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January Goals and December Recap

21 Jan

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

As usual this post didn’t happen on the first.  I got sick and got behind.  Yep, I was doing so well.  Those Christmas decorations came down the first week after Christmas.  I had so many house cleaning goals and blogging goals, and they crashed when my husband and I came down with bronchitis, fever and one of the worst coughing times of our lives.  I’m still not over the cough completely.  Doctor said it would probably hang around at least three and a half weeks or more.

My ONE WORD for this year is INTENTIONAL.  You can hear how I came up with my word, and how you can too here. How about you? Do you have a word for the year or a resolution?

It is funny that I chose that word, and then we had some training in a team I am a part of, and it was called “The Law of Intentionality” by John Maxwell.  What a confirmation from my Lord that I am right where He wants me to be this year.  One of the things that John said that is part of an intentional growth plan is making a commitment, making it public and identifying the areas you want to grow in personally (that’s what these monthly posts are all about), investing in those areas one hour a day (exercise, blogging, family, faith – and I think I can do more than one hour with my Bible studies and all the rest), reflect and write an hour a week on what you are learning (a great goal to write and blog an hour a week for me because honestly it is hard to fit in an hour these days.)  He also said to share our growth with someone who is thrilled (I hope you, my readers, are thrilled with this type of post each month.)

FAITH GOALS

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DECEMBER (All Done)

Complete Wendy’s Wait and See study.

JANUARY

Begin Finding I Am Bible Study by Lysa TerKeurst – When I retired I wanted to do an on-line Bible study.  God led me here to Proverbs 31.  You can do these studies 24/7 and meet women all over the World.  There are even Facebook Groups which fill up fast.  Here is the registration form.

Begin 1 Peter A Living Hope In Christ by Jen Wilkin Bible Study at Church

First 5 App Daily Devotionals  – I highly recommend the Proverbs 31 First 5 App for a daily devotional.  They have a book for each Bible book we study.  I do both, but if you aren’t in to really digging in then I would suggest you download the app for your first five minutes of the day to spend some alone time with Him.  You can check it out here and see a sample to today’s devotional.

FAMILY GOALS

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DECEMBER – ALL DONE as our grandson, Colt says.

What an awesome month for time to spend with family, and we have so, so many plans.  I’m as excited as a six year old.  Can’t wait for all the food, fellowship and games. (All Done except celebration with daughter and family – they have been sick and now we are sick so haven’t gotten together)

Another trip to the deer lease with our son and daughter-in-law, and maybe a final one for awhile.  She’s pregnant with twins and well we don’t want to be four hours away from a good hospital. Done

Christmas Eve with my husband’s family for dinner. Done

Christmas Eve at home with the kids and grandkids.  Done

Christmas morning breakfast and celebration of Jesus’ birthday and also our son-in-laws at home with our kids and grandkids. (We got to have breakfast with our son, DIL, and grandson, but our daughter and her family was sick.

Christmas day lunch with my family.  Done

We were blessed to get to go to Six Flags with our son and his family.  It was not on my goals.  I love how God changes our plans.

 

 

JANUARY

Baby Shower for the TWINS my daughter-in-law is carrying.

Have Christmas with our daughter and her family.

Special Day with our grandson, Colt. I think we are going to a movie like Sing or Monster Trucks.  I’m sure he will choose Monster Trucks.

Still need to have all the family over to pay the games we missed on Christmas Eve with our daughter and family being sick.

HEALTH GOALS

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DECEMBER (DONE)

Working out, drinking water, and eating healthy to decrease this waistline.  This is still a hard goal for me although I did make a whole lot of trips upstairs and in the attic (too many to count), and I did walk down to the end of the block several times, and then there were shopping trips and lots of walking at the lease.

JANUARY

Walking on treadmill at least 1 hour a week.  Starting small and trying to work up.  Being REAL here.  Keeping a running tally on the refrigerator and I’m behind already.  Yes I’m catching up.  Learning to be intentional – my One Word for the year.

