Anyway, down to business. My goals this year. Last year, I decided to have concrete goals. And for the most part, it worked a whole lot better than the other kind of goals, you know, vague ones. So I'm going to make concrete goals again. (These are not necessarily in order of importance!)
2. Go to the zoo every month. We have a membership, and there are coupons for free stuff every month. That's 12 field trips right there--all we have to pay is gas money! P.S. Anyone want to come with us? Tuesdays is half-price admission, you'll just have to pick us up first!
3. EJ's birthday is in May, so for the first half of the year, we will be concentrating on learning responsibility. Taking care of his things, doing what he should do, etc. Anyone have any concrete ideas to teach this? (I'm not sure what character we will focus on when he's eight. Any ideas for that, too?)
4. Buy ingredients every shopping trip so I can make a healthy meal. I would set a particular day, but life is way too crazy for that.
5. Memorize Bible verses. I should actually say re-memorize verses. When I was homeschooled, we learned a section every month. Since those days, I have forgotten most of those verses. So I will implement learning verses into EJ's homeschool, and I will learn with him. (I re-learned the Christmas story in Luke last year as he learned it for the first time.)
6. Look for opportunities to give out tracts. I'm not planning on walking up to people browsing racks, but last week I gave a tract to a lady sitting on a bench in Walmart. She was quite impressed EJ was "100% sure" he was going to Heaven. She told us her name and even shared the tract with her husband when he came to pick her up.
There are many other things I could make resolutions about--crafts, music lessons, etc. As EJ gets older, though, I have more chances to let him make his own decisions. My prayer is that I will continue to teach him what to say yes or no to, and more importantly, why. With that said, my main goal this year is to model "truth in love" to my son, and to anyone else who happens to be watching.