And so 2014 came faster than I could say “goodbye 2013”. I feel like there’s still so much I haven’t really processed about the past year, and I need more time for closure. What a year it has been! I’m glad, though, that time doesn’t wait for us, and that God’s timing does not depend on our pacing or our (in)ability to catch up. Oh my, if time waited for me, I wouldn’t have moved forward so much.
First sunset of 2014.
Our yaya took a week-long holiday to end the year, and so the time I would normally spend reflecting and making year-ender lists was spent doing chores. Not complaining at all, I have loved serving my little family, and attending to Dawn & Rain’s cries and needs. My husband and I learned a lot about teamwork, and while we’re already missing our yaya by now (LOL), we welcome times like this where we can be on our own and enjoy quality time, just the four of us.
The last week of the year felt like a loooong day! A meaningful one at that.
From the rising of the sun to the setting of the same (Psalm 113:13)
I took a picture of the sunset on our way home from Island Cove, where we spent New Year’s Eve with some close family friends (the ones I talked about in this post). It was a good time to catch up and relax, away from the noise and pollution of the city but still close enough to watch the sky lit with fireworks.
By the way, Thank you Salvios, Cabanbans, and Escanos, for letting us crash your little NYE party. We enjoyed every single moment of it. :)
The end of 2013 and the start of 2014 felt just like that moment on the road. Ninang Vi and Kuya Mike took us home. We flew by the Cavitex highway, witnessing the sun as it set on the first day of the year. And then we were stuck in super heavy traffic in Baclaran, which I took as another opportunity to ask questions, listen to stories, and learn. And then EDSA was a breeze (oh you wish EDSA was always like that!), and suddenly we were back in our messy, yaya-less home. Everything was the same as we left it, but we were the ones that changed.
We were sooo tired and yet so full. Being around people I love and respect, I always look forward to learning bits and pieces from their life and taking mental notes of things I can apply to mine. I enjoy meaningful conversations. There’s so much to learn, especially from people who have experienced God’s miraculous work in their lives.
More importantly, starting the year with my little family, even with a messy house, my heart swells with so much love and renewed strength like I can take on whatever 2014 has in store.
The first day brings momentum while the second day brings reality
This brings me back to my January 2, 2012 post. I love the simplicity of “the day after”. There’s quietness and calm in it, when the confetti and wrapping papers have been cleaned up and the noise have died down.
Today is January 2, 2014, and my husband and I woke up to the sound of Rain and Dawn babytalking with each other. They were quietly playing in their corner of the bed, and soon as they saw me open my eyes, they gave me the sweetest smile. They crawled up to me, Rain leaned her head on my chest and Dawn touched my face.
Ahh, this is the life.
And then my husband and I spent the first hours of the day working on our 21-Day Fasting Journal. I’m so proud of the girls for staying in their crib and quietly watching their Veggie Tales while Daddy and Mommy have some quiet time.
I’m excited! 2014 is the year of the Lord, and I’m looking forward to what He has in store for me and for our little family this year and beyond.