so, in reflecting yesterday on my birthday...
and over the start of the new year...
i began to think about things i want to do this year.
bigger, better, new, and different.
here's what i came up with so far...
a bunch of these good ideas came out of thriving family magazine...
i "bolded" my most favorite.
~ put notes of encouragement in my kids lunch and snack bags
(now i do this now, but they don't read so well, so it doesn't get the job done...but maybe until the end of the year it will be better...i remember my mom drawing her classic smiley face on napkins in my lunches...)
~ have an after Christmas thank you note party...at the kitchen table...
(we did this TODAY...now they are done...and i told kaden this will be the last year that i MAKE him do them...) :)
~ camp overnight in the basement (more often)
(this is really not a big deal, and the kids love it.)
~ switch places at the dinner table...this will really throw daddy for a loop. :)
~ have a family memory night, where the kids share their favorite memories.
~ start a prayer jar...each family member writes prayers or draws prayer
pictures and leaves them in a jar. at years end, look thru the jar, and talk about God's faithfulness.
~ give something away every month...
~ when my son or daughter or husband shares something with me, stop what i am doing, and look him or her in the eyes, and ask a follow up question.
~ say i love you to my spouse at the start of each day...
~ have a different family member call grandma or grandpa every week...(this usually isn't a problem in this house)... ;)
~ choose someone from a news story-a starving child in Sudan or a captive
in a foreign country- and pray for him.
~ keep a running list of things my family is thankful for.
~ have a family "read and feed". provide favorite snacks, pillows, blankets
and a book to read together.
~ put all your christmas cards into a pile. draw one card each week, and pray for that family.
~ make a point of noticing the positives in your spouse and children.
let them know what you see.
~ pick a night, or day, and have it be "no screen night." turn off all computers
and televsions to do something fun as a family.
~ write a love letter to your spouse. (he will hate this. he hates my letters. :) )
~ pray a blessing over your children each morning.
~ once a month, invite a family over for dinner on the spur of the moment.
the house will be messy, the food will be delivered, and the evening
will be fantastic!
~ celebrate the little stuff. hang banners for goal scorers and shoe-
tying experts. honor tooth losers by serving pudding for dessert.
the rest are my own...
~ start organizing my kids money, into jars, labeled : save, spend, give.
(it is high time this happens...and actually pay them a small amount, for
being extra helpful and doing extra chores.)
~ invest in my friends. take time for them. be real. very real.
~ don't forget to nourish one of the most primary needs in our children:
the security of a mom and dad who love each other...now and then, i feel like i have to choose between being a good wife and mom. just stop it.
~ study the Word. write it down. memorize it. with my kids.
~ continue to make bedtime intentional. even when i am sooo tired.
~ exercise. that's all. just do it and stop complaining already.
~ learn to sew. and knit...all those cute things on etsy for my new babe.
~ don't walk away from a clean loaded laundry basket without folding it.
(i am having huge problems with this lately.)
oh. there are plenty more i could add, but i am trying to be realistic
and not completely overwhelm myself. ;)