Category: Heart Reflections

Oct 27 2014

It was a crazy week.  I spent some time in Kansas with my family helping Fall Harvest last week, however, I continued to have difficulties and pain with my back, neck, arm, and numbness in my hand so I came back home earlier than expected.  Jake picked me up from the airport and took me directly to the doctor.  After a couple more doctors visits they “think” it is a bulging, dislocated, or chipped disc in my neck along with strained/pulled muscles in my shoulder, and a pinched nerve.  They are hoping I will feel better with the current treatment soon otherwise the next step is a MRI and possible surgery.

While away I did learn a lot.  My time in the Midwest made me appreciate my parents and many of my extended family members who are in the farming industry even more for all the hard work they do on the farm.  During Fall Harvest the days are long, very busy, and a lot of activities are going on simultaneously (harvest, drilling, hauling, prepping fields and meals, and so much more).   It takes a lot of coordination, communication, and skill to keep everything and everybody moving forward smoothly.  Plus, you have the weather that effects your days and activities too.

I am thankful that I was able to pitch in a small way and learn a few new things as well.  I did manage to drive the tractor and grain cart a little bit and the track tractor for a few hours which is something I have never done before.  Thankfully, I managed to make some progress forward and didn’t break anything (when operating such big equipment like the tractors, trucks, combines, vehicles, and equipment during harvest it is one of my fears that I will break something which could be costly in time and finances).  I was super excited about helping my family with Fall Harvest, my biggest disappointment was that I had to come home early due to my health.  For some reason God wants me home during this time, but I continue to pray for safety for all my family members still working the long hours out in the fields, prepping meals, and traveling to deliver the crops during this very busy time.  I love my family dearly and truly wanted to be a blessing to them during this time.

Praying that I heal quickly because after over two weeks of sleeping restlessly in a recliner, being in pain, and having the side effects from the medicines I am ready to be myself again (I think my family would really like that too).  With all that being said I have made adjustments with my schedule and hope to still accomplish many of my goals this week, but I want to be realistic as well with everything that is going on right now.

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Mail at least one note to Jake and the girls – I took cards and stamps, but with the busy days, pain, and coming home early it didn’t get done
  2. Speak to my husband and kids at least once a day
  3. Send at least one Text, Picture, Instant Message, or Email a day to let them know I am thinking about themmy phone was not cooperating in KS, but I managed to IM at least once or twice a day
  4. Have Hangout chat with the entire family at least once this weekI did do one short video hangout chat with Jake and the girls one evening
  5. Prepare for Upcoming Fall Events & Trips
  6. Spend time with extended familyworked with them and went to the Country Harvest Pumpkin Patch with my parents, brother, and nephews on Sunday near Hastings, Nebraska

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day - didn’t do so well keeping up with my water (one day I left my water in the pickup while I was in the tractor for several hours)
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)I was ahead with my plan before heading to KS so I remained caught up
  3. Exercise at least 5 times this week – ummmmm….no this one didn’t get done, I was moving around, but really only out of necessity not for exercise because moving was at times pretty painful

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Keep up with my laundry
  2. Update Evernote with any home / yard / pets activities for Jake and the girls

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention – there were some activities I let slide this past week, hoping to get caught back up soon
  3. Work completed for clients – still have a couple items that need my attention

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car – working on it
  2. Payoff Outstanding Debt (microwave and refrigerator) – working on it

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Pick another book to read to the kids (Jake is currently reading Last of the Mohicans to them)
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Prepare for Upcoming Fall Events & Trips
  4. Spend time Monday – Friday helping the kids with Homework
  5. Attend After School Activities
  6. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  7. Ride Bikes with the kids
  8. Go for a Walk with the Kids
  9. Play a Game with the Kids
  10. Attend School Board Meeting
  11. Start Organizing the Kids Scrapbook Items
  12. Plan Family Halloween Dinner & Celebration
  13. Orthodontic Appointment for Kids

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Exercise at least 5 times this week
  4. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Do at least one “Make 1 & Freeze 1″ Meal Prep (make a main dish to eat that day and one to freeze for later)
  4. Clean out & Organize Refrigerator & Freezer
  5. Clean House (Focus – Basement Floors)
  6. Organize Chaos (Focus – Storage Room)
  7. Put Spring/Summer Clothes in the Attic
  8. Yard Cleanup (Focus – Pool taken down and put away)
  9. Pet Care (Focus – Refill Goat Food Bin & Make Homemade Treats with the kids for Skipper)
  10. Make 1 – Freeze 1 Meal Prep (make a main dish to eat and one to freeze for later)

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch
  2. Prep for our Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child boxes

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car
  2. Payoff Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, and other debt)
  3. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  4. Make an extra payment on Outstanding Debt
  5. Earn some Creative Cash
  6. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results.

