric
  • how to paint old furniture
  • to create my own wall art
  • Good things come to those who wait...I now have a craft room!
  • After 20 years of baby mania, I'm more than happy to wait patiently for my grandma years now
  • that the teenage years can be the best of times but also the worst of times...six years down and just sixteen more to go! lol the joys of five kids
  • is a cool place to shop
  • a new puppy can be more work than a new baby
  • that I love to sing but should never hum
  • how to make my hubby's 40th memorable
  • I need a list to stay on track
  • I'm becoming more like my mom
  • to be a little less shy
  • to spend less time on the computer
  • the book of Daniel is fascinating...I loved the Beth Moore Daniel study, learned and grew so much
  • balance is everything
  • all good things come to an end
  • time does heal all wounds...I can now remember my mom with a smile instead of a tear
  • my daughter and I may just end up as close friends as my mom and I were
  • "it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful" ~ the Nester
  • it's good to be creative in a variety of things
  • I love DIY home blogs
  • I can change my home little by little, step by step
  • the most important job God has given me is being a mom
  • that my kids will pick up my least desirable traits
  • having my husband working out of town for seven months is an experience I don't want to repeat
  • I can be more independent than I thought
  • after 20 years of marriage, he's still the one
  • not to take my blessings for granted
  • I have a couple grey hairs
  • my children never cease to amaze me
  • to be kinder
  • to love with abandon
  • that I can trust God with every tiny detail of my life
  • a couple good friends are a precious gift
  • to treasure each moment
  • to find the best in difficult days
  • to find beauty in the mundane
  • to take more time to enjoy the wonder God's of creations
  • I am blessed
I'm looking forward to a wonderful year ahead. I know that God's plan for me is far more thrilling than anything I could ever plan. It's also good to look back and see the path through the past year, learn from my mistakes, be encouraged in the blessings and see the Guiding Hand that helped me through.

Wishing you a year of blessing to come!

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  1. Hi Julia,
    I loved reading everything you learned from 2009. I think if we can all learn to trust God and come away with beneficial lessons from the years we leave behind, that we will all live in a much better world. Happy New Year to you, your family and all your blog friends. TFS! Sheila

  2. Hi Julia! Just LOVE your list of things you have learned in 09! All so true and a reminder to me to stay focused on the really important things that seem to so easily get covered up by the everyday trappings of living our lives. Recently found your blog and put it on my favs. I started my blog in 09 and am slowly progressing in this world, so much I still don't know how to do, ha, but I enjoy it so much!! Have always been a magazine addict for home things, and now with the magazines in such decline, the blogs have taken that space in my heart. Have a wonderful 2010!! and hope you can visit me sometime. Linda

  3. That was WONDERFUL. And deserves to be made into a poster. Truly.

    I don't know that I could come up with half that list but I think you've encouraged me to try!

    Happy New Year!


  4. I agree with growing from the Daniel study, I was moved by it. I lso agree that m kds get my least desirable traits, maybe it is so we stay humble. God bless

  5. Great Post!! I had to laugh at the kids picking the least desired true.

    I am having an apron GIVEAWAY on one of my blogs. I would love for you to check it out.


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