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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

January 2015 Goals

Goals for January 2015

For a long time I didn't believe in New Year's Resolutions, and I still don't in the sense that I believe everyday is a new day! 

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3

But I just have too many things that I want to improve in my life. As I get older, I see more and more that I want to change. 

I saw this 52 week challenge that I want to do this year. I may not need to work on every topic she lists, but I will be posting my thoughts and improvements as I go (not each week! Hopefully, each month!)

I also have this list to work on during the weekends: January is Office Month!

My third goal is to read one book. I started doing a book a month 2 years ago and really benefited from it.

Fourth, I want to connect meaningfully with some extended family at least once a month. This is just an area I am lacking in, and I want to do better. I should be doing more probably, but baby steps are better than nothing! I'm not going to post whom beforehand but afterwards!

My goal ALL year to speak positive things- to my spouse, to my kids, about myself, about my circumstances. 

Death and life are in the power of the tongue Proverbs 18
A soft answer turns away wrath, Proverbs 15
Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16 

Do you have any goals/resolutions? 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Things I recommend in Tyler

We left Tyler about 6 weeks ago, and while we love our new city, there are definitely things we miss! These are things I recommend to others living or moving there:

  • Brookshire's Park & Wildlife Museum. We spent lots of time here. The playgrounds (yes plural) are amazing, and my kids loved the animals as well! Best of all, it's free! Another great one is the Whitehouse Park- tons of shade & fenced in!
  • Caldwell Zoo. This place is amazing. We got a membership and went alll the time! We miss not having a zoo so close!
  • Colonial Hills Baptist Church Mother's Day Out. We loved this place mostly because of the teachers and the focus on Christ. The other things we liked were the price (one of the cheapest in town) and how laid back they are with certain things- potty training, pacis, peanuts, among others. :) They just were not freaked out about little things, which I appreciated. 
  • The worship leader at Grace Community Church. We loved other things about this church, of course, but because of John's schedule, we weren't able to be too involved. I just wanted to mention him, because he is so genuine and is one of the rare people with music AND teaching talent. (Usually it's one or the other, and I'm always thinking, "juuust play the music," when worship leaders start talking a lot; but not with him. He's great!)
  • Trimble Farms. This is where I got our raw milk, among other things. They have ground beef (grass fed), steaks, sausage, whole organic chicken, raw local honey, free range eggs, goat soap, homemade jelly & salsa. Bobby Trimble is a really nice Christian guy, and I miss their milk SO much! :( 
  • Drug Emporium & The Granary. If you are like me and are frustrated with the lack of healthy foods at decent prices in Tyler, check these stores out.
  • Dr Marc Langas. I didn't find out about him until a few months before we left, or I would have gone to him myself, but we did send our 2 YO there when he was having tummy issues and trouble sleeping. He's a chiropractor who also does nutrition counseling and muscle testing. Christian, super nice, super down to earth!
  • Cody Carter, DC @ Hembree Chiropractic. This clinic exclusively uses a gently chiropractic technique that anyone can be comfortable with. No cracking your neck! :) It works too. But if you go there, I definitely recommend choosing Dr. Carter.  
  • Larry Skylar, MMP. If you've never heard of medical massage, it is, in a word, amazing! I have been to 3 different ones now, and the technique is so different from just a regular massage therapist. They get you right at the pressure points, and get the muscles to release. So instead of massaging out a knot, they will press at the right point to just get the knot to release. It really is amazing. But it's for real medical issues and injuries, not a relaxing experience! It is painful, but if you are in pain, you will realize how worth it it is! Larry Skylar is the only one I know of in Tyler. $85 for one hour. If you are not in Tyler and want someone who will actually bring results, the certification is called "medical massage practitioner." It's the highest massage certification you can get.
  • Restaurants: Stanley's (best BBQ), Wok Box (best Chinese, although nowhere near authentic!), Villa Montez, Lago del Pino, and pretty much any Mexican food!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Discretionary Giving

I just wanted to share something that has been such a blessing to our family. While setting up our giving budget, we chose 3 organizations we felt led to give to continuously, one of those being our local church. And then we set aside one quarter of our giving budget for "discretionary giving." You've heard of discretionary spending, which means a section of your budget that's free to be spent on whatever you like. Well that's what we did with giving. It's so much fun! Each month, we have a set amount that we can give to whatever cause or need comes up. November is usually spent on Operation Christmas Child and December on adopting a needy family for Christmas. We can sponsor a child for camp during the summer or give to victims of natural disasters as they happen. Some more ideas and things we have done:
  • Given to a needy woman and her kids in the parking lot, wanting to buy dinner for them.
  • Given to a friend who was a contractor and had his trailer with all his tools stolen, along with his livelihood.
  • Given to adoption funds.
  • Made blessing bags to hand out to homeless people.
  • Did couponing to donate the items to a food bank.
  • Given to various other charities, including human trafficking prevention and pregnancy centers.
  • Given to family members' and friends' mission trips.
  • Called the electric company to pay one family's bill that was about to be shut off. (my dad gave me this idea, but we still have not done it!)
Some of you may be saying, "Well, I do this anyway. I don't need to set it aside in my budget, I just give as I see need." That's great. Maybe our personalities are just different. I purpose to set this money aside for God and to help others, and then I don't have to wonder if I'm giving too much or too little. We can increase the amount as our income increases.It gives me freedom, because it's organized, purposed, planned. :) (see my personality?) I just wanted to share in case it helped someone.

Kindergarten Plans!
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