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2019 Christmas Gift Guide (for Kids!)

Usually my Christmas posts tell you about what we do for Christmashow we keep it minimal, our family traditions like Advent, how we budget for the holidays, and even the gifts we get for our kids. This year, we have decided to give our kids an “experience gift” so all of our gifts for them will focus around a specific theme. We want it to be a really fun surprise so we’re keeping that theme a secret until after they open up their gifts on Christmas morning.

But for now… I’ve had several family members begin to ask about ideas for Christmas for our little ones or friends ask for recommendations for their kids so I thought it would be helpful to put together a little Kids’ Christmas Gift Guide.

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But first, maybe you’d like a recap of last year’s gifts?? Aren’t you always curious to see which ones were hits and which ones were tossed in the corner a week later? I know, I am!

Here’s a Recap of What we Gave our Kids for Christmas Last Year:


 

  • Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescuer – This one was played with for a few months until we moved into our now minimal space. It has remained in storage since then and hasn’t been asked for.
  • Guess Who Game – We love games, and this one was a favorite, but it got destroyed by one of our little ones and so we had to throw it away.
  • Scrabble Junior Game – We began to lose pieces to this one, and since it’s one where you have to match up all of the letters to the letters on the board, they are necessary. This game is still played despite that, and I’m wondering if I could find a set of replacement letter tiles for it or if we could use regular scrabble tiles with it instead.
  • Checkers Game – We lost pieces and threw this one out. Apparently, we need to be more strict with our games as parents.
  • Drone – This was loved for a week or two and then lost at our old house and never found. (Lawson got another one for his birthday in June, and he played with it for a week and  then lost interest.)
  • Ikea Kitchen – This one is still loved and played with, not every day, but pretty often. I love it because it’s very neutral and instead of being like a toy, it goes with the decor of our home. Baby Lyndon is starting to pull up to it now.
  • LovEvery Baby Play Mat – We LOVED this play-mat and all of the things that came with it! Lyndon now crawls away from it because he’s extremely mobile, but he does play with all of the toys from it, and I need to set up the tent with it to see if that sparks his interest. My older kids loved using the play guides with him to teach him different skills at different ages.
  • Play-Doh Tubs – This was a hit and always is. It just about lasted all year, as I’m that mom who only lets them get one tub each out at a time so it works. (We keep three current tubs in our everyday play-doh storage with our tools, and the rest are stored out of reach.) This one will go on the list again this year.
  • Magnetic Building Set – These are by far the best toy we’ve ever owned! This was our second set to purchase for our kiddos last Christmas, and we even bought Linkin more for his birthday in May. They are so versatile and he plays with them in so many different ways.
  • Wooden Play-Doh Tools – I can’t remember if someone gifted my kids with this set, or if it was a last-minute add on gift from us last year, but they’ve been a hit. I’m not a big fan of the plastic play-doh sets that make spaghetti and the playdoh gets stuck in them and dries out… These, though, are fantastic!

Nativity Sets and “Elf on the Shelf” Alternatives

I personally love the idea of having a kid-friendly nativity scene available at Christmas for your kids to see and learn the true meaning of Christmas. I saw a family that had a separate nativity for each of their children that they could set up and play with themselves, and I thought that was a really neat idea. We personally have the Melissa and Doug Wooden set.

I also really like the Christian alternatives to “Elf on the Shelf”. If you do Elf on the Shelf with your kids, I’m in no way saying that’s a bad thing, but it just wouldn’t work for our family since we’ve never done Santa. I like that there are now different alternative options as well.


Now… on to the 2019 Christmas Gift Guide for Kids…

Baby and Young Toddler Gift Ideas

  • This ball tower was such a big hit with my kids. I think ours finally broke after we had it for several years, but it’s one toy I would buy again because of how much it entertained my little ones.
  • Layten has the piggy bank, and it is such a fun toy!
  • We’ve had a plastic set of the kids’ bar bell, and it was great to teach Lawson how to do simple and complex lifts before he was ready to move on to real weights.
  • Lyndon is into balls right now, so that’s probably going to be what he gets from everyone this year.
  • This Stella doll was a great first-baby doll for Layten. It’s so sweet and would be perfect for any little girl. They have LOTS of different options now!

 


Wooden School Blocks

When I say, “school blocks”, I’m referring to the really well-made, thick blocks we played with in preschool and kindergarten. I actually remember being hit in the eye with one of the really big ones in preschool, and yet I STILL want a good set for my kiddos. I just love these as open-ended toys where my kids can build and use their imaginations in creative ways! I’m a fan of the natural-look versus the painted sets, but I’m sure they will end up with crayon marks on them at some point too. I’ve included a few sets here, a budget-friendly set, a more valuable set, and an architectural set.

Grimms’ Stackers

Apparently these are the hit toys for minimalists. They “spark joy” because they sit pretty on a shelf, but kids also love them because they are so unique, and they can be really creative and imaginative in how they build with them. They’ve been on my wish list for several years probably, but they are crazy expensive so I haven’t ever justified purchasing them. I would love to get a set just to see what all the fuss is about, and if you’re wondering… the large rainbow stacker seems to be the top favorite among these sets.

Art Supplies

I feel like art supplies are a hit among most children, but be sure to make sure the parents are also on board with this one because art supplies tend to bring a mess along with them.

  • I’ve heard great things about the Chunkies paint sticks.
  • Layten got the Alex Art Kit – “Tots Art Start” for her birthday last year, and it was a big hit! It was perfect for her as a toddler then because there was no glue or anything too messy with it. There was sticky paper for her to easily attach the craft supplies to, stickers, and child-size crayons. The boys were jealous because since it was her gift, I didn’t let them play with it.
  • Sketch books for painting and drawing are always necessary.
  • Chalk pastels are something my kids and I have really come to enjoy this year.
  • These watercolors are so much better than the cheapy ones we’ve used in the past. I thought all watercolors were created equal, but let me tell you – they are not. These are worth the few extra dollars, and they include more colors too. We have one now, but my kids share. I might invest in a few more of these pallets.
  • I wanted to include water color pencils because they are pretty neat. Kids use them to draw the picture they are wanting to paint, and then they just use water over them to make the colors blend and come alive like watercolor paints.
  • And Scotch tape, of course… A roll of this for each kid’s stocking – what kid doesn’t love Scotch tape?!

Technology

Technology is so important these days, and of course kids love it! I like the idea of educational technology and games because it gives kids a way to use it but not get sucked into the tunnel vision of “screen time” and watching all the meaningless shows (but hey! That has it’s time a place too. Kids also need time to relax and chill.)

  • Lawson had one of these watches, and we loved it until the band of it broke. They now come with replacement bands so make sure yours has that extra band if you order. They have games to get kids moving with a timer, and my boys always took that as a challenge to do a good workout together.
  • This globe I’ve heard really good things about. It’s pricey, but they also have a cheaper model that doesn’t do quite as much. It would be a great educational gift.
  • I keep seeing these Osmo learning sets everywhere! This uses an ipad or fire tablet as the screen, but the kids use the included manipulatives to play the games and do the activities in front of it to learn.

