it's summer!! this week's "do, read, learn, and be" goals

It's officially SUMMER here! ahhh! :) It's been a long while since I set any weekly goals, so I'm excited to try again now that school is out and my gym schedule is changing. :)

These are tentative of course, because you never know what might happen {like a teething baby!}. At a moment's notice they could all be thrown out the window. ;) That seems to be the life of a mama, though doesn't it? It always helps me to remember to expect interruptions and for things to take three times longer than they should. :)

Here are this week's DRLB goals:

:: do ::
follow our new summer schedule
paint laundry room cabinets
wash sofa covers
take children to the library
write a letter
gather special gift packets for PCM children
cook extra batches of beans
sell 2 items

:: read ::
Experiencing the Presence of God: Teachings From the Book of Hebrews^ by A.W. Tozer {chapters}
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child^ {it's never too late, right?}
You Are Loved: Embracing the Everlasting Love God has for You^ by Good Morning Girls/ Angela Perritt + Sally Clarkson- Week 1 Bible reading {p.s. GMG starts their summer Bible study today if you wanted to join! I'm not in a group study, just reading along for fun!}
Proverbs 31
daily readings- 2 Peter, chapters from Psalms, Ezekiel

:: learn ::
Romans 11:33-36
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
 “Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”

36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

:: be ::
content in every circumstance: I've been feeling tired because of the last round of teething we've had. Zane's been getting his bottom and top teeth in for the last few weeks, and after being in a better sleeping routine, suddenly we aren't sleeping more than an hour or two at a time these days. I know it won't last forever, but some mornings after sleeping only 3 hours I'm not so sure. :(

While I am going to try and read about practical ideas this week to see if we can help him sleep better, more than anything else, I know I really need to let go of my ultimate desire for things to go easily for me. I am unfortunately an expert at seeking my own comfort and happiness.

I love this sweet baby. I want to enjoy him and this precious season, even when I'm tired after nights of not sleeping. :)
I need to learn and practice and pray so that I can bear this fruit: "whatsoever state I am in, therewith to be content." {Phil. 4:11}

I want my mantra this week to be: 

Whether my baby abounds in sleep or doesn't sleep at all: "in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret...I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.…" Philippians 4:13

Contentment always comes from His strength. :)

What are your goals this week?

Does summer almost feel like a fresh start to you too? :)

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  1. Sophie from FranceJune 2, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    Although there's still a month of school, summer approaches here too!
    My goals for this week: go at least 2 times to the gym, paint windows of the 2nd floor, clean the garden ... and don't be late for my theater class! And get up earlier and have the time to read my bible, follow the study of GMG, even if I am not registered in a group ... That's a lot of things for one week (but you've got more than me! You really want to read all these books in one week????). I think I'd better use your sheet DRLB for more organization!
    I hope Zane will sleep better ... Do you give him homeopathy for teeth?
    Will you go on vacations this summer?

    1. oh great goals!! You do theater? I'm going to try to read a couple and in two just a few chapters :D. I haven't given him any homeopathic meds but I need to. Tylenol isn't working well. We hope to go on vacation maybe, with the kids this summer. I want to take them to a real beach! :) How about your group? Will you go on vacation? Maybe to the US? hehehe! ;)

    2. Sophie from FranceJune 2, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      Yes, I do theater in primary schools (is that right? Where the kids are 7-8 years old), occasionally.
      Homeopathic is great for kids (and for adults too!)...I gave mine "chamomilla vulgaris" for teeth, it worked pretty well.
      We don't go on vacation this summer, because we want to go to Scotland with all the kids the next spring, so we must save money! But the next step after Scotland will be Texas! hehehe! ;)
      And you, when you come in France?We have real beaches too!!

  2. Praying for more sleep for you this summer. Getting a good night's sleep makes everything so much easier!

    1. thank you, thank you, thank you. :) I will take all the prayers I can get!

  3. Oh I love this. Thank you for what you said about letting go of your own comfort. It really spoke to me, as I am in my 40th week of pregnancy, and I have not been very content lately. You reminded me that I need to let go of my own comfort and be content with where I am. Best of luck to you this week, and here's hoping your little guy gets back to a better sleeping schedule soon

    1. oh I feel your pain sister!! :) I hope all goes well and you have a smooth labor and delivery! I know every day feels long, but it will be here before you know it!! :)

  4. I saw your verses to learn this week and just had to share! I don't know if you've ever heard of Seeds Family Worship, but one of the songs they do is Romans 11:33-36. They do scripture set to more contemporary music music. My 10 year old and I both enjoy it (it plays in the background while we do school) and have learned a lot of scripture by listening to it!

    1. We just downloaded them for the first time last week, so I was going to try and use them to help me memorize it! I haven't listened to that one yet but I was hoping to use the songs and learn it with the children! We learned Phil. 4:6-7 in one listen and I was AMAZED! :D I hope to do a whole blog post on it soon because they are incredible!! I can't believe we haven't listened to them before! thank you for sharing!!

    We use this in our house. My son is 2.5 and we still use it when his molars come in. He loves the necklace. Raw amber is better than polished. We go the multi colored one :) There ARE cheaper places to order from, but this store sells great quality amber and the necklaces are pretty durable!

    1. that's so cool! I'm going to see if I can find one at our health food store!

    2. I use these with my children too. Love them! Amber necklaces and bracelets are regularly used in Europe for pain relief. It's a great homeopathic option.

  6. There was something we used to use when my boys were babies to help with hurting gums. It was a little tablet that dissolved on their tongue. It helped them with the pain and to sleep. It was a lifesaver for all involved. I can't think of the name of it...It was bought over-the-counter with teething/baby supplies.

  7. Found them! Hyland's teething tablets. Here's the link:

    1. oh I'm going to check them out!! Thank you!! <3

    2. I used hylands and it was a life saver! -Pamela

  8. I love the printable and concept of do read learn be! I am a new blogger, mom to a daughter with Autism and a wild toddler boy, so I have been struggling with time management. This printable is a great and exactly what I needed to stay focused! Thank you from your newest subscriber!


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