Hello, Twenty Eighteen! I’m typing this post during Icemageddon II because, well, I live in Texas and when the mercury dips below 32*, people go nuts. The temperature is currently 21* with a wind chill of 7*. A thin sheet of ice is covering most surfaces, which means I’m inside with a four-year-old toddler suffering from cabin fever and Husband has a cold. Good times y’all, good times.

Without further ado, in 2018 I resolve to…


Tighten security to prevent spam comments
Write a series on Women of the Bible
Publish Thursday Tidbits, a weekly blog post with links to articles, recipes, news reports, and anything else I find that might be fascinating or useless or helpful or funny or enlightening to others


Read the Bible in a year (again … with my favorite plan)
Continue monthly tithe to church (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12)
Facilitate a Bible study for women and mothers


Get to know our neighbors
Gather with girlfriends every quarter ( 1 2 3 4 )
Serve on a mission trip
Invest in Britton Z.
Invest in Courtney F.
Invest in Emily F.
Invest in Makenna K.
Invest in Kirsten Z.
Donate clothes, books, and household items to someone in need or local resale shop
Donate something to be sold at Lord’s Acre (homemade dog biscuits, jelly, etc.)
Send greeting cards via snail mail


Execute our wills
Attend five Cleburne Railroader baseball games ( 1 2 3 4 5 )
Visit the Fort Worth Zoo once a month, more during summer months
Staycation to Great Wolf Lodge
Mommy-and-Me “date” with Kamden ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 )
Mommy-and-Me photos for Mother’s Day
Obtain a library card for Kamden
Take Kamden fishing on a big lake
Take Kamden turkey or deer hunting
Clean out every closet and junk drawer in the house
Host Lisa in our home
Host a game night
Make homemade salsa
Purchase a new dining room table (four-post, farmhouse style) and chairs


Clean out my inbox once and for all (create folders for the stuff I want to keep but delete the rest of the crap)
Drink 50 ounces of water each day
Take a daily multivitamin and probiotic
Read 5 books ( 1 2 3 4 5 )
Spend 10 minutes a day in solitude for prayer and meditation (no phone, no Internet, no distractions)
Save $300 each month ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 )
Prepare one new dish a month ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 )
Make the perfect homemade cinnamon rolls
Splurge on a mani or spa facial  ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 )
Host a dinner party
Attend a concert
Fill my gratitude jar with these heart-shaped tags
Stop picking at my face


Host staff lunch in my home once a quarter ( 1 2 3 4 )
Attend two (2) professional development events
Coordinate two #LoveThe558 service days
Host a conference
Change the felt letter board in my office at least once a week
Create an Instagram account for the church
Create a new logo


Visit Lisa, John, and Diesel (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Visit Mark, Jenny, and Levi (Ashley, North Dakota)
Visit Heather in Houston
Attend the Farm Machinery Show (Louisville, KY)
Attend the Women of Joy conference (San Antonio, TX)
Visit a state park
Visit a national park


January: purchase a new pair of Sperry boat shoes (such as these)

Whew, this is a long list! What do you resolve to accomplish in 2018? Tell me in a comment below or send me an email < nicole(dot)m(dot)hutchison(at)gmail(dot)com > so we can keep each other accountable.

Blessings to you this new year, I hope it is filled with love and happiness!