The CALL Weekend Two

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This weekend, Tim and I finished up our PRIDE training through The CALL.  You can read more about our first training here.  This weekend was another great weekend.  Saturday was tough…we covered a lot of difficult topics and I left feeling heavy and emotional and tired.  But Sunday, they brought in what’s called a professional panel and a parent panel.  The professional panel was interesting because it enabled you to put a face to the “case worker” and you could see their heart as they talked about individual cases. My favorite part of the professional panel was seeing their faces when some of the foster kids started coming in with foster parents who were on the later panel.  The professionals’ faces literally lit up, and you could see so much of their heart.

What I heard from them is that most of them are in it for all the right reasons, they are overworked, and they desperately need help.  We can do that.  We can help them get the funding they need to hire more workers.  We can help be a voice for the children of Arkansas.  One of our state representatives, David Meeks was on the professional panel yesterday as well.  He is on the committee which handles the foster/adoptive care system.  Funding is a major issue for DHS.  The problem is that there are so many other things competing for funding that foster care just gets shoved to the bottom because children’s voices aren’t as loud as many of the other “hot button” issues.  That’s where we come in.  We can be their voice for them.  You can join arms with Mr. Meeks by clicking here.  He and his wife are also foster parents themselves, so they know first hand and just need people to join with them and help them be the voice.  I urge you to do this.

The parent panel was my favorite part.  Many of them couldn’t even talk about their foster children without tearing up.  They are so passionate about these children.  Seeing them makes me think that Arkansas is going in the right direction.  Now we just need more.  🙂  I loved sitting there and listening to them tell about the wonderful times, the breakthroughs, the families reuniting, new families being joined…even the hard times were told with nothing but love.  If you are curious about fostering/adopting, talk to a foster parent.  Within just a few minutes, you will be moved to do something.  Their passion and love is contagious.  The way that they follow the Lord with reckless abandon…willing to love no matter what.  Whether they have that child for 24 hours or 24 months, they are willing to love 100%, holding nothing back.  As one parent put it, “So many people are so scared to love them and have to give them back, but the fact is that if we don’t love them during that time, who will?”  Their words cut you to the heart in the very best possible way.

Finally, the community that we built over those four days was like nothing I’ve ever seen before.  Those people are my family now.  We are forever bonded by going through those two weekends together.  Last night when it was all over, I think it hit us all that we wouldn’t probably ever all be together again, and it was so sad.  We just lingered long after our training.  In fact, our training leader, Justin, kept trying to close up, but we just stayed…and stayed.  (Sorry, Justin!)  I don’t know what it is about going through that type of training with people, but it does something to you.  It binds you together, and you are now a community…a family.

And yet, as we sat there yesterday hearing all those stories, I began to feel so insignificant and small (which is no easy task for a 5′ 9″ woman).  But I sat there hearing all these people who have had the honor of touching the lives of 15, 20, 30 kids over the span of just a few years through their foster home and I’m sitting among people who are planning on adopting sibling groups…large sibling groups, and I thought to myself, I’m just adopting one.  I’m not even fostering.  What a wimp we are!  And I just almost allowed that thought to steal the day’s joy.  But then, God spoke to my heart, and I realized that there are no big or small contributions to the kingdom of God.  There are only lots of people doing what God asked them to do, and when all of God’s people are obedient, that’s when His work can truly be done.  When we all work together, when we all are willing to do our part, big or small.  We all have to be willing and obedient to God’s call on our life.  We all need to care about these things that God cares about.  We aren’t all called to open our homes to orphans, but we are all called to care.  We are all called to do something.  And when we all are obedient and do that something that’s when The Church is great.  That’s when a difference will be seen.  That’s when people are going to take notice.

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I love a quote that one of our trainers left us with.  He said,

Parenting:  The days are long, but the years are short.

Truer words have never been spoken.  These parenting days are tough, but the years fly by.  And it’s SO worth it.  It’s so worth it.

Weekly Goals & A Winner!

