Here’s to our past, present, and future

Happy New year everyone! How did you finish your year off? The last thing I did was clean the living room while watching a Korean drama on netflix. Lol, It was strangely fun. One of my favorite parts of the new year is looking back at the past year. So much happens in a year, especially when you have little ones in your life. They change and grow so quickly, it’s almost impossible to keep up.

Strangely, one of the things I love to do with my hubby is talk about the future. Grad school plans, what kind of house we’ll someday buy, how many kids we’ll have, the kind of family we’ll be. It’s fun and exciting. We have so much future ahead of us and we’re so sure that it will be a wonderful and happy one.

We also love to talk about our past. We reminisce on how we met, watch the video of Little Lion’s birth, look at wedding photos  and laugh because we still look the same. We talk about the things that have changed and the things that have stayed the same.

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in talking about our future and our past that we forget about our present. If there’s anything I want to make sure I do in 2013 it’s to enjoy my life… as it is right now. I want to revel in the special moments I’m bound to have, and find ways to become stronger through the trials.

President Monson said something profound in his 2008 address, Joy in the Journey. He said,

“If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly.”

Of course we cannot expect ourselves to enjoy every moment of our lives. We are meant to experience many emotions during our tenure on earth, but I hope that in 2013, we young mothers can experience great joy in our journeys and remember that our daily tasks represent a sweet period of our lives. I’m not trying to sell carpe diem. It’s unreasonable to expect young parents to never look forward to nap time, or feel relief when dropping the little ones off at Grandma’s for an hour. Rather, I’m saying that we can recognize and fully seize opportunities to spend time with our loved ones and experience the inexpressible joy of meaningful relationships and family.

Here’s to a wonderful 2013. May we remember our past, look to our future, and live in a beautiful and blessed present.

Here’s a printable to start the year off right. As usual, free for noncommercial use.

Thomas S Monson quote