Tuesday, January 1, 2013


I cannot believe it is already 2013! How the time flies. I am thankful to begin the new year with a healthy family and am looking forward to getting back into a routine. I am excited to have some tangible goals for this year and some great resources to help me stay organized with a family of 7. The Lord has really been working on my heart to live the life He has called me to live and showing me that I need a plan to help me do that. I must be open to Him changing my plans at any moment, but I know He has called me to do certain things and has shown me areas where I need to grow and change for His glory. Will it be easy? Probably not, but I am excited to learn and grow this year.

So with that I would like to share some of my goals for this year as accountability and to hopefully encourage others who may be seeking to make goals but need some help in doing that. I am still growing in this area, but others writing about it has helped me, so hopefully me writing mine may help someone else.

At http://www.motherhoodonadime.com/living/30-day-challenge-finally-writing-my-mom-mission-statement/
I learned about writing a mom mission statement, which I attempted and want to share first.

My Mission:
To wholeheartedly follow Christ and bring Him glory by:

  • Seeking Christ daily
  • Loving, respecting and encouraging my husband
  • Loving my children and teaching them the ways of the Lord
  • Supporting those working for the Lord through prayer, encouragement, resources and talents
  • Seeking to share Christ with those around me
  • Encouraging and educating women
  • Using my time talents and resources wisely
I went through a lot of questions that brought to light a lot of things I need to work on, but after already praying over goals for the year I decided to mostly stick with what I had already thought about as they are things that seem to be where the Lord is leading me right now. I also want attainable goals so I do not immediately get discouraged and give up. 

  • Read through the entire Bible in a year following a chronological reading plan
  • Memorize a verse a week (for full disclosure I am starting with verses that I have previously memorized but have lost full memory of)
  • Spend 30 minutes daily concentrated on prayer and Bible reading
  • Continue to record daily blessings to cultivate thankfulness (Goal is 10,000 things)
  • Praying throughout the day for specified things (still developing lists and plan for this)
  • Read a book a month apart from SWI matrerial
  • Journal 5 days a week
  • Write (working on books) 5 days a week
  • Finish my first fiction book
  • Write 3 blog posts a week
  • Continue to meet once a month with writing group
  • Have one day a month for personal retreat time to pray, read the Bible and write
  • Complete Level 1 of Rosetta Stone Russian
  • Begin working on a Christ-centered prenatal/delivery/postnatal education
  • Go on a date once a month
  • Go on one overnight trip away
  • Read together for 30 minutes once a week
  • Discuss and plan the week to come on Sunday afternoon
  • Take each child on a "date" once a month
  • Spend individual time with each child at home once a week (at least 20 minutes)
  • Work on memorizing Psalm 23 with Jamey and Lillian
  • Finish current Pre-K curriculum with Jamey and Lillian
  • Continue going to playgroup on Tuesdays
  • (I need to develop more educational goals, so I guess a goal for this year will be learning to do this for next year)
  • Begin a garden planting at least tomatoes (hoping to do more)
  • Try 1 new recipe a month
  • Keep up with cleaning calendar 
  • Develop general cleaning schedule
Health and Fitness
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes 3 days a week
  • Lose 30 lbs
  • Continue hosting Women's prayer once a month
  • Email workers once a month
  • Send 2 encouraging notes a month
And weaving through all of these areas is the goal of consistency. My desire is to be consistent in all I do for all of us. I can tell a huge difference in all of us when we are planned and know what's coming and the days are somewhat predictable. I know that God will bring whatever we need to bring Him glory and grow us in His ways. 

May God bless you in 2013 and make you more like Christ everyday!


  1. I want to read the Bible in one year chronologically in one year too!

    1. YAY! Jim found a reading plan online and so far so good! :)

  2. wow.. if I hadn't made it clear in the comment above, I want to do it in one year! LOL!