Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Dear 2014...

Someone once told me that the clock doesn't start ticking until you have children. This year, more than any other, I have felt the truth of this statement with what can only be described as an ache in the pit of my stomach. I have watched my children grow with a mix of pure amazement and a tinge of sadness as I realise my days are numbered.

I hope that the number of those days is very, very high, but whether I live to old age or not, my children are growing up at lightening speed and will be independent adults before I know it.

It actually feels like yesterday that I was a toddler. I have some patchy memories from that time, that crop up in my consciousness every so often. And now here I am, with a just-turned-two-year-old of my own and a little lady who was tucked up in my tummy just moments ago and is now a thriving baby. She knows too much already and I'm half expecting her little mouth to open and utter the words "mum, get a grip!" any day now.

It's not just the kids. I've realised that milestones I've looked forward to my whole life have now been checked off the bucket list, and are no longer moments to enjoy in the future but part of my past. It has been a particularly busy year this year, and I don't mean to sound morbid, but is it too much to ask for time to stand still for just a moment while I soak all of this in?!

I'm actually really proud of all our little family has achieved in 2013. We've moved country, bought our first house, welcomed another perfect addition to the clan, taken a few trips, witnessed first steps & words in the older little person, and rounded everything off with Christmas and a 2nd birthday party. It's no wonder we're all slightly exhausted.

Contentment, joy, luck and blessed are all words that spring to mind when I think of how I'd describe my year. So, after so many milestones and action in 2013, what do I want for 2014? Well, I want time to slow down. I want to worry less about the housework and more about the moments being created in my house; I want to think less about what others are doing or thinking, and more about how I can be a better person to the people that matter most to me; most of all, I want to enjoy the present because I just don't know what the future brings, nor do I want to.

What are your hopes and dreams for 2014? Do you have any New Years resolutions? I hope you all have a safe and happy celebration tonight, and wish you all the best for 2014. Thanks for sticking with me this year; see you on the flip side Latte Mums. x

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