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2018 Goals

Last year we hit 2017 running with a list of our personal resolutions. We saw some of them come to fruition and some of them gather dust. Well…resolutions for 2018 are due, so to speak, and there we both were, clueless.

Clueless & Overwhelmed

The last month of 2017 was crazy (did you notice with our lack of posts and podcasts?!). From “how to spend the holiday” squabbles to recurrent sickness, our heads weren’t in the game. 

We knew that this post deadline was looming, but we had zero energy. No headspace for it, either. We tend to, as a society, take on more than we can handle and then scratch our heads in utter confusion that we dropped a ball somewhere. We, as individuals, are no different.

Then it hit us.

A crazy, totally out-there idea: pick only ONE thing.


I want my prayer life to change radically. 

This past Advent, my dear husband and I did an online retreat organized by Annie and John-Paul of PrayMoreNovenas. Side bar, they do a Lenten one, too, and…yes. Just go ahead and plan on it as a part of Lent 2018.

One video, “Back to Basics, Part One,” really spoke to me. The speaker was John Leonetti and he was so on fire for the Lord. His topic was how to get everlasting happiness that is based on God. Many of his examples were of the saints, and he mainly focused on their prayer life.He went on to say that our purpose is to strive to be holy amd saintlike. From his research on the lives of the saints, he came up with four ways to pray, intentionally with God

  • Pray every day.
  • Find one spot to be your prayer spot.
  • Set time aside to pray.
  • Be still and in God’s presence.

My resolution this year is to make time for God and use it in the best way I can; striving to be holy and live my life according to the Lord’s will rather than my own.


I want to slow down and be intentional. No, that’s not it. I need to slow down and be intentional. My family needs it.

Since my first solo post on this blog about being intentional for Advent, I’ve sought this goal. Thus far, it’s been somewhat unattainable. 

I cannot be the wife and mother (soon to two beautiful girls!) God is calling me to be if I have no energy because we’re being run ragged any more than I can drive my car somewhere on an empty tank.

With all things in 2018, from extracurricular activities to hanging out with family and friends to volunteer commitments, I will discern and say no if that is the answer that best serves my family. And I will not feel guilty.

This will leave more space for prayer, for the domestic church, and for family time. 

Back to School 

It’s back to school today, and my sweet Little Miss enters the third grade today. Third grade! That’s insane. I can remember this day four years ago, when she excitedly hugged me as I walked her into her Kindergarten class and only called me back to open her Play-Doh. I cried.

Today, while I doubt I cry, she’s entering the phase of school where she has a homeroom and switches classes. How did she grow up so fast? Her amazing Kindergarten teacher says, “Don’t blink!” because it goes so fast; and she’s right.

My wonderful husband starts school today, too. He’s teaching 5th grade and is having his first first day of school in this capacity. I’ve watched and supported him on this journey and am so proud that he’s arrived at this moment.

We’re up earlier today and have a strict schedule and routine to stick to. It’s the first day of school. But I know that today is going to be the beginning of an amazing year.

The Scientist starts school today, too. Would you keep our three in your prayers today? What do you do in your house to simplify this hectic back to school time?


FIAT: Faith in All Things Family Organization

Hello, friends! Welcome to this edition of FIAT!

In today’s podcast, we wrap up our podcast series on Building Your Family Culture. You can catch the other podcasts in this series here:

To close us out on this series, we’re chatting about organization. Let us know what your tips are! Next week we tackle the topic of sleep!

If the media player doesn’t load, you can download the podcast directly on Libsyn or listen on iTunes.

Have an awesome weekend and week!

FIAT: Faith in All Things…Family Budget

It’s been an insane few weeks! I can almost see a light at the tunnel, though!

In today’s podcast, we continue our podcast series on Building Your Family Culture. You can catch the other podcasts in this series here:

Today we discuss the family budget. We know that it might not seem related to your family culture, but it really is.

If the media player doesn’t load, you can stream the podcast from Libsyn here or you can listen and subscribe on iTunes.

We’ll catch you later!

FIAT: Faith in All Things Boundaries in Your Family Culture

Boundaries. What are healthy boundaries? Why even have them? That’s the topic of today’s Faith in All Things podcasts, friends. This uncomfortable, let’s-be-unhappy-with-how-things-are-going-but-just-sweep-it-under-the-rug topic: boundaries. This is Part III in a podcast series we’re doing on building your family culture. Part I discussed the importance of quality time, and Part II was about your domestic church.

Join us in this often ignored reality of married life: boundaries. Share your struggles, coping strategies, and tips in the comments.

You can download the podcast on Libsyn if the media player doesn’t load or subscribe on iTunes, where you’ll get the content a day earlier!