I can’t believe that November is here already. This is an exciting month for the Medlin family! Kate’s first birthday is on the 15th and my sister-in-law is getting married on the 22nd. And then there is Thanksgiving and decorating for Christmas.
With so much going on, I jotted down a few goals and intentions for the month to help me stay focused and not get too overwhelmed.
- Prepare for Kate’s birthday party
- Paint kitchen island (a DIY that I promise to blog about soon)
- Paint bench (that goes with our breakfast table)
- Start taking online calligraphy course
Weeks 3 & 4:
- Make Advent ornaments
- Order Christmas cards
- Start working on 2014 photobook
- Finish knitting Kate’s legwarmers
I have started, but not finished a lot of books this year. I seem to find myself scrolling Instagram and Facebook more than opening my Kindle app or picking up a book, so I want to be intentional this month about reading more and scrolling less. Here are the ones I want to focus on finishing up by the end of the year…
- You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You by Holley Gerth
- Heretics by G.K. Chesterton
- The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
- A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live by Emily P. Freeman
With the Boys:
- Pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child
- Start reading aloud Farmer Boy (Little House) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Finish reading aloud George Washington and start Pocahontas (both by D’Aulaire) and do some type of creative project with each
- Finish Enjoying Art with Children and continue working through Drawing With Children by Mona Brooks
- Add some passages from Shakespeare to our memory work using How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare as a guide
- Do some fall/Thanksgiving themed crafting: Pumpkin pompoms, textured pumpkin art, weaving craft, gratitude project, Thanksgiving place settings, make a rainstick and/or dreamcatcher (to go with our reading of Pocahontas??) ~ Check out my Pinterest feed in my sidebar to see some of the ideas I have been pinning.
Practices of Intention:
I want to be more intentional about being distraction free when I am with the kids. This can be hard because I am with my kids all day everyday, and there are always bills to pay, lists to make, laundry to fold, and things that I want to work on (see above). But I know that trying to multi-task usually leaves me stressed and feeling like I didn’t give my best to anyone or anything, so I plan to give my undivided attention to the kids and homeschooling before lunch, and then work on household tasks and personal projects after lunch while Kate naps and the boys play.
I recently discovered Lara Casey and I love her! Her passion is to help others live with intention and purpose and set God-centered goals. I just pre-ordered her Powersheets and am signed up for her free webinar on Wednesday. I can’t wait to sit down and do some 2015 goal setting!
So it’s going to be a busy November, but I like busy, as long as it’s busy with purpose.
The picture from above is one I took of the boys helping Phillip put together our Christmas tree last year, the weekend after Thanksgiving. We used a real tree for the first time in 2012, but a lot of my ornaments are large and heavy, and I had a hard time finding enough strong branches to support them. The boys really want to get a real tree again this year though, so I’m not sure what we are going to do.
How about you? Real tree or artificial? Do you decorate before or after Thanksgiving?
Hoping your November is filled with intention and grace!
I am linking up today with Haley’s Goals with Grace over at The Tiny Twig!