May's Mini Elephants

Well, another month is come and gone. Let's see how we did this time around... April's Goals:

For marriage:

1. Reading chapter 1 of What Did You Expect? (We have a date to discuss this April 25. I am planning to read it the week of April 11 when my husband is out of town.)

2. Financial decisions discussion (scheduled for April 18)  Though we didn't get through everything. We may need to revisit.

For kids:

3. Play dates for each child with a friend this month during spring break. (Jon: April 3, Matthew: April 5-6 birthday sleepover with friends, Janna: TBD)   Thankful for our house on the church grounds that has allowed us to do this and then some!

For family:

4. Holy week (week before Easter) activities as a family. Okay, but not as much as I would like. Plan earlier next year.

5. One family over for dinner, April 28 or 29.

For school: Complete all these by April 16.

6. Janna: Write the business course syllabus in detail, buy Micro Business for Teens curriculum, all by April 16.

7. Jonathan: Switching to and helping him to learn how to use workbox system of sorts while I teach Matthew so he can also be "doing school".

8. Matthew: Write out specific topics for notebook pages.

For me:

9. Get together with at least 3 moms this month, over spring break.  Was able to get together with 4 moms!

10. Work through sessions 1-3 of my Twelve scrapbook course, going through the email assignments for January, making a list of 12 pages to make, one per category. Finish by April 30.  This assignment was half completed. I only got through session 1, which was a lot more than last time!

11. Read Homeschooling at the Speed of Life and The Hunger Games (gotta see what the hype is all about!). I actually read the entire Hunger Games trilogy and watched the movie too!

For ministry:

12. Finish sessions 11 and 12 of For Better or Best class by April 22. Most importantly, I want to finish well.

13. Complete articles for Marriage 101, sessions 1-12, 3 extras minimum per session (36 pages) by April 30.

14. Email all the moms in my class personally by the end of April.

15. Write out plans for a moms' coaching ministry by April 30 so I can start piloting it in May.

16. Prepare workshop and speak at Parenting Conference, April 21.

Writing and research:

17. Write out Ephesians Bible study by April 30.

18. Sacred Marriage journal, work through half of chapters. (I'm going to keep at this goal until it gets done! I will split it in half and work on it through May.)

19. For May newsletter: Psalm 127, homemaking ideas into ebook, marriage communication ebook (excerpts from class), raising girls. Completed it but did not follow this plan.

20. For blog: Spring Cleaning series. Retitled: Home Improvement.


21. Take kids' annual photos, April 12.

22. Clean out at least another 15 boxes by April 30.

23. Finish memorizing up to Ephesians 3. (Almost there!)

Pretty productive this month! I think what helped me the most was taking the big jobs and being even more specific, breaking them down into chunks and assigning myself ten even smaller goals each week. I also had some chunks of time where I plowed through a bunch of little things that were along the same vein, such as writing out plans and vision for the Ephesians Bible study and coaching program.

Okay, now let's look ahead to...

May's Goals:

For marriage:

1. Read chapter 2 of What Did You Expect? and write three questions for discussion by May 23.

2. Pray over and discuss transition back into our home, possibly by the end of the month.

3. Pray over our children and next year's goals for them by the end of the month.

4. Plan and prepare meal for Day with Jesus on May 19.

For family:

5. Planning for home: Consider my workflow in the home, organizational needs, and research options. Work out plans and specific projects for my recipe files, school files, and craft supplies by the end of the month.

6. Bible study on money---prepare and research.

7. Enjoy one family Sabbath by the end of the month.

8. Develop Do Hard Things into a curriculum for my kids.

9. Have one family over by the end of the month.

For school:

10. Janna: Brainstorm and write a preliminary business plan, finish chapters 2-4 in text.

11. Read our third Charles Dickens novel: TBD

12. Begin development of girls' study using Beautiful Girlhood.

13. Matthew: Finish WWII unit study

14. Read Miracles on Maple Hill.

15. Start keyboarding lessons.

16. Jonathan: Plan out 50 new activities for his school workboxes by the end of the month.

17. Write a unit study on creation.

18. Design block and art activity centers with 5- 10 activities.

19. Spend one day on my personal retreat (see below) writing and planning ahead for next academic year.

20. Read five chapters of Fine Motor Development in Children with Down Syndrome, one per week.

For me:

21. Get together with one mom by the end of the month.

22. Write my journaling for my twelve pages, select pictures and layouts.

23. Read A Praying Life by Paul Miller and if time, The Money Saving Mom's Budget by Crystal Paine.

24. Go on a personal retreat, May 14-17. One day for personal reflection, one day for school preparation, one day for Mom University development.

25. Pray over and decide on what to do about personal coaching by the end of the month: when, who, how long, how I will finance it.

For ministry:

26. Complete my Marriage 101 articles, six per week, by May 31.

27. Pray over and gather a "Mom Board" for Mom University. Share the vision with 10 moms.

28. Update my blog with a new look to celebrate my one year online: by the end of the month.

29. Work on my Facebook page for Mom University and post at least once a day. Develop a schedule.

30. Develop Mom University's specific ministry statement and purpose, along with a plan for expansion by the end of the month.

Writing and research:

31. Sacred Marriage journal: Completed three chapters. Work on two chapters per week till the end of the month.  

32. Outline the last few chapters of Raising Disciples by the end of the month.

33. Blog: Always in Session (discipleship at home series), 18 posts.


34. Memorize half of Ephesians 4 by the end of the month.

How did the list get so long? Well, now that I am done teaching on Sundays, I think that will help out a lot. In fact, I am glad to have things to work on. From the past, I know that I can get into a slump. God willing, having something to work on will help me not to spiral downward.

Father, I dedicate this month to you. These plans are subject to your discretion. May the work of my hands be pleasing in your sight. Show me what are priority items, and may they not come at a sacrifice of the things that are most important. In Jesus' name, Amen.