My author friend Natalia Sylvester first wrote the post, “13 Things I Learned in 2013,” and I loved it so much that I wrote a version of my own.
- The most cherished moments in life are the unanticipated ones.
- Dirty dishes, if I do them today, will still pile up in the sink tomorrow, but I won’t always get to sit on the kitchen floor with my daughter and read the pop-up version of The Princess and the Pea.
- Motherhood is both a sacrifice and a reward—often at the same time!
- I can train myself to be a morning person. (Or at least pretend that I like it.)
- A long walk is a cure-all for the soul.
- Life is too short to live without coffee. (I’ve tried.)
- Tucking my daughter in at night is my favorite moment of my day.
- I cannot give in to envy, even if it stems from grief.
- Time begets healing, or at least softens the edges of pain.
- Mutual loss joins disparate people together.
- Date nights don’t have to be fancy. (Some of my favorite ones have consisted of eating Kroger sushi in the car as, in the backseat, our daughter noisily slurped from her Happy Toddler fruit squeeze-y.)
- I cannot let myself become so distracted by the hustle and bustle of life that I lose sight of what—and who—really matters.
- When I need God to show up, I find that He is already patiently waiting for me.
Now, what did you learn in 2013?
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