Reading Trim Healthy Mama Book and trying some of her recipes

Adding lots of protein and shakes.

FRIEND GOALS

DECEMBER  (Partially Done)

It’s hard to meet up with a friend at this time of the year, but  I was honored to meet up with an aunt (Susan) who lost her husband a few months ago for lunch.  Done

Call at least one friend on the phone.   (Done.  I have a sweet friend going through a divorce and one day when God laid her on my heart (a heart drop as Karen Ehman calls it) I picked up the phone and called.  We talked, we laughed, we cried and we prayed for a hour and a half.)

The neighborhood tea still has not happened.  If only I could finish decorating, shopping, and cleaning maybe I could have them over next week before Christmas, but it’s looking doubtful this morning. (Not Done.)

JANUARY

This month I am meeting up with several church friends for a dinner at church to kick off our ladies ministry for the year.  I can’t wait!

Hope to meet up with one of my new Bible study friends for lunch.

HOME GOALS 

DECEMBER – My December goals crashed after Christmas.  I got all the decorations down and then got sick so the last week of December I got little done with all the fever and now coughing.

Finish cleaning and organizing master bedroom closet.  ( I hope this can happen but with all the extra cleaning and organizing it just might not happen.  (Not Done)

Catch up on filing in office.(Not Done)

Finish decorating, shopping, and cleaning. (All Done)

Plan dishes for all the Christmas meals. (All Done)

JANUARY

Finish cleaning and organizing master bedroom closet.  I wonder if this will really happen.  Like it’s already January 20th and well I’ve been subbing at school, busy with Bible study, and keeping my awesome grandsons.

Catch up on filing in office.  Same as above, but I’m sure going to try if I can get one day at home.

BLOGGING GOALS 

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I pray you are exhorted (encouraged, prompted) by my blog each and every time I write.  I am exhorted as you read and comment.

DECEMBER (DONE)

Lesson 2 – Blogging Course. This is the 9th month I’ve had this as a goal and it sure is not going to happen this month, but I must keep it here or it will never get done.  I am adding a planned date of March because with Christmas and planning for the 3 new grand babies in March and showers and school, it will be at least March, but part of that is the next goal so I am working on it each month, and it is progressing well, but there are over 500 blogs to go back and clean up, tag, and pretty up.  (Worked a lot on this, but it will take months.)

Review and clean-up 15 more blog posts plus 35 I already completed, so it will be 50. (DONE)

Delete at least 500 more emails. (DONE)

Linky Page – Work on a few more days of this project with a new completion date of February.

JANUARY

Lesson 2 – Blogging Course.  Continue working on Lesson 2 cleaning up 500 blog posts.  It’s going well but the new babies are due soon and seeing all the work designing new pictures on many of the blogs and re-writing some I am going to make this date May.

Review and clean-up 15 more blog posts plus 50 I already completed so it will be 65.

Linky Page – Continue cleaning up linky page with a new March completion.  Just being REAL here.

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My One Word – 2017 – Intentional

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HELLO 2017.  Thank You Lord that 2016 was such a great year, and we are expecting an even better one this year with new grand babies on the way and my husband retiring.

What is one word?  It’s one word for the year instead of a resolution.  I used to start the new year with a resolution and well, you know, by February I had failed.  Several years ago I started choosing one word, and it’s worked well for me.  In 2016 my word was “Savor“, in 2015 it was “Focus“, 2014 was “Simplify” and my first one word in 2013 was “Less“.

My one word did not come easy this year.  I’ve prayed about this word.  As I reflected back over 2016 and saw all I have accomplished, and all I didn’t accomplish, my mind kept jumping from the word joy, organization and intentional.  I’ve finally decided on intentional and believe that will encompass organization, and how can I not be joyous as things get more organized in my life and my home.

Some of the synonyms for intentional include deliberate, calculated, planned, and purposeful.

I can get bogged down looking around at all that needs to be done.  Ugh!  It’s so hard to get rid of “stuff”, memories, things my parents gave us – so many treasures with so many happy moments.

