08 January 2015

Strength of Character

The New Year is here!  I love New Year's.  Like LOVE.  Time to start fresh, make goals, and dream big.  Even if half the stuff I dream doesn't pan out how I planned, it's fun to plan it anyway:).  I'll get to my personal goals in a later post, but for our family, Buns and I talked a lot about what we wanted to focus on this upcoming year.  What we wanted to improve on as a family and individuals.  A lot of our resolutions revolved around just getting down to business and taking ACTION.  I guess that's the set back for most all resolutions haha.  Just buckling down, showing some commitment, and making things happen.  So we decided to make that our family theme for this year.  Yes, we have a family theme.  Yes, we had one last year.  And yes, we forgot about it.  Whoops!  Haha, cheers to trying again!

In efforts to make it more memorable, I decided to make a print to display where we can see it everyday in the front of our living room.  The story we thought of when we thought of "Strength of Character" was the story of the 2,000 stripling warriors in the Book of Mormon.

"And they were all young men, and they were exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity; but behold, this was not all--they were men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted.  Yea, they were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before Him." (Alma 53:20-21)

Buns and I want to be people who ACT, instead of people who REACT.  We want to take our life back.  We feel like we've let circumstances that we can't control dictate our attitudes.  We want to be reliable, honest, strong, kind, and brave.  We want to be purposeful in how we spend our time and who we spend it with.  We want to strengthen the relationships with those we care so much about, including each other.  We want to make the best of anything that is thrown our direction.  We want to work hard as parents and spouses.  We want to be intentional in those roles.  We want to be stable.  We want to think the best of others.  We want to draw closer to God.  

We want to have strength of character.

I've got a gut-feeling about this year.  I think it's gonna be one of our best years yet.

Cheers to 2015 y'all!
, Ashton Tilton

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