Well, friends, we’ve almost hit the end of Week 2 of 2018. Can you believe it? Most years I find myself finding that time is going by too fast but this year, I feel like I’m willing the days to fly by. Obviously, it’s completely normal to want this deployment to end and have Zach home with us, but this week I realized that I can’t spend the next 6 months wishing time away. Have you ever found yourself doing this? So, I’ve decided that, along with choosing a word of the year for 2018 (Focus), I will also be setting a family intention.
I think when most people think of a family intention they think of something like this:
In this Family, we do second chances. We do grace. We do fun. We do mistakes. We do ‘I’m sorry‘. We do loud really well. We do hugs. We do family. We do love.
For our family intention for 2018, I want to focus on Connection. I have to admit I struggle with connecting sometimes–I find myself thinking about my to-do lists while talking to the husband or reaching for my phone during my one-on-one time with Baby E. So many things are vying for my attention right now and I want to make sure I’m putting my family front and center in my life.
For my family intentions in 2018, I want to:
- keep Zach connected with Erin & I during this deployment through phone calls and more FaceTime
- connect with the husband more during our phone calls and focus on our conversations instead of everything else calling my name
- spend less time with technology and more time connecting with Baby E (any tips on your favorite activities to do with one-year-olds would be much appreciated!)
- realize that this time I have as just Mom and Daughter is an incredibly special opportunity to foster an even better connection between E and I
- connect with myself and the things I enjoy
- structure my time better so I can focus on connecting with my family and not on my to-do list
2018 promises to be a year of change for our family–from Zach coming home to moving at the end of the year but I’m hopeful that my goal of focusing on connection can help us through the year.
IT’S YOUR TURN:
What’s your word of the year for 2018? Have you ever set a family intention for the year? If you haven’t, I challenge you to choose a family intention and try to incorporate that intent into your everyday family interactions.