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! Our winner from The Best Yes is Renee Ross!  Congratulations Renee!  You will be receiving a little “Best Yes” package from me in the mail sometime this week.  🙂

And now…let’s take a look at last week.  I felt surprisingly productive last week even though it was an absolutely insane week!  Go me!

Spiritual Goals

1.  Daily Bible Reading & Prayer

Family Life

1.  Home Schooling

2.  Begin reading Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends.  (Highly Recommended by lots of trusted people, so we’re starting this week!)

3. Finish up and gather Adoption Paperwork

4.  Finish addressing safety issues for Home Study I’m done inside, now to move outside.  🙂

Home Goals

1.  Daily Load of Laundry

2.  Keep House Tidy

Church Goals

1.  Write cards to Sunday School kids

2.  Prepare Sunday School Lesson

3.  Continue reviewing curriculum

Physical Goals

1.  Exercise 3x

2.  Sleep

Social Goals

Financial Life

1.  Pay Bills

Legacy Goal

1.  Journal Entry in Adoption Journal  I still didn’t get to this! 

2.  Blog Posts x 2

Mental Goals

1.  Read Glorious Ruin, The Connected Child

2.  Work on baby gifts

3.  Personal Time x 2/Daily Porch Time

So, I’m pretty thrilled with last week.  This week, I’m using as a recouping week.  We are exhausted!  September has absolutely worn us out!  So, we are going to really sit back and try to get back into a regular, more calm routine.  That’s the goal!

Spiritual Goals:

1.  Daily Bible Reading & Prayer

2.  Begin 31 Days of Proverbs on October 1st (Church-wide-exciting!)

Family Goals:

1.  Read Making Brothers & Sisters Best Friends

2.  Family Time x 3

3.  Family Fun x 2

4. Re-Establish Chores and Routines that have been neglected this month

Home Goals:

1.  Clean & Organize Master Bathroom

2.  Daily Load of Laundry

Church Goals:

1. Send Proverbs 31 Cards to Sunday School Class

2.  Prepare for Roots & Sunday School Lesson

3.  Write Schedule for Junior Church

4.  Work on Curriculum

Physical Goals:

1.  Exercise x 3

Social Goals:

1.  Meet w/Sister-in-Law

2.  Lunch w/Friend

3.  Reschedule Dinner w/Family

Financial Goals:

1.  $30 Incidental Limit

Legacy Goal:

1.  Blog Post x 3

2.  Adoption Journal Entry

Mental Life:

1.  Read Glorious Ruin and The Connected Child

2.  Begin reading Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson

3.  Extra quiet/personal time for my birthday.  🙂

That’s my week…what’s your week like?

Let’s Talk Safety

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I’ve never been big on baby-proofing.  And this has actually worked for our family thus far pretty well really.  When Isaac was born I didn’t baby-proof at all.  We relied on the power of the almighty, “No.”  Simple and sweet.  And it worked.  Quite well-he was incredibly compliant.  Then the girls came along, and “No” didn’t work quite as well, but there still was no real need to baby-proof.  We were just more careful about small objects being left out on the floor!  My kids learned early what they should and shouldn’t touch.  With the exception of Lydia eating a half a bottle of princess shaped gummy vitamins in the matter of a few seconds, this has worked well for us over the years.

So when we started this training for our adoption, I had an idea that we would have some work to do in the area of safety.  But then, when our resource worker came and went over all that we would have to do, I was dumbfounded.  Why on earth would we have to do some of these things?  I mean, we are adopting an older child.  Wouldn’t he know?!

And then, training happened….and I realized something.  Not everyone teaches their child what’s safe and what’s not.  Not only that, but not every family is the same.  For example, our family has livestock, so we know and preach livestock and farm safety all the time.

“Don’t walk directly behind the horses.”

“Wash your hands after petting the cows.”

“Never go into the pasture without Mom or Dad.”

“Never play with or touch the de-wormer.”

These are simply things that are an every-day part of our life.  However, if you put my kids in the middle of New York City (or even Little Rock, Arkansas for that matter), they would likely struggle to know what to do. They wouldn’t have the safety procedures drilled into their heads for that particular environment.

