November in Review

Toward the end of each month, I post a review of my goals, what I'm currently reading, a homeschool update, as well as other tidbits of information. I hope you like these monthly posts, they are usually well received. Let me know if you'd like to see other information in this roundup!

November Goals

I shared my new goals a couple of months ago. Here are my November goals:
  • Daily: Pray for my husband Michael | I am so happy to report that I again achieved this goal every day.
  • Daily: Up by 7:30 |  I really struggled with this goal until last week when I finally decided that for the betterment of my family I must start getting up early again!
  • Daily: Write something | I did great at the beginning of the month, but it quickly fizzled out.
  • Daily: Pray for my son Jonathan | I accomplished this goal every day too. And it really helped to reorient my heart as I prayed over him.
  • Weekly: Work on my upcoming project | I achieved this goal twice! Which is better than the previous months when I've been struggling to make progress here.
  • Weekly: Spend time with each child individually | I missed one week for all the kids, but otherwise I'm making meaningful progress here!
  • Weekly: Family fun | We only met this goal twice this month. But both times were big and super fun. I think I need to do more planning to allow for room to achieve this goal.
  • Weekly: Pray for Bible study | I achieved this goal every week. It was an honor to pray for the ladies around my table and the time that we had together.
  • Monthly: Send Jonathan a Birthday card | I accomplished this goal. And it was a pleasure to send a hand-written note.
  • Monthly: Pray over friendships | I am so thankful for my friends and consider it a privilege to pray for them and our friendships.
  • Monthly: Celebrate Thanksgiving | We celebrating on Saturday with my mom and we had a great time and even learned a new game.
  • Monthly: Plan an in-person goal planning event | I have made great progress here!!! As you can read about here.

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Homeschool News

  • We finished our second term last week. I'm trying out a "6 weeks on, 1 week off" schedule for the year and so far it has worked out fantastic. 
  • This month was much better for our 7th-grade student. Last month I shared how she was struggling. I'm happy to report that after a month she is doing much better at staying on top of her work! Praise God!
  • We are diving into individual state studies. We've learned a lot about how our country got started, and now we are beginning our study of the states, one by one. I'm excited about this part! I even found a floor puzzle of America for $5.99 at Target the other day to work on our geography!
  • I'm adding The Good and the Beautiful language arts for our 2nd graders. I still feel like something is just not clicking with their reading. So I'm adding some additional language arts that come at it from a different approach. I actually bought the Kindergarten curriculum because their language arts are very advanced and that is where they placed. It was super discouraging to order it, but I've heard great things and am confident they will catch up once they really get going.

My Favorite Things

  • A baking day with my oldest daughter. As pictured above. We had so much fun baking. It was the first of our holiday baking days. I'm sure more will come.
  • Fun date night with my husband. We try to go out monthly, but it didn't happen last month. However, that made this month even more enjoyable!
  • Christmas shopping. I don't have a natural leaning toward great gift-giving. However, I do love to give gifts. So I work at it. It's been fun to shop this year and I am almost done!
  • Celebrating our 6th adoption day anniversary. It is always fun to have a reason to eat out! Truly, it is a special day that reminds me of how blessed I am.

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