Happy 2013

Happy 2013

Happy 2013

Obviously I didn’t get our traditional Christmas greetings out on time this year but in order to maintain peace, my sanity, and keep a Christ focus, I decided to not add the extra pressure.  One of my daughters was awaiting the results of a breast biopsy; my husband was scheduled for surgery 12/20 to repair a separated shoulder, and that same week I was suppose to have a bilateral nerve block for chronic lower back pain.  As the week leading up to Christmas progressed however, I began experiencing the most excruciating tooth and jaw pain. I went in for an emergency root canal but was sent home on antibiotics as there was an infection which needed to heal.  It was hard to consider it all joy as I was going through these trials while trying to maintain the Christmas spirit.

Thankfully both biopsies came back nonmalignant,  Jon’s surgery was a breeze and I was eventually able to eat pain free right before Christmas, and I ended the year having my back procedure done.  Our older daughters and in-laws arrived safely for Christmas adding joy to my heart as I am blessed to be with those I love.  My plans which I had carefully crafted on paper had to be surrendered.  My daughter Courtney said, “you might not always be able to choose your circumstance but you can choose your response,”  such wisdom from the mouths of babes.

2012 was a year filled with many opportunities plus great blessings stretching us in new ways while allowing us to experience God’s grace and mercy anew.

My year began with a challenge by Courtney to blog on a more consistent bases on a family blog I began back in 2007 called Missional Living.  Honestly, I feared committing to blogging on a regular bases as I struggle with many insecurities due to my lack of confidence.  Interestingly, once I said yes another door opened for me to blog with MomHeart.org which has really stretched and grown me because of monthly posting deadlines.  I attended a blogging conference in October to glean wisdom from those who blog professionally.  I laugh looking back on the year as writing is not my strength thus I began 2013 by enrolling in a writing class to continue to grow and develop more skills.

Amazingly I attended all three Mom Heart Conferences (CO, CA, and TX) as well as the Leadership Intensive training.  It’s been incredibly fun to be part of the movement encouraging mothers to restore their hearts to God’s heart for motherhood. My passion is rooted in having been myself given a heart’s desire to become a purposeful and engaged mother through the various Mom Heart conferences, books, and audio products by Whole Hearted Ministries.

The one word that would sum up my year is LOVE as I feel like God has taken me on a love journey to understand how to love others more authentically as well as receive love.

Jon started the year off with one of those bucket list checkboxes in mind before he turned 50. Not that turning 50 was the end of the line for him but he figured he was nearing his peak in athleticism so straping on a snowboard should be a walk in the park. While he can’t pinpoint the exact cause for his accident on the slopes, he knows it was not entirely his fault. Let’s just say he got a free ride down to the ER to verify his shoulder was separated.

Yep he turned the BIG 50 on February 14th aboard the “Love Like You Mean It Cruise,” which is sponsored by Family Life Ministries.  We spent several days in Miami prior to the cruise at our friends home.  I am blessed to have a husband who is intentional about our marriage.   Every 2-3 years we will attend a marriage conference or some sort of enrichment.  Our motto is, “It’s best to be proactive instead of reactive.”

We spent another summer in Portland with Jon’s work and seriously considering moving there. We began the process of looking at houses and neighborhoods only to realize that moving was not meant to be for various reasons.  The simple process of surrendering has lead me to a place of peace and contentment in regards to Jon’s travel as I get to stay in Austin and see my circumstances with a new appreciation.  While living is Portland during the summer is cool in many regards it’s also disruptive for our family.

The funnest event that Jon and I attended was “Patrick’s Legendary Birthday Bash” the first week of November in Miami.

Caryn moved to Detroit, Michigan in August.  The response I usually get when I tell people this is WHY?  Actually she had many dreams about moving to Detroit and felt God wanted her there for this season of life.  Thankfully she moved with several friends. During the holidays I was greatly blessed to hear her share many of her God adventure stories.  Her high point of the year was traveling to Thailand in January for the month to visit her friend Joan.  She has continued her photography business which brings her back to Austin keeping her cliental happy but I think we are the ones who are the happiest 🙂  She travels to many other interesting places capturing beauty through her camera.  Visit her at carynnoel.

Courtney has been in La Jolla, CA for sixteen months.  She finished her internship with Origins this summer and now is on staff loving students on the UCSD campus.  Her high point of the year was traveling to Kenya this summer to help with the building of a home for young girls who had been rescued from the sex slave industry.  Mosey over to her blog to see her creative art work and ponderings at courtneywerner. You’ll also find her at Paint & Parcel.