So making sure our homes are safe is not just something we do for our own family.  It’s a courtesy we extend for anyone who comes to our home-whether it be for an hour or two visit, or welcoming a forever child.  Like so many things in life, it’s not so much about me and my family, but it’s very much about others and their safety in our home.

So, all that being said, let me go through some of the safety issues that we have been addressing around our house, and it might give you a starting place to address safety in your own home.  If you already have a safe home, I applaud you!  You are one giant step ahead of me!  If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them!

1.  Smoke Alarms:  You should have one in the kitchen and if you have a big house, you should have one in each bedroom.  For a smaller house, like ours, one in the hallway between the bedrooms is sufficient.  Test these regularly to make sure they work.

2.  Fire Extinguisher:  You should keep a household fire extinguisher in the kitchen.  I keep ours locked up below our sink.

3.  Fire Escape Plan:  If you are anything like me, you try to avoid talking about this with your kids as much as possible because you don’t want to cause them any undue fear.  Besides, if there’s a fire, you’re going to be Wonder Woman and save everyone in the house anyway, right?  But what if you aren’t able?  Will your kids know what do?  I can actually remember my parents going over a fire evacuation plan with us several times.  And when I was thinking back about that, I realized something: knowing what I would do in the event of a fire actually did good in my fearful mind.  For me, it empowered me that regardless of what happened, I knew what to do. I had a plan.  With that in my mind, I’m kind of looking forward to equipping my kids with this potentially life-saving information.

4.  Medications:  I have always been bad to keep our daily medications out on the kitchen windowsill.  It’s just easier to remember when they are right where I can see them first thing in the morning.  But, like I mentioned before, Lydia has actually managed to get the child-proof cap off of a bottle of Princess vitamins and down about half the bottle in a matter of about 30 seconds.  So…yeah….we needed to change this.  First, I went through all our medications and got rid of the old and kept only what we needed.  Then I made a spot in a spare cabinet in our kitchen.  It’s locked with a child-proof lock that I even struggle to open.  Sometimes I get really weary of locking and unlocking that cabinet a few times a day, but I just try to remember that I’m so glad that it was just vitamins (with no iron!) instead of my prescription migraine medication or even something as simple as ibuprofen!

5.  Cleaning Supplies:  These just need to be locked up.  Pretty simple:  Just put them in a cabinet wherever you use them most, and lock that cabinet and be sure to return the cleaning supplies each time you use them and lock the cabinet back.

6.  Knives:  Locked up!  I also keep these in the highest cabinet over my stove in the kitchen.  I am tall so that’s not a big deal for me, and I feel that it adds a little more safety to have them locked and up high.

7.  Guns:  Lock them up.  Again, I know that you have probably taken extreme care to teach your children gun safety.  But the little guy coming over on Sunday afternoon for a visit doesn’t go hunting and he may know nothing about guns.  So lock them up for that reason.

There are several other safety issues to consider, but these will give you a good start and put you on your way to a safe home.  It’s so amazing how this PRIDE training has really opened my eyes to some things that I never considered before.  Never in a million years would I have ever spent much time considering the safety of my home until this little unknown child came into my life and rocked my world.  And, I have a feeling that he’s not anywhere near done!

So now it’s your turn…what tips do you have for me on child-proofing your house? 

The Best Yes

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I have a disease.  Lysa TerKeurst calls it “The Disease to Please”.  And I’ve got it bad!  I’ve known it for a long time, and I’ve been on a bit of a journey over the past few years to really hone in on what it is that I do best, what I’m called to do, what God wants me to do now.  I actually started working on this through reading MoneySavingMom.com.  She really focuses on goals and realizing your limits.  As someone who is easily overwhelmed, this speaks to me!  I’ve learned a lot from her.  I also learned a lot from Lysa TerKeurst in her newest book, The Best Yes.

Apparently, this disease is something that many of us suffer from.  It’s the feeling of,

“What if I don’t do that…what will they think?” 

“Will they still like me if I say no?”

“Will they think that I’m not very godly if I don’t volunteer for everything?”

“Will I be seen as a ‘team player’ if I say no to this?”

