2013 Yearly Goals – July Review

Third review of my goals for the year … not exactly a good sign that I am reviewing them frequently, now is it?

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.} – We have continued to read from the list, as well as added in some other books found along the way.  I actually started reading a book I had gotten from somewhere, only to find that both I and the kid I was reading it too didn’t like it.  So, without guilt it is being passed on.
  • Help kids learn to count to 50, without missing numbers – We haven’t worked on this like I wanted to.  I can say that those learning to count are getting more confident in the numbers they do know.
  • 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.} Update: I stopped the reading lessons as it was not fun.  I have started a ‘game’ with the kids.  I say a word and see if they can figure out which letter it starts with.  They love it and are surprisingly good at it.  Though not reading, they find it fun and it helps them associate words and letters.
  • Have daily walks or times to explore outside.  Nothing official, though they are often getting evening swim times in with either their dad or both of us.

Encourage the kids to learn more about the Bible and God

  • Morning Bible Times during the week Can’t say I’m doing better on consistency, but it does happen.  I find myself including God/Jesus in our discussions throughout the day more – sort of linking what they learn at church/in Bible Time with life outside those times.
  • Memorized the Disciples’ names  One kid has accomplished this!  Ice cream was enjoyed.
  • Help them memorize the books of the Old Testament by August  (about 6 per month) We still haven’t even started these.  I’ve decided to give myself grace and take time off from them memorizing things.

Encourage positive self-esteem

  • Teach oldest to ride a bike without training wheels – While this hasn’t happened yet, we have graducated to a larger bike with training whells that give when you lean on them.  I wasn’t sure what to think of them at first, but it seems to be working.  The bike is being held up more, rather than leaning to one side on a training wheel.
  • Swimming lessons – Taking place as we speak.
Encourage self-sufficiency
  • Assign 1 habit/chore per month for each kid to work on {ongoing} – It would have really helped for me to sit down and make a list of these.  What I have done is advance one to helping with the cooking more (adding things to pots, etc.).  This has resulted in a trickle down effect on the chores.
  • Keep up with former habits {ongoing.  I am having to break the old bad habit of letting things slide.  It is a slow start but we are making progress.} – We are now at a point that sometimes I can use one word reminders for things.  Other times they do them automatically, tell me this is how things are supposed to be done, or completely forget there was ever a  habit there.  



Learn more about the Bible and God

  • Finish reading through the Bible (I’m over half way there) – I’m embarrased to report that there has been very little progress here.
  • Daily morning Bible (Quite) Times – I’ve been good about getting up earlier, but not so good about using that time for a Quiet Time.  

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’ve been able to run 1.7 miles several times a week.  A several weeks long cold back in April/May really set me back by disrupting good habits.  I’ve been working on reestablishing them.
  • Get at least 8 hours rest – This happens sometimes, but not so much.  What has been happening is that the kids are finally starting to go to bed easily and at consistent times.  With this happening, it is easier to set a bed time goal for myself.
  • Play/practice my instrument weekly (it has been over 8 years since I played it.) – No progress.
  • Create a book list for myself. Read three books per month
  • Journal 3 x weekly – No progress.
  • 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 I feel as if I’m in a new stage of planning.  Using the Plan to Eat website has given me the next step I was looking for.  I am giving it another two months to see if it keeps being useful through some changes and different seasons.
  • Read 4 books on organization, scheduling, or setting goals {Books Read in January}

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

  • De-wallpaper and paint upstairs
  • Repaint porch – The porch is set to be painted in the middle of July, weather permitting.
  • Replace siding on house – The house is set to be painted in the middle of July, weather permitting.
  • 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}
  • 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.) – Aloe plants are sold, except for two.  Zucchini is growing, on the third try due to rabbits.



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
  • Put up 77 quarts of tomato sauce
  • Can 52 quarts of beets – Due to family things going on I think I’ve missed most of the beet season.
  • 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 beds; seed where beds were – put down grass seed and have grass growing.
  • Make raised beds deeper
  • Convert or build raised bed for strawberries
  • Create a herb container garden
  • Create trellis for beans under kitchen window – this has been delayed till the repainting of the house, which I hope to be soon for the bean’s sake.
  • 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
  • Build 2 rain barrels


Wow, I was a bit over adventurous this past January.  However, I do still like that there are areas I’ve been trying to work in, broken down into steps to improve in those areas.  That is one think I hope to do again this coming year.  It is very encouraging to see that I have been able to mark off several goals from this list.  I also have to remember that the year is only half way over.  There are still 6 months to go to work on these things this year.