Welcome to 2016
It’s hard to believe that a new year is already here. Some days I feel like we should still be in June 2015. Especially when I think that we are so incredibly close to Sarabeth being one years old already. And some of our habits are already impacting the legacy we are leaving to Sarabeth.
As we (Eric and I) took 2015 to really dream about and pray about what God wants us to focus our time and skills and abilities on, one of the things we new for sure was that this blog, with the Legacy Lifestyle focus was incredibly important to us. We didn’t have the answers, but we were brave enough to press the button that would launch this website onto the internet and display our words across your computer screen.
Depending on what you write about, blogging can be incredibly personal. And, because we are sharing with you our hearts for creating a legacy that we can be proud of passing on to our daughter, the stories that we share are incredibly personal and near and dear to our hearts. We asked some dear friends to help us share their experiences because, well, they’re currently living a different reality than Eric and I since we are parents. And we feel it is important to remember that anyone and everyone on this earth leaves behind a legacy, whether you pass it on to your own children, or the children of family members or neighbors or youth group kids.
We all leave a footprint, big or small on this earth.
We are sharing our journey of how we are defining our legacy publicly because we heard God asking us to. But I also think it’s important to share because we don’t think enough about how even the smallest things affect our children.
For example, Sarabeth will be 14 months old in about a week. She already knows how to kick a soccer ball, dance to the introduction songs on her favorite television shoes, and she knows how to work my cell phone (or at least she thinks she knows because she can make Siri talk to her). Sarabeth learned at about 6 months what a cell phone was and how to use it to get my attention because it was always in my hand. This doesn’t sit well with me because Eric and I vowed that we were going to give her as much of an unplugged growing up as we could. Only we learned very quickly that she can be mesmerized by the television and videos on our phones. And while this does come in handy on nights when the teething is unbearable and she needs a distraction, or we want to take to grandparents who live over a thousand miles away, the fact that we’ve stopped questioning how often and how much she has access to electronics does not sit well with either of us. But she learned that one small thing – that the button on my phone makes the screen do things – because she repeatedly saw me on my phone over and over again.
And so, in 2016, Eric and I are re-evaluating how we’re spending our time with Sarabeth. The television doesn’t always have to be on. The phones don’t always have to be in our hands or hiding in our back pockets.
I know that I will talk more about presence in our March series, but I think a preview here is prudent. You see, the things we consider major factors in our legacy are the things that allow us to be more present with our family. More in the moment. More connected to the physical than the invisible of the electronic world. (Ironic isn’t it that a blog is our medium to get our message out to you when that’s what we’re trying to learn to hold most loosely?)
A new Legacy
I know that at least for me, I want this year to be a year that shapes and changes my legacy. Which is why I chose a word to define my year. To help me focus on everything that I do moving forward in 2016. I’ve already caught myself several times endlessly scrolling through Facebook when I could have been engaging Sarabeth in play, or reading her a story. And I’ve had to put the phone down and walk away. In fact, even as I write this, I have purposely left my cell phone in the living room and gone to my table, my space away from electronics in order to get some journaling and planning and reading done. (And I’ve survived being without my phone for over an hour! 😉 )