Working Willingly 7/2: My Goals for July!!

It’s Monday and a new month which means I have several things going on today. Today I get to create some new goals for the month of July. I also get to plan a weeks worth of healthy and delicious meals for my family and choose a new book or two to read for July.

In January I challenged myself to read at least one book per month in 2012. So far, I’ve been reading between one and three books each month. In June I read these two and I will share a review of them along with my July choices in a few days. You can always see which books I’ve read this year by checking out the Amazon book widget on the bottom right side of my blog.

In addition to reading goals, I have set some July goals in several other areas as well.

HOMEMAKING

  • Be consistent in menu planning and grocery shopping.
  • Let the children help with house upkeep while they are out of school for the summer.

PARENTING

  • Read with the children.
  • Plan weekly outdoor activities for the kids that allow me to work while they play.
  • Be available.

FAITH

  • Read my bible daily.
  • Pray for and with family and friends.
  • Pray daily with my husband.
  • Pray regarding prayer request from my readers.
  • Schedule quiet times to meditate on Gods word.
  • Continue taking notes on what God is saying to me through scripture, prayer and other believers.

FINANCES/RESOURCES

  • Look for opportunities to be a blessing to others.
  • Be a prudent manager over our resources.

MARRIAGE

  • Plan a few dates with Mr. P.
  • Be available.

Goals for this week.

FAITH:

  • Bible Reading: Read Bible everyday.

“Dogs bark, roosters crow, Christians read their Bibles everyday.” — Pastor Ken Jumper

  • Prayer: Monday – Sunday
  1. – Prayer with and for my husband
  2. – Prayer with and for my children
  3. – Intercessory prayer for my family and others
  4. -Prayer request from friends, family, church and A Proverbs Wife readers.
  • Personal Discipleship: I will share my July reading list soon.

This Weeks Memory Verse

 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3 KJV

Training My Children:

I’m Reading: I will share my July reading list soon.

Kids/Family Daily Bible reading – Alone and with parents using the At Home Bible reading plan from church for the month of July.

  • 1 John 4:19-21
  • 1 John 4:7
  • 1 John 14:1-5
  • James 1:27

Character Training: Choosing to do the right thing even when it’s tough.

Memory Verse:

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39 NIV

 

Working Willingly 4/30: My Plans, Goals and Fun Finds for this week

It’s Monday which means that I’m sitting somewhere cozy with a hot cup of coffee and planning out my week. Before I share my weeks goals I want to share a recap of this weekend.

I spent the weekend working on several projects that I’ll share soon. The den and master bedroom remodel is coming together so nicely and I can’t wait until everything is complete.

To complete the projects I started this weekend, I had to pick up a few things from the Home Depot and the Dollar Tree. While at the Dollar Tree I spotted the new line of organization tools and some other goodies worth sharing.

First let’s talk about the new fun colored baskets. In the picture below, the third row from the bottom was filled with all new baskets that range from square to rectangle and from shallow to deep.

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These fun colored baskets can be used for organizing anything around your home.

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They’d be great in a girls room too. I didn’t pick up any baskets this weekend, but plan to grab a few when I start updating my daughters room in a few weeks.

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The other thing I wanted to mention were the wall decals below. There are lot’s of styles to choose from. There are girl or boy themed decals and also quotes for neutral areas like living rooms.

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I saw several princess-y styled decals that could work in my daughters bedroom but I didn’t buy them since I wasn’t sure how these would look on an actual wall.

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I did pick up a neutral decal to test it out.

The one I bought allowed me to see the scale and the durability of the decal adhesion. These decals are removable, so they can be repositioned several times with no problem. They are also more vivid then what it looks like in the picture taken below with my iPhone camera.

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I really like the decals but because of the size, I would not use them in a large space such as my den. I do think that a grouping of the princes themed ones will be perfect for my daughters bedroom.

I have lot’s of homemaking projects planned, some in progress and some that I need to begin.

Here are some of my major home making projects for April through May.