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Oct 22 2014

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A kid activity that teaches about how our words impact others.

We have been working through two devotional books with the girls lately.  One of them goes through the Bible in a year and the other one is more of an hands on activity with a lesson called Object Talks for Any Day by Verna L. Kokmeyer.  The kids like both of them, however, we only do the Object Talks devotional on days when we have a little more time because they require preparation, an activity, lesson, and conversation about the lesson taught.

This particular lesson was about our words and watching what we say to others. This was a great lesson for the beginning of the school year as well as a great reminder for all of us (both kids and parents) that our words have an impact on those around us.

Objects:  A plate and tube of toothpaste.

Applicable Bible Verse:  “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14 (ESV)

Activity:

  1. Ask for a volunteer.
  2. Have the volunteer squeeze all the toothpaste out of the tube onto the plate.
  3. Ask for another volunteer.
  4. Have them try and put all the toothpaste from the plate back into the toothpaste tube.

Lesson to Talk About:  Like the toothpaste our words can come out pretty quickly and easily, however, once our words are out we cannot take them back.  We have all said something to someone and instantly or later realized it probably wasn’t the best thing to say.  Our words can have a powerful impact on those around us.  They can make people laugh, cry, hurt others feelings, and much more.  Plus when we speak poorly to or about others it makes us look bad as well.  It is important that we allow our thoughts and words to be good, encouraging, wholesome, and kind to those we encounter.  What we fill our hearts and minds with will often come out our mouth and reveal what we are truly thinking.  Much like the impossible task of getting toothpaste back into the tube we cannot take back the words we say to others.  The toothpaste in this example was contained to the plate, however, our words can make a big mess and cause hurt to others for a very long time.

We all could spend a little more time focusing our hearts, minds, and thoughts on good things.  Life is short and we want to spend our time being an encouragement and blessing to those around us.  May we seek God’s wisdom regarding our thoughts and our speech.

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We used a sample of Tom’s of Maine toothpaste I received in the mail for this activity. A sample size is big enough to get the point across!

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Brina squeezing out all the toothpaste onto the plate!  Like the toothpaste, it’s amazing how quickly our words can come out of our mouths.

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The toothpaste is out!

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Karlie attempting the impossible task of putting all the toothpaste back into the tube!  Once our words our spoken we cannot take them back.

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She tried a lot of different ways to get the toothpaste back into the tube – fingers, toothpaste cap, toothpick, and more yet it was a messy and impossible to get it all of the toothpaste back into the tube.  The girls like these type of devotional lessons because they are interactive, have a creative and visual way to teach the lesson, and they tend to be more memorable for them.  All of us could probably use a reminder regarding our words and the impact they have on others.

 

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Oct 20 2014

Last week I was able to some items crossed off my list, but not as many as I hoped due to a painful pinched nerve.  This week will be a little different because I will not be spending the week with my immediate family.  I know I will miss them terribly, but I hope to be able to help out extended family and be a blessing to the people I will be spending time with this week.  Hopefully I will be able to keep up with everyone and get a lot accomplished throughout the week.  You will notice my weekly goals will be altered a little too since I will not be available to help with the normal activities around my immediate family.

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Read A Horse Called Wonder by Joanna Campbell (Book #1 of the Thoroughbred Series) to the kids
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Prepare for Upcoming Fall Events & Trips
  4. Spend time Monday – Friday helping the kids with Homework
  5. Attend After School Activities
  6. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  7. Ride Bikes with the kids - it didn’t get done with my pinched nerve
  8. Go for a Walk with the Kids - a couple of days it was all I could do to get through the day
  9. Attend School Board Meeting
  10. Give Jake a haircut
  11. Make Toffee per girls requests
  12. Cook up Ground Hamburger and Freeze for future meals
  13. Make and freeze Spinach Cubes for Smoothies

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day - I did not do a good job of drinking my water while traveling this past weekend
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Exercise at least 5 times this week - it didn’t happen
  4. Pedicure – my toenails could use a fresh coat of polish