Books

Don’t underestimate the power of books as great gifts! The Treehouse books are kid-approved recommendations, and my kids love these other types of books that include lots of pictures and facts. The “anatomy” books offer hand-drawn images so kids could easily duplicate these into their sketchbooks or nature journals as you learn about different topics. I know the “Welcome to the Museum” Books would be a hit with my kids as well, especially Lawson. It’s a refreshing change-up from the chapter books I require him to read for school now.

 

 

Games

Our family loves games! They pretty much play at least one game every day! I like these options to add to our collection.


Outdoor Toys

My kids love to dig and play in the sand and dirt! We had a sandbox at our old house that they loved, and they have lots of dirt here now. They need durable tools that they can use when the plastic sets from the beach just don’t cut it anymore. They also love to get crafty and build structures. Lawson has gotten a few of these kits, and they’re always a hit when he has his own real tools and supplies he can use!

 

Boxes & Subscriptions

KiwiCo – These are subscription, craft kits that kids receive every month so it’s like a gift that keeps on giving. They receive a cool box of things to assemble for their age level. You can do the subscriptions for as short or as long as you’d like.

LovEvery Play Kits – This is the same concept, but the play items in these kits are more age-specific and are sent when your little ones hit another age milestone. They are also specific to infants and toddlers up to 24 months.

Raddish Kids Cooking Kits – These are like the meal kits that many are raving about these days, except it’s geared for kids and teaching them how to cook in the process!

We Craft Box is just like the name says… It’s a box of supplies to make a special art project or craft together each month. So fun!

We Craft Box 3-month renewing subscription
I love making gift lists for my kids! Isn’t it so much fun to think about and plan for gifts you know they’ll love?! For Lawson’s birthday this past year, we told him we were just going to get him something we wanted to give him instead of getting what he asked for. We gave him his motorcycle, and he has LOVED it! He keeps telling us how much better it is than something he would’ve come up with himself. So, we might be doing that for Christmas with all of them this year as well with our “experience gift.”

What would YOU add to the list?

2019 Bible & Spiritual Resources Gift Guide

I recently had a friend ask me for some Bible recommendations, and let me just say… I LOVE when people ask me for ideas for things. It’s so fun for me to let you know about all my favorites or do some digging and researching to help you find what you’re looking for.

So I thought I would put those recommendations into a post for her to have as a reference point if she needed it but also I thought I would expand it to include several age groups and other resources that I think are really helpful as well.

So, here we go! I’ve sorted it by age group for the Bibles, and then I’ve added a few more categories at the bottom as well.


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Toddlers

This is probably the first age where you would actually attempt to read the Bible to your kids. You need something super simple and easy to understand like this one. This is the very one we’ve used and loved.

Preschool

We love this Rhyme Bible because it’s so fun to read and tells the stories in a fun way, kind of feels like you’re reading a Dr. Seuss book, but it’s the Bible. The Jesus Storybook Bible is great for taking bible-reading to that next level of application but it a really simple way for little ones. 365 Great Bible Stories is the one we are currently using for our homeschool group Bible curriculum. They are short and sweet and to the point.
   

Lower Elementary

When your children are learning to read, having them help you read the Bible is a great thing you can do with them! After all, that’s our main reason for wanting our kids to learn to read anyway, isn’t it? We want them that to learn to read and study God’s word for themselves as they get older. These are great starter Bibles for that. We have the ESV Children’s Bible.

Older Elementary / Pre-Teens

These are still very much “Real Bibles” but they add in a lot of fun resources, visuals, and things that older kids would find interesting as they are reading and studying.

Older Teens / Adults

This Filament Bible is a new one that I just heard about recently and thought it was worth mentioning. It’s an actual “paper Bible” but it also has an app that goes along with it. Think of it as the Bible that comes with Bible study resources like commentaries and other study books that would be awesome to have in your Biblical library. This Bible has all of that in one!

And I can’t mention Bibles without mentioning my Bible. I invested in a really good Bible for myself after my Papaw L.J.’s funeral a few years ago. We enjoyed looking through his keepsake of a Bible filled with so many special things like flowers from each of our weddings, cards, and notes he’d written all in there. I think a really good Bible is a great thing to invest in for your spiritual life, especially if you know you’re going to use it and one day pass it along to your children!

This one has gone up in price since I got mine several years ago, but there’s also a smaller, thinline version that’s cheaper. Plus, there are several imitation leather and hardcover versions that are fairly affordable as well. I LOVE my journaling Bible though! I’m not the most artistic, but it has great margins for my thoughts, sermon-notes, and occasional doodles. I’ve had a lot of fun studying with it using the Journal and Doodle Bible studies from Kari Denker, adding washi tape to the edges for color and decoration, and color-coding different things from the scriptures as I study. I’m not a fan of the extremely artistic Bible entries where you can’t even read the page through it, but I love to use it for actual study and doing it in a way that seems fun is definitely not a bad thing!
 

 

Kids’ Resources

These are some Bible resources that we currently own and really enjoy. The Bible Infographics book is just one I picked up because it looked interesting. It reminded me of an Usborne book because it’s just filled with interesting facts. My oldest has really enjoyed looking at it. The Bible Animals storybook was given to my kids as a gift, and they really enjoy learning about the animals of the Bible and facts that go along with each one. 66 Books One Story is another one we use with our Bible Roadtrip homeschool curriculum as we introduce each new book to study. It lets my kids know what we can expect to learn about in that book of the Bible, lessons we will learn from it, and how we can apply it to our own lives.

   

My Favorite Spiritual Books

These are books that I’ve personally read and have made a huge difference in my spiritual life. I reference the Fervent book on a pretty regular basis when things get difficult in different areas for me or those close to me. It helps me to discern why and what strategy the enemy is trying to be crafty with. Together is a book that has really inspired me in reading the Bible with my kids. Treasuring Christ is full of so many mind-blowing nuggets as well.

   

 

My Favorite Bible Studies

Again, these are Bible Studies I’ve personally done, mostly with groups at church, but some of them on my own as well. Seamless is the one that helped me to understand how the stories of the Bible from the old and new testament are all connected. I’ve heard Bible stories all my life but seeing the big picture is something I learned from this study.

The Armor of God study taught me so much about how to focus on the real enemy. I specifically remember that during that study was the height of my struggles and challenges as a mom, and I learned how to appropriately fight that battle by putting on my armor each and every day.

Discerning the Voice of God taught me how to obey God before He even asks anything of me. I also learned some important “Checks and Balances” for how to know if it’s really God speaking about something, or it’s just something I came up with on my own. Pretty vital stuff.

I can’t mention bible studies without mentioning Freedom. I’m now going through this study for the second time, and I can tell you specific things that God is working on me with each time I’ve gone through it. Before I did this study the first time, I remember thinking…. “I’m good. I haven’t really been through a lot of hardship in my life, but I’m just doing this as my next step.” And then God rocked my world by touching on some things in me that really needed healing. It’s the most life-changing study I’ve ever done!

