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I know this post is a bit late but I wanted to share with you what we did, to encourage you to be intentional with the new year in your family, and to share a few photos.

We had a very quiet New Year’s Eve but one of our best family time discussions.  Earlier in the week I sent my children a list of 20 reflective questions and asked them to consider these and that we would talk about this type of thing over dinner one night.  As it turned out New Year’s Eve was the perfect opportunity.

I had said we wouldn’t go through the list and answer each question one by one, but what we did do was invited each child to open a discussion on a particular area.  This gave structure to our evening, everyone was on the same page without it being like a question and answer time.    We rambled, we laughed and got off track, but we also shared some good things and most importantly Peter and I were able to hear the things that are important to our kids, their heart.  I think we should probably do this a little more often and not just at the New Year!

Some of the highlight discussions were:

  • What habit do you want to form in the coming year?
  • Does our house meet our purposes?
  • What would you like to learn this year?
  • List the things we did as a family this year.
  • Is there anything you think we, as a family, could do better?

It isn’t too late to have this type of conversation with your kids.  And your kids don’t have to be teenagers to be able to talk about heart stuff.  A friend of mine was going to have an intentional conversation with her 9, 8, 6 year old boys.  I am sure her conversation looked different than ours, there is no one way to do it, the important thing is that we make room to listen to our children’s hearts and share our own back with them.

To celebrate New Years we had some friends over for breakfast.  We kept the menu simple (eggs, bacon, English muffins) and had it outside on the lawn.  It was a beautiful morning which is a bit hit and miss at this time of the year but we were able to stay out in the shade till mid morning before it became too muggy and sent us indoors to airconditioning!  Jess set up a photo booth and used some fun photo props she received as a Christmas gift, and I pulled out some giant lawn games (chess, pickup sticks, lawn darts and Jenga) for the kids to play.  It was a lovely way to start our new year (much better than trying to stay up till midnight!!  Too old for that!)  We also spent a little time sharing about our year ahead and then some time praying.

Here are some of the fun photos we took.

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