Monday, March 10, 2014

Broken Computer and a Breaking Heart

In case you haven't noticed...I haven't been around! Our computer has only worked about one week of this entire year. We were saving for a new one but the money isn't quite there to buy it yet, so here I sit. Typing on my ipad.

I've been working away on my goals for the year. It's going well, but man, this sure has been a tough year on me emotionally. Dan has started a new business and its been so very busy. I think he worked every single day in February. Brighton got pneumonia again, poor guy. I'm so happy to report he's doing better than ever now! February slipped by and it felt as though I was watching from the outside. There were so many sleepless nights and days I just had to push through, by the time it was over I don't think I knew what in the world happened!

My wonderful grandparents are both in care of hospice. As of 2 weeks ago they gave them both 6 months to live. As of last week they gave my grandpa 1 month.

I can hardly bring myself to think about it. They have both played a huge role in my life. Especially with their comfort and prayers during my long, hard years with Jaiden. My mind goes back to the scent of their home, my grandpa's vioce singing, "oh my darlin' oh my darlin' oh my darlin' clementine."  I can smell my grandma's cooking and hear the pressure cooker on the stove. I can see her worn bible laying on the table with a cup of coffee. I know this is a natural part of life but my heart aches. I can't even type this without tears streaming down my face.

We stopped in to visit them a few days ago. My grandpa (though he can't speak anymore) was thrilled we were there and hugged me for the longest time. We will go and visit them as much as we can until we can't anymore.

It's spring break around here. We are Spring cleaning and hanging out with friends all week. The sun is out and the birds are chirping. This is such a delightful time of year, I refuse to miss it! The boys and I "went" on a trip around the world this morning. Did you read Ann Voskamp's weekend blog? There are stunning pictures that take you on a mini vacation. You should really check it out! We had coffee, hot chocolate, and a globe in hand. It sure was a nice way to start the week!

They are now in the den playing blokus and monopoly...waiting on me to make some lunch. I better get to it!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Developing New Habits

Well, hello 2014. I just love new beginnings. I'm a list maker and love writing goals. I have only just started achieving these goals in the last 2-3 years. One thing I learned is I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and nothing on my own strength.

1) One thing that I'm working through is reading the whole Bible. I absolutely love reading the Word but have never read it all the way through. I printed a bible plan for slackers (haha) that's not dated it just has what you need to read on Sundays,  Mondays etc.  it's ok if you skip a day because each day is in a different book, so the next week you can easily pick up where you left off.

2) I'd love to read at least 2 books a month. My booklist is so very long and I have about 4 going at once. I'd like to read at least 2 full books each month.

3) I really need to organize my computer. It's really out of control. I also want to take more pictures and blog more. I don't have my camera this week, but decided to blog anyways. See there?! (grin)

I'm coming up with ideas and a blog schedule as we speak!

4) Budget better and eat out less. This helps in many ways. If we eat out less, our budget will automatically get better. I really need to free up some of our money to work on this house. We are planning a few remodels this year that I can't wait to share!

I also want eating out and eating sweets to be a real treat for all of us. Remember when we were kids and going out to eat or getting homemade cookies only happened a few times a year? What a treat it was! I'd like it to be similar feeling for the boys.

5) get healthy again. We used to eat so healthy and workout 3 times a week. I didn't even think about it, I just did it. The past few years I've despised even thinking about it. In 2013 I lost over 10 lbs and at least gained a want to do it. My goal is just a little bit each day until it becomes a habit I love.

That's really it as far as new goals for me. I always have homeschool, parenting, and wife goals going on. I'm excited for this year and can't wait to share it with you all!

Do you make goals at the beginning of the year?

If so, what are they?

I'd love to pray and encourage you in yours!


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