     

My Favorite Spiritual Resources

I wanted to share with you some fantastic resources, but they are not all available on Amazon, so I’m going to post here for you the direct links instead.

The Yearly Prayer Journal from Val Marie Paper Co.
I personally have the Compose 6-month edition, and I love that it fits perfectly in my Bible or Traveler’s Notebook. I love that I can use each month to strategically pray for whatever’s going on in my life at that time. It’s SO GOOD!

Quiet Time Journals:

You guys I’ve recently found these amazing journals, and I’m having such a hard time deciding which one I want to get for 2020. They are both so amazing in different ways!

Give Me Jesus Journal  and The Quiet Time Companion

I’d love to know… what are YOUR favorite Bibles, Bible Studies, or Bible Resources? Let me know in the comments so I can check them out too!

[Ep. 011] – “Me Time” (The Self Care Episode) Featuring Audio Blogs from Amy Roberts

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In this week’s episode of My Purposeful Planning, Laney shares with us about “Me Time” and how her perspective on the whole idea has changed. She shares how she’s finding more beauty and fulfillment in her every day, instead of feeling like she’s overwhelmed and needs to run away. Motherhood is now seen as a blessing, not to be escaped, but embraced.

The episode features two audio blogs from Amy Roberts at RaisingArrows.net about “The “Me Time Myth”. Laney also shares some ideas for fitting self-care into our every day and enjoying life with our families to the fullest.

In This Episode:

  • Welcome
  • It’s not about me.
  • This episode features two Audio Blogs which are just Blog Posts from the Web shared with you in Audio Form
  • These posts gave me a new perspective of Me Time and Self Care
  • The idea is to find beauty in your every day instead of feeling like you have to escape your regular life to get “Me Time”.
  • Blog Post: “The Me Time Myth” by Amy Roberts from RaisingArrows.Net
  • Purposeful about Self-Care
  • Why does “Me Time” leave us feeling like we need even more? Returning to chores undone, the “Me Time” we get seems to never be enough.
  • Quit seeking “Me Time” where we search for fulfillment outside the God-given gifts of being a wife and mother.
  • There is an emptiness within us that needs to be filled, but only God can fill what you are aching for.
  • “The Lord is my portion,” saith the Lord. “Therefore, will I hope in Him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, the soul that seeketh Him. Lamentations 3:24-25
  • We must do our daily tasks cheerfully as unto the Lord. We must learn to enjoy being home with our families. We must find contentment in serving others. We should spend more time drinking in the beauty of our children, searching their eyes, holding their hands, being mom.
  • When we do feel neglected or overworked, we must immediately seek the Lord to refresh us and keep us from sin.
  • Our need for “Me Time” will fade when we begin to see motherhood as a blessing, not to be escaped, but embraced.
  • Blog Post: “The Me Time Myth Revisited” by Amy Roberts from RaisingArrows.net
  • Most mothers fall into three camps when it comes to “Me Time”… They either live for it, piously deny themselves of it, or feel guilty if they get it.  Very few seem to have a healthy view of this hotly debated issue.
  • “Me Time” shouldn’t be the air that we breathe. Suggesting that you cannot live without “Me Time” is absurd. It’s not a biblical idea. It shouldn’t be our lifeline.
  • We also shouldn’t be a “Me Time Martyr” where we are prideful against any type of self care. Galatians 6:4
  • “The guilty moms club” – They’re trying to do the right thing, and they truly love their families… but they are weary and need strength and encouragement to keep going. They love being around their children, but they have “off days”. They long for a peaceful home, surrounded by happy faces and cheerful hearts, but they just cannot seem to make it work. So they hide, and they escape into “Me Time” every chance they get, and they feel guilty.
  • A Healthy View of Me – The Christian mother has an opportunity to die to self daily as she learns to love her husband and her children. The answer to her struggle for more time, more energy, more joy… is worship.
  • I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1
  • The sacrifices I make should never be about me. They should always be about Him.
  • There are ways and things you can do to take care of yourself so that you are presenting to God a sacrifice that isn’t merely hanging on by a thread, but a living sacrifice.
  • It’s okay to take care of yourself. It’s okay to stay home, and it’s okay to go out. It’s okay to exercise, and it’s okay to take a break. The thing you must always keep in the forefront of everything you do is that it’s not about you. This is worship.
  • The point is that you never completely empty out as a mother where you feel that you need to run away or have a spa day or take a break because we’re sick of our kids and sick of our families.
  • We need to enjoy our families.
  • When we are completely overwhelmed, we need to Pray without ceasing.
  • When we feel like we need to run away, we need to run into the arms of Jesus.
  • Fill yourself up so that you can pour out to others. We should never feel completely empty.
  • What else can we do to practice “Self Care”? It is OKAY that we take care of ourselves.
  • “Mother Culture” – a Rich Environment that Brings you Fulfillment Every Day and Never Brings you to a Point of Emptiness
  • Philippians 4:8 – “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”
  • Find the white space and margin in your day.
  • My Purposeful Planning Blog: Printable Resources
  • FREE Printable Resource: Time Budget
  • FREE Printable Resource: Time-Tracking Resource
  • “Self-Care September Challenge” going on in our My Purposeful Planning Patreon Communty
  • Get some things in your life on autopilot. (Moving Beyond Survival Mode Challenge)
  • Don’t try to immediately fill your white space. Leave your white space empty.
  • Art : Look at and Enjoy Art, Using it as Home Decor, Doing Art Yourself, Painting Canvas, Painting Pottery, Online Classes and Subscriptions, Knitting, Crocheting, Sewing, Doing Crafts with your Kids
  • We were made in God’s image to be creators.
  • Think outside the box with art: It can be a meal, interior design, decorating for seasons, writing, blogs, podcasts, make-up, your wardrobe, planning, etc.
  • Literature: Giving ourselves some mental simulation.
  • Sally Clarkson talks a lot about this.
  • Charlotte Mason’s Idea of Mother Culture: Enjoying multiple books at once.
  • Sound Fiction, How-To, Self-Help, Theology, Philosophy, Bible Study, or something else that provokes thought
  • Song & Music: Spotify playlist with worship music, any kind of good music that lifts your mood, karaoke and singing
  • Nature: Nature Walks, Observing Nature  with Our Children (Toddlers are REALLY good at this when they find lizards, butterflies, or bring you flowers.) You can take this a step further by reading a story about the things you find or drawing a picture or painting it.

Additional Links and Resources Mentioned:

Podcast Episode: Learning to Create a Mother Culture by Raising Arrows

You are an Artist! Chalk Pastel Classes

Nature Study Hacking

   

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“Not” Back to School 2019-2020

Last year I did a series called “Not” Back to School where we focused on different aspects of Homeschooling including Why we decided to Home school, our curriculum choices, and our home school space. You can find that series here. Today, I’m here to give you an update for this school year. I get asked ALL the time about what curriculum we are using, and since we use a variety of things… not a boxed curriculum – it’s much easier just to put it all in a blog post! I also love sharing the resources and supplies that have become our favorites over the years.