1. Sand walls in the den.

2. Finish painting the den.

3. Touch up paint kids bathroom.

4. Update my ‘Home Inspiration’ notebook.

5. File paperwork.

6. Re-paint master bedroom dresser and nightstand.

7. Re-Organize Office Desk.

8. Work on mirrors and artwork for bedroom and den walls.

9. Touch up paint on den moulding.

10. Touch up paint on windowsills (entire house).

11. Clean tops of kitchen cabinets.

12. Clean inside both refrigerators.

13. Clean deep freezer.

Homemaking Projects for 2012

1. Paint the bathroom accent wall and newly installed floating shelf.

2. Find a dresser for the bathroom that will allow for more storage.

3. Paint (white) and reinstall current bathroom shelf.

4. Update den wall molding.

5. Paint youngest son and youngest daughters bedrooms.

6. Make headboards from youngest son and daughter.

7. Make guitar holder for youngest son.

8. Finish daughters dresser (sand and paint)

9. Sod backyard.

10. Add dirt to front yard to level lawn.

Goals for this week.

FAITH:

  • Bible Reading: Read Bible everyday.

“Dogs bark, roosters crow, Christians read their Bibles everyday.” — Pastor Ken Jumper

  • Prayer: Monday – Sunday
  1. – Prayer with and for my husband
  2. – Prayer with and for my children
  3. – Intercessory prayer for my family and others
  4. -Prayer request from friends, family, church and A Proverbs Wife readers.

This Weeks Memory Verse

 “Thou therefore, my (daughter), be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” II Timothy 2:1

Training My Children:

I’m Reading: Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel

Kids/Family Daily Bible reading – Alone and with parents using the At Home Bible reading plan from church for the month of May.

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Character Training: Working through the fears and relying on Gods faith.

Memory Verse:

“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  II Timothy 3: 14-15

 

Working Willingly 4/23: My Plans for this week plus my homemaking goals

It’s Monday which means that I’m sitting somewhere cozy with a hot cup of coffee and planning out my week. I’ve already begun working on one homemaking project which was to clean my deep freezer from top to bottom. It turned out to be more work than expected because I went in without a plan. I made some serious preparation mistakes that cost me unnecessary cleaning time so I’ll be sharing to process with you and what I learned so that you don’t make the same mistakes that I did.

I have lot’s of homemaking projects planned and some changes to how I keep my home management system organized.

Here are some of my major home making projects for April.

1. Sand walls in the den.

2. Finish painting the den.

3. Touch up paint kids bathroom.

4. Update my ‘Home Inspiration’ notebook.

5. File paperwork.

Homemaking Projects for 2012

1. Paint the bathroom accent wall and newly installed floating shelf.

2. Find a dresser for the bathroom that will allow for more storage.

3. Paint (white) and reinstall current bathroom shelf.

4. Update den wall molding.

5. Paint youngest son and youngest daughters bedrooms.

6. Make headboards from youngest son and daughter.

7. Make guitar holder for youngest son.

8. Finish daughters dresser (sand and paint)

9. Sod backyard.

10. Add dirt to front yard to level lawn.

Goals for this week.

FAITH:

  • Bible Reading: Read Bible everyday.

“Dogs bark, roosters crow, Christians read their Bibles everyday.” — Pastor Ken Jumper

  • Prayer: Monday – Sunday
  1. – Prayer with and for my husband
  2. – Prayer with and for my children
  3. – Intercessory prayer for my family and others
  4. -Prayer request from friends, family, church and A Proverbs Wife readers.

This Weeks Memory Verse

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

Training My Children:

I’m Reading: Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel

Kids/Family Daily Bible reading – Alone and with parents using the At Home Bible reading plan from church for the month of April.

  • Matthew 28:20
  • Psalm 25:5
  • Isaiah 40:31
  • Isaiah 58:11

Character Training: Choosing to do the right thing even when it’s tough.

Memory Verse:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

 

Working Willingly: My plans for the week of 2/13 and meal Ideas

Working from home on Monday’s is tough for me because after everyone has left for school and work I still have to look at the fallout from the weekend.

Right now, there is clean laundry on the couch, dishes in the dishwasher, tons of laundry to be done, weekly menus to be planned all on top of working on my blog.

