Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Making a List for 2009

Miss Jocelyn over at The Homeschool Post has come up with a fitting theme for us as the New Year rolls in: Goals for 2009!

I'm also linking this up to Sprittibee's "To-Do List" post. Take a look at her list for 2009 - she gave me some great ideas.

I'm excited about this theme because I am a listmaker at heart, and I love the fresh beginnings that the New Year brings with it. This time of year always inspires me to de-clutter, re-organize, fill out calendars, try new things - you get the picture.

My list is a combination of goals (habits I want to form in my life) and single "to-do" items that can be checked off. I might add to these as things come to me, and I'm linking the list in my sidebar so that I can cross things off as I accomplish them.

So, without further ado, my list:

In 2009 I want to...

1. Spend more time with God each day - in the Word, in prayer, and listening to Him.
2. Institute a personal daily quiet time for the children - even if it's only five minutes at first.
3. Read through the Bible this year. (I've never done this.)
4. Attend and complete the Kay Arthur Bible study, "Lord, I Want to Know You".
5. Attend our church women's retreat.
6. Forgive quickly.
7. Reach out more to lost friends and neighbors.
8. Memorize one Scripture verse each week.

1. Go to bed by 11:00 p.m. each night and get up no later than 7:30 a.m. each morning.
2. Walk/run on the treadmill 4x per week/Do balance ball exercises 3x per week.
3. Take my vitamins each day.

1. Really speak my husband's love languages to him and seek to serve him.
2. Complete the Love Dare for Kurt.
3. Read Created to Be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl.
4. Have a weekend away with Kurt.
5. Read a marriage book with Kurt.

1. Try to learn my children's love languages and speak them often to them. (See The Five Love Languages of Children.)
2. Try to spend some time each day really getting to know my children - really listening to what they have to say and observing them. What are their likes, dislikes, hopes, dreams, gifts? What are they passionate about?
3. Schedule regular individual "dates" with our children.
4. Read Parenting is Heart Work by Scott Turansky.
5. Read the book Good and Angry by Scott Turansky.
6. Do more fun, messy things that they get such a kick from!
7. Stop and pray before I react.

1. Read one homeschooling book that will educate and inspire me as a teacher.
2. Take the children outdoors everyday - unless the weather is just terrible or we're gone most of the day.
3. Nature journaling - once a week.
4. Plan a field trip for our homeschool group.
5. Plant a garden this spring.
6. Visit the King Tut exhibit and the Terracotta Soldiers exhibit at the High Museum in Atlanta.
7. Join the local Children's Museum.
8. Participate in some of the homeschool nature programs through the local parks department.
9. Teach Superman to play the piano.
10. Begin some preschool music activities with Sweet Pea.
11. Help Giggly Girl practice her piano pieces 5x a week.
12. Do narration with Superman 3x a week.
14. Attend a symphony concert.
15. Have a family read-aloud time each evening - O.K., most evenings. :)
16. Visit the local art museum.
17. Stay up to date with our unit notebooks.
18. Have a teacher-planning day once every other month.
19. Do circle/calendar at least 3x a week.
20. Have a special preschool time for the girls 3x a week.
21. Memorize three larger Scripture passages. (Genesis 1, I Cor. 13, and one of the Psalms - haven't decided which one yet.)

1. Put together a household binder.
2. Start a monthly meal plan again and have a regular grocery shopping day. (Why is this one so hard for me?)
3. Clip coupons each week and remember to use them.
4. Write a Christmas letter to include with our cards next year.
5. Clean out, organize, and install storage units in Sweet Pea's closet.
6. Clean out and give away changing table in Sweet Pea's room.
7. Hang curtains at Sweet Pea's windows.
8. Hang all wall decor in Sweet Pea's room.
9. Clean out, organize, and install storage units in Giggly Girl's closet.
10. Hang curtains in Giggly Girl's room.
11. Hang all wall decor in Giggly Girl's room.
12. Re-do Superman's room in a Star Wars theme.
13. Clean out, organize, and install storage units in Superman's closet.
14. Clean out and organize our master closet.
15. Hang wall decor in master bedroom.
16. Hang display shelves in dining room/Set up art display area.
17. Finish organizing and setting up schoolroom.
18. Figure out a way to display nature items and craft projects in the schoolroom (or somewhere).

1. Learn to sew and make at least one apron and one bag.
2. Learn to crochet and make these cute stockings next year at Christmas.
3. Read my Nikon manual.
4. Read a book on digital photography or take a class.
5. Use my gift card to attend a cooking class.
6. Video the children more.
7. Complete two vacation scrapbooks: Disney and Washington D.C.
8. Write a children's story.
9. Learn how to design and install a button on my blog.
10. Learn how to post a video on my blog.
11. Remember to mail all birthday cards/packages to family members on time. (Another hard one for me!)
12. Become proficient on three praise and worship songs on the guitar.
13. Take an art class or read a book about drawing basics, and complete one drawing.
14. Print out all digital pictures and put in albums. (Give copies to Mama.)
15. Back up all digital pictures in online storage.
16. Organize, label, and transfer home videos onto DVD.
17. Get a fireproof safe to store pictures and home videos in.
18. Print out this list and start checking things off!

O.K., so that's eighty things so far. Sounds like a lot, but I've got a whole year to tackle them!

To see more lists, click on the graphic at the top of this post.

Happy New Year and blessings for 2009!


  1. Wow- that's an impressive list. You are so organized! Good luck!

  2. Ah, a girl after my own heart; I LOVE lists. With me, it's become kind of a sickness, so I'm trying really hard not to make as many. But your list has me drooling. ;-) Seriously, you do have some great things on there.

    I see you've got activities you want to do in Atlanta... are you near there? We're north of Atlanta in Marietta, if you know where that is.

  3. A well thought out list! I love Kay Arthur's bible studies.

  4. Dana - Unfortunately I tend to be more organized on paper than anywhere else. Hee-hee!

    Jamie - I know...the list-making can become habit-forming, can't it?
    We're in OH. My parents are still in Macon, Ga. where I was born and raised. And yes, I'm very familiar with Marietta - such a great area to live in. We make it down to visit about 3x a year, and often make a day trip to Atlanta to do something fun up there. :)

  5. Karen - Thanks! Yes, I enjoy several different Bible study authors, but Kay Arthur remains my favorite. Our church's women's ministry is doing Lord, I Want to Know You this winter - can't wait to study the names of God.

  6. I just got your blog from Erin @ $5 Dinners. We're going to Blissdom together :-)

    I have to say this is an awesome list! I too am totally more organized when it comes to making the tasks versus executing. But, there are several I can't slack on this year!

    Happy New Year!!

  7. Hi, my name is Torie & actually my middle name is Shannon ; ). Your list is great & I really hope you read Created To Be His Helpmeet soon. It was the best book I've ever read! I did Spiritbee's to-do list too. Stop by & see me sometime!

  8. I enjoyed reading your list this morning. I really think I need to list some of my goals for the year - even though the year is not just starting. :-) I know we reach our goals more often when they're written, though I don't usually write down my goals. Thanks for the inspiration! You have a wonderful list!!!


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