Monday, May 30, 2016

This Week's Goals & Update


Happy Monday!  I hope each of you are enjoying a wonderful Memorial Day.  As you can see from the picture above we started planting our garden on Saturday!  I'm super excited that we finally have some seeds in the ground.  Memorial Day always marks the more official beginning of summer since in our area this is when all of the outdoor pools open.  This week we will be soaking up as much summer as possible and preparing for a fun tent camping trip!  

Last Week's Goals
Marriage, Mothering, & Family
1.  Do something sweet for my husband.  I bought him a bookcase for his ever growing library.
2.  Take the entire family (kiddos included) kayaking at the lake.  (If you follow me on Instagram you might have already seen a fun picture of us kayaking last night.)  The weather was fantastic and we had an absolute blast kayaking with extended family!  
3.  Enjoy a wonderful day at our CLASS picnic.  The kids and I had so much fun!  I can't remember the last time I spent a good four hours at a park.  
4.  Make a summer bucket list as a family!  This is a tradition in our family and really helps to add focus to our summer.  We discussed this a little bit but we need to actually sit down and make a list!  

Homemaking
5.  Plant flowers, pineapple mint, and hopefully plant my raised bed.  I would also love to get my big garden planted this week if it works out.  (This is dependent upon getting my garden tilled by a neighbor since I don't own a tractor.)  I would still like to pick up a few more flowers to add some color to the front of our house.  We have a bunch of bulbs that are growing but right now it is all green except for a few yellow marigolds.  Even Eli mentioned that it is too green whereas the flowerbeds by the side of the house have lots of color.  We have a purple clematis vine that has just exploded!  I didn't dig into my raised bed this week but now I'm considering planting strawberries instead.  

Personal
6.  Read and journal through five chapters of Sally Clarkson's Own Your Life.  I'm on chapter 9 and it's still just as wonderful as I raved about a few weeks ago.  Taking the time to journal through each of the questions at the end of the chapter is making such a difference!  I worked through two chapters this week.  I have about three other books going at the same time so I think I will just focus on this books this week.  

Ministry & Friendships
7.  Spend one hour working on Vacation Bible School!
8.  Enjoy a play date with a dear friend of mine this week.  We had a great time at the children's museum!  
9.  Spend thirty minutes daily practicing arrangements that I will be playing in church.  I played a new arrangement on Sunday.  

Other
10.  Spend an afternoon helping my grandmother.

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This Week's Goals

Marriage, Mothering, & Family
1. Enjoy an at-home date night with the happy hubby.
2.  Set up our new tent this week in the backyard and possibly have a camp out.
3.  Evangeline has two therapy appointments this week.
4.  Make a summer bucket list as a family!  This is a tradition in our family and really helps to add focus to our summer.

Homemaking
5.   I'm so thankful for a lull in the rain and kind neighbors who tilled my garden on Saturday.  Our garden is half planted right now.  This week I hope to plant another row and then we will add a few succession plantings a few weeks apart.  (You don't actually want to plant all of your seeds at the same time or you will be overwhelmed with produce all at the same time!)  I still need to plant a variety of winter squashes this week.  The seeds I started in the float bed didn't work quite as well this year so I also need to pickup a few tomato plants at the store.
6.  Spend some time planning for next school year.  My goal is to be completely finished with all preparations by the middle of July.

Personal
7.  Read and journal through four chapters of Sally Clarkson's Own Your Life.  

Ministry & Friendships
8. Spend an hour working on VBS.  This week I'm hoping to work on magnets and then studying the lessons.  (I teach the Bible Story lesson at our VBS which requires a good amount of preparation.  I'm hoping to spread it out over a few weeks.)

Other
9.  Possibly take part in a paid research study.
10.  Spend an afternoon helping my grandmother.

What plans do you have for this week?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This Week's Goals

My brother at his high school graduation on Saturday with my son Elijah
who decided to "dress like Uncle Caleb" for the occasion. 
Happy Tuesday and Happy Summer to all of you who are on summer break!  I am such a summer girl and I am absolutely pumped that it is finally here.  Our school year has just wrapped up and in so many ways I feel like a young college girl ready to enjoy a summer at home.  (I just have the added bonus of being happily married and having two fun kiddos to play with all summer long!)  I've already spent most of my day outside today enjoying a delightful time with the Lord on my front porch this morning, giggling on the playground, making chalk drawings on the sidewalk, and curling up with a good book outside during a few stolen moments.  Here's what my week looks like!  

Marriage, Mothering, & Family
1.  Do something sweet for my husband.
2.  Take the entire family (kiddos included) kayaking at the lake.  (If you follow me on Instagram you might have already seen a fun picture of us kayaking last night.)
3.  Enjoy a wonderful day at our CLASS picnic.
4.  Make a summer bucket list as a family!  This is a tradition in our family and really helps to add focus to our summer.

Homemaking
5.  Plant flowers, pineapple mint, and hopefully plant my raised bed.  I would also love to get my big garden planted this week if it works out.  (This is dependent upon getting my garden tilled by a neighbor since I don't own a tractor.)

Personal 
6.  Read and journal through five chapters of Sally Clarkson's Own Your Life.  I'm on chapter 9 and it's still just as wonderful as I raved a few weeks ago.  Taking the time to journal through each of the questions at the end of the chapter is making such a difference!