Yes, all these thoughts have played through my head at one time or another.  And yes, I’m almost ashamed to admit it, because they sound so ridiculous sometimes.  But let’s be honest here…how many of us are just plain tired?  We’re not just tired, we’re more than tired…we’re exhausted.

I’m no expert in this area as I am in the midst of one of the busiest, most stressful months that I’ve had in a long time, but I wanted to share a few things with you that I’m working on that I’ve gleaned from reading The Best Yes, MoneySavingMom.com, and attending a session on Margin at a recent retreat.

  1. We must pray daily. We must pray daily that our agenda matches up with God’s agenda for us. If we are doing what He has for us, then we can have peace about every decision no matter how hard it may be.   Stay tuned in to God, and He will lead you to making the best decisions for you and your family.
  2. “No” must be part of our vocabulary.  I hate the word.  I hate to say it.  It feels funny coming off my tongue.  But, we have to say it sometimes.  So we need to practice.  Now this is going to sound seriously silly, but hey, I’m being real here…but I’ve been known to practice my response to something.  If I know it’s something that I can’t do right now (even if I really want to), I will “rehearse” saying no in the nicest, most Deana-ish way possible.  I love how Lysa suggests declining respectfully.  She says, “I just can’t give that the attention that it deserves right now.”
  3. We must stop the guilt.  After you’ve said, “No” there’s a moment of sheer victory…a whole 2 seconds, followed by immense guilt.  Too often, I live in the realm of guilt.  I will live a few days with the guilt of that simple “no.” We have got to let it go (song from popular movie is now playing in my head…grrr). We need to have confidence in what God would have us to do, no more and no less… and leave it at that. End of story.
  4. We need to regularly evaluate our activities to make sure that they are all “Best Yes” activities. You know, I think this is the hardest one especially for families. You want to give your child every opportunity to excel, to find a niche, to discover hidden talent. I understand that completely, but we have to also consider what we are teaching our children by staying busy all the time. What does it show them when the family is so busy that there is no time to be a kid? Will they continue this cycle with their kids, your grandkids? Cycles generally magnify over time. Will the busyness cycle be even worse? Will our kids ever know how to rest? And the BIGGEST question we have to ask ourselves as parents…the one that produces a lump in the pit of our stomachs…Do we have the time to teach our kids about God? Not just teach them about God…but do they see how important He is in our life? Are you a Deuteronomy 6 family? If not, this is a great time to evaluate the activities that can be cut. How can you get more “down time” into your schedule? Take time to think about what is really and truly important to you. Our kids pick up on what’s really important. We can’t just tell them what’s important. We have to show them with our lives.
  5. Make room for serving God. Unlike any other “Yes”, serving God is the only decision where you’ll get back more than you give. Now, I’m not saying that you should say, “Yes” to every single event or class that comes up in your church. But ministering to others gives us fuel like nothing else….so think about and pray about how you’ve been gifted (Are you gifted with children? How about cooking? Do you like to visit?) , and say “Yes” as much as you can in those areas.
  6.  Know that even your “Best Yes” doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easy. The Bible never promises an easy life. In fact, in many cases, it’s exactly the opposite. Looking back on the decisions in my life, I can see where many of my “Best Yes” decisions were actually really hard, but really rewarding in the end. Our decision to adopt, for example, doesn’t make sense on the surface. For anyone looking in on our situation, they might say, “You’ve got three kids already, you’re busy, you have a lot on your plate. Why?” The answer is simple. Because God has asked us to do this, and we said, “Yes”. It’s been a hard month of training and paperwork and shuffling appointments, but I have peace, knowing that when this is all said and done, it will be worth it. It is a “Best Yes.”
  7. A “No” now is not a “No” forever.  If you can’t do something now, it’s not a forever thing.  God may just not be ready for you to use that gift yet.  There are a million things that I want to do, but now is not a time to start businesses or write books (how I wish!).  But it may very well be a “Best Yes” later.

