A few weeks ago, I decided I wanted to participate in Ali Edwards' One Little Word for 2013. (She has a great explanation of the concept on her blog here, if you're unfamiliar with it.) As I started to think about what word I should focus on, patient kept popping up in my head as an option.
I'm certainly an impatient person. With Chris, with people around me, and with myself. I get frustrated when our house doesn't look magazine perfect within a few months of moving in, when the internet flakes out for five seconds, when my Amazon two-day shipping takes three days beause I ordered on a Saturday.
Then we had a baby, and I realized that patience was the only word I was going to need for the next year. I have to have patience as my body continues to heal, as Chris and I learn a new routine that has another person's needs at the center of it, as Joey wakes up at night and then screams when I try to feed him, as my craft and sewing projects take a backseat to everything else.
I have no doubt that this year will be so, so full of fun and love and joy. But I'd be crazy to think it won't have challenges too. I'm making it my goal to meet those challenges with patience and a good attitude.
So here's to 2013, and here's to patience.