Welcome to a new year and a new beginning! I hope you have enjoyed a deep rest like I did over this last week. I felt the tension melting away day by day–and now here I am back to blogging. I’m not one to make resolutions per se but I may have just jumped on that bandwagon. Here’s a peek into what I’ve decided to carry out in 2015. I’m purposing to express more thanks and be more grateful. I’ve also decided to make improving my health a priority. I’ve even decided to take small breaks each week and fade away for a retreat at least once a month. As my readers, I invite you to ask me how that’s going at any point during the year by posting a question on my blog. I truly hope to have more interaction with you on “Splashing In Grace” this year!

Why have I made these decisions? Well, maybe it will be better understood if I painted a picture of words for you by telling you a bit about our dog Olaf.


Every day, his nose presses upon my patio window. He does this in the morning, at noon, and at night without fail. It seems that Olaf has a new friend or two, for I can’t tell the squirrels apart that skitter and twist up our trees. They are plump squirrels and they taunt our black lab by hanging on the bark of the big oak tree in our yard. Twitching tails bait and torment our pooch until he cannot contain his anxiety any longer. As soon as the hinge turns–he’s springs outside with such explosive determination that he nearly knocks over the one holding the door handle. He doesn’t think to thank the doorman, all he can seem to think in his brain is, “Get the squirrel, get the squirrel, get the squirrel!”

I haven’t been much different from our pup Olaf really. Last year, my attention was so focused on moving and settling into our new home, finalizing the adoption, traveling to Europe twice, unpacking, beginning school, and working on my marriage–that I seemed to fall short in some very important areas. My brain kept cheering in a country sort of twang, “Get er’ done! Get er’ done! Get er’ done!”

– I didn’t say thank you enough to those who helped us so much last year.
– My high maintenance health needed more extensive care than I’d been giving it.
– I didn’t take enough time to rest or be alone after taking care of a larger family and home.

So, there it is–my reasons for jumping into new beginnings this year. I guess you could say that I was feeling a little worn on every level–up until the last few weeks. How about you? Have you made any resolutions? I would love to hear what new things you’re starting this year and why! Please leave me a comment below. 🙂

“Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” Ephesians 4:21-24(NLT)