Aug 022013

Here are my goals for 2013:


Encourage learning

  • Read aloud 8 books per month from Reading List {ongoing.  I did get a Reading List for Children put together of all the books I was interest in reading.} - I’m working my way through a short book a day at nap time.  This has been working out really well for us.
  • Help kids learn to count to 50, without missing numbers
  • Teach the oldest to read, or try to {We have been going through “Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Steps”.  I think it will take us more than 100 days at this pace.  Hoping it is just a slow start.}  We have continued with letter recognition as we go about life.  I think the oldest just wasn’t ready to learn to read yet.  Super Why! has become a favorite show at our house as of late.
  • Have daily walks or times to explore outside.  

Encourage the kids to learn more about the Bible and God

  • Morning Bible Times during the week – I’m learning this doesn’t have to look the same each day.  The point is to do something, not necessarily do it “right”.
  • Memorized the Disciples’ names  One kid has accomplished this! 
  • Help them memorize the books of the Old Testament by August  (about 6 per month) 
  • We just memorized our first verse.  Turns out the kid who I thought couldn’t do it was actually just being stubborn and knew if before everyone else … even after refusing to practice it with us.

Encourage positive self-esteem

  • Teach oldest to ride a bike without training wheels
  • Swimming lessons
Encourage self-sufficiency
  • Assign 1 habit/chore per month for each kid to work on {ongoing}
  • Keep up with former habits {ongoing} - Turns out there was the “I’m not going to do that, it’s Mom’s job” attitude growing.  sigh After reminding them I don’t work for them, we have made some progress.  It is a daily journey.



Learn more about the Bible and God

  • Finish reading through the Bible (I’m over half way there) 
  • Daily morning Bible (Quite) Times - Doesn’t always happen in the morning, but it is going better.  

Take better care of myself

  • Run in a 5K {I’ve started walking several times a week to work my way up to this.} - I’m up to running 1.5 – 2 miles at the gym.  My ‘slow’ time of a 7 minute mile from high school now seems so fast.  My excuse: I’m running on an elliptical or treadmill rather than on the ground.
  • Get at least 8 hours rest - 
  • Play/practice my instrument weekly (it has been over 8 years since I played it.)
  • Create a book list for myself. Read three books per month
  • Journal 3 x weekly 
  • Try new things – Grow {ongoing}


Stay connected

  • Go on at least one date a month {ongoing} - 
  • Take time to talk each day {ongoing}
  • Say “I love you” meaningfully daily {ongoing}

breaded pork chop with peas cornbread muffins and carrot sticks


Create a schedule that works for the household

  • See “encouraging self-sufficiency” under the children’s section above, as well as my goal of getting 8 hours of rest each night
  • Focus on one habit a month {ongoing}
  • Plan meals - menu plan on a monthly basis, do freezer cooking for 3 months at a time of at least 14 meals, organize recipe bindertry 24 new recipes 
  • Read 4 books on organization, scheduling, or setting goals

Create a welcoming environment (Finish incomplete tasks and get rid of clutter)

  • De-wallpaper and paint upstairs
  • Repaint porch - I’ll be starting this in the next few weeks.
  • Replace siding on house - The house is being painted as we speak.
  • Label pantry
  • Finish painting around “new” trim
  • Finish closet in downstairs bedroom
  • Decorate my bedroom
  • Pick up, organize and declutter basement and upstairs closet
  • Declutter – reduce number of cook books, spend 5 minutes a day on hot spots, reduce number of toys out
  • Garage – attach counter top, finish putting up cabinets, organize cabinets, declutter, wipe down walls
  • Find art work or pictures to put up in main living areas

Ministry/Friendships/Extended Family:

Keep in contact with family and friends

  • Skype once a week with my mother-in-law {ongoing} – my husband is good about this.  Me, not so much.
  • Skype at least once a week with my nephew {ongoing}
Encourage those around me
  • Write at least two handwritten notes every month to encourage someone {ongoing}


Stand/Blogging/Other Income Sources:

Create a schedule

  • Take Sundays off (schedule posts ahead of time, don’t put stand out, stay off computer) – {ongoing}
  • Create a blog schedule with certain days having themes (Menu Plan Monday, etc.)


  • Earn money each month in Amazon gift cards (from SwagbucksBing and surveys) {ongoing}
  • Try new ways of making money - 
  • Sell what I have - repot aloe plants and sell, make starts of house plants, grow zucchini (something that does very well on our stand), objects decluttered from around the house (Craigslist, Facebook, etc.)



Preserve produce for upcoming year - I recently picked up more canning jars at a garage sale with these goals in mind.

  • Can 60 quarts of crushed tomatoes – 7 quarts canned
  • Put up 77 quarts of tomato sauce
  • Can 52 quarts of beets – 10.5 quarts are canned (was 11.5 but we ate one.)
  • Grow, and freeze, 12 sandwiches bags of green onions.  Freeze their stems separately. Accomplished, June 2013.  Will still plant more this fall.
  • Freeze 30 bags of red peppers; 12 for meatloafs, 12 for soups, 6 for omletes and various uses
  • Can apple/pear sauce, as much as can be done
  • Grow enough basil, parsley and cilantro to not have to buy any during the growing season; preserve herbs

Grow lettuce, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers to supplement our weekly salads and zucchini for stand

Redo garden layout

  • Relocate raised bedsseed where beds were -
  • Make raised beds deeper
  • Convert or build raised bed for strawberries
  • Create a herb container garden
  • Create trellis for beans under kitchen window - So far this  hasn’t happened.  Once the house painting is finished I’ll add something in.
  • Remove weeping cherry tree (plant blackberries?)
  • Create large containers for blueberry bushes
  • Remove brushes and concrete blocks under hackberry tree; relocate daffodil bulbs; flatten area – began working on this yesterday.
  • Build 2 rain barrels

  One Response to “2013 Yearly Goals – August Review”

  1. [...] quarts of pickled beets.  This brought the total number of quarts to 54.  That is 2 quarts over my yearly goal.  If we get more beets put up that will be okay, though these will not be something I seek out to [...]

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