Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Weekly Wrap-up: Some Good Reads (including my own) & a Few Goals

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I thought it might be time to re-introduce the Weekly Wrap-Up, albeit slightly different. I really enjoy reading people's weekly goals, so I'm posting my own goals to hold myself a little more accountable for actually doing them :)

Good Reads:

Very random, I admit, but these posts really resonated with me this week. 

10 Real Foods Women Should Eat More of For Good Health
Kitchen Stewardship
Since finding out this week that I will probably need to have a breast biopsy, I pinned this post for future reference. I probably will not eat liver regardless it's health components, but I do need to make a conscious effort to consume more of the others.

When You're a Little Too Practical
Olive Plants & Cornerstones 
Because I tend to be a "dream squasher" and children need to have the opportunity to try, even if it means failure.

If You Shop on Thanksgiving, You Are Part of the Problem
Matt Walsh for Huffington Post
Love this quote: 
"How appropriate, then, that a holiday created by our ancestors as an occasion to give thanks for what they had, now morphs into a frenzied consumerist ritual where we descend upon shopping malls to accumulate more things we don't need. Our great grandparents enjoyed a meal and praised the Lord for the food on the table and the friends and family gathered around it. We, having slightly altered the tradition, instead elect to bum-rush elderly women and trample over children to get our hands on cheap TVs."
The Real Truth about 'Boring Men' & the Women Who Live with Them: Redefining Boring
Ann Voskamp @ A Holy Experience
Because . . .
"The real romantics are the boring ones — they let another heart bore a hole deep into theirs."
Just beautiful.

My Posts this Week:

7 Natural Remedies for Fighting the Winter Blues

Gift Ideas for Christian Homemakers at Phenomenal Prices 

Are You Teaching Your Child Self-Denial?


Thankful Thursdays in November: Week 3

  • Granted it's Thanksgiving week, we will still be doing school; however, my aim is to focus on the story of the first Thanksgiving.
  • Continue reading Talking Back to God: Speaking Your Heart to God through the Psalms by Lynn Anderson and praying through the Psalms.
  • Run at least 2 days this week.
  • Pack up Fall decor; pull out Christmas.
  • Start working on our Family Yearbook & making calendars for Christmas presents. 
  • Start my decluttering project. Decide where to begin 
Do you have any big goals for next week? 
Homeschool Mamas, will you still be doing school?
What are your thoughts about shopping on Thanksgiving?
Got a great book I need to read?

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  1. Homeschooling: I have been going back and forth on whether to do school this coming week. I think I have decided yes for the first three days. My husband is off the last two days so we will be off from school.
    Shopping on Thanksgiving: NO! It is a day to be with family and relax.
    Good book: I read Anything this summer by Jennie Allen. It was a great book about giving it all over to God and living out His Will no matter what you have to give up.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!! Candy

    1. Candy, I really enjoyed reading "Anything." It rocked my world. As for homeschooling, I just decided that I needed a break from planning BUT we really need the structure here. Plus, I like learning about Pilgrims and Indians, so that's all we're doing. Reading some books, watching a Youtube video or 5, and doing a few related crafts. We definitely won't be doing school when Daniel is home. It's like having an extra child here :)

      Happy Thanksgiving!!

  2. These are great goals! We're still doing school as well, but it'll be lighter than the past few weeks. I loved reading Ann Voscamp's article, too! Good idea to set goals & publish them... :)

    1. Yes, just enough school to say "we did school" and keep my sanity, but not too much.

      I did some goal-setting posts earlier this year, and I got burned out on them. So I quit. Now, I think I need to publish my goals to keep myself focused, especially as the holidays are upon us now!