Second Month Goal Review

We’ve completed another month of 2016! I started out the year strong. How did I do in February? Let’s review my goals and find out!

1. One arts and crafts time per month with the kiddos

Since it’s February, I knew we could do something Valentine’s themed (as long as I could get everything organized and together before the second Sunday of the month. My daughter’s class was passing out valentine’s and she had decided that she wanted to make her own so that made the decision of what to do quite easy. We gathered up supplies and she got to work.

Meanwhile, we needed something fun for my son to do. He likes stamps and stickers so I thought he could make his own valentines with those supplies. He also wanted scissors since his sister had them so I obliged.

My daughter enjoyed personalizing each valentine for her classmates. Some had stickers. Some received stamps. She drew special designs and wrote specific phrases for others. She seemed to have a blast and was proud of her completed projects. 

One of her completed valentines
My son’s valentine was quite colorful
I decided to also attempt a Valentine’s craft to make our home a little more festive. Our house has decorations for Sept-Dec but the rest of the year it’s fairly plain. I think it turned out lovely.

2. Blog at least twice per month

I am trying not to use my monthly reviews as counting toward my twice per month goal or it would be too easy. After posting my January reviews I was struggling with something to say. Thankfully the holiday gave me something to write about and helped restart my brain’s idea center. I ended up with three non-review posts for February! My latest one was reaaaalllllly long and I was a little concerned that people wouldn’t want to read so much. But I reminded myself that God will do what he wants with my posts and I’m just to trust him with my story.
3. Grow in gratitude, contentment and generosity

This month I participated in a mug swap with a Facebook group. It was fun trying to find fun things to send to an unknown woman that she’d enjoy. Last year I would have been more concerned with spending money on someone I didn’t know but I focused on it being an opportunity to show love to another person. Each participant also donated money to one of the group member’s adoption fund. Of course, it wasn’t completely unselfish because I did receive my own package from a thoughtful woman. Steps, right?
Jen Hatmaker had a “Share the Love” event where people could register themselves or someone else to receive a free copy of her latest book, For the Love. After the registration period, other people could pay for one or more copies of the book to be shipped to one of the registered people. I chose to send out a book. The exciting part is that 2250 books were sent out – one to everyone who signed up for one!

This month was also the first children’s consignment sale of the season. I thought one way to grow in generosity was to use any money made from selling our old clothes, toys and books to bless others however the Lord leads. Ten percent will be given to our church and the other ninety will be used for opportunities the Lord provides. I struggle off and on with spending money because I don’t earn any as a SAHM. I try to focus some on saving money but that seems different than bringing it in. With this little bit of extra, I hope that I will feel freer to give.

I worked on memorizing two more scripture verses this month. They are below.
Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Psalm 68:19 – Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.

I am continuing to try to avoid impulse purchases for myself. I know I really don’t need anything so if I can focus on enjoying and appreciating what I do have, that will be progress. My mother-in-law decided to get rid of one thing from her closet each day for Lent (I assume clothing closet) and I think that’s something I could do as well. I haven’t started but removing forty things would definitely be a bit of a challenge and an opportunity to be grateful for and content with what I already have. I’ll report back next month and let you know if I did this.
How are you doing on your goals for this year or month? Are you participating in Lent? If so, are you giving something up or did you add something?
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