goals this week: reorganizing (before), loving on my kids, and more community

Well, it's our first week back at real life. I was quite happy on vacation, but I'm not sure that would work out long term, so back to school we go. :) The long break was bliss though.

As much as I don't want to {ha!}, I'm setting a few do, read, learn, and be goals for this week:

// do // 

  • catch up on laundry {sadly, sickness just doubled it today!}
  • take two returns back {am I the only person who detests returns? Lately I never want to go into a store, ever :P}
  • work 5-6 hours on short-term web projects
  • exercise 5 hours 
  • clean out this cabinet + 1 drawer {they're SO bad!}

// read //

The 5 Love Languages of Children^ by Gary Chapman + Ross Campbell.
I've never read this before, but I know my kiddos have different languages already. I read the adult version a while ago, so I'm eager to learn about how to love my kids in their love language.

// learn //

listen to this 9 minute Look at the Book by John Piper: Will Others Worship God Because of You?

// be //

in community.

This one is so hard! Every night and day is packed with homeschooling, feeding babies, changing diapers, cooking, cleaning up...just regular work. I fall into bed so very tired. Somehow getting together with others in small groups has been so hard with all we've had happening in the last year. But maybe we've turned a corner with the baby being here and the house nearly being finished. :) This year we want to grow closer to our new church family and get more involved in serving alongside them. 

Our preacher spoke on Acts 2 last Sunday, and he mentioned one of the big results of the Holy Spirit making his church is that the people were together! They could bear each others burdens and show the world what love looked like when they loved one another. Is it any surprise that our natural tendency is to want to be alone and do our own thing? "Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment." Proverbs 18:1

the dining room is done for now! At least one time I had one room that was kind of mostly clean, ha! :)
I'm hoping to invite more new guests over for dinner this year- I have a minimum number in mind, but I'm going to try to see how hosting goes with two more little ones. :) We are also planning to join/attend a small group this month, Lord-willing. :)

What is one goal you set for this new month? 

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