last year's goals, it's great to see how far the kids have come in just a year. Jeremiah is whining/crying soooo much less and they are all so much more independent. Many of my goals didn't come to fruition because of our unexpected baby and unexpected move and purchase of a home. Five of the six trips I wanted to take didn't happen. The hardest goals to press on with were my spiritual goals and marriage goals, proving that there is a definite spiritual battle going on over those areas of life. I had many good books listed to read but didn't get to most of them with how busy our year was. One of my goals was to step back from planning so many parties/showers last year but due to the fact that I know 54 people who had babies in 2010, I ended up throwing 4 baby showers and attending an additional 5! I threw 17 birthday parties and had over 150 different guests over for meals! So, my goal of stepping back was a flop! But despite the fact that many of my goals were not accomplished, I'm still glad I set them. Goals give us something to reach for and measure our progress by.
I'm trying to keep my goals pretty simple this year.
Grow closer to God through prayer (praying before children awake)
Memorize the book of Colossians along with Ann from Holy Experience
Establish "True Bread" as a tradition in our home, which is what I call the practice of reading Scripture at each meal. We did it some in 2010 but not enough.
Encourage teen girls' in their faith--whether through a monthly prayer meeting, another modesty night, or just visiting more with them at church.
Host a sewing day to make things for women in Zimbabwe.
Continue helping my friend Amanda do a weekly Pray & Play group for moms.
Motto for me spiritually this year: "Only speak words that make souls stronger." (from Ann Voskamp)
Go to bed at 11pm except for one "free" night each week
Lose 20 pounds of baby weight by continuing to "weigh-in" with a few of my friends via e-mail each week.
Use cash for grocery budget as much as possible and stay within budget
Save up to buy a DSLR camera (either a Canon Rebel T1i or Nikon D3100)
Use any bonus cash or tax refund to pay down our mortgage faster
Work through the rest of My Father's World 1st Grade Curriculum with Ali
Teach Jeremiah his letters
Continue cleaning job (2 hours a week at a local law firm)
Read everything I can about photography
Learn to use photoshop
Learn to use my new DSLR
Put together a portfolio
Continue our longstanding tradition of Friday night date-nights but find more creative ideas rather than just the usual movie
As much as I hate not doing something for friends to celebrate them, I'm going to try really hard to NOT plan a gazillion parties/showers this year. Hospitality is my gift but with 4 small children, including a nursing baby, I need to step back. So, I will give cards and small gifts to friends on their birthdays, or attend parties others are hosting but will not feel personally obligated to make a cake and do a "get-together" for friends' birthdays. I expect to throw parties for my kids, hubby, and parents, and possibly a baby shower for one friend and my sis-in-law.
I hope we can do 2 weekend camping trips this year and possibly 1 other family vacation, like a trip to Rapid City, SD with Josiah's family
Start back up with the bulk cooking once a month that was such a blessing last year! I haven't done it for 4 months because of baby and am missing it!
Shop less. I once enjoyed grocery shopping but the more kids I have, the more tiresome it gets. I'd love to be able to shop once a month but need to work up to that. I currently shop once a week. I hope by the end of the year I am shopping 1-2 times per month (not counting quick milk/produce runs to the store).
Plant my first garden now that we have a home of our own!
Have Josiah paint the garage and fix the fencing around our yard this summer.
Train the children to do more household chores as part of their daily routine:
Justus-make his bed, clean up toys faster
Jeremiah-set the table, cook, clean faster, load laundry to laundry room, help bring groceries in
Alathia-help with dishes, cook, clean bathrooms, switch laundry, fold laundry
Breastfeed Katrielle until a year
Katrielle is already sleeping through the night so I don't have to make that a goal--HALLELUJAH!!!!
Justus-potty training this summer
Books I'd Like to Read in 2011
A Sweet and Bitter Providence
A Portrait of Calvin
Family Driven Faith
Heaven at Home
Somewhere More Holy
A Charlotte Mason Companion
Dug Down Deep
The Vine and the Trellis
Things I Expect to See in 2011
Meeting my new nephew--the first child of any of my own siblings--exciting!
Katrielle learning to eat food, crawl, talk, and walk
Lots of friends and family in our home.
Opening our home to missionaries who are traveling through.
This year's motto for our home:
A place where words of grace are spoken.