I like to sit on the couch and work instead of in my office, but not on Monday’s. If I work from the couch the clothes will keep taunting me to fold and put them away.

The pile of magazines and papers on the living room table will snicker at me as I type up posts and reply to emails.

Monday’s are tough for me.

The perfectionist in me wants to make the house spotless before I began working on my blog but I won’t do it. If I do, I’ll be worn out and stressed trying to get blogging done before everyone gets home.

What I’ll do is follow my husband’s advice and ignore the clothes until everyone gets home this evening and when I close my laptop this afternoon we will work together to get the house cleaned up.

It’s weird for me to follow that plan because I equate a clean house to self-worth. For years I felt that if my home was clean I was doing this wife and mom thing correctly. Even though I know that’s not true I still struggle with myself on the issue.

So today I’m ignoring the clothes and the piles of paper.

Here are some of my for this week.

1.) FAITH:

  • Bible Reading: I read a chapter from Proverbs each day and whatever else God lays on my heart.
  • Prayer: Monday – Sunday
  1. – Prayer with and for my husband
  2. – Prayer with and for my children
  3. – Intercessory prayer for my family and others
  4. -Prayer request from church and blog readers

Don’t forget to head over to the prayer forum and leave your prayer needs.

3.) DINNER MENU

MONDAY
D~ Flounder and California Mix steamed veggies

TUESDAY
D~ Spaghetti and Cheesy Garlic Bread

WEDNESDAY
D~ Arroz Con Pollo with Red or Black beans

THURSDAY
D~ Po’ Mans Soup over steamed rice

FRIDAY
D~ Hot wings and baked potato

4.) Homemaking

Den: begin preparing the floors for our DIY hardwood installation. Pick out and purchase paint colors.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

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Working Willingly: My plans for the week of 1/23 and meal Ideas

I hope everyone is having a great start to the week. I am super excited about what I have planned. Some of my plans include a freezer cooking session to prepare three meals that will be great time savers in February.

Later today I’ll be sharing pictures of how I organize my stockpile. I’ll take you on a picture tour from start to finish of how I sort and keep everything tidy.

Tomorrow I’ll share the first in a 12 month Fashion Flashback series. Each month I’ll share a few shots of what I wore throughout the month. It’s part of my challenge to continue making the art of dressing my best a priority.

Here are some of my for this week.

1.) FAITH:

  • Bible Reading: Genesis 14:1-16, Matthew 26:36-46, 1 Samuel 14:1-15, Luke 4:1-13, Hebrews 10:19-39
  • Prayer: Monday – Sunday
  1. – Prayer with and for my husband
  2. – Prayer with and for my children
  3. – Intercessory prayer for my family and others
  4. -Prayer request from church and blog readers

Don’t forget to head over to the prayer forum and leave your prayer needs.

2.) READING

The Resolution for Women – This is what I’m reading for the month of January. Look for a review mid January and at the end of the month.

The Story of David Livingstone – The children take turns reading aloud to us 15 minutes per day. This is our reading selection for January.

3.) DINNER MENU

MONDAY
D~ Chicken Enchiladas

TUESDAY
D~ Baked Lemon Pepper Talapia and Cabbage

WEDNESDAY
D~ Sloppy Joe, Baked Potato and Green Beans

THURSDAY
D~ Arroz Con Pollo

FRIDAY
D~ Beef and Mushroom Stew

4.) Homemaking

Freezer cooking: Roast Sticky Chicken, Simmering Chinese Chicken and Chipolte Meatball Mix.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

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Working Willingly: My plans for the week, meal Ideas and a peek at my DIY Rosette Headband

When the kids are sick…

it seems as if I don’t get much done but that’s alright. In my 18 years as a mom I’ve learned to drop all of my goals and expectations when my kids are sick.

My youngest took sick with a fever and wheezing last Wednesday at school and I’ve had to take him to the pediatrician twice already.

Then my 6th grader was experiencing some pain so I had to take him to the pediatrician. Now are three of my children are sick with cold and flu symptoms.

So we will most likely extend their vacation time an additional day to see if they are feeling better by Wednesday.

