You're probably wondering about the daughter Isabella loves to clean-she comes by it honestly. I am a shameless clean freak. One morning I was working away in the kitchen while she had the mop I'd left out overnight to dry. And I look over to check on her and my then-7-month-old son, and say the five words I never thought I'd say as a parent, "Isabella, don't mop your brother!" He didn't mind, and she just wanted to make sure he was sparkly. So welcome to my world!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Goals: The Remix

You know, a remix, as in, to change the balance and separation of (a recording), usually to emphasize the rhythm section (thanks, I decided that some of my goals were too vague; some goals were too hard; some goals needed to be dropped and others needed to be added. I have been reading through Proverbs in my daily devotional time and there is a lah-ha-HOT (a lot) of information about planning ahead, counting the cost, thinking about your ways, not being rash, but rather cautious.

So, God and I sat down (well, I sat down. He’s already seated on the throne) and went over my goals again. I decided to give each month (and sometimes each week) its own separate goal, the whole eating and elephant one bite at a time thing. All that rambling to show this:

September Goals:

1. Read Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver.

2. Read All That Is Bitter and Sweet by Ashley Judd.

3. Memorize Matthew 24:35, Romans 8:38-39, and Romans 12:1-2.

4. 4Bake/cook: lemon-blueberry cookies, apple bread, sweet potato biscuits, and dinner rolls.

5. Write at least one item in my 1,000 things journal each night.

6. Have daily devotion time at least 5 days a week.

7. Take the kids outside (barring rain) at least 5 days a week.

8. Drink 1 glass of water at each meal and another during quiet time.

9. Do one family event every weekend (Joshua’s “weekends” are for three days every six days).

And that’s it. Simple. Clear. Something I can say “did it” or “didn’t do it” at the end of the month. I’m still doing the other stuff: eating more fruits and veggies, helping Bella be more others-centered, staying within my grocery budget, and using only cash to purchase things.

We’ll see how I’ve done at the end of the month!

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