Ages & Stages

One Word 2016: Home

January 1

HOME is such a vague word when choosing a word to describe your focus for the year, right? Yet, it says so much to me — that one little word.


My focus in 2016 is a continuation from a desire planted within me in late 2014. I want to be at home with my son for so many reasons.

I want to be the one to feed him breakfast.
I want to be the one to encourage his speech development. He has apraxia.
I want to be the one to decide what he is taught.
I want to be the one to enjoy his smiles and laughter.
I want to be the one to hold him when he’s sick.
I want to be the one to share an afternoon story with him. We both love, love, love books.

It’s so hard to accomplish any of this while I am at an office job more than 8 hours a day and he’s with a sitter. I’m thankful that he is in our home with his grandma during the day, but that won’t always be an option.

So, my one word is HOME because I have every intention of coming home. This is my desire, my pursuit, my goal for 2016. I do have other goals in place for 2016, but this is the big one. My other goals actually play a hand in making this one goal happen.

What's your One Word for 2016? What goals have you set for this month? Leave a comment or link up below.

What’s your One Word for 2016? What goals have you set for this month? Leave a comment or link up below.

Join me in 2016 as I share the journey I’ve already taken (progress made!) and what happens next.

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.
Mother Teresa

Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
Psalms 127:3

Here’s a little inspiration for finding your own one word for 2016:
Lisa Notes: 3 Steps to Choose One Word

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  • Reply
    Kelly Hess
    January 1 at 7:36 pm

    I love your word. I too have a daughter with apraxia and she has come so far this year! Good luck to you.

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      January 2 at 9:18 am

      I’m excited to hear that your daughter has made progress. My son is also making progress with speech therapy, but we don’t get enough in at home with me working.

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    Tammy Doiel
    January 1 at 10:26 pm

    I want to come back home too. I was at home until this year when I went back to teaching school. We all drive together and the kids are where we are, but we are not home. Next year . . . . We too are making plans so that this can happen. All things will work together for good!

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      January 2 at 9:19 am

      I never thought it’d be possible and some days I wonder. Then God reminds that He will make it happen. Yes, all things will work together for good! Thanks for that reminder.

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    January 3 at 10:32 am

    I’ve been away from where I grew up for 10 years now and miss that part of the country. I do love where I live now too. I miss all the people I know there.

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    Mary Hill
    January 3 at 7:09 pm

    I love your focus. I will pray for you this year that you realize your dream of home. 🙂

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    Kate Motaung
    January 3 at 8:11 pm

    Excellent choice! I’m biased to the word “home” because my blog is called Heading Home, and I’m working on a memoir around the same topic. 🙂 I pray that 2016 is indeed a year of wonderful memories and meaning in your earthly home as you contemplate and look forward to a heavenly home one day. Blessings to you.

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    Lil at Embracing the Lovely
    January 4 at 10:45 am

    I love your word for this year because our families are our most important ministry and it’s easy to put everything before them (even tho it shouldn’t be!)

    This is my first visit to your blog and participation in your link up! Thank you for hosting!

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    January 4 at 10:50 am

    I like your word for the year. My word this year is “hope.” I’ll link up too where it explains more. 🙂

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    January 4 at 6:32 pm

    my word for 2016 is consistency – consistency with God – and in every aspect of my life

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    January 5 at 11:26 pm

    This is a great word and goal. I started staying home when we adopted my son. It was the best decision I ever made. It wasn’t wise in the world’s eyes, but God has always provided.

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    K. Lee Banks
    January 7 at 3:14 pm

    Good for you! I was home to raise four kids, even home-schooled them. Now, as an “empty” nester and now grandmother, I still work from home.

    My word for 2016 is “completion.” I have many areas of life crying for completion, from lingering projects started years ago, to major de-cluttering and re-organizing, to completing my Ed.D. degree.

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    Gail Akeman
    January 16 at 5:59 pm

    I can’t really think of a specific word for the year I tend to forget.

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    Mary Hill
    April 28 at 10:50 am

    Great word for 2016. I hope you are fulfilling your dreams for home this year. I never could come up with just one word this year. 🙂

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