A New Year, A New Calendar

Near the end of every year I join the hunt for my new year-ahead calendar, looking for the right one that strikes a chord in my heart.  Last year was vintage Burpee designs.  The year before that gave me beautiful, decadent flower arrangements.  This year, 2012, is all about song birds.

One of my year-end favorite activities is the changing of the calendars.  I transfer all the birthdays, anniversaries, and any other annual dates I need to remember, marking off all the major holidays with art—a cross for Easter, a heart for Valentine’s Day, a star for Christmas, etc.  I also circle every other Friday in red to denote paydays and look over the kids’ school schedule marking off vacation days, storm days, and early release dates.  And last but not least, I add in all the new things I’m already aware of; all those events and appointments that clutter up the bottom margin of December 2011 waiting for just this time so that they might have their own square this calendar year.

What I love the most, however, is going back over my year.  Starting in January and ending in December my calendar is a reminder of all I did over this past year.  I’m reminded of trips I took, the bible studies I participated in, the weddings I performed, the services I coordinated, and the people that I did them all with.

With the turn of every new month I also get to behold all the little orange dots that remind me of all the Schwan’s ice cream we’ve eaten over the course of this year.  I know, I know, no one makes me order Schwan’s stuff, but it’s soooooooooo good and it comes right to my door.  Plus, over the course of the year, I’ve gotten to know our Schwan’s representative fairly well.  She wants to one day open up her own yarn/knitting store, and I pray that it happens for her and that she can hang up her Schwan’s jacket sooner than later.

All the arrows remind me of the unexpected nature of life and human’s ability to go with the flow.  A trip that was delayed three times, appointments cancelled and rescheduled, the shifting of priorities making what was important not so much (thus the crossed out shopping excursion).  Life has a funny way of showing itself on a calendar that doesn’t come across quite the same on other formats.  And this visual reminder brings me back to what is, what isn’t, and what should be important for I cannot write every single birth, death, and anniversary down.  I cannot write down every conference I want to attend or every concert that’s showing in my region.  But I can write down those things that are most meaningful, attainable, and worthy, and hope for the best, knowing that some of which I “pencil” in will be marked off, rescheduled, or forgotten.  But life will continue moving on, like an ever flowing stream, and it will always be a great ride–if I keep my wits about me and the Spirit alive.

And while I know there are programs out there I can put on my computer or apps for phones (of which I don’t need because my phone isn’t smart enough), there’s just something about a beautiful calendar that all the apps in the world can’t touch.  And to write every birthday name with love and purpose . . . a computer program doesn’t seem warm enough to do them justice.

I don’t know what your new year holds; as of today, my calendar is pretty wide open.  But whatever it is that will fill up my calendar, I believe that God has some wonderful things in store for me and mine.  I pray that all of you may be looking forward with excitement and joy in this new year, for no matter how you look at it, it’s here–might as well–and He has some amazing things in store for you and yours too.

Find a calendar, write it all down, fill it all up!  Have a festive last day of 2011!  2012 is waiting for you!

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5 Responses to “A New Year, A New Calendar”
  1. Judy says:

    That is so funny, I love a new desk top calender as well. I love to write is all out and mark it off. I would rather look at it on paper than the computer and never on my phone. I do little balloons for Birthdays. ha ha.
    By the way for some reason I can not access your blog from your home page, I really don't even know how I got to this point of looking at it today, but I am glad I stumbled upon it. Love ya!

  2. Amanda O'Tremba Oster says:

    Judy–Thanks for the tip about the home page errors. I don't know the issue(s) is/are but I'll wait a couple days in the event that it's from Blogger's end. My homepage and my blog have different domain names so you can access my blog w/o traveling through my home page, fyi. I'm glad you stumbled upon me too! Have a great

  3. Amanda O'Tremba Oster says:

    week! (For some reason, Judy, the cursor jumped and published before I was actually done with my sentence and well-wishing.)

  4. Judy says:

    Ok, help me get to your blog… I can not wrap my brain around what I need to do, it used to be so simple. Point and click… what is your blog domain thingy? I got your card! I am so excited to talk to you!

  5. Amanda O'Tremba Oster says:

    Judy ~ I think the kink has now been worked out. Hopefully it stays that way. I don't know what the deal was, I didn't change anything, so . . . You never can be too sure when it comes to technology, right?

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