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It’s springtime in Texas, which means bluebonnets are blooming and severe weather is causing Yours Truly to sleep with her toddler because he hates thunderstorms and lightening. Today, March 31, 2017 is a special day in our house. Husband and I are celebrating our TENTH wedding anniversary!!!! Woo Hoo for a DECADE of marital bliss, y’all.


Use my Prayerful Planner every day – March is pretty empty since I was out of town the week of Spring Break and I’ve had family visiting too. Luckily, I’m keeping up with Post-It notes!
Decorate my office (paint, hang diploma, arrange bookshelves, etc.)
Hire a housekeeper for deep cleaning (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12) – Three months down, nine more to go!
Unsubscribe from excessive blogs, websites, newsletters, etc.
Clean email inbox every Thursday
Organize photos and graphics on my laptop


Read the Bible in a year (using 5-day method and the Slacker’s Plan) – Drifting farther behind!!!
Write a prayer or reflection in a daily journal
Continue monthly tithe to church (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12) – Three months down!
Begin an Inductive Bible Study – During the 40 days of Lent, I’m combining Inductive (in-depth) Bible Study with journaling and coloring with this book.
Attend a women’s conference


Deliver a meal to someone in need (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12)
Mail a handwritten note (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12)
Participate in “Lent Letter” project
Send an encouraging text 5x/week
Host a dinner with friends or family (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12) – March 22: Staff Lunch; March 23-28: Aunt Georgia stayed with us!
Get to know our neighbors
Fun activity with girlfriends (1 2 3 4 5 6) – March 25: a surprise celebration for Mama-to-be Mandie and Baby Annabelle at Fixture in Fort Worth.
Serve on a mission trip


Intentionally pray for Husband and Kamden
Attend opening day at The Depot
Attend four Cleburne Railroader baseball games (1 2 3 4)
Play date with Kamden and a friend (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12)
Gun range with Husband (1 2 3 4 5 6)
Midweek lunch with Husband (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12)
Do something special for our 10th wedding anniversary I’m cooking a special dinner (surf and turf) of grilled tenderloin and shrimp, plus we’re getting celebratory cupcakes baked by Miss B. Yum!!!!
Keep my great-grandmother’s aloe vera plants aliveFAILURE. I sat the plants outside to get some much needed sunshine and the neighbor’s dogs absolutely destroyed the plants, the potting soil, and broke the pots they were in. 


Prioritize my physical health (renew my gym membership, start jogging again, etc.)
Read 15 books (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15)
Transfer this blog to a dot com with new layout
Post to blog 2x/week I’m really going to work on this specific goal because there are so many post drafts I have waiting to finish and others I need to draft before I lose my memory. Plus, there are some great photos I want to share from recent trips and experiences I’ve had. 


Host staff lunch in my home (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12) – March 22: I served BBQ pulled pork sliders, pasta salad, and homemade chocolate chip cookies.
Launch MOPS
Create a communications plan with social media schedule
Attend Change the World conference, March (Ginghamsburg, Ohio)SUCCESS! Six of us from FUMC Joshua attended this conference at Ginghamsburg Church in Ohio. I had the pleasure of seeing friends I met last year as well as several incredible guest speakers, including Olu Brown (who’ve I’ve met before) and Carey Neiuwhof, one of my favorite church leaders and bloggers. 
Launch a small group for team leaders
Find a mentor and be a mentor
Create a continuing education and life skills program for adultsUNDERWAY! The church has partnered with a local school district who has a state and federal grant to provide free GED classes to adults, which is awesome and cool, but the icing on the cake: FUMC Joshua will provide free childcare to participants! I’m so excited to see this program launch April 4. It’s a great opportunity for the church to BE the church and LIVE our mission: love God, grow in grace, and serve others!
Expand the backpack ministry to four elementary schools in Joshua ISD 


visit Lisa (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
RV road trip to visit Mark & Jenny (Ashley, North Dakota)
family getaway to Memphis, Tennessee
family staycation to Great Wolf Lodge
Kaleb & Caitlin wedding, August (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Brian & Jessica wedding, November (Louisville, Kentucky)