Its a New Year- New Goals

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“Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”.

2013 has come to a close.  2014 brings new dreams, new goals, and new responsibilities.  I know that some people think news years resolutions don’t work.  And sometimes they don’t.  But it seams to me that one should at least try.  When I set my goals last year, I did really well with them for five months.  That is five months of progress that I wouldn’t have had if I had dismissed the whole idea.  Later in the year,  I had found my original goal list (the one I had put on here had a lot of extra goals because I became to ambitious) I was so pleased to have seen that I had significantly worked on or accomplished almost all of them.

And that brings me to this:  My 2014 Goals

I’m only doing 12 goals this year. I really want to be able to concentrate on these specific things.

  1.  Read Bible before homeschool begins.
  2.  Spend one on one time with the boys each weekday. It doesn’t have to be a long period of time, but it needs to be intentional.
  3.  Read with the boys at night as a family, one night a week.
  4.  Have a date night with Jonathan once a month.
  5.  Consume less sugar.  (I’m trying to figure out how to make this more measurable and specific) Ideas anyone?  I would actually love to be weaned off of all sugar by the end of next year.  (except for the very special occasions.)
  6.  Watch Less TV.  We  are working on a schedule to have for nights without any TV.
  7.  Keep the Laundry done.
  8.  Take a Natural Wellness course from Vintage Remedies.
  9.  Have a garden
  10.  Cook 5x per week.
  11.  Keep our Emergency Fund going.

And my main focus goal is to wake up early.  Right now I’m aiming for 7:30.  Once I accomplish this I’m going to move it earlier.

A few extra things that I would like to keep in mind are

  • 12 new crafts
  • Set up my online craft business
  • Write once a month
  • Have boys learn Spanish.

Have you set goals this year?  Please share a few in the comments below.  If you have blogged about it then please share your ling so I can check them out!!

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God is not dead, nor doth he sleep

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“Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”.

Each year I pick out a Christmas song for the season.  The year that our life was in the midst of uncertainty, with my husband without work, his brother dreadfully sick, and our family of four living with my in-laws, I choose the song “So, this is Chirstmas.”  It didn’t feel like Christmas that year.  It didn’t even smell like it.  When my children started sharing my love of Christmas music we chose “Feliz Navida”  They still love that song, even thought they can’t pronounce half the words.

Last year, a couple short weeks before Christmas  20 little lives were taken much to quickly.  The world was in shock.  They were just children.  The suspect?  Barely an adult.

And in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

(From I heard the Bells on Christmas day)

It seamed to fit so well.  This song that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow penned so long ago. America was in, is in despair.  What have we done with ourselves?  What have we come to?   I don’t have all the answers.  Answers to what makes a 20 year old boy, lose all hope , burn with hate so strongly that he steals the innocence of not only the lives that he took, but the lives that still have to go on.

I’ve written openly about how I’ve lost three (and now four) babies and the tears and pain that surfaces so quickly   Yet, I can’t bring myself to imagine the pain those parents are going through.  Even the thought seams too painful when it surfaces to my mind.

In only a short matter of time the internet went wild with accusations.   Who could have stopped this?  Where was God?

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

I can’t tell you why God allowed this to happen.  I’m not God.  I don’t think that is the right question anyways. The questions that keeps burning in my mind is why don’t we see that something is desperately wrong with us?  Why don’t we see that we need saved from ourselves; our own sin?

God is not dead, nor doth he sleep.  He is here, He was there. I recognize that its easy for me to spew out these words. After all, I was nowhere near Sandy Hook Elementary School, that dreadful day. Yet I do know that,  sometimes, when we don’t have answers to the questions that well up in our soul, the only option is to tell ourselves what we do know. We know that “God is love.”  We know that “God is faithful“.  With sadness,  we acknowledge that the boy who lost hope and stole it from others, has hope no more.  But just as true is the fact that we have hope right now.  We have hope of a savior-Jesus Christ, who though God, came down as man to offer his life as the sinless sacrifice for our sin.  We have hope that all who believe on him will be saved.  Romans 10:13  “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved.”  Romans 5:1-3  “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance”

We have security in that God is our hope.

Psalm 62:5
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.

Psalm 65:5
By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas;

Romans 5:5
and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

We have hope that one day, the wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth good will to men.

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September Goals

Even though we didn’t have much of a summer I’m still looking forward to fall.  There’s just something about the colors of the leaves, the smell of the fall crisp air and the cool evenings.

I haven’t posted any goals in a while so I’m a little rusty.

Here it goes:

  1. Host a  birthday party for my oldest.  He turns 8!  How the time has flown by
  2. Start running (run 3x a week – 3 weeks)
  3. Have one date night
  4. Start Co-op with boys
  5. Make a teachers gift for each of the boys teacher
  6. Go through clothing (yes-again!  I still feel like I have too many clothes)
  7. Start SCD Diet.
  8. Order new bedding for boys
  9. File half the the paper work that is piled in the office
  10. Research and plan a new homeschool space for the office
  11. Write curriculum for Galloping the Globe curriculum.  I’m so frustrated.  I had this all written out and lost it!  Grrr.
  12. Have one project day at the house.
  13. Go to the Downtown farmers market once
  14. Make two new recipes
  15. Read an organizing book

Good.  It feels good to have goals up and posted again!

