May 2013 Mini Elephants

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image21731706 Most of this month was taken up with our spring break, which I have really needed. Sometimes I don't think I realize how tired I am until I stop. I'm glad that we had the chance to take a nice long hiatus from school, but it is good to get back again. How did I do?

  • finish memorizing Philippians 2
  • read The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer. I also was able to read Read for the Heart by Sarah Clarkson and Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt.
  • read the book of Genesis
  • go out with Anah for her birthday. We went out to Red Robin, where she quickly polished off a bowl of mac and cheese!
  • host Matthew's birthday sleepover. Didn't get to this, but we did have a friend overnight. Will need to set a date...maybe for the summer!
  • blog 8 times for my homeschool section "Getting Started". I actually did it! Note to self: Setting aside a morning to write really helps.
  • enjoy spring break with my family and friends at Zion National Park, April 2-5. We'll need to do these more often!
  • learn 2-3 vegetable dishes. Not very motivated to do this, for some reason. Should I try it again?
  • focus on one hymn this month. Hmmm, this goal keeps coming up every month. I think it is because I don't know when I'd fit it into our day and routine. Perhaps a more realistic goal is to figure that out first.
  • personal retreat, either at home, or if possible, away from home. Thanks to my DH, he worked it out for me to stay home alone for 3 full days instead of going out. This was when I was able to also:
  • finish lesson plans for school year
  • outline next school year's curricula for kids

 One of the things I am definitely learning this year is that it is okay to set a short set of goals instead of having a long list (like I did last year) and not hitting many of them. It's better to have a short list than none at all. And sometimes, even the most habitual things, like reading my Bible, is a big accomplishment in this season of my life. And that's okay.

Next month, God willing, I'm going to:

  • memorize the first half of Philippians 3
  • read the books of Exodus and Leviticus (and to do it with a teachable heart!)
  • read Bringing Up Girls by James Dobson
  • go out with Jonathan for a one-on-one date.
  • blog some book reviews for summer reading (goal: 8 posts)
  • take a Sabbath one weekend, Saturday evening to Sunday evening
  • figure out a time in our family routine to do a hymn study
  • finalize our curriculum choices for the kids next year
  • arrange a visit with an academic counselor for Janna at Biola
  • select ten activities to go through with Anah
  • help Matthew blog twice on his Team Malaria blog
  • "row" through two picture books with Jonathan (using Before Five in a Row)

Thank You, Lord, for the work You have given me to do. Even if it is not recognized by the world or unseen by others or unappreciated by my family, I know You see it and value it. May I do it all for Your glory. In Jesus' name, Amen.