So today, I’m trying something new. I’m running my very first giveaway here on the blog! It’s pretty exciting actually!  I’m giving away my copy of Lysa TerKeurst’s The Best Yes along with a little goody or two. Yes, it’s my copy, so it’s been dog-eared in a couple of places, but it’s otherwise in excellent condition, and I’m thrilled to be able to pass it on!  You can earn entries in several different ways, so the more you do, the more chances you get! The giveaway will end Saturday evening, I’ll announce the winner on Sunday, and I’ll get the book mailed out on Monday! Good luck!

Yes, I’m totally doing this the old-fashioned, dinosaur way. Because of some hosting issues that I need to work on, it’s just how I’m rolling these days. We’ll get it done eventually though! Here’s how it works:

Each task is one entry. Be sure to leave me a separate comment for each task that you completed. Just say something like, “Hey I am your newest Facebook Follower!”

  1. “Like” Redeeming the Days on Facebook. Check out the button in the left panel or click:  https://www.facebook.com/redeemingthedaysblog?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
  2. Leave me a comment and tell me what you like to read the most here on Redeeming the Days
  3. Follow the blog on RSS Feed. Click on the “Follow” button in the left panel.
  4. Leave a comment and tell me if you’re a people pleaser.  How do you say No?
  5. Share this post with your friends on Social Media.

Weekly Goals

Another week come and gone.  Is it just me or do these weeks just get faster and faster?  Okay, so I knew back in July that September was going to be a pretty crazy month, but it’s turned out to be absolutely rugged.  I am looking forward closing the door on this busy month!

But, I actually am pretty happy with my goals for last week.  For what all we’ve had going, I feel pretty good about what I got done.  Let’s take a little look-see.

Spiritual Goals:

1.  Daily Bible Reading & Prayer

Family Life:

1.  Home Schooling

2.  Hannah’s 4 year old check-up  Hannah got a pretty rough cold this week, so we skipped it last week, but it’s rescheduled for this week.  🙂

3.  Visit Nanny Mary  Love seeing my Nanny!

Home Life

1.  Deep Clean House

2.  Prepare Adoption Paperwork  Can I hear angels singing?

3.  Install Smoke Alarms & Address Safety Issues in the Home  It’s amazing how unsafe my home has been for children the past 8 years!  Lol.

4.  Daily Load of Laundry

Church Life

1.  Prepare Roots materials

2.  Look over new curriculum  this is an ongoing thing, but I did do this, just not completely finished…

Physical Life

1.  Get extra sleep  Not exactly….but I tried.  “E” for effort?

2.  Exercise x 2 this week  Failed here too.

Social Life

Dinner with friends this weekend.   Loved.  Good for the soul.

Financial Life

Legacy Goal

1.  Journal Entry for Adoption Journal  Rolling over to this week.  😦

2.  Blog Posts x 3  Does 2 count?  Because it’s close to 3….

Mental Life

1.  Read Glorious Ruin, Finish The Best Yes, and begin The Connected Child

2.  Daily Porch Time

3.  Continue working on baby gifts  Nope.  Rolling over…

For the first time in a while, I actually feel like I was pretty productive this week.  Obviously, there are some areas that I’ve badly neglected, but it’s a work in progress.  😉

On to this week!

Spiritual Goals

1.  Daily Bible Reading & Prayer

Family Life

1.  Home Schooling

2.  Begin reading Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends.  (Highly Recommended by lots of trusted people, so we’re starting this week!)

3. Finish up and gather Adoption Paperwork

4.  Finish addressing safety issues for Home Study

Home Goals

1.  Daily Load of Laundry

2.  Keep House Tidy

Church Goals

1.  Write cards to Sunday School kids

2.  Prepare Sunday School Lesson

3.  Continue reviewing curriculum

Physical Goals

1.  Exercise 3x

2.  Sleep

Social Goals

Financial Life

1.  Pay Bills

Legacy Goal

1.  Journal Entry in Adoption Journal

2.  Blog Posts x 2

Mental Goals

1.  Read Glorious Ruin, The Connected Child

2.  Work on baby gifts

3.  Personal Time x 2/Daily Porch Time

That does it folks!  Busy week for us once again as we have training this weekend.  It is my prayer that we will be able to walk in this weekend with all our paperwork completed and ready to go.  The faster we get that, the faster the process will go.  Please continue to pray for us, especially over the next few weeks when things are so busy.  Thank you all so much.  Have a great week!  🙂

Scripture Memory Resources and Ideas for Your Family

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So by now, you probably know that I’m pretty big on scripture memory.  No, I’m not a walking Bible and I still struggle with references.  But, in the past 10 years, I’ve memorized a lot of Scripture, and it’s been SO helpful.  I can’t even begin to tell you about all the blessings that come from having God’s Word hidden in your heart.

“Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against God.” -Psalm 119:11

I’ve also been a bit of a drill sergeant when it comes to my kids learning scripture.  Since I didn’t start really learning until my 20’s, I struggle with things like references and long passages of scripture.  But my kids are like little sponges, and they can work on a verse for a few days and they will have it memorized forever.  In spite of starting in my adult life, I’ve learned the way that I learn scripture best and I’m sharing some of my favorite resources and ideas today in hopes that it will help you and your family learn more scripture.

One thing to remember is that memorizing scripture is not just a recite-it-today, yay-for-you, never say it again kind of thing.  Truly hiding God’s Word in your heart takes review, and a lot of it.  The absolute best system I’ve found for memorizing and consistently reviewing scripture is the Charlotte Mason Scripture Memory System.  Charlotte Mason is actually a homeschooler, but this system can be used in any home easily, so if you aren’t a homeschooler, don’t let that scare you off.  Here’s a video of how to use the system.  You can also check out this website https://simplycharlottemason.com/timesavers/memorysys/

This system takes a simple 5-10 minutes each day and can be done first thing in the morning or right before bed.  I love the review element of this system.  My kids and I have learned over 30 passages of scripture in the last 2.5 years with this system, and they can say them better today than they could last year.

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Have I mentioned Seeds Family Worship yet?  I think I probably have….but I honestly can’t say enough good stuff about this ministry.  It has been such a blessing to our family.  We have been able to learn much larger passages of scripture through Seeds music, and it’s not cheesy like so much children’s music (sorry, but it’s true!).  I actually listen to it by myself!  And the best news is that they just released a brand new album and it is the BEST.  YET.  It was released today and I downloaded it this morning.  We’ve been listening all day, and we LOVE IT!  Go to http://www.seedsfamilyworship.net/ to listen, find out more, or buy.  Or look on iTunes!

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I’ve also used iPhone apps in the past to help me memorize  scripture. There are several but there is a free app called Bible Memory Verse that I used.  It was actually a bit addictive.  I don’t know how good it was long term, but it was fun and it couldn’t have hurt!

Posting scripture around my house is another strategy I use.  It’s most effective when placed in areas you stand most often.  For me, that’s the kitchen sink, the oven, my desk…etc.  This has been pretty effective for me over the years.

Letting the scripture transform you is probably one of the best ways to memorize. Allowing His word to penetrate your heart is above any scripture memory system. When I introduce a new scripture to my kids, we discuss it, we spend some time just thinking about it, and then we begin to learn it. Even in our review, I’ll occasionally ask one of the kids what that verse means to them so that they are always thinking and letting God’s Word sink deeper into their hearts. I do this in my personal time as well by meditating on a scripture passage.

For children, the power of art is something that we must remember to unleash often. My girls are pre-readers, so I will often draw out a verse for them. It’s never complicated. The other day, we had the verse,

“Let the peace of God rule in your heart, and give thanks.” Colossians 3:15

So on one index card I put water marks to represent peace. On a second card, I drew a heart, and on a third card, I drew a hand raised giving thanks. You’d be amazed how quickly they picked up on it. And, even my newly-turned three-year-old was able to put the cards in order and say the verse. Even kids Isaac’s age generally enjoy drawing and would benefit from drawing pictures of Bible verses.  And don’t forget that it’s effective for adults too!  So if you’re a visual learner, break out your colored pencils and draw away!

