February's Mini Elephants

It's hard to believe that the first month of 2012 is already almost over! Is it just me or does time seem to go by faster and faster every year? I hope you enjoyed the goal-setting series in January. I know it really helped me to think through my own goals as well. This past Friday, I had the opportunity to go on my first extended time with the Lord (in my husband's office while waiting for my daughter who was serving at MOPS!) and during that time, I asked Him what He wanted me to do this upcoming month. Here are some of my "baby elephants" that I'll be trying to take on, as well as some of the progress (or catch-up) for each.

1. Work through Ephesians 4 (Was able to finish Ephesians 1 and half of 2). 2. Memorize Ephesians 2 (I am just about done with Ephesians 1!). 3. Read Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes (finished reading my first book, Sacred Marriage, and am actually reading a "bonus" book, Sacred Influence, both by Gary Thomas). 4. Plan and enjoy working with my husband at our first (and hopefully not last!) marriage retreat of the year, set for Feb. 3-5. Next weekend...yikes!  5. Plan for Valentine's Day---food, little treats for kids, and gift for husband. (Already started...now to finish!) 6. Help my husband get our house packed up and ready for moving out by Feb. 8. (started with the kitchen and bathroom so far and maybe giving away or tossing about 20%.) 7. Finish going through college planning with Janna and helping her develop a potential business. (We'll be learning together on that one!)  8. Finish up World War I study with Matthew. 9. Spend time with Jonathan learning about Valentine's Day and our body and how we can use it for God. 10. Begin a nutrition 101 study with the kids, finish chapter 1. 11. Establish a new chore routine and schedule that fits our new living situation by the end of the month. 12. Get together with one girlfriend. 13. Complete the set up of my marriage 101 site for my class, hopefully by this week. (This is one I wanted done last month, so it's a catch-up goal.)  14. Complete outline for the rest of my class this semester (so I'm not doing it the week before!). 15. Complete scrapbook pages on Jonathan's 4th birthday, Matthew's 10th birthday and Janna's 15th birthday (write letters to them) and our road trip to Sacramento (for Anah). 

So, these are the things that I think the Lord wants me to work on this month. Now, I'll need to work them into the weekly and daily calendar! I'll report back at the end of the month and let you know how I did! How's that for accountabilty?

Hope you'll join me over the next month as we look at different "love gifts" that we can give our husbands and children. I'll be starting tomorrow, so come on back as we dive in!