Here we are ready to start a new year, rethinking goals, lesson plans, menu plans and such.
I love new beginnings, fresh starts even while I struggle with the same old habits that kept me from accomplishing previous goals (lack of self discipline).
But that is the great thing about HOPE. God’s mercies are new every morning and as I ask Him to burn away the hay and stubble form my life I can look back on old goals/plans and see that they were foolish or self-centered…. full of vain-glory.
I’m good at making plans, having high hopes, I have lots of vision for the future, but I struggle with follow-through. A LOT of that is simply a lack of self-control…being too impulsive.
Plans are great, but you have to work them. It’s the day in – day out, seemingly meaningless tasks that make us achieve our goals. Whether it be laziness or busyness it is easy to loose sight of long-term goals and feel defeated. Plan the work but then you have to work the plan.
Our 2014 Family Plans
Our character trait to focus on this year is Humility. You really can not have any other character trait without humility.
Our 2014 Family Verse
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4
Ways to Serve
Be Available – the most important thing is not to be overly committed so that we can be available when needs happen.
Be Connected and Involved - in the community through:
- Volunteer Fire Department – we’ve done this for many years and it really is one of the best ways our family can serve our community and be connected to needs.
- Sav-aLife – Olivia and I are both on the board for Blount County Sav-a-Life and Olivia works as a counselor each week.
- Lady Lakers – is a ladies community group that does a lot of community beautification and organizes community events. This is another way to have your finger on the pulse of the needs in the community.
- 4-H – Olivia and I are leading a monthly 4-H club for the homeschool community.
All of these are monthly meetings so we are not out of the home a lot in the evenings.
- Regularly have people over for dinner- at least once a month.
- Bonfires, kid’s activities, etc…
- Take a meal to someone (shut-in, large family, sick family, family with a new baby, etc…)
Debt Free – a work on progress.
Build a Stronger Family Economy
- Save Money
- Make Money
- Improve on Skills
- Plant Fruit Trees
Areas to Improve On:
- Plan a Better Pantry
- Menu Planning
- Grow Our Rabbit Population
- Memorize Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 13.
- Work through Malachi and The Cross and The Christian Community .
- Read Humility together.
- Regular reading through the Scriptures.
- Spring Camping Trip
- Attended the family reunion in New York in July.