It’s the last day of January, so it’s time to reflect on those New Year’s resolutions and see how I am doing.

  • Continue to work on finding balance. Do what it takes to devote time to the kids, husband, and myself, but keeping in mind the correct order of priorities. Doing OK on this one. I actually passed up on a few things that I would have loved to do, but I have too much on my plate right now. I was thinking the other day of blocking out some times during the year to focus on one big project at a time. Like until Feb 23 is Scrapfest, March through June is my Library of Memories Class, July and August may end of being house months. Lots of things around here I need some time to focus on. etc. That is the mental plan right now. In addition I am coming up with a new set of computer rules for myself – when I can and can’t be on, cutting my time back a bit. I think this will help immensely.
  • As a part of that, I want to work on my attitude of servanthood. I know that we are to be servants like Jesus was. I want to have that attitude with my family, and also find a way to practice that attitude in my community some this year too. This is always simmering in the back of my mind, but in all honesty, I haven’t done anything concrete with it. Let me see what I can come up with and get back to you.
  • Also as part of that (I need lots of work on balance.) I want to work on devoting some time to God on a regular basis through prayer, Bible reading, and devotions. I think I am also on the cusp of adding an element of memorization to that – some prayers or Bible verses. Maybe one per week. The Holy Spirit is knocking on my door about some things now (won’t leave me alone in fact). I am not ready to talk about it just yet, but He is being mighty persistent.  Ok, the memorization is NOT happening. I do have a link for a great memorization method. We have been using something similar to help Olivia remember her full name, age, city and state, and mom and dad’s names. I will implement that in February and see if that helps. I have been working through some other things under this heading, so will have to be satisfied with that at the moment.
  • Be nicer to my kids when I am frustrated. I need to remember that two years old is only two years old and take a deep breath. Praying about this often. This didn’t happen often at any rate, but this past month has been much improved.
  • Cut back the reliance I have developed on the TV as a babysitter.  For the majority of days this month, the TV time was something I felt OK with. We are going to continue to cut things back. I have kind of given myself a pass a little on this one until after Feb. 23.
  • Some time before the end of the year develop a regular exercise program (at least three days a week). I am giving myself lots of time for this one… Well, we bought a double jogger, and I have been walking with it. Right now I am scheduled to go two days a week with a friend and we have been. I am most happy with the progress on this one.

    Another thing we have done recently is hired a babysitter. She will come every Tuesday afternoon and give me a few hours to go get my hair or nails done, do some shopping, schedule appointments, go sit at Barnes and Nobles and have a cup of coffee or whatever. We start next Tuesday, and I am really excited. Matt has been trying to get me to do this for a while.