2015 Feels Like The Future

Whether I wanted to or not, I learned some things in 2014. I won’t bore you with ALL the lessons, but here are three that stand out: 1) What I thought was a very manageable speaking schedule was probably about two times too much; 2) Life is even more fun than usual when the Bulldogs are #1 in football; and 3) I adore having a dog again. I specifically adore having a Hazel, high maintenance though she may be.

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Oh, wait. There’s another big one: Even though I’ve always considered myself a homebody, I have realized that I really do get out of sorts (emotionally, spiritually, etc.) if I don’t have enough time at home. And not just time to be inside my house when I’m washing clothes and cooking supper and unloading the dishwasher and all that kind of stuff. I crave hang out time at home.

That’s why I’ve been what some people might call worthless for the last four or five days. I’ve mostly stayed in pajamas. I’ve watched an obnoxious amount of football and cooked some of my people’s favorite foods. I’ve sat in the quiet and journaled and prayed; I’ve even cried a little bit because it seems like there’s been more sadness swirling around us than usual. Even still, it’s been so good to be at home and relax and remember that I can be very, very good at napping when given the opportunity.

And honestly, somewhere underneath all this new year introversion is the realization that the new book comes out in a month (a month!), so my nesting / lay low / all pajamas, all the time tendencies are basically ramped ALL THE WAY UP. I feel like could sit right here and watch OnDemand and pile up with Hazel and hang out with my people and basically crack open the door sometime in April but preferably not until the pollen is gone.

Clearly this is a very healthy outlook, not to mention realistic.

Tomorrow, though, we’ll jump back into normal life and normal routines again. I’ll get to see the folks I’ve missed over the break. I’ll start to remember how much more productive I am when I’m on a schedule, and I’ll make 19 to-do lists that will hopefully make some sense out of everything I need to do this next month.

Because even if I haven’t been super efficient and task-oriented the last couple of weeks, I have reveled in being able to spend time at home with my little family. It has been delightful.

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And on top of all that, there’s a brand new episode of Downton Abbey waiting for me on the DVR. It’s like Christmas all over again.

Happy New Year, y’all!

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  1. Kathleen G says:

    Happy New Year Sophie! Love your summary of 2014. Nesting the last few days is reenergizing for the days to come. Love the pictures of your people and looking forward to your new book. Thank you for introducing me to your friend Joni, love her blog in 2014. Kathleen in Az

  2. me, too… About the holing up with my family and craving that time. So needed. And without really needing to day it, but wanting to anyway, I’m praying for you this year. For the book, the sadness and the ministry of being a blessing where ever you go. I think God smiled when he made you, Sophie. He had a gift tucked inside of all of you… And your what-have-you-ness. Love ya!

  3. Say say say it. :)

  4. Well, I learned that Florida football could indeed get worse than last year, but at least we got a new coach out of it and didn’t steal yours away.

    Looking so forward to the book, Sophie, and praying it’s release will be a joyful time for you. You are such a blessing. Thanks for being obedient to God’s call on your life.

  5. Thank you for the reminder that on the other side of my last two gloriously family focused, relatively unscheduled and not so productive weeks that I’ve enjoyed as well, is a whole year of activities, schedules, responsibilities and people that truly do make my life feel full and complete. I was resisting Monday the 5th a bit until I read this post. I’m encouraged now to embrace it. And yay for DA. It’s my DVR ‘d reward for waking up in a few hours and facing 2015. Blessings to you this whole year through.

  6. Happy New Year Sophie. You took the words right out of my mouth! I’m a homebody and proud of it too!

  7. I have already pre-ordered your book. Can’t wait to read it!

  8. Love that picture of Alex and Hazel! So cute! I adore being a homebody, we are homeschoolers so I do get my fill :)

  9. Ann in Maryland says:

    Well, December’s a crazy time of year, so everyone enjoys some “crash time” after Christmas. Love the picture of Hazel on the couch, and the one with Alex too.

  10. Glad you are back. I also hoped you learned that there is nothing more important than this blog: amusing the masses for zero money.

  11. Homebodies unite! Oh Sophie, I hear all your words and they deeply resonate. Even if we do have to trade your Bulldogs for my Tide (although, that didn’t end very well for my boys- despite my not-so-gentle prodding toward the TV. There’s always next year!)

    We’ve just started doggy conversations, again, here at our house too. Honestly, the one thing I miss the most is being able to snuggle up on the couch with a puppy again while the kids are at school.

  12. Jennifer S says:

    I spent a couple of days being worthless too and it was phenomenal. I think that Mother’s Day should be moved to the day after Christmas!
    Sophie, I cannot wait until the new book comes out! So. Very. Excited!!!

  13. I get out-of-sorts if I don’t have enough time at home, too. I thought it was just me! Love your blog…can’t wait for the new book!

  14. Sherri Len says:

    Thanks for the Hazel photo! (Is she watching Fixer Upper?! ) Can’t believe she got that big – seemed that she was going to be a smallish adult dog. Guess I don’t know my dogs very well. I start a new 4-day-week-job today, so I hear ya on the glories of this past Christmas break – I tried to enjoy it as much as possible, with my college aged kids at home (my chicks in the nest, is what I call it!) God bless you, Sophie – can’t wait to read the new book!

  15. Happy New Year, Sophie. That Hazel is a cutie.


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