I want to be intentional each day.  Honestly some days I am NOT.  Satan desires to distract us from our plans and goals.  Intentional living is an act of worship to Him each day and not getting sidetracked.  It is going to take some big discipline on my part.

Oh Come Let Us ADORE Him as we live intentionally.

My verse for 2017 is:

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I want to take charge of my life  to be intentional in:

  • FAMILY – Not being so tired that I can’t enjoy my family and so that I can make memories.  Being present and not absent in social media or any worries that might be bothering me.   Not looking at a phone if it pings when I am out with family.   “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”  Ephesians 6:4 (KJV)
  • FRIENDS – I want to be more involved with friends, and I find it so hard to meet them for lunch like I did when I first retired.  I’ve committed to be more involved with them through a simple phone call, private messages on Facebook, and emails or maybe even a snail mail.  “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”  Proverbs 17:17 (KJV)
  • BIBLE STUDY “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:10 (KJV).  I do well with my Bible study, but I could do so much more than I do.  I would really like to go through the Read Thru The Word Study this year with Wendy Pope, but not sure I can do it with our new study coming up with Proverbs 31 by Lysa TerKeurst called Finding I Am and our Bible study coming up at church called  1 Peter – A Living Hope in Christ by Jen Wilken.  It will require a lot more intentional planning on my part to stick with three studies every single day.  I don’t want it to be interrupted by the craziness that sometimes comes through life. In Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (KJV) it says, And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”  I want His words to be in my heart.  I want them to be in my children’s and my grandchildren’s hearts, but it has to start with me first.
  • PRAYER – I need to spend so much more time in prayer.  I need to pause every single day before I got into my Team page in our studies and pray for the girls and their groups.  I need to spend more time in prayer for our family, friends and our nation and leaders.   “Pray without ceasing.”  1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)  I’ve been persistent in praying over a few things in our life with our children.   Luke 18:1-8 reminds us that the  persistent widow did not give up going to the judge until she received an answer.  If you’ve been praying for a long time stay persistent, be intentional, keep knocking on that door.
  • HOME ORGANIZATION – I plan to be more intentional in donating and throwing away things I don’t use.  I’ve done a little thru the holidays and hope to keep it up.  “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men”  Colossians 3:23 (KJV) 
  • CLEANING– We have three new grand babies on the way  (yes 3) and due the first quarter of 2017.  I am trying to clean and organize and get ready for them because I don’t think I’ll get a whole lot of cleaning done the second quarter of 2017.  “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”  Proverbs 10:4 (KJV)  “The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.”    Proverbs 13:4 (KJV)
  • HEALTH –  Who doesn’t want to live longer?   Drinking lots of water, eating healthy and exercising. Developing healthy habits. Meal planning.  Eating more fruits and veggies.  “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”    1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV)
  • BLOGGING – I certainly want to be more intentional about blogging.  I got so carried away with statistics and participating in 31 day writes and not focusing on what my original intention was and that was to show others Jesus and leave a legacy.  I’ve slowed downed.  My posts are few and far between, and I have stopped stressing about being involved in blog parties every single day.  It took so much time and it was all about numbers.  I did not even write a Christmas post.  I want to make my posts matter and make them count so others will want to read them.  “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:”  Proverbs 3:3 (KJV)
  • SOCIAL MEDIA – Effectively living my days.  I think we can all get wrapped up in social media.  I get on to check with the ladies in my Bible study and then I’m jumping from here to there and before I know it I’ve been there for hours.  I’ve gotten better the last few months, but I’ve got so much improvement to make. Glorifying God when I am on social media.  I have commitments not to tear down but to build up.  Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”  Psalm 19:14 (KJV)
  • TEACHING – After I retired I wanted to be a light in my community in the school system.  I want to watch for intentional teaching moments.  I substitute teach and I do get lots of moments to make a difference.  I’m praying this year that God will direct me and lead me to see those moments and to know how to make them matter.  “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
    Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”  Psalm 32:8 (KJV)

I want to be more intentional.  I want to do what is important for me even when I don’t feel like it or want to.  I want to be productive – not just being busy.

