December 2014 Goals with Grace

As a year comes to a close, I start taking stock, things I have done, goals I have reached, but over the past few weeks I've had a surprisingly different focus.  I've been thinking more about how I have grown rather than what I've done. So instead of taking stock here of accomplishments and to-dos checked off, I am praising God for his faithfulness.

My November goals didn't go well. My December goals are simple. As we celebrate Advent, we want to keep things simple.

  • Start our days with the advent calendar and reading from the Jesus Story Book Bible.
  • Involve the kids in cooking -- helping in the kitchen is one of their favorite activities and I hope one that becomes both a tradition and a fond memory.
  • Celebrate Mark's Birthday well, he was born on the 22nd and it usually get wrapped into family events, not a date celebrating my husband. So somewhere over the celebrations of Christmas, our goal is to have a date as husband and wife, specifically to celebrate his birthday. 
  • Plan Behr's birthday party before we go out of town for Christmas. (Can someone tell me how he is nearly 4 already?)

I am tempted to add more hopes to what our time away for Christmas will look like, but I am holding that loosely and remembering to approach my day in thanks and praise. 

Linking up with Hayley of The Tiny Twig for Goals with Grace
I'd love to hear what your November goals are looking like 
and how you balance the crazy of the season. 

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1 comment:

  1. Shannon, I am stopping over from The Tiny Twig. I enjoyed reading through your December goals. My husband has a December 24th birthday, so I, too, am always looking for ways to celebrate him well in the midst of the season. I think holding "loosely" during the holidays is beautiful. We are practicing presence this month as we walk through Advent. Best, Liza



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