Our printer is probably one that we get asked about the most because we do a lot of printing for our home school. We print some of our entire textbooks and bind them ourselves (with the disk-bound system) so we can’t just have a regular ole printer. We need a work horse. Our laser printer (now we have one with copying and scanning capabilities) is SO worth the price! The toner cartridge lasts us an entire year, and that’s with ALL of the printing that we do! Of course, I’ve linked it below along with all of our other favorites in case you are in the market for one or more of these things.

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Our 2019 – 2020 Curriculum Choices

Layten Bradleigh – (She’ll turn 3 in October; Tot School)
She wants to do everything her big brothers do, including “school” so I decided to start working with her early, and she absolutely LOVES it! Basically it’s just a little planned out, intentional time that I spend with her each day to color and talk about things like letters, sounds, vocabulary development, counting, shapes, colors, etc. I’m not expecting her to master any of this right now, but she does do pretty well with it, even at such a young age.

We are almost finished with these Tot School Printables. This was a free, printable download curriculum which I have used with both Lawson and Linkin. I laminated and saved what I knew I could use again with my next kids, and I’m really glad I thought to do that. It seriously could only take us about five minutes a day, but since she loves it so much we usually spend more time on it. It’s very simple, but this curriculum is awesome and covers all the bases. I recommend it for toddlers Layten’s age, and it would even be great for toddlers that are a little older.

When we finish the Tot School Printables, we are going to move on to Animal ABC’s. This curriculum is a step up from the Tot School Printables. It adds in cutting and pasting skills, journaling/dictation skills, and beginning tracing as we learn about the letters again focusing on different animals each week.

Linkin – (age 5; Kindergarten)
I can’t believe that I now have two children who are old enough to officially be in real school, but here we are! For kindergarten I focus on Reading, Writing, and Math. He will be exposed to much more than that, but these are the only three that I REQUIRE from him at this age.

For Reading & Language Arts, we are finishing up The Good & The Beautiful Level K-Primer Course, and will beginning the Kindergarten Course next. (I did purchase the All About Reading magnetic tiles for him to supplement his learning with for a more hands-on approach. I’ll probably let him use these for spelling/dictation since we already have a separate handwriting course.)

For Handwriting, we are using Handwriting without Tears.

For Math, we are using Math U See. Linkin loves using the math blocks, and he’ll be learning his lessons each week using a DVD. Then, I’ll work with him on his worksheets with his blocks.

Lawson – (age 7; Second Grade)
Lawson will continue in his second-grade level Math course that we did last year since we haven’t completed it just yet. He is actually skipping second grade Language Arts to do the third grade level because he tested well enough to do so. This Language Arts curriculum is pretty intense so we may actually spend two years on this level if we need it. Lawson is adding in a Typing Course this year as well, also from The Good and the Beautiful.

Group Subjects:
While I don’t “require” these subjects for my kindergartener and tot-schooler, I do encourage them to participate. They are more than welcome to do these with us, especially the hands-on activities!

Memory Work: We’ll focus on the poetry from their language arts courses, catechisms focusing on the subject of Prayer first, and our scriptures that go along with our Bible Roadtrip curriculum.

Morning Time Read Aloud: Mom’s Choice (I’ve got a few selected to supplement our Science and History lessons.)

Bible: Bible Roadtrip Level Lower Elementary
For our group learning, I’m focusing on the preschool and kindergarten level. We’ll read the stories in our 365 Great Bible Stories book and do the basic crafts and supplemental activities. Lawson will take things a step further in his own quiet time using the lower elementary level where he will read the stories in his ESV Children’s Bible, answer questions in his notebook  as he learns the important skill of how to study God’s Word.

Apologetics: Who is God? by Apologia
Helping our children to establish a Christian worldview is important to us. This curriculum has been amazing to help us to explain why we believe the things we believe and why we do the things we do as a family and as Christians.

Science: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day by Apologia
I love that this is a Christian science curriculum, and we especially love the hands-on projects that go along with it.

History:Mystery of History Volume 1
I love that this is a Biblical history curriculum, and I am so excited to do map work and create a timeline book with the kids.

Extracurriculars:
Lawson – CrossFit, Football in the Fall, Baseball in the Spring, Piano & Music Theory Lessons with Mom
Linkin – Kids Cook Real Food (hopefully to be added in soon), Piano & Music Theory Lessons with Mom
Layten – hopefully Dance

Our Favorite Home School Tools & Resources…

  1.  My Happy Planner Teachers’ Edition & Accessories
  2.  Lawson’s Happy Planner Kids’ Edition & Accessories (He used this planner last year, and I wrote his daily homeschool assignments in the weekly spreads. This year, I’ve made him a checklist that we print off each week, which includes his daily chores, his assignments, and his grades.)
  3.  Our Pencil Sharpener
  4.  Our Favorite Pencils
  5. Frixion Erasable Colored Pens
  6. Frixion Erasable Colored Highlighters
  7. Erasable Colored Pencils
  8. Our “New” Favorite Watercolors
  9. Disc-bound Covers (We use these with our printable curriculum.)
  10. Metal Discs (We use these with our printable curriculum.)
    **I like this option better than bulky binders or having the pages bound because the spirals always seemed to come undone throughout the year which would drive me nuts. This way we have the customizable flexibility of a binder by easily being able to take pages in and out and also the ability to flip it around like a spiral-bound book. It’s the best of both worlds, in my opinion.
  11. Laminator
  12. Dry Erase Markers
  13. Wet Erase Markers
  14. Printer
  15. Label Maker
  16. ESV Children’s Bible
  17. 365 Great Bible Stories
  18. 66 Books One Story
  19. Window on the World
  20. Large Notebook (We use this for note-taking in our group subjects or in anything we’d use a chalk or white board for, except we get to keep it and refer back to it if we need to.)
  21. Spelling Power Student Record Book (This has been a game changer for our spelling lessons this year!)
  22. The Homeschool History Book of Centuries
  23. Rand McNally Historical Atlas of the World
  24. The Student Bible Atlas
  25. Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets
  26. Wooden Easel (We originally purchased this for Typing, but we use it for so much more than that actually! I love to display a book we’ll be reading or something fun like that.)
  27. Jelly Telly App
  28. Teaching from Rest Book
  29. The Same Page Podcast (Great for car rides with your kids- even for non-homeschoolers!)
  30. Your Morning Basket Podcast
  31. The Homeschool Solutions Show Podcast
  32. The Homeschool Sanity Show
  33. Raising Arrows Podcast

 

Our Home School Wish-List:

Just ask any teacher out there… every single one will have a wish list. Whether it’s written down or just in their head, there’s always something else we’d like to add – whether supplies or resources. We prioritize the most-important things. These things haven’t made the cut… yet. (This is more of just a reference for me to have and come back to when I’m looking for ideas.)

