Since this is my last newsletter of 2016, I thought I would reflect on the word I picked for 2016, “Joy.” This year has been a blessed, joyful year.
In January, I ran my second marathon and had a fun weekend away with my husband. I spent much of the month working on plans for our daughter’s wedding. I looked at lots of flowers and candles and decorations with my daughter.
Our daughter got married in February, and I spent the first part of the month preparing for the wedding. It was a blessing to see family from near and far at the wedding.
In April, I traveled again with the FlyLady to attend the Teach Them Diligently conference in Atlanta, GA. I love meeting homeschoolers and talking to them at these events. It is such a blessing to me.
In May, the boys and I traveled to Sandusky, OH for the third Teach Them Diligently conference of the year. We also did a few field trips along the way and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. We finished with a wonderful weekend at the Kalahari Resort for the convention.
In June, I attended the North Carolinians for Home Education conference in my home state. It was a blessing to see friends from near and far at this convention.
In July, we traveled to Oak Island, NC for a week at the beach for our family vacation. We had a fun week of playing in the sand and fishing.
In August, we started off our school year, and I enjoyed several outings with my family. Truly, time with my family is treasured time.
In September, we had a family picnic in the mountains of our beautiful state and enjoyed playing in the creek and hiking on the trails.
In October, I ran my third marathon and beat my previous two completed marathons. It was a beautiful fall day in the mountains of North Carolina.
In November, I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my husband, all six of our children, and with my mother, brother, and his family. When your children grow up and get married and move away, you look forward to the holidays when everyone is able to be together.
In December, we had family fun days, and we enjoyed doing things for one another for Christmas. My treasure is my family, and I am blessed and JOYful that they made this a great year!
Weekly Home Blessing: Take out the Trash, Sweep, and Mop
- Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
- Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
- Swish and Swipe
- Start Your Laundry
- Decide on Dinner
- Check Your Calendar
- Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.
- Have a fun day!
- Eat Lunch
- Clear off One Hot Spot
- Reboot the Laundry
- Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
- Drink Your Water
- Loving movement for 15 Minutes
Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.)
- Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
- Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
- Put things at your launch pad
- Shine Your Sink
- Clean Off a Hot Spot
- Go to Bed at Decent Hour