Saturday, January 1, 2011

This year I will...

1.) Give more.
Of myself, my time, my money, my spirit.
We are a society that commends greed and scrutinizes charity.
I am choosing to live simply and give freely.

2.) Cook more meals at home.
I am not a cook. Some people have the gift, not me.
I do cook, but not as much as I should. I used some Christmas money to buy some healthy cookbooks so not only will I be cooking more, but I will be helping us to live healthier lifestyles.

3.) Stretch daily.
I love stretching. I used to be a cheerleader and a dancer and stretching was a part of my daily routine. So I want to work on stretching out every day to gain some of that flexibility back.

4.) Save for a down payment on a house.
We are not planning on buying a house for another year or two, but we want to be able to put down the full 20% so we are starting to save now.

5.) Start subbing.
It's kind of hard to get a teaching job mid year so I am just going to substitute teach this next semester.

6.) Find a new church home.
David and I are looking for a new church where we can get involved and grow in our walk with God. Suggestions welcome.

7.) Go to a million weddings.
We have so many friends getting married this year and I am so excited to watch every one of them make the same commitment we did.

8.) Stay on top of the laundry.
Laundry is the one chore that gets out of hand. There is a permanent mountain of clothes in our bedroom. My plan is to demolish the mountain and keep it down to a foothill.

9.) Finish my 22 list.
I have been keeping up with a lot of my goals, but I still have a lot left to accomplish. You better believe I will!

And last but not least.....

10.) Move to the Philippines
David and I have discussed doing mission work for quite a while and I think God has finally led us to the place we need to be.
David is now the executive director of the non-profit "Give-a-goat" which is based in the Philippines so this is the perfect place to move and continue the work that is being done there.
This is a HUGE step for us (especially me since I have never been out of the country), but we are confident that this is what we need to do at this point in our lives.
If we don't go now, we probably never will.
We haven't made any definite plans, but we do know that we won't be leaving until October (due to all the weddings) and it will only be for 6 months.
So we would appreciate lots of prayers, support, and encouragement as we begin to make this idea a reality.


  1. I am thrilled for you guys! Hope you can make our wedding. :) Miss you, sweet girl!

  2. Happy to recommend a church. I attend and love it. Never met a more Christ-centered group.

  3. I am so excited for you guys! You both are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love you!