{Mommy Journal} The Difference 15 Minutes Can Make

imageWell, here we are almost into February, and I’m still working on my list of 2017 goals. The New Year took me kind of by surprise, with a new baby and all. So far it’s been a stretching and fulfilling one and I am so eager to keep growing over the next twelve months.

I thought I would at least share one specific goal I came up with a few weeks ago, in case it resonates with other mamas. I am purposing to, whenever possible, leave the house 15-20 minutes before I actually need to. We live in an apartment, a flight of stairs and two doors from our parking garage, which makes getting two kiddos and their paraphernalia to the car a bit of an ordeal. Leaving really early will allow for my mom brain to go back inside for things I have forgotten, and give me time to address correction with Caleb if needed, without arriving late.

But more importantly, I want to stop rushing Caleb. When I leave with only minutes to spare, we have to hurry. Caleb likes to stop and pick up leaves on his walk down the steps. He spots bugs and wants to discuss them. He gets distracted by the construction across the street. He is two and he will only be two for 10 more months. I want to leave time for him to be a child, and for me to enjoy that. Our trips will be much more pleasant and peaceful if we can take our time walking down to the garage.

I’ve been implementing this simple goal, and already it has led to much happier treks to the car. I can interact patiently with my little man over his observations and discoveries. We make small memories and Caleb learns new things. It is a very simple and realistic decision that is already bearing sweet fruit.

I hope that one day when I look back on our LA apartment life, I will remember getting out the door with my little ones with a fond smile and a full heart.

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What I Hope to Read in 2014

{Pre-written and scheduled post.}

I’m so excited to read more this year! Here’s what I’m hoping to get through in 2014. Many of these are available for $4 or less in Kindle format, or as used books (see links).

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung
Loving God with All Your Mind by Elizabeth George (started in 2012, never finished)
Creative Counterpart by Linda Dillow (partway through this with my mom)
A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent (reading with Andrew)
Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges
Love Into Light: The Gospel, the Homosexual and the Church by Peter Hubbard
God’s Priorities for Today’s Woman by Lisa Hughes (I have a few chapters left)
Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home by Gloria Furman
Marriage Matters: Extraordinary Change through Ordinary Moments by Winston Smith
Unbroken: A World War II Story by Laura Hillenbrand
I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy by Angie Smith
For Women Only: What You Need to Know about the Inner Lives of Men by Shaunti Feldhahn
A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger than You by Paul David Tripp
40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done by David Bereit and Shawn Carney

Here’s wish list of “fun books”. I hope to borrow all of these as audio books from the library. Audio books make chores a blast! =)

Divergent by Veronica Roth (listened to part before I had to return it to the library)
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Crossed (Matched Series) by Allie Condie