New year. New beginnings. New challenges. New accomplishments. New goals. New milestones...
How many 'new's can I come up with? Who knows. What I do know, is that this year is full of new things for me and my family. Our eldest is headed off to kindergarten! Our youngest will be home without his best friend 5 days a week! Their mom is headed back to school (ack!). Their dad will be home a lot more (because mom will be in school at night). All of these will bring great joy and their own share of troubles. But I am confident that we will succeed, because that is what we do.
So what is my challenge for 2011? I can promise you this, it is not baking every day of the year. I am already signed up for a half-marathon on Mother's Day, and there is NO WAY I could complete it if I kept on baking at the same rate as I did in December. Of course with school 2 nights a week, I won't be able to keep up that baking schedule either. But not to worry, I have come up with a good challenge, one that will benefit my family, keep my baking, and not be too tough to complete.
Sabbath Dinner you say? To some of you this might mean Sunday Dinner, for us it is on Sabbath. Every week we wake up early on Saturday morning (Sabbath) jump in the shower, eat some breakfast, and get ready for church. We spend the morning worshiping and come home starving. Most days I just haul out the regular lunch food and start making sandwiches, boring. Occasionally we have friends over and then I make lunch. For my husband this is a struggle. Growing up they always had a big meal after church, sometimes with friends, sometimes just their family. It has taken me a few years to get into the habit.
So my challenge for 2011 is to make a Sabbath Dinner for my family every week of the year. Something new. Something special. Only 52 times. I just completed 31 in a row, I'm sure I can get 52 done.