Share about your goals for the month.  Does the fall weather inspire you?

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The Summer that wasn’t

Well folks, I guess I should apologize for not being around since June.  At the moment, I’m not sure what happened.  It’s all a blur really.  All I know is that I’m naming this year “The summer that wasn’t”.  I had big plans for the summer.  Things from my bucket list.  Fun, summery things.  But in order to do summer things you must have a summer.

I think it rained everyday but two days in June. I’m not talking a small shower here or there.  No, all day rain complete with all day gray skies.  For a while I thought maybe I moved to Seattle.  The rest of the summer wasn’t much better, more rainy days (albeit shorter showers), and it hardly broke 90 this July or August.  It was rainy and unhot (I know, that’s not a word).  And while I guess, I shouldn’t complain, it did make it feel like there was no summer.

That doesn’t have much to do with why I didn’t write.  Except maybe that it threw me off. And I’ve said it before,  I don’t do well without a routine.  Maybe I should work on that……

However, I’m back now. :)

We started school the first week of August, something I’ve said I was going to do last year but didn’t.  And boy did I regret that come last May.  It feels so good to already have 20 days under our belt!

Even though I hate the fact that we didn’t spend much time soaking up sun, I am glad to be back into a routine.

I’ve done terribly with my healthy eating and as a result have been feeling poorly.  However after researching a new diet, I have hopes of feeling better soon.  Maybe I can update you with how that is going.

I’ve got other tips and ideas I want to share with you.  Sometimes blogging about life it hard because you want to spend your time living the life you blog about.  Yet, I’ll try my best:)

How was your summer?  Did you get lots of sun?  rained out? Or do you live out west and have those terrible fires?  (See, I knew I shouldn’t complain about the rain!)

Is it easy or hard for you to have a routine in the summer?

 

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Weekly Goals 6/10/2013

It seems to me that life thinks I’m up for bat.  Why? Because I keep getting thrown curve balls.

Sorry, I know that was totally corny but I couldn’t resist :)

Our basement flooded today!  Thankful, we have it under control now.  And let’s pray that God will keep it that way because we have lots of rain in the upcoming forecast.

Here are the goals for this week

  1. Shop for the items on our content list for the insurance company
  2. Dry out any thing left from the recent basement flood
  3. Cuddle with Elijah (He’s sick with a cold right now.  Poor baby)
  4. Finish and go to the last CHASE bible study. (this has been a GREAT study)
  5. Finish painting the bedroom walls
  6. Start (and hopefully finish) painting the bathroom and bedroom ceiling
  7. DeClutter the house.  (We don’t have access to the office because its crammed with our bedroom furniture and we are sleeping on the floor of the boys room.  Lastly, my living room is now getting overloaded with things!)  UPDATE:  I should clarify that this is because of our recent house fire.  No, we do not have THAT much stuff.
  8. Implement the summer routine.  I’m lost without one!
  9. Read Gospel for Real Life
  10. Spend 10 mins a day training Sherlock (our collie)
  11. Have a park day (if we aren’t rained out!)
  12. Focus on eating lots of fruits and veggies!

How is everyones summer going so far?

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Summer Bucket List

Last year we had a bucket list for the summer and it was a lot of fun!  We didn’t get to do everything on the list but it was a nice reminder of all the fun that is to be had this time of year.

Here is our bucket list for this year!

 

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June Goals

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So glad that June is here. :)  My family and I were at the beach all last week (well, my husband couldn’t stay the whole time but he able to come for over half the time!).  We had a wonderful time!  Sand, sun, ocean waves….ahhhh, when can I go back?

The house is still in disarray from the fire and its totally driving me crazy.  We have painting, flooring, and other things to do.  I guess, I should be thankful at this time that I have a house.  So that is what I’m going to try and think about, because truly, I’m blessed and this is just a bump in the road (or bathroom).

Here are this months goals.

  1. Finish Bathroom
  2. Finish Bedroom
  3. Floor in Kitchen (this will only be if we have leftover money)
  4. Read Gospel for Real Life
  5. Read Give them Grace
  6. Implement a Summer Routine
  7. Focus on Eating Fruits and Veggies
  8. Read The Hobbit
  9. Choose a Nutritional Course to Study (if financially possible-start)
  10. Make a Front Yard Garden
  11. Work on training Sherlock (our collie)
  12. Have my brother come for a week
  13. Rearrange clothing form dry cleaners
  14. Lose five pounds

I’m hoping for two things this summer:

To not waste it away but at the same time have a lot of fun and rest.  I guess the difference would be for it to be purposeful rest.  We (obviously) have a lot of projects to do because I’m so ready to sleep in my own bedroom again!