Who Was… Book Sets
Kids Cook Real Food
Preschool Fall Video Art Lessons
Fall Video Chalk Art Lessons
Classical Collection History Art Lessons
Hymns Video Art Lessons
Illustrated Nature Journaling
Nature Study Hacking
LovEvery PlayKits: Lyndon
Panda Crate: Lyndon
Koala Crate: Layten
Kiwi Crate: Linkin
Tinker Crate: Lawson
Larger Set of Chalk Pastels with More Color Options

What else would you like to see?!

Our Homeschool Space for this year (How we Homeschool WITHOUT a dedicated homeschool room), My Homeschool Planner, or maybe my Homeschool Planning Process (it’s changed a lot this year!)? Let me know in the comments!

[Ep. 010] – Giving your Kids a Work Ethic

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In this week’s episode of My Purposeful Planning, Laney shares about Giving our Kids a Work Ethic. We talk about the importance of chores for kids, as well as some methods we can use and helpful tips for teaching chores to our children.

In This Episode:

  • In a world where entitlement and laziness are becoming more and more prevalent… it is up to us as parents to set the foundations for our kids and set them up for success. It will be up to them and God after they launch. But until then… we have to do our part.
  • For this episode I went to social media and asked for help on this one. I don’t ever want to pretend that I know everything about a particular topic. I usually just share what I do know and how the topic applies to my life. But for this one – I felt if I only shared my perspective on this… that I would be excluding a whole group of parents and that is those that have kids older than mine.
  • Teach them. (The what, the why, and the how)
  • Podcast: Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast
  • Craig Groeschel – “Lead with the why”
  • When we are introducing a new chore to our kids or any kind of “change” and we don’t tell them WHY it’s important, they are not going to jump on board with you.
  • Craig Groeschel – “People will work for a “what”, but they will give their lives for a “why”. The why is important.”
  • “Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your Father and Mother” which is the first commandment with a promise – “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” – Ephesians 6:1-3
  • Children obey your parents in everything for this pleases the Lord” Colossians 3:20
  • Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
  • Do all things without complaining or disputing, Philippians 2:14
  • “You obey, right away, all the way, with a good attitude, everyday.” (It’s easier to give grace to my children with this one when I think about my own obedience to God.)
  • “Business before pleasure” – which means that we do our chores and our work before we play.
  • Dianne Goulet says it this way, “The sooner you finish your have-to’s, the sooner you can do your want-to’s” She said she wanted to teach her kids delayed gratification to some extent but also that our “want-to’s” are MUCH more enjoyable without the have to’s hanging over our heads.”
  • “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.”  (My kids have never missed a meal due to the fact that they simply didn’t wantt to do their chores. They really want to eat, so then they put aside whatever their issue is and do the work that’s being asked of them.)
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:10 “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” This applies to grown ups as well. If we don’t work and earn a paycheck, we can’t buy food to feed our family. Its basically a principle that we’re instilling from an early age.
  • Notes from the Parenting Seminar
  • Blog Post: Family I.D.
  • Ask these questions in order to decide and write your values. “What values do I admire most?” “What makes me mad, frustrated, etc.?” “What value was violated when that happens?”
  • Teach them HOW: Tell them. Show them. Do it with them. Supervised Practice. Independent Practice.
  • Write the steps on a card, and tape it near the job site.
  • Our attitude towards work is important. Work is serving God, and little ones learn this with their first chores.
  • Model it.
  • This is helping to demonstrate your why to them.
  • One way that I do this is with our chore board. We have a chalkboard in the kitchen, and I will look around a write down everything I see that needs to be done – the things that feel urgent to me.
  • Training is hard work.
  • Never gripe about what you allow. Never complain about what you tolerate. – Craig Groeschel
  • So I said in my last episode about attitude that I can ignore sin in my children because discipline is hard work. It really really is, but it is SO necessary.
  • It takes TIME.
  • I share our old philosophy of parenting and the regrets we have from that.
  • You teach values. When those values are violated, there are consequences… sometimes natural consequences but sometimes consequences like time outs, loss of privileges, loss of tangibles, reparations, or spanking. Then there is affirmation and mentoring – You affirm them because of their identity and then affirm behavior “I love you because you’re my child.” Then mentoring where you can discuss with your children about the values that were violated and talk about ways they can learn to live out those values in a better way next time.
  • Punishment vs. Discipline
  • “Punishment decreases unwanted behavior. Discipline shapes character.” -Dr. Andy Yarbourough
  • Training is hard work, but it is so worth it.
  • I want to be the parent that says to other parents “It DOES get better”. And let me tell you – it does….if you do the hard work of training them well. It doesn’t just magically happen. You have to do the work. And not just consistency in dishing out punishments either….. that doesn’t work. You have to discipline them, teach them, and train them. And it DOES get better.
  • My children are still young, but I am already seeing fruit from them. They are not perfect, but they are growing and maturing, and I can already see that.
  • You can’t expect what you don’t inspect.
  • I have always heard this quote in relation to chore lists and schoolwork because I’m a homeschooling mama. This was one of my points for this episode to talk about that, but it was also mentioned in that parenting seminar… in relation to checking up on your kids and their phones, social media, their belonging ,etc.
  • Whatever you’re expecting from your children, you have to inspect it as well.
  • So if you’re expecting that they do something, you have to also inspect it. If you’re expecting that they have good character and exemplify kindness, you have to inspect their phones and social media, etc.
  • A Method for the Madness
  • This is the part where you have to have a system for working your plan. Your system can be as simple as writing a list of chores for them to complete after school each day. Your system could be a checklist that you print off every week or month that they complete. Remember though – you can’t just see that they checked the boxes – you actually have to inspect that they did the actual task listed. Your system can be a chart with velcro tasks and pictures. It can be a chart that has a clothespin with their name on it as they move down the list.
  • Whatever method you choose to use… Teach them what is required, Teach them WHY which can be attached to your family’s values, and Teach them the steps for HOW to do it. Model good attitude and initiative for working hard and doing the “have-tos” before the “want-tos”. Inspect what you expect. Take the time to train them. Implement consequences and positive discipline when values are violated. Affirm them in their identity and behaviors. Mentor them.
  • (The next few points come from the social media post where I asked other mamas to chime in.)
  • Chrissy Hoskin says, “Instill the mindset of “Leave it better than you found it.” If you choose to rush through it and not do it well, you get to do it again… for several days for extra practice…Teaching them to be part of the team…Teaching them excellence over being mediocre…Teaching them to be helpful and not lazy…Teaching them how to take care of a home to prepare them for caring for their own future homes. There are lots of life skills being built just by giving your kids chores.
  • Dianne Goulet says, “I tried to keep a very positive attitude and focus surrounding chores from an early age. We might sing as we worked, listen to our favorite music, or set the timer to see how much we could get done before it went off. We might treat ourselves with a favorite activity when we were done. Sometimes we’d just talk and laugh as we worked. I wanted to convey that although they were necessary tasks we may not enjoy in and of themselves, we can choose to do them with a good attitude and that makes time pass more quickly as well as making the the tasks more enjoyable. Teamwork makes un-preferred tasks more enjoyable.”
  • Rebecca Ritchey says, “I remind them that they are working first unto the Lord. We expect things to be done in order and in excellence. We teach them to do their best by reminding them that it is a core value of our family to do our best and be our best. We remind them that we are all apart of a whole. Apart of the team. We all pull our part.”
  • Rebecca also mentions when she checks up on them – she looks to see if it’s because of disobedience and an attitude or if it’s from just being busy and it getting forgotten. I like how she thinks about the why and the reason it’s not done first. Then she says something about giving the one grace rule. Then she ties their identity to it by saying “The Ritchey’s aren’t lazy”. So good!
  • Britney O’Neal says she sat her kids down and asked them what chore they would like to learn that they thought would be a big help to mommy. It empowered them to have some input on the whole idea, and she said it has resulted in her laundry loads being cut in half.
  • Most everyone who commented mentioned teamwork and working together – not just one person doing all the things.
  • And they all mentioned starting from a very early age doing simple tasks like picking up toys before nap and bedtime, putting laundry in the hamper basket, shaking out and smoothing socks and washcloths, then to fold washcloths and match socks.
  • By the time they are older, most of them said they are responsible for keeping their own spaces neat, cleaning up after themselves in common areas, helping to clean the bathroom they use, helping to clean common areas, and helping with dishes, vacuuming, mopping, and folding laundry.
  • As far as standards go – they mentioned teaching the appropriate steps one step at a time as well as making sure the expectations are clear. It’s tailored to each child’s age and individual ability. Some grace is given for how clothes are folded, and some kids are perfectionists that will surprise you when they fold even better than we do as parents. A child who is capable of doing a job well gets to do it again until its done to satisfaction or practice it over the next few days.”

