Friday, June 18, 2021

Goals: 6/18/21

The past two weeks have been filled with difficult and emotional pain having to do with finalizing things that were set in motion at my mom's passing.  Being able to complete her last wishes has brought the gift of feeling like I can finally start to make progress healing.  For the first time in over a year I'm starting to think about the future and am asking myself 'where do I go from here?'

I will always associate the year 2020 with 'pain' ... gut-wrenching, breath stealing, heart breaking, lying in the floor completely broken pain.  I've learned so much about grieving under long term duress and am asking God to show me how I can use what I've experienced for Him.  

(picture:  I've planted some type of flower in one corner of every single raised bed that I have. Food gardens need beauty too plus flowers attract pollinators!)

So, where do I go from here?  

-    I plan to keep blogging, in fact I want to step it up, blog more often and even start adding some videos from time to time.  I'm contemplating doing more classes and maybe even tackle a group again.  In the season of life I'm in, I can do that.  I can use this avenue to be the hands and feet of Jesus in helping others prepare for what appears to be an uncertain future.

-    I plan to continue on my physical fitness journey and the self-care path I'm on, this is very important to me.  I'm an old woman and I don't know how many years I have left, but this I do know ... I want to be in the best physical and mental shape I can be so that I can, again, be the hands and feet of Jesus.  I love you Lord, my strength (Psalm 18:1)!  

-    I plan to stretch and save more in our finances.  We have some very definite financial goals we want to attain before retirement, which is less than 5 years away.

-    I plan to sew more and am planning a small expansion of my sewing corner!  Hey, in a 925 sq ft house there's not much expansion that can be done, but I've figured a way to create a bit more room ... I'll take it!  (By the way, I love our little 925 sq ft house, it's perfect for the season of life we're in!)

and ...

-    I plan to continue gardening, preserving, preparing and keeping the best well-stocked pantry that I can. (I've come up with a couple of more 'garden expansion' projects that I'll be working on throughout the summer.)

Do any of these things interest you, if so, I hope you'll make it a point to follow along with me on this journey.

Okay, so what about goals for this week?  You'll remember that I didn't set any because of what was going on behind the scenes ... but, I did manage to get a few things done ...

I canned 14 quarts of green beans/new potatoes and added them to my pantry.

I finished the mini cross stitch pillows I was working on.

I harvested calendula flowers and holy basil.

I enjoyed the first fresh from the garden tomato!

I harvested my 'candy' onions and set them out to cure!  (I am so excited about these onions, this is the first time I've been able to grow onions that were bigger than a thumbnail!)  Most of these are baseball size and larger!

I walked every day except Sunday.

I lost 1.5 pounds!

I read and studied my Bible every day.

I enjoyed Vacation Bible School at our church Sunday - Wednesday.

I made these invitations (and handed them out) for an upcoming 'special summer series' girls class at church, for 8 - 12 year old's, that I'll be teaching in July and August.

It was a full week!

I am setting goals for this week and they look like this ...

Stitch up another apron ... yes, I'm still working on this project!  I really need more aprons as I wear them daily!

Start preserving this year's garlic harvest.  It's cured and ready!

Walk/exercise every day except Sunday.

Lose up to 1 lb.

Read and study Bible daily.

Harvest herbs and preserve

Harvest brussels sprouts and preserve

Harvest cabbage and preserve

Harvest squash and preserve

Continue updating our budget

How did you do this week with your goals?


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  1. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, praying for you. You have been keeping yourself very busy. Being busy I believe is a good form of healing. I always found canning and preserving is a nice time for prayer.

    1. tealady, keeping busy has served me well over the last year and a half!

  2. An old saying..."let motion equal emotion". You have enough goals lined up to keep the blues away.

    1. Rita, I don't believe I've ever heard that saying before, I like it!

  3. Our goal for the last two weeks was rest and we did so at the lake. These rests are so important for my husband's brain injury. I am so thankful that we have this place.

    It is hard to even know what to say about 2020. I lost my Dad and now Mom is still alive but about 50% of the time now she is not in touch with reality. This was from a fall with a head injury in December. We have her in a memory care facility and she would be livid if she knew this was costing her money. But, Mom thinks Dad came back to life and visits her there. It seems that we cannot leave Dad's death behind which is both hard and strange. I am so glad that all your pain is finding some closure now. Somehow our parents are always with us. Just a few days ago I told my husband that we needed to ask his Mom about something. Then we looked at each other and remembered that she has been gone for ten years.

    Hugs! Have a good week!

    1. Lana, 2020 brought lots of loss in many different ways. I'm so sorry about your mom, are they giving you any hope that she will make a full recovery?

      I understand when you say 'It seems that we cannot leave Dad's death behind.' When healing gets hijacked by family members, whether intentional or unintentional, it makes the journey longer and more difficult.

      Prayers for you and your mom. I'm glad you have a place for you and your husband to get away too, there is nothing like a period of quiet rest to restore us.

    2. Mom needs a heart valve replacement which I think is lowering her oxygen levels to the point of her not being able to think properly. It will be very risky for her to have the surgery and my sister and I want her to make the final decision but for some reason she thinks that if she has the heart valve repaired she will go blind. No amount of talking to her about it will convince her that it is not true. Sometimes I just have to laugh at these bizarre thing she says if for no other reason than to relieve the stress of it all. Thank you for praying! It seems to be all we do most days is just rest in His care.

    3. Lana, you are indeed in a tough spot. We let my mom make all the decisions about her care until the very end. Looking back now and seeing how things turned out I wouldn't have done it any other way. Resting in His care is the best place to be in situations like this, just know that others are praying.

  4. My heart grieves with you. Just know you're not alone, and that grief hits everyone differently and there is not one set time period or one-size-fits-all. We grieve as we need to, in order to heal. For me, following the sudden loss of my husband, the first year was a blur. Year two was survival mode. By year three I was able to start some goal setting and planning. By the end of year five, I was finally able to feel my stride. Year six was fraught with COVID and it set me back to where I felt very alone and depressed. This year, I'm trying to get back on track and your goal-setting posts have reminded me of the need to move forward in a positive manner. My prayers are with you as you navigate this journey.

    1. Lori, thank you for sharing your journey, I think I'm ready to start moving forward. Grieving is really hard, I pray that your journey gets easier as time goes on.

  5. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus! Bless you!
    I pray that this year will be a better one for all of us.


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