That time of year again.  I really do put a lot of thought into my goals for the year and really do try to work on these items through out the year.  This year I am basing my goals on a book I am currently reading.  I am not done with the book so I won’t have goals in each area yet, but it is a start.   I am reading Life Management for Busy Woman: Living Out God’s Plan with Passion and Purpose by Elizabeth George.    So my areas to work on are based on her book.


Each year I try to have a motto or focus for the year.  Last year I embraced the Flylady Motto, THRIVE in 2005.   And I think I did!   This year my Motto is………..


Make Time for What Matters in 2006!




But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.  – Isaiah 40:31

This is a new goal area for me this year.  I found I didn’t enjoy group bible study very much, but did want to increase my knowledge of God’s word.   I started the Bible reading plan while on vacation after Christmas.  I have read, Revelations, Genesis and now am working on Job.    It has generated some great conversation with hubby and my oldest son, Josh.  I read things and go “did you know that?”.  


The first thing I do each morning is complete my Bible reading for the day.   I actually look forward to it and it only takes about 15 minutes and starts my day off on the right foot.  I also want my children to see me reading the Bible as well as my usual books that I read.    Make time for what Matters!!   I need to reinforce to them that the Word of God matters! 




…glorify God in your Body… – 1 Corinthians 6:20

  • exercise 3 times a week
  • Take my medications regularly to keep asthma under control. 
  • Get to goal weight and maintain   (10# more to lose for LIFETIME at Weight Watchers!)
  • Track my Points Daily
  • Daily spend 15 minutes doing something for me: Reading, devotionals

“The Best exercise is to exercise discretion at the dining table!”

  • Have a Monthly Craft Evening – Scrapbook at least one page a month. 






This is my beloved, and this is my friend.  – Song of Solomon 5:16


GOAL:  Grow in a Christian marriage and nurture a life-long friendship and build a permanent, rewarding relationship with my husband. 

  • Help my Husband – The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18
  • Follow my hubby’s leadershipWives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.  – Ephesians 5:22
  • Respect my hubbyHowever, each of you also must love his with as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.  – Ephesians 5:33  – Never talk about him & Ask him about things.
  • Love my HubbyThen they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children. – Titus 2:4

This area matters the most to me.   Anyone who knows me, knows I am a bit of a control freak.  I like everything very organized and routine, etc.   My hubby is not like that necessarily.   So it is hard for me to turn over things to him, but that is something I really need to work on and I know it.   I use the scripture verses a lot to remind me of this.  


As for the scripture verses, I tend to be very quiet about my faith.  I hold it to be a personal thing, but I find strength in these verses so I wanted to include them here as well.   Maybe you will find strength in these words as well.  



Motherhood is a privilege, and our children our crowning glory. –  (1 Timothy 2:15) 

It is not hard to make a child or a tree grow right if you train them when they’re young, but to make them straighten out after you’ve allowed things to go wrong is not an each matter” – Henry Ward Beecher

Be generous with praise – cautious with criticism.


·       Apply for Financial Aide and College

·       Give him his own bedroom

·       Make Graduation Scrapbook

·       Make Graduation Video



·       Stay the course

·       Praise and encourage

·       Move Erik into an upstairs bedroom



·       Have one on one time with Tommy to teach him. – Wednesday Nights

·       Learn Lower Class Letters

·       One project or activity a week for Mommy and Tommy


The best gift you can give a child is to love their father.



She watches over the ways of her household.  – Proverbs 31:27

 Every wise woman builds her house but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.  Proverbs 14:1

  • Do my Zones Each month
  • Declutter the basement

I have a pretty good system and handle on this area of my life.  It is just to continue with my routines. 



 Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousnes, and all these things shall be added to you.  – Matthew 6:33

  •  Pay extra towards principle on loans/Debts -EACH MONTH
  • Begin Deferred Compensations account for retirement




A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.  – Proverbs 17:17

Do not forsake your own friend. – Proverbs 27:10

·       Send Birthday cards to Family and Friends

·       Write letters to friends.








 Having then gift differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them.  – Romans 12:6




As you can see my list of goals aren’t done.  But I wanted to share what I have been working on.   I will add to each area as I read the chapters in the Elizabeth George book and reflect on how it relates to my life.  I should be done in a few days. 


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  1. I agree with all your goals, this is very extensive, wow! Well thought-out and right on. GL!

    And thank you for the baby food comment–I did Super Baby Food w/EJ, I was the puree queen with ice cube trays full of sweet potato, mango, avocado, banana, etc. And he ate it all! Something happened when I tried to transition him to non-pureed that he just stagnated, even reverted back to depending on the super-smoothness of the jars (maybe it was when I went back to work and switched to more jars). SO I just want to be sure to be more vigilant this time around and not let up, ya know? I agree with you that the autism was a factor, but I still want to be vigilant knowing what I do now…blah blah blah…sorry to monopolize your blog!

    Love your goals, you are going to achieve them, I know it!

  2. Great start with the 2006 goals girl!  You have inspired me to write my goals publicly.  I do an excercise similiar to yours every year, but I have never published them and I hope I can inspire others as you are doing!

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