What I do matters.  What I do is important.  It’s what I do in those 86,400 seconds, 1440 minutes, 24 hours in the day, 365 days a year that matters in the Kingdom.

“If you want to be significant and live a life that matters , you must add value to others….People of intentional significance make it their everyday goal to add value to people using their best gifts, skills, and resources.”  John Maxwell

I found a beautiful workbook for coming up with your one word here.

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DECEMBER GOALS and NOVEMBER UPDATE

15 Dec

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JOY

Joy has to be my favorite word .  I buy ornaments each year with the word joy.

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.  Luke 2:19 (KJV)

Just as Mary was pondering these things – the birth of her baby boy, I am blessed to be pondering this season and picking up little things for two twin grandsons and a granddaughter all due in March.

As I reflect on Christmas I ponder all the beautiful things about it. I think back on past Christmas’ when I was so stressed and worn out.  Honestly, I may be a tad bit worn out this Christmas, but oh how I am loving everything about the season this year.

You know the older you get the more you realize this could be your last or at least I do.  Perhaps much of that stems from my word that God spoke to me this year – SAVOR and oh how I’ve tried to do that – savor each moment.  I’ve savored decorating, shopping, Christmas programs at church, finishing up my Bible study and anxiously anticipating the next one in the New Year.  I am savoring time with family, cooking for family and most of all my precious Savior’s birthday.

Christmas is more than trees, more than decorations, more than presents – it’s the gift of His presence in all we do not only during this season but every day.  I’m so glad I get that.  How about you?

 FAITH GOALS

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;  Psalm 95:6 (KJV)

NOVEMBER  (All Done)

Begin new Bible Study called Wait and See by Wendy Pope.

DECEMBER

Complete Wendy’s Wait and See study.

FAMILY GOALS

NOVEMBER (YES)

Trip to deer lease with our son and daughter-in-love.  We had a whole lot of fun and cooked our Thanksgiving meal there on Saturday and had some friends over too.  Great trip.

DECEMBER

What an awesome month for time to spend with family, and we have so, so many plans.  I’m as excited as a six year old.  Can’t wait for all the food, fellowship and games.

Another trip to the deer lease with our son and daughter-in-law, and maybe a final one for awhile.  She’s pregnant with twins and well we don’t want to be four hours away from a good hospital.

Christmas Eve with my husband’s family for dinner.

Christmas Eve at home with the kids and grandkids.

Christmas morning breakfast and celebration of Jesus’ birthday and also our son-in-laws at home with our kids and grandkids.

Christmas day lunch with my family.

It’s gonna be busy around here, so this girl better get busier.  Menus to make.  House to finish cleaning and decorating and I will be so glad when school is out so that phone quits ringing for substitutes.  Yep I’m headed there today after the yearly mammogram.

HEALTH GOALS

NOVEMBER (Well not so well)

Working out, drinking water, and eating healthy to decrease this waistline.  This is still a hard goal for me although I did make a whole lot of trips upstairs and in the attic (too many to count), and I did walk down to the end of the block several times, and then there were shopping trips and lots of walking at the lease.

FRIEND GOALS

NOVEMBER  (I totally forgot to add friend goals on my November goals, but we did have some precious friends over on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for a Thanksgiving meal.)

DECEMBER

It’s hard to meet up with a friend at this time of the year, but this past week I was honored to meet up with an aunt who lost her husband a few months ago for lunch so I call this one done already.

Call at least one friend on the phone.   (Done.  I have a sweet friend going through a divorce and one day when God laid her on my heart (a heart drop as Karen Ehman calls it), I picked up the phone and called.  We talked, we laughed, we cried and we prayed for a hour and a half.)

The neighborhood tea still has not happened.  If only I could finish decorating, shopping, and cleaning maybe I could have them over next week before Christmas, but it’s looking doubtful this morning.

