A lot is changing in my life right now. We’ve moved to a whole new place, we have a new baby coming, I’m currently a stay-at-home mom again, and God is knitting our family together in ways that I’m watching in awe and disbelief and wonder. And, it’s beginning to look a lot like Fall out! I LOVE fall – it’s probably my most favorite of all the seasons. The temperatures are PERFECT, it brings back great memories of marching band, the windows in the house can be open, the leaves turn beautiful colors, bonfires are perfect… and it means that winter is coming (that means Christmas and snow!). Fall always seems so crisp and fresh to me.
So, in honor of Fall and all the changes happening around me, I decided to make some new goals for myself. Some goals are longer term, some shorter, but none the less, they are still goals that I have right now in my life. And, I thought I’d share them with you.
#1 – Get the baby room set up and determine what, if anything, I will need. We have most everything saved from Girlie and Gorilla. This baby will be a “surprise,” and thankfully we have neutral, pink and blue waiting in the wings. Because of the move, all the baby equipment is taken apart. So, it needs to be put together, placed in its place and I get to start washing and organizing (one of my favorite things to do)! I can’t wait to see all the little clothes hanging out on the line. And I think, most of what we’ll need for the baby is consumables – diapers, wipes, washes, lotions, etc. I am toying with the idea of cloth diapering some though…
#2 – Get into a better household management schedule so that I’m using what we have – money, time, other resources – the best I can. I’ve tried FlyLady before and dabble on and off with her “system. I just don’t stick with it well. I grocery/meal plan fairly well, but I can always do better. I just need a better routine of keeping up with household maintenance, cleaning and organizing so I don’t go on “binges” and drive everyone CRAZY!
#3 – Start thinking about Christmas, how we can better budget for it and what we can do for others (creative crafty things that are low-cost) to help share the reason that our family celebrates. Work with Racer to plan ways for our family to keep Jesus Christ at the forefront of Christmas.
#4 – Bake from scratch more. It’s healthier and cheaper. Frugal Girl has inspired me in this endeavor. I just need to incorporate baking into the family routine more.
#5 – Keep a daily date with God. This one should actually be first. I REALLY want to figure out how to read the Bible/do a Bible study/spend time in Prayer daily. And I don’t mean doing it in a dash. I mean time that I can actually spend LISTENING to God. Racer’s mom is really great at doing this. The woman gets up at an hour of the morning that I don’t even recognize and spends time with God. She’s done it forever. She does it on vacation. She does it when she’s visiting our crazy family and helping unpack/watch little kids/cook/etc. So I can’t use my busy family as an excuse. This dedication is one thing that I admire about her. I have plenty of books, studies, devotions to use. I have many that are half done. I do great for a week or two and then… I lose focus, interest, “time.” Somethings gotta give.
#6 – Be more encouraging and less critical. I tend to “encourage” by pointing out what people are doing or did wrong and then tell them that they can do better. Not really encouraging. I want to be the biggest cheerleader there is for my husband and children. I want/need to be a better positive encourager.
So those are my goals for right now. Some are big, some are not. Some I’ll reach and complete. Some will take a lifetime to reach. Help me with them will you? Pray that God gives me what I need to accomplish them. Ask me how I’m doing with them. Hold me accountable – as Christians, we’re supposed to do that for each other.
And tell me, what goals have you set for yourself? I’d like to help you along in your journey too.