Even with the kids being sick, I was able to work on some  Do-It-Yourself, How-To projects and do some organizing. I went through my files and organized things a bit. I then worked on some hair candy.

I’ve been meaning to try my hand at making Rossettes and was able to make three of them which I’ll share soon. In the meantime here’s a peek at one of them.


I even attached a piece of fabric in the back to make them interchangeable with different color headbands. This partcilaur Rosette goes well with a white, yellow, green, black, gray or aqua blue headband. I’ll show you how easy it is to switch them out in a later post.

Here are some of my goals for this week.

1.) FAITH:

  • Bible Reading: Judges 6:11-24, Judges 6:25-40, Mark 10:17-31, Philippians 3:12-21, Joshua 24:14-28, Genesis 14:1-16, Matthew 26:36-46
  • Prayer: Monday – Sunday
  1. – Prayer with and for my husband
  2. – Prayer with and for my children
  3. – Intercessory prayer for my family and others
  4. -Prayer request from church and blog readers

Don’t forget to head over to the prayer forum and leave your prayer needs.

2.) READING

The Resolution for Women – This is what I’m reading for the month of January. Look for a review mid January and at the end of the month.

The Story of David Livingstone – The children take turns reading aloud to us 15 minutes per day. This is our reading selection for January.

3.) DINNER MENU

MONDAY
D~15 Bean Soup over Steamed Rice

TUESDAY
D~ Beef Stew and Potatoes over Steamed Rice with Broccoli

WEDNESDAY
D~Baked Talapia and 15 Bean Soup

THURSDAY
D~ Cheese Steak Subs and Salad

FRIDAY
D~ Tacos with Red Beans and Rice

4.) Homemaking

Repaint repaired wall project.

Continue starting dinner in the mornings (makes dinner time less burdensome)

Prepare Mr. P’s work meals and breakfast a day in advance. We’ve been wasting a lot of money on Mr. P eating out because I have been to busy (not prioritizing) to prepare his meals

Re-purpose an old shirt of my and a old shirt of my daughters into a skirt for her.

Grocery shopping.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

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Working Willingly: My Plans for the week and Meal Ideas

We are nine days into the year…

and I can say that many of the changes I’ve implemented into my life and this blog are looking good.

The prayer forum has been an amazing blessing to me and hopefully to you as well. It’s really helping me to be more intentional about praying for the concerns of others and to be less ‘ME’ focused.

I’ve also been getting tons of enjoyment from the Do-It-Yourself and How-To projects. It’s been a huge motivation for me the get little projects done around here.

Here are some of my goals for this week.

1.) FAITH:

  • Bible Reading: Romans 5:1-11, Mark 5:25-34, Genesis 22:1-19, Joshua 1:1-9, Genesis 32:22-32, 1 John 5:1-5, Mark 16:14-20
  • Prayer: Monday – Sunday
  1. – Prayer with and for my husband
  2. – Prayer with and for my children
  3. – Intercessory prayer for my family and others
  4. -Prayer request from church and blog readers

2.) READING

The Resolution for Women – This is what I’m reading for the month of January. Look for a review mid January and at the end of the month.

The Story of David Livingstone – The children take turns reading aloud to us 15 minutes per day. This is our reading selection for January.

3.) DINNER MENU

MONDAY
D~Crockpot Lasagna (I’ll share a pictorial soon) and Salad

TUESDAY
D~ Bar-B-Que Chicken with Rice and Cabbage

WEDNESDAY
D~Fish and Baked Potato

THURSDAY
D~Spaghetti and Corned Bread

FRIDAY
D~ Buffalo Chicken Dip and Fresh Veggies

4.) Homemaking

Take down the Christmas Tree.

Take pictures of Master Bedroom closet organizing project.

Continue starting dinner in the mornings (makes dinner time less burdensome)

Prepare Mr. P’s work meals and breakfast a day in advance. We’ve been wasting a lot of money on Mr. P eating out because I have been to busy (not prioritizing) to prepare his meals

Re-purpose an old shirt of my and a old shirt of my daughters into a skirt for her.

Grocery shopping.

Make some crockpot chicken for the freezer.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

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