1. Making goals.
2. Deciding not to wait to start working on those goals.
3. Walking as fast as possible for 45-60 minutes.
4. Getting ready for The Sound to Narrows.
5. Signing up for You Go Girl! - a half marathon.
6. Seeing the end of the homeschool year in sight, and making all the adjustments to our schedule to meet that goal.
7. Planning a pretend trip to a surprise location for our Wednesday Family co-op group.
8. Planning a field day.
9. Getting 8 very opinionated kids to agree on a basic plot-line for a group skit. They all are sure that they each have the best idea. I love their confidence, but I'm glad they were willing to work together.
10. Practicing the skit once through with only one heated discussion breaking out "on stage."
11. Learning how to direct a group of kids in one direction while still giving them most of the creative decision making.
12. Little devotional books like Moments of Peace for the Morning.
13. "God has given you Jerichos as well - strongholds that you've wanted to conquer. You trust God's promises but you're exhausted from a long march. This morning, you must shout. Loudly proclaim that God has fulfilled his pledge. Express your faith that the march is nearly done - that triumph is already yours." - from Moments of Peace for the Morning My caveat would be that the Lord has triumphed.
15. People who step up and do more than expected in times of need.
16. Books, and websites where information is found easily.
17. Handy notepads for jotting down notes - whether they are fancy or plain, they help me get through the day and keep track of the jobs I need to get done.
18. Writing every day.
19. Reading through my writing class anthology one more time. I was so blessed to have those students.
20. My daughters wrote the first paragraph of a more formal narrative essay yesterday. I felt like I was pulling teeth, but they finally settled in and wrote it. Today, we're onto the second paragraph.
21. A really cool art project at our Wednesday co-op yesterday: marbled art. We put a piece of paper in a shirt box, then dabbed small paint globs onto the paper. After that we put a marble in the box, and tipped the box back and forth, rolling the marble through the paint and all over the paper. The kids had a great time, and I am impressed yet again by the ingenuity of our art expert mom.
22. Fun science experiments that teach about water tension.
23. The kids learned a little more Latin, while I sat outside in the sun. Sweet deal.
24. A bird bath that my youngest daughter made for me in our Monday co-op Spanish class.
25. A whale of an artwork hanging from our chandelier in the dining room.
26. One of my friends commenting - "your house looks like a school and playground."
27. Being content with being casual and kid friendly.
28. Working with my husband on worship and music for our church.
29. Having a great group of team facilitators and leaders for our church.
30. Knowing that God's timing is always right.
"'Not by might or power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord Almighty."