HOME GOALS 

NOVEMBER

Finish cleaning and organizing master bedroom closet. (Probably not happening this week.  I’m starting the Life-Changing Habit of Tidying Up and seeing where that takes me in they say the next six months, but starting with the clothes in the closet.)  (Not done)

Catch up on filing in office. (Not done)

Buy new mattress for master bedroom and move our old one upstairs to a new king bed frame my mother-in-law gave us.  (We got the new mattress and moved the other one upstairs, but the shopping for the things to go on that oversized bed was a wee bit of stress with all that is going on for Christmas.  It was hard but it’s done.)

Take down Fall decorations. (Done)

Begin Christmas Decorations.  (Done)

DECEMBER

Finish cleaning and organizing master bedroom closet.  ( I hope this can happen but with all the extra cleaning and organizing and the bed and everything else it might not happen.)

Catch up on filing in office.

Finish decorating, shopping, and cleaning.

Plan dishes for all the Christmas meals.

BLOGGING GOALS 

NOVEMBER:

Lesson 2 – Blogging Course. This is the 8th month I’ve had this as a goal. Not sure I can get it done even this month because the school is calling a lot for substitutes, it’s time to Christmas decorate now and who has time to write.  I just would love to be ready and be able to sit down and read a good Karen Kingsbury love love.

This is a big blog lesson, but I am working on the first part and that was going thru all of my old blogs. I cringe thinking it is already the 15th of the month and I’m just getting this blog post up that should have been up on the first, but sure has been a fun month, and I cleaned up a few more blogs with tags, categories, better photos, and rewrote some with better thoughts from now. (Partially Done)

Review and clean-up 15 more blog posts plus 20 I already completed, so it will be 35. (Done)

Delete at least 500 more emails.  (Done)

Linky Page – Work on a few more days of this project with a completion date of  January.  (Accomplished a bit of this, but haven’t had time to blog nor participate in any of the parties)

DECEMBER

Lesson 2 – Blogging Course. This is the 9th month I’ve had this as a goal and it sure is not going to happen this month, but I must keep it here or it will never get done.  I am adding a planned date of March because with Christmas and planning for the 3 new grand babies in March and showers and school it will be at least March, but part of that is the next goal so I am working on it each month, and it is progressing well, but there are over 500 blogs to go back and clean up, tag, and pretty up.

Review and clean-up 15 more blog posts plus 35 I already completed, so it will be 50.

Delete at least 500 more emails.

Linky Page – Work on a few more days of this project with a new completion date of February.

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Favorite Christmas Traditions

9 Dec

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It’s December 8, and it is COLD outside.  Well, for Texas it is.  The high twenties this morning has been our low in the past two years, but hang on it will be in the seventies by Sunday, and that’s what I love about Texas.  We don’t have to freeze too long.

It’s cold.  I’m snuggled up with my cup of coffee and just wanted to  sit here and ponder and savor all the things I can remember that we do or have done in my family over the years, so I’ll start with traditions from my childhood.

Do you have Christmas traditions?  I have so many.  One of my favorites is Christmas cards.  Yes it seems there are fewer and fewer each year with Facebook and iPhones, and let’s face it – it takes time to sit down and address Christmas cards and for many of them to add a sweet note inside, and they are expensive even when we buy them on sale, and then there is the postage.

Why are Christmas cards so special to us?

For many years now as the cards come in they are placed on our kitchen mini-blinds.  They stay up usually for several months into late February or early March.

After Christmas we will pull a card each time we sit down to eat.  If we have company we ask them to pull a card.  We pray over that family.  Last year I added another step to that tradition.  I bought a board and now I pin the cards to that board and it stays on our fire place heart so we can continue to pray for all at once that are on that when we go into that room.  It’s in a back den so we don’t visit it every day.  Here is a picture of that board with our cards from 2015:

 

Other traditions:

Christmas Ornaments – I’ve always given the kids a Christmas ornament  from Hallmark, and now the grandkids and our daughter and son in love.  I may have to change it up a bit because well we are anxiously awaiting the birth of twin boys so that will make three in my son’s family.  Not sure I want to buy three ornaments just alike to go on their tree. I usually stuff their ornaments in their stocking.