Ministry & Friendships
7.  Spend one hour working on Vacation Bible School!
8.  Enjoy a play date with a dear friend of mine this week.
9.  Spend thirty minutes daily practicing arrangements that I will be playing in church.

Other
10.  Spend an afternoon helping my grandmother.

What goals do you have for this week?


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

This Week's Goals






Happy Tuesday!  I'm back from an absolutely fantastic week at the beach last week!  What an incredible blessing to be able to join my family on vacation.  I'm just sad the happy hubby had to work.  This week is sure to be one of my busiest for weeks to come!  Anyone else feel like the month of May is busier than the month of December?  Here's what my upcoming week looks like!  

Marriage, Mothering, & Family
1.)  Read at least five chapters of 10 Boys Who Made History or Attack At the Arena.  I did read aloud to the children while we were on vacation but I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of some serious read-aloud time.
2.)  Enjoy an at-home date with the happy hubby where we plan for an upcoming overnight get away!  Eek I just can't wait!
3)  Work on decorations for my brother's upcoming graduation party.  I'm working on a display board of pictures among other things.  I think it's time to break out the Cricut!
4)  Enjoy a family fun adventure sometime this weekend.  We shall see what the happy hubby has planned!

Homemaking
5)  Finish the remaining sewing for a baby shower gift that I am making.
6)  Complete a huge grocery haul after being gone for a week and just squeaking by the week before.  Secretly I am kind of dreading this one but trying to remind myself that there are millions of other mothers all around the world who would be thrilled to trade places with me.

Personal
7)  Read three chapters of Own Your Life: Living with deep intention, bold faith, and generous love  by Sally Clarkson.  I started reading this book on my trip to Florida and I just had to stop.  After reading the first three chapters I knew that this book was a goldmine.  So good in fact that I knew I had to journal my way through the questions at the end of each chapter.  (Even if a book includes questions at the end I rarely take the time to write down all of the answers.)  This evening I finished journaling through chapter one and God is already using this book to show me more about myself and the life that he has for me.  
8)  Walk 70,000 steps this week.

Ministry & Friendships
9)  Catch up with my missionary friend who lives in Mexico.

Other 
10)  Work on designing a flyer to advertise for summer piano lessons.  If you are a local friend please share the word!

What goals do you have for this week?  


Sunday, May 8, 2016

April Reads


April Showers definitely made it possible to read through a nice stack of books this month.  Here's what I have been reading: 

10 Boys Who Changed the World by Irene Howard: This book was my read aloud book for the children this month.  Eli chose it from a stack of books that his Dad recently purchased for him.  We all enjoyed reading this book aloud together in the evening and learning about ten men who grew up to do great things for the kingdom of God.  This biography had a chapter telling about the life of each man: Billy Graham, Brother Andrew, John Newton, George Muller, Nicky Cruz, William Carey, David Livingstone, Adoniram Judson, Eric Liddell, and Luis Palau.  This was our first book in the LightKeepers series and I can't wait to begin reading another one in May.  They stories really were fantastic and so well written.  Eli would beg for me to read it to him.  

The Shaping of A Christian Family by Elisabeth Elliot: I'm fairly certain that at the end of the year this will be one of my favorite books that I read in 2016.  Elisabeth Elliot shares what it was like to grow up in the Howard family as a child.  Not only was this book incredibly interesting, but it was inspiring!  I felt so encouraged in my role as a mother to be intentional in the type of home life that Brandon and I provide for our children.  I hope and pray that one day all of our children could look back and say that their parents did all that they could to nurture their faith.  This is a must read!  (Don't let the dated cover stand in your way.)  Elisabeth Elliot has been one of my favorite authors for probably the past 15 years.  I have been so blessed by her writings and inspired by her life.  I've also tried to introduce as many of my friends as possible to her writings!

The Atonement by Beverly Lewis: I'm always secretly a little excited when a new Beverly Lewis book comes out.  (Our library faithfully purchases them right away each time.)  They are the perfect light read for curling up under a blanket while it rains.  Ever since I heard Lewis speak last year I have been in awe of the fact that she manages to publish two books every year!  I'm not a writer but I just can't imagine having that kind of productivity output.  I enjoyed reading this book just like all the other Lewis books I have read.  :)

All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew: It's May so that means its time to get serious about my garden!  So far I have a nice variety of lettuces growing and a bunch of plants started in float trays.  My sweet sister Bekah and I built a raised bed and I am just itching to finish planting it.  I thought this book was great!  Simple enough that even the most beginning gardener wouldn't have any trouble implementing the methods in this book.  I'm hoping to add a new raised bed each year.  I really appreciated the diagrams, clear instructions, and charts.


Counted With the Stars: Out of Egypt by Connilyn Cossette: I'm fairly new to the genre of biblical fiction but I believe I have fallen in love with a new sub-genre of fiction after reading this gem.  I loved reading the story of Kiya, an Egyptian, who was sold into slavery.  She endures the plagues of Egypt from the viewpoint of a slave girl living with a difficult mistress.  When Pharaoh finally releases the Hebrews Kiya decides to flee with them.  This really brought the plagues of Exodus 7-11 to life.  I couldn't put this book down!  I already made a note to read Cossette's next novel which comes out in October, Shadow of the Storm.  Please note that I did receive a review copy of this book from Bethany House.  All opinions are my own.  

What about you?  What books did you enjoy reading this past month?