Sunday Planning & Goals

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After two weeks of being on the road a lot and then when we were home I came down sick with a nasty sore throat, I’m glad to have some time at home to get things caught up and done. My house is in need of some sweet TLC this week and I’m in the mood to putter and clean and cook.

Two weeks ago we had so much fun together as a family. I’m so blessed to be able to spend time with my kids just having fun on a regular and frequent basis. Truly, there’s nothing I love better than being a mom.

My third child, Emily just started college this past week and last night I started thinking about that and my heart became heavy and my middle hot. I’m so glad she’s decided to stay home and go to the local community college for the time being. I want to see all of her dreams come true, but I’m still not ready to let her go! That’s the hardest part of being a mom I think… learning to let them go.

We went bowling in Gatlinburg. It was so much fun!

We went tot Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg and had a great time looking at all of the amazing sea creatures.

We went tot Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg and had a great time looking at all of the amazing sea creatures.

So, I’ve been home for a few days and things are getting back to normal. Sunday afternoon’s are usually when I do my planning for the week.

I’m honestly not the most organized person, but I’m getting better. What I have gotten really good at over the last few years is living intentional. Living in the moment. I’ve learned to enjoy each moment as it comes and to really take time to just “be” with my family – laughing, playing, connecting. I do take time each and everyday to have fun and lots of it with my kids.

One of the major lessons I learned last year was that less is more. Housekeeping is made so much easier when there is simply less to clean.

  • Less clothing means less laundry.
  • Less stuff means less clutter.
  • Less homeschool books means less piles.

My life is fuller because I own less stuff. I have more time for those things that mean the most to me!

My One Word

My One Word for this year is HOME. I really want to focus this year on doing something each day to make my home cozy for my family. I want to create a space that feels like home.

Menu Plan for the Week


  • bagels with cream cheese
  • yogurt and cinnamon toast
  • cream of wheat with hemp seeds
  • pancakes and blueberries
  • blueberry muffins
  • English muffins with fried eggs
  • granola and yogurt parfaits


Black Bean Salad with Organges, Grapefruit, Onion, Feta Cheese, and Avocado over Quinoa @

  • black bean salad with orange and grapefruit segments, onion, and feta cheese over quinoa
  • spaghetti and salad
  • soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
  • stewed tomatoes and rice
  • salad with vegetarian chicken nuggets
  • Sabbath potluck – deviled egg macaroni salad


Cabbage with Onions, Sausage, and Apples {a vegetarian version} @

  • vegetable noodle soup
  • cheese ravioli and salad
  • cabbage with apples, onions, and vegetarian sausage with sweet potatoes
  • crockpot – veggie pot pie stew with cornbread
  • shepherd’s pie and crowder peas
  • leftovers and/0r tacos


  • clementines
  • grapefruit halves
  • apple slices with fruit dip
  • artichoke cheese dip with crackers
  • sausage cheese balls  {using vegetarian sausage}


In the Kitchen

It’s been a while since I’ve had my Amish Friendship Bread going and I’m in the mood to begin a new starter. So on Wednesday I plan to put that together. If you’ve never made Amish Friendship Bread, it’s wonderful. You can read my full tutorial here.

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Also, on Wednesday I’ll go ahead and make the blueberry muffins for Thursday’s breakfast. I’ll also be making Sausage Cheese Balls on Wednesday, so I guess we can say that Wednesday will be my baking day!

I want to make homemade freezer hash browns – maybe on Thursday. 

I have an alarm set for 7 pm every night to juice for my daughter. She drinks cabbage juice for her Chron’s Disease.


  • Get the Christmas stuff organized and put away. Since we were traveling and then sick for the last few weeks, it just hasn’t gotten done.
  • Get my sunroom back in order.
  • Get the laundry done. I got behind while sick.



  • My main goal right now is to get us on a better schedule.
  • Make sure the girls are diligent to get everything checked off their Daily Homeschool Checklists.
  • Laura needs to spend more time each day practicing her violin.

In Other News

Hannah continues to do really well at her ice skating. We started lessons back on January 5th and she’s getting close to being ready to test and move up to Freestyle 3. Here’s one of her arebesques from last week:

Hannah’s other arebesque… #iceskating

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  1. We are also doing the Love Dare and I had my local library order the new Love Dare for Parents. So far it's great. We are on day 18 in the original Love Dare and day 6 on the Love Dare for Parents. Thanks for all of your great information and for sharing it with us.
  2. Hi Melissa, I have never been this behind on getting Christmas decorations put away. My daughter likes to leave them up for New Year's. January 2nd, I want them down. This year right after new year's day, I got a stomach bug. My daughter kept up with the laundry and dishes- that really helped. But there was my half -filled boxes of Christmas decorations. Then I decided to sort them into different boxes. One for keepsakes, another for the ones we normally use, still another for give-way and one for trash. So, I'm still at it. Of course, I want to give the rooms a good cleaning as I take down Christmas so...... My daughter says I will probably be done by next! It's good to know I am not alone. Take care, Linda Linda
    1. Linda, I'm with ya! In all honesty, I try to get mine down by the middle of January. One year though I think it was March before we got the tree down! Thankfully, we got most of it put away, the tree is down today. I just have to go through the ornaments, wrap, and pack them away... probably on Tuesday. The rest of the house got done today. :)

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