Happy New Year – Joy

Getting Organized:
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Happy New Year!

Yesterday I talked about my word for 2015, and today I wanted to share about the word I picked for 2016. I have picked a word for the year for the past couple of years. It’s my way of having a positive focus for the year. When I pick the word, I want to have something positive. I never know how the word will be evident in my life. In 2015, I picked endurance as my word. I ran my first marathon in January, and I had an injury shortly after that. I had to use patience and endurance while I healed. I had to start back to running slowly, and I had to change some of my training. But I came through that time stronger. There were things in my personal life that also need me to use patience and endurance in certain situations. Life is not perfect.

During the last couple of months, I have been conscious of looking for joy in all circumstances. We all have situations and days where it is hard to be joyful. On those days, I have to be purposeful to choose to have joy. Before Christmas, I saw a light-up sign at a craft store that said, “JOY.” I was patient and waited until after Christmas, and I purchased it this week for 70% off. So this year, I have a visual reminder in my home to choose Joy.

Do you pick a word or motto for the New Year?

Holiday Mission: Have a special meal and a Family Fun Day!

Zone Mission: Zone 1 – One day Mission: Sweep the porch and check your Entry Way

Do your routines quickly today. Make it a game with your children.



  • 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.


  • Enjoy your Christmas break!
 Afternoon Routine:
  • 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

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

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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