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[Ep. 009] – Our Attitude

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Show Notes –

In this week’s episode of My Purposeful Planning, Laney shares about our attitudes and why it’s so important that we have good and healthy attitudes while managing our families and households. She also shares about those times when our day or our lives get interrupted and things don’t go according to plan.

In This Episode:

  • Welcome!
  • Episode with Morgan
  • Mama’s attitude in the home is SO important!
  • Have you ever seen the family that seems to have it all together?
  • “As wives and mothers, it it critical that we not just have it together on the outside, but that we regularly examine our hearts before God and renew our minds with his word.”
  • Psalms 119:10 – “With my whole heart have I sought thee… Oh let me not wander from thy commandments.”
  • Matthew 15:8 – “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.”
  • We have to do right even when we don’t feel like it.
  • “Guard your hearts against this by daily confessing your sins and by staying sensitive toward your own bad attitudes.”
  • Failure-centric mothering – the memes, quotes, and funny things we share that focus on the negative aspects of being a wife and mother
  • Failure-centric mothering hurts our Christian witness.
  • There needs to be a balance between the struggles and the challenges we share and the uber positive highlight reel. The balance is called “realness”. It’s relatable, but it also shares the hope we’ve found and where we find our strength for these hard things.
  • When you share things about your kids, make sure it’s not something that would embarrass them or belittle them.
  • Stop calling your kids “bad”.
  • Christ has overcome, and so can we!
  • The idea of Perfection
  • Enneagram Resource
  • “My idea of perfection tends to be centered around the perfect day, perfectly respectful and obedient children, being the perfect wife, having the perfect home, the perfect landscape design, perfectly weed-free garden with perfect fruits and vegetables, perfect meals – and of course all of that would be due to me being the perfect person. I want to be perfectly kind, perfectly gracious to all, perfectly patient, perfectly everything. Is this so wrong to aim for?” -Kim Brenneman
  • “We must first recognize that attempts to attain perfection in our own strength will fall short – “all our righteousness are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).
  • “If we only boast of our accomplishments, we are in error. It is only by God’s grace and mercy that we can do anything right, and we should give glory to Him when we excel at any pursuit.”
  • “While perfection in human terms will not happen in this world, we should, as Christians, seek to emulate God’s perfect character.”
  • God is perfect, and we are not.
  • “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
  • Obedience is a choice.
  • We can do things if we choose to; it’s a matter of obedience.
  • Replace your “I Can’ts” with “I Can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” or “I can try” or “I can’t… yet”.
  • Philippians 4:13
  • I Can’ts get replaced with praying without ceasing.
  • Follow me – Our children watch and imitate us so it IS important what we watch, listen to, etc.
  • “Are you talking to them about things that draw them closer to the Father? Are you whining and complaining through your pity party? Are you showing them a fence-riding Christian who lives a double life? Do you say one thing and do another? Do you threaten to leave or even joke about it? If you’re a homeschooling mom, maybe you threaten to send them off to school. Do you use the TV to keep your children out of the way? Are you relieved when your children are gone from the house for a day, or a few days? Is the law of kindness on your tongue? How often do you sigh? These are hard-hitting questions, and we are all guilty of sinful thoughts that are further expressed in actions! Don’t quit. Don’t give up! Get into God’s word. Make it part of your daily life, apply it, and set the example for your children.”  – Kim Brenneman
  • “You don’t need to say ‘Follow me,’ just live in a way that you would want your children to go, and they will follow.”
  • We must keep our heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23
  • “The key thing is attitude. Keep in mind that you should focus on doing something that you can do something about, and let the rest be.”
  • “Plans are a guide, not a master. A plan serves you. You do not serve the plan. A plan helps to get the work done in an efficient way. It gives you time and freedom to do things you might think that you can’t do. A plan gives you confidence. You know how to plan ahead, and you know how to recover from an event.”
  • “We cannot know what He wills for us ahead of time. But when interruptions come, we can say with confidence, “This is God’s will. He must have something to teach me, or the children, or maybe He is blessing me and the children with this.” Or “Somehow God is being glorified in this event. I need to live obediently and not grump about it or fight it.”
  • “Being upset about interrupted plans is, in essence, fighting with God.”
  • “The key is for us to remove “self” from the center of our world and put God there instead. Serving Him is the most important thing. When we depend on Him, He equips us with the grace to deal with interruptions.”
  • Join us on Patreon to discuss this episode even further! Here we have special printables created just for you to interact with the episodes and apply them to your life in a practical and purposeful way. This is also a way that you can support the podcast, and we are so appreciative when you do that!
  • Would you consider sharing these episodes on social media with your followers? To thank you for doing this, if you’ll send me a screenshot of your rating, review, or let me know that you’ve shared – I’ll enter you in the giveaway fro Kim Brenneman’s new book Home Management: Plain and Simple. This is the updated version of the book that inspired this season on the podcast, Large Family Logistics.
    Email me your screenshots of your rating and review or let me know that you’ve shared the episodes…
    laney@mypurposefulplanning.com 
  • Book: Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman
  • Don’t forget to Share, Subscribe, Rate, and Review… thank you so much for taking the time to do this!
  • Let’s go make a plan to be more purposeful!