Cayley is now in sixth grade.  She is home educated and takes two online classes through Veritas Press Scholar Academy which she greatly enjoys.  Other interests include playing acoustic guitar and singing.  Listening to her is such a treat as she is becoming more confident in front of others.  Cayley went skiing for the first time in January and thankfully was able to encourage her dad as he drove two hours back to Castle Rock with his separated shoulder.   This summer she attended her 4th Adidas soccer camp which is always a highlight for her.  Her high point for the year includes any sister time so she has been super excited about Christmas and having the two weeks together as a family.

I trust your holidays were wonderful and there is a certain excitement over the possibilities that a new year provides.  Happy 2013!


Day 14 of Thankfulness – Understanding Me as a ESFJ

I am thankful for new insights about myself.  I am unique, a one of a kind individual.  Personality profiling just helped me gain a better understanding of me.  The more I understand myself the more accepting I am of my limitations  plus I am better able to know what things I will be good at.

Knowing ones true personality makes them a more satisfied and content individual in terms of appreciating life, what they do, and relationships with people.

Have you ever taken a personality test?   Recently I decided to take the Myers-Briggs because several friends were talking about their personality type.   Honestly I am surprised at how accurate my profile ESFJ is. I actually took several free online test listed below and they ALL had me listed as an ESFJ.

Personality Page

Similar Minds

Human Metrics

Team Technology

Blog Things

We all have a preference for each of the following.

How we get our energy (Introverted or Extraverted) I am extroverted E

How we process information  (Sensing or Intuition) I am sensing S

How we make decisions (Thinking or Feeling) I am feeling F

How we choose to live our life (Judging or Perceiving) I am judging J

We each have a temperament.

NT (Intuition and Thinking) Rational – Technical, Competent, Ingenious, Skeptical, Innovative, Non-Conformist.  The personality types that share the Rational Temperament are ENTJ, INTJ, ENTP, and INTP.

NF (Intuition and Feeling), Idealist– Romantic, Empathetic, Authentic, Creative, Impassioned.  The personality types that share the Idealist Temperament are ENFJ, INFJ, ENFP, and INFP.

SJ (Sensing and Judging) Guardian – Dependable, Traditional, Loyal.  The personality types that share the Guardian Temperament are ESTJ, ISTJ, ESFJ, and ISFJ.

SP (Sensing and Perceiving) Artisan – Adventurous, Action-Oriented, Spontaneous.  The personality types that share the Artisan Temperament are ESTP, ISTP, ESFP, and ISFP.

My profile results said I was a Caregiver or Guardian.  These types tend to be dependable, traditional, attentive, and loyal, striving for stability and structure, providing reliability to others. Below are common characteristics.

  • Cautious
  • As kids typically followed the rules and strove to be “good” children and students
  • Takes responsibilities very seriously, and is very dependable
  • Sound, consistent
  • Are often conservative in decision-making – whether financially, or even in what to do with their weekend.
  • Decisive
  • Strong sense of duty
  • They see before others do what needs to be done, and do whatever it takes to make sure that it gets done.
  • Feel obligated to perform the proper role and do so effectively (often giving up their free time to do so)
  • Often family-oriented
  • Relies and sticks by their principles
  • Often become good authority figures
  • Respect and believe in the laws and rules of authority, and believe that others should do so as well.
  • Good with logistics and details
  • They need approval from others to feel good about themselves.
  • They are hurt by indifference and don’t understand unkindness.
  • They want to be appreciated for who they are, and what they give.
  • They’re very sensitive to others, and freely give practical care.
  • While they may not willingly admit it, actually enjoys and needs to work – or at least being productive
  • Revels in looking back on the past
  • Strives to be respected (and typically are)
  • Least likely of the temperaments to tolerate a messy living or work space (I hate messes and actually find it hard to be productive if my space is a mess.)

ESFJs at their best are warm, sympathetic, helpful, cooperative, tactful, down-to-earth, practical, thorough, consistent, organized, enthusiastic, and energetic. They enjoy tradition and security, and will seek stable lives that are rich in contact with friends and family.

This informations has help me to know me better. If you have read this post you too now better know me.

Traditions: Our Family’s Super Glue

 Join me at MomHeart to discover the many values of family traditions.

Traditions are invaluable as they are part of the super glue that binds families together. Traditions give children a sense of security as we live in an ever changing, uncertain world.   Traditions create closeness within the family as the repetitive events build memories and stability.

Does your family have special traditions you’d consider to be the  “super glue” that binds the family together? What traditions do your children enjoy most?  To read more go to MomHeart.