Stockings 

I guess today children would look at a stocking filled with nuts and fruits as something not to get, but that is what my middle sister and I got in our stockings.    Today I find myself filling up the little kids stockings with caps, toys, toothbrushes, gum, and any other little thing I can think of. The big kids usually get shaving supplies and gift cards and maybe some kind of fancy candy.

Santa Claus

There is always stuff from Santa at this house even for the adult kids.  Even the married kids get Santa under the tree to this day.  Yes there are wrapped gifts, but Santa brings some nice stuff.

Jesus Birthday Cake

When the kids were smaller we used to have a birthday cake for Jesus, but I only did that a few times.  Usually though there is a birthday cake for our son-in-love because December 25 is also his birthday.

The Lord’s Prayer

Always, always at our Thanksgiving and Christmas tables my side of the family joined hands and recited The Lord’s Prayer.  We still do when we get together.  I can even remember reciting it at seven years old at my Dad’s family tables.

 

A New Dessert Recipe

I usually take a new dessert to my side of the family.  They laugh because I’ll bring that and maybe a new veggie recipe and then I make them make it after that if they want it and they usually do.

Christmas Eve with Husband’s Family

Even since we married 47 years ago we celebrate on Christmas Eve with my husband’s family.  We used to do it at his Mom’s house, but several years ago we started rotating with his two sisters so it’s at our house every three years.

 

Christmas Eve Evening Games – We love this and the adult kids do to, and now the grandsons.  Last year the two year old had a ball and I’m sure the other two year old this year will too.  We have done all sorts of things from scavenger hunts to remote cars.  We have a special surprise this year and I can’t share because it’s always a surprise and always the kids pair up as couples or girls against boys, and we give prizes.

Christmas Morning Breakfast – I usually have a Christmas morning breakfast.  It is a celebration of Jesus’ birthday but also our son-in-laws.  I vary each year, but generally we always have a Breakfast Sausage Casserole my friend Carrie gave me and I’ll add another casserole, cinnamon rolls, fruits or whatever else seems special for the year.

Christmas Lunch With My Family – Most years we do lunch with my family, but seems we always end up one place rather than rotate.

So what are some of you favorite Christmas traditions?  I’d love to hear you share.

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November Goals and October Recap

27 Nov

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Are your priorities in order?  Family First.  

Do you have a to-love list as Ann Voskamp calls it?

Aren’t you glad you live in a world where there are seasons.  It’s in the fifties today here in Texas after a very warm month, and record-setting high temperature days in Texas.  I love it.  

This post for November is later than usual and it’s almost time for the December update, but most of it was done and I’m not changing it for those things that didn’t get done.  It’s okay and is a good marker of where I am today compared to where I should or could have been.

These goals as I’ve said before are his, not mine.  I’m not a failure when I miss one.

 FAITH GOALS

Every day should be a time of rejuvenation with Him.

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.  Psalm 5:3

 OCTOBER – Partial Success

Complete all my studies – Deuteronomy devotions, and the Uninvited and Open Your Bible studies. (My devotional app is not working on my phone so I’m behind on my devotions.  I did complete my Bible studies, and now I need a new phone.)

NOVEMBER 

Begin new Bible Study called Wait and See by Wendy Pope.

FAMILY GOALS

My priorities continue to be family first after my Lord.  I want to be that wife, mom, mother-in-law,  Nana and daughter-in-law.  I want to be a super wife, a super Mom, a super Nana, a super mother-in-law and a super daughter-in-law for JESUS!

OCTOBER:  All-OUT Success

We were blessed with great fishing weather and that trip with our son, daughter-in-love and her family to the coast to fish.  We caught some really big fish – like 25 pound red fish.  We also caught sting rays and my son caught a really ugly snake-looking fish.  I forget what you call it.

