I started this year determined to focus on living life intentionally. We were doing family game nights, I was doing monthly meal planning, I wanted to be sure the year didn’t slip away from me. Well now it is almost October. we only have three months left in this year, my year of living intentionally, and honestly? I feel very conflicted about how I’ve done.
We let family game nights slip. My husband was (and still is) working a ton of hours, and it was really hard for him to commit to it. I felt bad doing a “family game night” that didn’t include him.
My monthly meal planning has gone out the window. I haven’t even been doing weekly meal plans!
On the other hand, our family finally took the step forward to join Wycliffe Bible Translator. As I shared in my post about the changes coming for us here, this is something we have felt called to for several years now. Our application process was intense, and took a lot of time and mental and emotional energy. My husband and I are currently completing an on-line training course that takes several hours of work each week, and next month our family will go to Florida for two weeks of training at Wycliffe USA’s headquarters. We’ve accepted an assignment in Papua New Guinea, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!
I think living intentionally is still a great focus for this year. We have done that in a major, life-changing way! But I do feel the need personally to re-focus on some of the smaller areas I planned to be intentional in. I’m not sure what the solution is for some of those areas… Our schedule is so varied right now that monthly meal planning won’t work, and once a week grocery shopping has been a struggle with my husband’s schedule, one vehicle, and the fact that my oldest is in a leg cast and I can’t get her out of the house on my own. Something needs to change though, since going to the grocery store 5 times a week for “just a few things” is getting exhausting.
I also want to be sure, even more with everything that is going on for us, that I make an intentional effort to focus on my children. I want to find ways to fill their cups to overflowing, and help them truly know how valuable they are to me. I’m not sure what that will look like yet, but I am going to be praying about it, and I would love to hear some of your ideas in the comments!
If you had a New Year’s Resolution, or goals for this year, how are you doing? What have you learned? What are some ways you are intentional about meals, home management, and your relationship with your children?