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Weekly Goals 5-20-13

After our house fire, things were a little crazy.  Ok, they were a lot crazy.  My husband also landed a huge bid so he was working like a mad man too.  Whew!  But things are settling down.

We moved back into the house last Monday.  Which means we spent two weeks in the hotel.  The kids loved it!  I had my moments of loving it, housekeeping! :) and a pool!  But it made it very hard to have a routine.  I mostly just went with the flow.  We had family in town also and it was nice to sit and spend time with them.

We will have a pretty busy week ahead of us.  The bathroom has a tub and walls, but is far from done.  My bedroom still needs a lot of work also.  For the moment we are all sleeping in my boys room.  You don’t realize how much you use those extra rooms until they are taken away from you!

Here is what I’m hoping to get done this week:

  1. Work hard on school work  (we took a break to recover from the fire)
  2. Pick a paint color for bathroom (not any easy task for this color dysfunctional gal)
  3. Pick out a flooring
  4. Prime walls in bathroom
  5. Prime walls in bedroom
  6. Work on Bible Study
  7. Organize clothing that is coming back from the laundry restoration company
  8. Put content list in mail
  9. Eat dinner with In-laws and out of town family
  10. Go to Co-op book sale

Hope Everyone has a great week!

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Weekly Goal Update- 4-30

You won’t believe my week.  No, really.  We had a fire in our bathroom.  It was scary.  Super scary.  The Lord was really good to us and protected us.  We are all safe and well.  And that is what is most important!  I will probably post more about our experience as well as thinks that I learned.  Right now, my mind is still swirling around.

Here are last weeks goals

  1. Go to NC to watch my brother for my parents -CHECK
  2. Wake up before 7:30 5x’s-CHECK
  3. Try a new recipe -FAIL
  4. Write two blog posts- Only wrote one
  5. Watch a friends baby two days-CHECK
  6. Run 3x’s-Only ran once
  7. Look for beach rental property CHECK, I looked but my mother in law gets credit for finding the place
  8. Go to Showcase night for Noah’s co-op-CHECK
  9. Finish getting summer clothes out for boys-FAIL.  It’s STILL cold here!!!
  10. Make a list of clothing needs for boys-Started but not done

 

This weeks goals

I really have NO IDEA what to expect this week.  We have a restoration company who has already started working and they randomly need us to do things.

  1. Go through all clothing to assess smoke damage
  2. Go to the Teach Them Diligently Conference
  3. Work on content list of what we lost in fire
  4. Spend time with Jonathan’s family that is coming into town this week.
  5. Work on getting back into the house.

I think I’m going to limit it to these few goals this week.  I’m already a little overwhelmed at all the decision making ahead of me.  I’m a very indecisive person so this is going to take work for me!

How you can pray for us:

  1. That the insurance company covers the cost of things needed.  We’ve already met with our claims guy.  He was super nice and helpful.
  2. That we can find ways to “work off” our deductible.
  3. All that decision making!
  4. That we would handle the stress with grace.
  5. That we would remember what is really important and thank God for his provisions.

How was your week?  Have you ever had an unexpected turn of events?  Any helpful tips?

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Super Duper, Easy to Make, Laundry Deteregent

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Well, my Spring Cleaning Challenge isn’t going exactly how I had originally planned.  That’s ok, though!  Slowly I am checking of the things that I wanted to share with each of you.  Like last week, when I share my DIY flop.

This one isn’t a flop though.  Its fabulous!  I had always wondered about making your own laundry detergent.  I mean, come on, if it was easy to make, then it probably didn’t work well.  If it worked great your probably spent all day making it.  I’m not willing to sacrifice either, yet the idea still loomed in my head that I eventually decided to give this a shot.

Boy am I glad I did.  This recipe is easy to make and works great!  Plus, it’s very cost effective!  Whoo hoo!  By George, I think I’m on to something :)

I got the recipe off my pintrest page.  (Recipe originated here).  I halved it because by golly that’s a large amount of detergent and I didn’t have anything on hand to hold it all.  Plus now I have some left overs of these other products to make something else with!

UPDATE:  I almost forgot the backing soda!  1/2 of box (of a 2lb box)

Start with 1/2 a box of borax

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Then mix in 1/2 box of super washing soda

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One small container of Oxi Clean

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1 and 1/2 Felts Napa Bars grated

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Looks like cheese, doesn’t it?  :)

UPDATE:  I almost forgot the baking soda!  1/2 of box (of a 2lb box)

Mix it all up and there you have it!

You only use one TABLESPOON per load.  Pretty awesome, huh?

I found all of the ingredients  in the laundry isle of my local Wal-mart.  I can’t remember exactly but I think I paid about $10 for all of it.   You might not be able to tell but that is a very large chip bowl and I’m guessing this amount will last me about 6 months.

How does it work?  Pretty stinking awesome.  I actually think this is working better then what I was using!

Have you ever made your own cleaning product?  Did it work?

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