I realize that midway through February is traditionally a little late for reflection upon the past year, but haven't you heard? February 13 is the new January 1.
Good. Glad we got that settled.
While 2013 was a hard year, we did learn a lot. Here's 10 things, some serious, some not.
1. Never say you'll be finished with a house renovation by a certain date. When it comes to renovating houses, it's best to take the approach of a culture with a laid back sense of time - say India. "We might finish the house in August. Or we might finish the house in December. Who knows?" Add a shrug of the shoulders for the perfect emphasis.
2. Baby fingernails are HARD to cut! There will be tears. There may be blood.
3. Living with your parents is not as bad as you think. Of course, some days you will think it is much worse than you ever imagined, but overall (given you have gracious parents) it will be great. And you won't have to cook dinner for three months. Thanks, Mom!
4. Don't fall for the fluffy puppy. Just don't. Especially when you're 8 weeks pregnant. A new baby feels so far away, and the fluffy puppy is so cute, but turn your back and walk away. It's not what it appears to be.
5. An uninterrupted night of sleep is not as essential as you think it is.
6. God is faithful. Period. His character cannot change. You may have your doubts when your husband has been out of a job for three months, but He will take care of you so lovingly.
7. An iron, aluminum foil, and many, many hours of scraping will remove carpet glue from hardwood floors.
8. Craigslist is a unbelievable time sucker! And 9 times out of 10, the ads that say "Nice Couch" in the description line turn out to be pastel floral prints or jewel toned plaids. Hmm.
9. Really hard seasons of marriage will come. The good news? They also go. It's okay to grit your teeth and press through. Also? That mean thing you want to say? Just zip your lips and go on. This is the man you said yes to, after all, and on the other side of all this mess you will remember again why you are unbelievably glad you said yes.
10. When you pause and breathe and look back, you will be grateful for the tough things. You will see grace falling like so many shafts of light over the rough and pitted road, and you will know then that the Redeemer has never stopped his business of making beautiful things out of ashes.