My daughter and I got a shopping trip in and a good hamburger for lunch to celebrate her birthday.  Bummed we couldn’t get in a home-cooked family birthday meal, but the busyness of life once again bumped our schedules.

Gender reveal of the twins – We celebrated a day at our sons with all the family and found out the twins are boys.  What joy!  My son is going to be a Dad to three boys now.  Surely, they will love to fish and hunt like their Daddy.

Although we didn’t have a gender reveal party, we found out our daughter is having our first granddaughter.

NOVEMBER

Trip to deer lease with our son and daughter-in-love.

HEALTH GOALS

OCTOBER: Partial Success

Healthy meals, lots of walking, and now that it’s cooler I can take the grandsons walking.  Shooting again for the treadmill one day a week.  As of today I’ve lost seven pounds since May.  YEA!  Working out, eating healthy and drinking lots of water to decrease this weight and waistline.

NOVEMBER:

Working out, drinking water, and eating healthy to decrease this waistline.

FRIEND GOALS

OCTOBER:  Partial Success

I’m not giving up on having my neighbors over for coffee/tea, but honestly it is probably going to be November. (I was right and it didn’t happen in October and November is over this month so not sure when this will ever happen, but it will.)

I hope to meet up with a friend for lunch. ( I met up with my daughter’s mother-in-law on a day she was keeping my youngest grandson and I had my oldest grandson.  We had a fun time with the boys at the Dairy Queen.)

HOME GOALS 

OCTOBER – TOTAL FAILURE

Finish cleaning and organizing master bedroom closet.

Catch up on filing in office.

NOVEMBER

Finish cleaning and organizing master bedroom closet. (Probably not happening this week.  I’m starting the Life-Changing Habit of Tidying Up and seeing where that takes me in they say the next six months, but starting with the clothes in the closet.)

Catch up on filing in office.

Buy new mattress for master bedroom and move our old one upstairs to a new king bed frame my mother-in-law gave us.

Take down Fall decorations.

Begin Christmas Decorations.

BLOGGING GOALS 

OCTOBER:  I did not cross off any of these except the #write 31 days and I got that done, but it was so exhausting I’ve blogged only what I have had to since.  I think I have really gotten out of the mode that God called me to in blogging and it’s time to pause and dream and really think on the things that God wants from me in blogging.  I’m leaving the goals that have been here for November, but November is over so they will be slipping to December and maybe even next year.

Lesson 2 – Blogging Course. This is the 7th month I’ve had this as a goal. Not sure I can get it done even this month because the school is calling a lot for substitutes. It is a big lesson, but I am working on the first part and that was going thru all of my old blogs. I cringe thinking it is already the 24th of the month and I’ve not even gotten this blog post up, but sure has been a fun month, and I cleaned up a few more blogs with tags, categories, better photos, and rewrote some with better thoughts from now.  (Did not happen.)

Review and clean-up 15 more blog posts plus 20 I already completed, so it will be 35. (Did not happen.)

Delete at least 500 more emails.  (Total Success.)

Linky Page – Work on a few more days of this project with a completion date of November.  (I did work on this some.   November is almost over and I really believe it is going to slip again to December.)

Joined the #write31 days group.  I am going to try to blog all 31 days of October.  I think I can even though I am already behind I know I can.  (TOTAL SUCCESS)

NOVEMBER:

Lesson 2 – Blogging Course. This is the 8th month I’ve had this as a goal. Not sure I can get it done even this month because the school is calling a lot for substitutes, it’s time to Christmas decorate now that this blog is late getting up. This is a big lesson, but I am working on the first part and that was going thru all of my old blogs. I cringe thinking it is already the 27th of the month and I’ve not even gotten this blog post up, but sure has been a fun month, and I cleaned up a few more blogs with tags, categories, better photos, and rewrote some with better thoughts from now.

Review and clean-up 15 more blog posts plus 20 I already completed, so it will be 35.

Delete at least 500 more emails.

Linky Page – Work on a few more days of this project with a completion date of  January.

Not my Agenda, but His agenda!

 

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