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Freezer Meals Prepped for future meal
  4. Clean out & Organize Refrigerator / Freezer - had to let this one go with a the stuff going on this week
  5. Clean House including all 3 bathrooms, dusting, floors, and bedrooms - only basic cleaning was done
  6. Put Fall/Winter Clothes in Closets and dressers and put Spring/Summer Clothes in the Attic - put away in closets but the still haven’t gotten the clothes back in the attic
  7. Refill kids vitamin container
  8. Refill Baggie Drawer and Lunch Box Container
  9. Pool taken down and put away - pools drained, but not put away

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  3. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car – working on it
  2. Payoff Outstanding Debt (new microwave, refrigerator, and other debt) – working on it
  3. Pay October Bills
  4. Recent Receipts Basket Cleaned Out, Organized, & Receipts Filed
  5. File Paperwork
  6. Earn some Creative Cash
  7. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget - didn’t even make it to the grocery store with my pinched nerve

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Mail at least one note to Jake and the girls
  2. Speak to my husband and kids at least once a day
  3. Send at least one Text, Picture, Instant Message, or Email a day to let them know I am thinking about them
  4. Have Hangout chat with the entire family at least once this week
  5. Prepare for Upcoming Fall Events & Trips
  6. Spend time with extended family

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Exercise at least 5 times this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Keep up with my laundry
  2. Update Evernote with any home / yard / pets activities for Jake and the girls

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  3. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car
  2. Payoff Outstanding Debt (microwave and refrigerator)

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results.

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Oct 16 2014

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Occasionally, Jake has to travel for work and there are times when he is gone random craziness happens at home.  On this particular week Jake was gone it was busy with a lot of school activities, tutoring, animals getting out of their pen, doctor appointments, sick kids, and more.  This particular day had a tough afternoon noon of school work, followed by chasing the goats back into their zone (multiple times), leftovers for dinner, a couple of not-so-cool Mommy moments, and running around trying to get the kids in bed on time.

By the time the girls were in bed I was exhausted and ready to relax, but lunches still needed to be put together, dishes washed, kitchen picked up, bills to be paid, and more regular household duties waiting for my attention.   I decided to take 10 minutes and sit down, on the couch, and reflect on the events of the day.  While sitting there I started thinking about everything I could have done better regarding my interactions with the girls in some of the sticky situations specifically regarding my actions, words, and attitude.

As I was thinking about the day I looked over at the dry erase board and saw a note from Karlie.  Some days you don’t know if they realize how much we love them…..then they do something spontaneous and sweet like this simple note that melts my heart.  And brings more tears!  We are not perfect parents by a long shoot, but it does a Moms heart good to know that they really do feel loved and appreciated even in amidst those hurried, frustrating, and crazy days.  I had no idea this note was on the dry erase board or when she put it there with everything going on that day, but it was the perfect encouragement boost I needed for that evening.  Thankful for my kids and for their thoughtful ways of showing love.

She picked yellow so it’s a little harder to read, but it says:

I love Daddy.

I love Mommy.

I love Brina.

I love Oreo, Snowball, and Skipper.

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Oct 01 2014

My Girls - Brina and Karlie

Sweet Brina Bee!

I am so thankful for my girls!  They are growing up too quickly.  It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago when they were little ones crawling around the house.  God chose to bless us with these girls.  It has been a fun adventure raising twins!  Not everyday has been perfect, but we have so many reasons to be grateful for these two blessings.  They have made me grow more as a person.  They bring more love and laughter into my life than I ever realized was possible.

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My sweet Karlie Kool Kat is always game for a road trip!

Both girls are very different, yet perfect and gifted in their own special ways.  I pray that God will give us as parents the wisdom to raise them into amazing young women.  I know I will make mistakes as their Mom along the way, but hopefully they will overlook those mistakes and  know that I love them despite those not-so-good-moments.   It is my prayer that they will seek God’s wisdom and direction in their lives.

I want to go through life focusing more on the good memories and letting go of the little things that get my feathers ruffled.  Life is too short to not have fun, smile, and enjoy the blessings God gives us everyday.  For those of you who are new to my blog these two girls were the inspiration for my blog, Blessings Multiplied.  They continue to amaze me with their creativity, learning, talents, and their love for life!  I look forward to many more awesome memories with these two sweet girls and seeing how God uses them to make an impact in the lives around them.

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