No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to begin memorizing scripture. I really believe that we need to have as much scripture as possible in our hearts for those moments in life when we need a Bible but don’t have one. I think it’s becoming more important every day to hide scripture in our hearts. In Deuteronomy chapter 6, it talks about binding the scriptures to you, writing them on the doorposts, talking about them when you sit and when you stand, when you lie down and when you rise. I don’t think there’s ever been a time in history when this is more necessary than now. We need to be constantly talking about the Scriptures, showing our children that the Word of God is important to us. Take the time to memorize scripture. It will not be time wasted…I promise!

What’s your favorite way to memorize scripture?

Sometimes I can be found here throughout the week:

 

A Mama’s Story http://amamasstory.com/

The Modest Mom Blog http://www.themodestmomblog.com

What Joy is Mine http://www.whatjoyismine.net

Misty Leask http://www.mistyleask.com/being-real-interrupter/

Hearts for Home: http://www.gracedsimplicity.com

Thriving Thursday http://www.servingjoyfully.com

Weekly Goals

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I don’t know why I was so ambitious last week with my goal-setting.  I think I was just so excited to get back to my goal-setting routine that I went crazy and totally forgot how hectic my week was going to be.  I completely overshot my goals this past week, so I’m just almost embarrassed to post, but for accountability sake, I’m doing it anyway!  Ha!

Spiritual Goals:

  1. Daily Bible Reading & Prayer
  2. Spend time in prayer for each child and their specific needs, as well as for our country, leaders, and for revival

Family Goals:

  1. Family Time x 3  We did 1 family time this week
  2. Prepare Adoption Paperwork
  3. Schedule Physicals for each Family Member Not so much…
  4. Play with my Kids daily-Emphasis on Physical Education
  5. Lydia-Dr Appt at Arkansas Children’s Hospital She has an upper GI scheduled for the 22nd.  Prayers are appreciated.  🙂

Home Goals:

  1. Deep Cleaning Ha!  That’s funny!
  2. One Load Laundry Every Day 
  3. Install Additional Smoke Alarms & Take Care of Safety Issues in the Kitchen  Fail!

Church Goals:

  1. Write cards to Sunday School Class. Fail
  2. Prepare Roots Materials  Fail
  3. Order Curriculum

Physical Goals:

  1. Track eating on Loseit.com App Does 2 out of 7 days count?
  2. Drink only water, coffee in the morning  Nope
  3. Walk one mile per day (Leslie Sansone is my favorite exercise DVD series)

Social Goals:

  1. Touch base with friends by text message.  Nope
  2. Reschedule dinner w/family that we had to cancel last week.  Nope

Financial Goals:

  1. $30 Incidental Limit  Nope
  2. Purchase Grill

Legacy Goals:

  1. Journal Entry for Lydia’s Birthday! Happy Birthday Lydia!
  2. Blog Posts x 3  I started like 6, but only ended up with 2.

Mental Goals:

  1. Finish reading The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst and continue reading Glorious Ruin  Nah…
  2. Begin working on handmade baby gifts.
  3. Personal time x 1 + Daily Porch Time (It’s FALL y’all!)

So needless to say, between birthdays and training and school and a million other things, last week was a bad week to be ambitious.  And actually, September is a terrible month to be ambitious about my goals.  So, that being said, I am scaling down my goals.  One of my big goals for this week is going to be SLEEP because I’m so tired!  So, here goes…

Spiritual Goals:

1.  Daily Bible Reading & Prayer

Family Life:

1.  Home Schooling

2.  Hannah’s 4 year old check-up

3.  Visit Nanny Mary

Home Life

1.  Deep Clean House

2.  Prepare Adoption Paperwork

3.  Install Smoke Alarms & Address Safety Issues in the Home

4.  Daily Load of Laundry

Church Life

1.  Prepare Roots materials

2.  Look over new curriculum

Physical Life

1.  Get extra sleep

2.  Exercise x 2 this week

Social Life

1  Dinner with friends this weekend.

Financial Life

Legacy Goal

1.  Journal Entry for Adoption Journal

2.  Blog Posts x 3

Mental Life

1.  Read Glorious Ruin, Finish The Best Yes, and begin The Connected Child

2.  Daily Porch Time

3.  Continue working on baby gifts

What are your goals?