So, I’ve been trying to stick to my new years resolutions but clearly the blogging every Monday has been a bit of a fail. My kids have been sick a lot (how is it that we got the stomach flu twice in the one month since bringing baby girl home from the hospital?!), and baby girl ended up having to be readmitted to the hospital for a time, so I’ve frankly been too exhausted to do much other than care for my family and sleep. But here’s a break down of how I’ve done so far:
January: Establish and stick to daily prayer & home care routines while adjusting to life with a newborn, a one-year-old and a two-year-old. We’ve definitely been adjusting to our new life, however routines have not been as consistent as I’d like.
- Daily: “Discovery Prayer Process”/Bible Study + Rosary 30% achieved
- Daily: 1 chapter (or section) a night of a soul-strengthening book (Currently I’m reading The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson and love it!). 100% achieved
- Daily: Bedtime Dynamic Catholic prayer process 5% achieved
- Daily: 15 minutes (minimum) of blogging 40% achieved
- Daily: Wash, dry & fold 1 load of laundry 60% achieved
- Daily: Run the dishwasher at least once (if not twice) 100% achieved
- 3x a week: Breakfast Bible reading with kids 5% achieved
- 5x a week: Afternoon “tea time” + reading time with kids (Start with Bible if we didn’t do it at breakfast) 85% achieved
- 1x a week (preferably more): Take a walk (this is difficult with winter temperatures in the single digits) 75% achieved
Looking at the above and some notes I had jotted down before, I came up with my February goals:
- Daily: Bible study (read and reflect upon AT LEAST one chapter)
- Daily: 1 chapter (or section) a night of a soul-strengthening book (I’d like to read “Our 24 Family Ways: A Family Devotional Guide” by Clay Clarkson)
- Daily: 5 minutes (minimum) of blogging
- Daily: Wash, dry & fold 1 load of laundry
- 3x a week (M, W, F): Breakfast Bible reading with kids
- 5x a week: Afternoon “tea time” + reading time with kids (Start with Bible if we didn’t do it at breakfast)
- 1x a week (preferably more): Take a walk with the kids (this is difficult with winter temperatures). I want to spend more time outside with our kiddos as we’ve been stuck in the house A LOT this winter.
- Give Facebook & online shopping for Lent
I do think I am making good progress towards my Big Picture Resolution (“Put on love…and let the peace of Christ control [my] heart. And be thankful…do[ing] everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Col 3:14-17)), even if it’s not quite in the ways I had planned for the month. Serving a sick family with a patient and generous heart (when you’re chronically sleep deprived yourself!) definitely fits the bill! That said I do hope to meet my specific goals for the rest of February, and to hit the ground running (and keep running!) in March.
How have your 2018 resolutions been going?