I am not a big fan of resolutions, they always seem to be forgotten about and usually not accomplished. However, I do have a few goals I would like to post, mostly so that I can remember them and have a little accountability. I also intend to do monthly progress updates.

Financial–We need to pay off medical bills and a debt for Josh’s motor (whatever went out on his truck before the transmission)! So, these debt totals are a little over $3,000.00. That is going to mean paying about $260.00 a month on these debts to have them paid off by the end of the year. This is going to be a huge struggle for us with our tight budget. I am excited to see how God is going to allow us to accomplish this through him, since financially, we cannot do this alone!

UPDATE: From a medical/truck debt of $3,100.00 on the 1/1/11, a goal debt of $2,840.00 to an actual debt of $2,500.00!!! Yay for month one, thank you Lord for you faithfulness to provide.

Feb. UPDATE: New debt amount is $2,400.00. Not a good month Although, we are still lower than our goal debt of paying $260 a month thanks to January. Praise the Lord, Josh is actually getting overtime, so I am hoping March is a good month!!

March UPDATE: New Debt Amount is $2,100.00 We paid a little over our goal of $260 a month, so I am not going to complain. I do wish this was a quicker process though. Oh well, staying strong.

April UPDATE: I like this one! OK, from March we had $2,100.00, now our new total is $1,600.00! So, we are another $500 down. We had a tiny amount of help from a very small tax return. So, Josh’s truck debt is officially paid off! Now to finish these 2 medical bills!

May Update:  OK, seriously the Lord has been for us this month, well through this entire process thus far!  From a debt of $1,600.00 we now owe $700!!!!!  (One medical bill PAID, one more to go!)  Hello-that is $900 in one month!  Praise the Lord for a month with no kids school payments and me still working, and Josh working LOTS of overtime!  I am going to be insanely optimistic here and pray that we can get this debt knocked out this month!  If we can, that will be 1/2 the time we were praying to have it paid off!  Seriously, praise the Lord!!!  Praying for another great month! 

June Update-Medical bills and truck loan are PAID IN FULL!!!  Yay!  You can follow our debt snowball here

Reading- I intend to read 24 books this year.  I have never been much of a reader.  Actually, I have never really enjoyed it that much.  I guess school does that to you?  So 2 books a month, here we go!  Oh, and I am also GOING to read through the Bible!  The Chronological Bible, I am keeping up so far and thrilled about actually accomplishing this goal I have started too many times and not finished!  Oh yeah–I plan to get the 24 books I am reading for FREE!!!

Reading Goal Update:  I have read “Lady in Waiting”, “Sun Stand Still”, “The Dragon and the Turtle” (yes I am counting new children’s books too!), and the first 31 days of my chronological Bible (which I LOVE!)  So, 3 books down, at least 21 more to go in 2011, I cannot wait for my next book to arrive!!

Feb. Update- Still reading Secure Daughters, Confident Sons!  Up to date on my Chronological Bible, and Bible Study Book, Boundaries with Kids. 

March Update- AYE-I finally finished Secure Daughters, Confident Sons-review coming soon.  I really need to read more books!  I also enjoyed reading Corduroy with Carter tonight.  I love the Books from Birth Program! (20 to go)

April Update- It’s embarrassing how much I am slacking here!  I am keeping up with my chronological Bible Study, but I have not even had time to think about reading lately.  I really want to at least write my review for SDCS from March, and then maybe getting a new book will motivate me…who knows!

May Update- I did some reading this month!  I read Fools Rush In, very cute read.  I really enjoyed it.  Also read, Great Parents, Lousy Lovers- wow this book will really get you thinking about your marriage and your parenting! And, I read Don’t Make Me Come Up There!. Also, a very fun book, enjoyed the read!  All 3 books I read on Kindle (app on my phone) for FREE from Amazon.  I am up to date on my chronological Bible and Bible study!! (17 more books to go!)

June Update- This month I read Quiet Strength and No Longer a Slumdog. I am behind in my chronological Bible and need to catch up!  (15 books to go !)

One more goal.  It’s interesting because we need to get out debt to accomplish our dreams in life to glorify God’s kingdom and live the life we know God has in store for us.  That being said, Josh and I both are planning to go on a mission trip this year!  We, again, cannot accomplish this alone!  Obviously, we don’t have the funds to do this.  So, let’s see where we are led in this part of our lives! 

Praying hard for this goal to become a reality!!!

Feb. Update-PRAYING!

March Update-PRAYING!  I am not one to be a jealous person.  I am not very materialistic.  I do not desire to have the latest clothes or cars or jewelry, or much of anything.  I am however finding myself feeling jealous of all of my friends going on mission trips.  I really want to go! 

April Update–Still praying for this!!

May Update-OK, there is nothing going on here as far as being able to afford a mission trip, however I am feeling led to get my passport and be ready.  I know God can make things happen, and I don’t want my lack of faith to stand in his way.  So, when he’s ready for me to go, I will be ready!

House– We are possibly going to need to purchase a dryer this year. I am praying ours holds out, but it is not looking good. Possibly we can repair it, but who knows! I would also somehow like to get a new deck or at least have ours repaired so that we don’t have nails everywhere, rails falling out, and the thing is barely attached to the house at this point. It’s a bit scary. We have always dreamed to have a bigger deck with stairs that go to the back yard for the kids, but it has never been a financial priority. Now, it is a bit of a hazard. However, this too is a God goal, because it’s not in our budget! Update: Well, the back deck is still about to fall off, the dryer still works terribly, and now our dishwasher is not looking good either. Oh well, we will make do with what we have for now!

Feb. Update–nothing new

March Update-nothing new except after the storm Monday our deck looks a bit more like it’s about to fall off, lol.

April-Nothing new…

May-Well, I always notice how bad the deck is in the summer because the kids spend a lot of time out there.  They have knocked out a few spindles that daddy needs to fix :)   Other than that, making due with what we have!

June-Uhg, that’s all I will say.  Making due-focusing on debt!  Need a back deck and a dryer.

Of Course what are goals without a little eat healthier and exercise!  I am not making any specific goals in this area, just to be healthier.

I am sooooo excited to see what God has in store for our family in 2011.  I honestly cannot believe I am even putting these goals in writing, much less posting them for anyone to see!  I just read “Sun Stand Still” and it was a book that makes you remember how big God is, how faithful he is, and how we have to pray and believe and follow simple ordinary steps and watch God do the “extra”.