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[Ep. 008] – Systems & Self-Discipline

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In this week’s episode of My Purposeful Planning, Laney shares on the topics of Systems and the Self-Discipline required to work those Systems. We all have Systems, but we need to make sure our Systems are the best they can be in order to make them work well for us. If we have great systems that we are consistent in working, we will have more time on our hands for the things in life that matter most!

In This Episode:

  • Welcome!
  • Join us on Patreon to discuss this episode even further! Here we have special printables created just for you to interact with the episodes and apply them to your life in a practical and purposeful way. This is also a way that you can support the podcast, and we are so appreciative when you do that!
  • Systems and self-discipline go hand in hand.
  • We all have systems ,but not all systems are good systems that work well.
  • We need to look at our systems. How can we make them work better for us?
  • In any organization, there will be system breakdowns. That’s because most systems involve real, flesh and blood people at different ages and levels of growth and maturity.
  • If we have great systems that are working well, we will have more times on our hands for hobbies and creativity.
  • Moving Beyond Survival Mode Challenge
  • Evaluating and Problem-Solving my Meal Planning System & Process
  • Think about all of the different components of a system when trying to problem-solve.
  • Maybe the people in your system need an “order of events’ to follow.
  • Go back through and teach them how to work the system.
  • My husband did this with me on our system for washing dishes not long ago.
  • Show them how.
    Demonstrate the protocol.
    Watch them do it, giving small critiques.
    Let them do it independently and unsupervised with occasional checks.
    If they begin to get sloppy, start the whole process over.
  • “Systems don’t work if you don’t work the systems.”
  • “Let’s work to not only establish good systems in our homes, but to diligently work to implement them.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emmerson – “That which we persist in doing becomes easier. Not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do it has increased.”
  • Self-discipline starts with us.
  • You can have the most refined set of goals and well-tuned systems for how to get there, but if you don’t pursue those goals and implement your plan – your ideas are next to worthless. It requires self-discipline.
  • Self-discipline means making yourself do something that you don’t presently want to do.
  • Biblically speaking, Self-discipline can be summarized in one word: obedience.
  • Self-discipline means delaying gratification.
  • When we have a goal in mind, we must delay gratification for the instant, fleshly thing in order to achieve the long-term reward and blessing.
  • Learning self-discipline starts with keeping our eyes constantly on the goal.
  • As Christians, our goal is to be God’s goal.
  • We must be gracious with one another: God is working on all of us in different ways, on different things, and at different times. None of us have arrived yet.
  • Gaining self-control in different areas happens with small steps and small victories.
  • I personally love using habit trackers in my planner to keep myself accountable.
  • Form a chain: Whatever goal you are working on, make a X on the calendar for every day that you do that thing and see how long you can make that chain. If the chain breaks, just pick up the next day and see if you can make the chain longer the next time.
  • I share some of my systems: not that are the best way or the only way to do things, but just to get the conversation going and to get you thinking about your own systems.
  • My Dish-Washing Process & System
  • Product: The New Dish Rack I Mention
  • Product: Baby Bottle Brush
  • My Laundry System
  • Product: 8 Cube Shelf for Laundry Sorting and Folding
  • My Laundry Goal Right Now: Forward Motion and Progress over Perfection
  • Jordan Page’s Laundry System
  • My Meal Planning System
  • Kitchen Day
  • My Monthly Meal Plan
  • My Corresponding 2-Week Grocery List
  • Recipe: Egg Puffs
  • My Coffee System
  • Product: Our Coffee Maker – nothing special 😉
  • Product: Nespresso – on my wish list – ha!
  • Product: Milk Frother
  • Product: My Favorite Creamer
  • Would you consider sharing these episodes on social media with your followers? To thank you for doing this, if you’ll send me a screenshot of your rating, review, or let me know that you’ve shared – I’ll enter you in the giveaway fro Kim Brenneman’s new book Home Management: Plain and Simple. This is the updated version of the book that inspired this season on the podcast, Large Family Logistics.
    Email me your screenshots of your rating and review or let me know that you’ve shared the episodes…
    laney@mypurposefulplanning.com 
  • Book: Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman
  • Don’t forget to Share, Subscribe, Rate, and Review… thank you so much for taking the time to do this!
  • Let’s go make a plan to be more purposeful!

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[Ep. 007] – Goals, Goal- Setting, & Check-in with Yearly Goals

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Show Notes –

In this week’s episode of My Purposeful Planning, Laney shares about goals and goal-setting. She shares her favorite method of goal-setting. Then, she takes a look back at her list of new year’s resolutions to do a mid-year check-in to give you and example for goal-setting and process.

In This Episode:

  • Would you consider sharing these episodes on social media with your followers? To thank you for doing this, if you’ll send me a screenshot of your rating, review, or let me know that you’ve shared – I’ll enter you in the giveaway fro Kim Brenneman’s new book Home Management: Plain and Simple. This is the updated version of the book that inspired this season on the podcast, Large Family Logistics.
  • Giveaway: Kim Brenneman’s Newest Book Home Management: Plain and Simple
    Email me your screenshots of your rating and review or let me know that you’ve shared the episodes…
    laney@mypurposefulplanning.com 
  • Yet it at any stage of life you feel you are flying by the seat of your pants taking each day as it comes without having anticipated it, planned for it, shaped it, and prayed over it… then take time off and get back to pouring over your goals. Then you will control your days instead of letting them control you. – Anne Ortlund
  • Goal-setting is being a good steward of the time that we have. Careful planning helps us make the most of our opportunities as wives and mothers.
  • When we prepare our way and reach specific goals, we move toward victorious living. Our effectiveness in life substantially increases.
  • Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish. He that keeps the law, happy is he.”
  • As Christians our ultimate goal should be to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind and love our neighbor as our self. All of our goals should stem from those two core commitments.
  • Make goals with your husband.
  • Set goals in the areas of personal, family, spiritual, home, community outreach, educational goals, physical, recreational, and financial.
  • Our goals reflect our vision for the future, and as Christians our goals must be aligned with scripture.
  • Make long-term goals, short-term goals, and immediate goals.
  • Write your goals down. (Prioritize them, organize them, and take action on them.)
    *I have a goal-setting worksheet for this if you’re interested.
  • Think about your goals backwards to make a plan of action. (Visualize the future and think about what you need to be working on now to reach those goals.) (ex. raising children, homeschooling, running a 5K, or hosting guests)
  • S.M.A.R.T. Goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Bound)
  • W.H.O.O.P.I.E. Goals
  • Podcast: Chasing Excellence with Ben Bergeron
  • W & H – Wishing and Hoping (writing down your goal, sharing it with others)
  • O – Outcome (looking at the big picture to what your end result will be if you reach your goal)
  • O – Obstacles (thinking about the issues ahead of time in order to reach your goals)
  • “Do not use your obstacles as excuses to NOT reach your goals.” (Laney’s personal example with this)
  • P – Planning and Process (Plan for how you will accomplish your goal and overcome your obstacles. What will be a part of your process for making it happen?)
  • I – Identity (Attach your identity to your goal.)
  • Finish this sentence –  “I am someone who…”
  • E – Execute (Make it happen)
  • New Year’s Resolutions or Yearly Goals
  • Blog Post: 19 Things in 2019
  • August – My Mid-year Check-in
  • #1 – Read through the Bible with my kids using the Bible Road Trip Curriculum. (In Progress with Homeschool)
  • Curriculum: Bible Road Trip
  • Book: Together by Carrie Ward – Growing Appetites for God
  • #2 – Explore Verse-mapping  (Planning to do this with the book of Ephesians as our church studies it together.)
  • DEFINITION: Verse-Mapping is a method of studying the historical context, transliteration, translation, connotation, and theological framework of a verse in the Bible. Plain and simple? Verse mapping is getting real about studying the Bible. All of it. It’s not just reading. It’s researching everything you can in a verse to learn more about Who God is, and how He wants to speak to you through His Word. In short? It’s serious study.
  • #3 Worship Daily with my Kids. (Always in the car; Much more often at home)
  • #4 – Journal Daily and do Writing Sprints (Not yet a habit for me, but I have done it more often; I’m going to begin tracking it this month in my planner.)
  • #5 Gradually replace our cleaning products with all-natural versions. (in progress)
  • All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe : Glass Bottles, Lemon Essential Oil, Castile Soap, & Hot Water
  • Norwex
  • E-cloth
  • #6 – Begin to replace my beauty products with all-natural versions. (done! not completely done but since I said “begin”, yes, I have done that)
  • Public Goods: I’m using their shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrushes, razors, ayate washcloth for exfoliating and I actually really love these products! They are very simple in their formulas and their packaging which I feel is very pleasing to the eye. For $20 off your first order, click this link.
  • Aluminum- Free Deodorant
  • Apple Cider Vinegar & Bentonite Clay Powder Mask
  • Toothpaste
  • Skincare Little Kit, Virgin Marula Oil, Make-Up Melting Butter Cleanser
  • #7 – Read 6 or more books this year with one of them being a fiction book. (very close to being done!)
  • Book: Mom’s Night Out by Tricia Goyer (in progress)
  • Book: Together by Carrie Ward: Growing Appeities for God
  • Book: Treasuring Christ when your Hands are Full by Gloria Furman
  • Book: Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman
  • Book: Essentialism by Greg McKeown (in progress)
  • #8 Get back to my healthy self. (My exercise routine has been on pause. I’m signed up for classes again starting today.)
  • #9 Continue with my daily skincare routine. (I’m now tracking this in my planner, and it’s in my morning and evening routines.)
  • #10 Plan & Participate in regular Phone Detoxes (I’ve added some of these dates to the calendar.)
  • #11 Cultivate a thriving home school. (Ongoing)
  • Curriculum: Math U See (We use this curriculum, the blocks, the DVD, and hopefully the digital kit.)
  • Curriculum: All About Reading Learning Kit
  • Handwriting App: Wet Dry Try
  • Curriculum: Apologia’s Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day (Zoology 1 for Science)
  • Curriculum: Mystery of History
  • #12 Budget for , plan, and do one household project per month. (This was before we moved, but I have made a list of projects to work on in this new house as well.)
  • #13 Upgrade our dining table to fit our large-family. (Done!)
  • #14 Stick to my Flylady Cleaning Routines. I use the FlyLady app for this. (in progress; it’s in my planner)
  • Weekly Home Blessing Hour
  • #15  Repeat the Kon Mari Process– I’ll be using this printable to help me through the month of August with the Monthly Minimalism Challenge.
  • #16 Pay off 1-2 student loans this year. (not yet)
  • #17 Establish basic Sinking Funds. (not yet)
  • #18 Study the Enneagram. (done)
  • Book: Reading People by Anne Bogel
  • Enneagram Institute (my favorite free Enneagram resource… I recommend reading the nine descriptions and going from there to discover your type. The tests are not always accurate.)
  • Book: The Road Back to You by
  • #19 Learn to do a Handstand Push-up. (probably pushing this one back till next year if we’re being realistic)
  • What were your New Year’s Resolutions this year? It’s never too late to set a goal!
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Show Notes –

In this week’s episode of My Purposeful Planning, Laney finishes up her interview with special guest, Morgan Peters. They discuss all sorts of topics related to being a wise woman as outlined in Proverbs 31… such as Self-Care & Rest, Pursuing Dreams, Running a Business, Work-Life Balance, Setting Healthy Boundaries for our kids, and more!

In This Episode:

[00:00] -Intro.

[00:26] – Recap of Last Episode where we discussed The Wise Woman and Laney began her interview with Special
Guest,  Morgan Peters

[00:48] – 2 Peter 1:5-8 “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowlesge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

There’s always something we can be doing or working on.

[01:31] – How can we as wives and moms find balance between much-needed rest and self-care after our work versus laziness and letting things go?

Morgan’s Tip: It’s as simple as nights at home without having to DO anything. Those are the best, relaxing evenings.
One thing I do for self-care is getting my nails done.

[02:54] – How do we keep our kids from feeding on laziness?

Morgan shares how their family made the tough call to cut out video games for their boys which led to really fruitful and productive pastimes for them that they will enjoy for years to come!

[04:58] – Morgan shares a little about what it’s like to run a business… what they’ve learned over the years, how to deal with conflict, how to manage employees, etc.

[06:51] – How do you prioritize what’s most important and find this work/life balance that we all strive for?

Morgan’s Tip: “When I see open days on the calendar, while I don’t always want to fill them quickly, I do see them as opportunities that we can plan to do fun things together as a family.”

8:22 Do you view your business as ministry also?

9:44 What would you say to the person listening to this that says “I have a dream or something  I want to pursue and do, but I don’t have the time or the resources to do it”?

Morgan shares how God gave her the dream to be a worship leader, and how God worked all that out for her to be where she is now leading worship for over ten years.

11:25 – How do you find balance between protecting your children and keeping them safe by letting them know about the dangers of the world versus not fearing or worrying about them?

Morgan’s Tip: Be praying about different situations and listen to the discernment of the holy spirit.

Morgan’s Tips for Promoting Safety with Screen Time: We have the passwords to their apple I.D.’s so we have to put in the password before they can download any apps or games. We also put our phones up at night so they don’t have them all night. They have parental controls on their phones. They don’t have unrestricted use of safari and YouTube, because those are danger zones. We’ve also discussed that they should be listening to the Holy Spirit as well about things we aren’t sure about.

[14:59] – She is more than confident in the future. Not only are we working on home management skills, but as we adjust our attitudes and grow and mature… we can be prepared and ready and laugh at the time to come.

Morgan shares how this is all a season of life. There is good and bad in every season, and sometimes we feel “stuck” in our current season with all of its negative aspects. When we wish the season away that we’re in, we’re also wishing away the “good” things from this season. We don’t often realize that we’ve moved on from one season to another. Some seasons last two weeks, some may last several months. Just persevere, and keep chugging along. The rewards are so great when you’re consistent with discipline and family time. Lean on your friends, and intentionally ask for advice and wisdom… because they probably won’t just give it unless they are asked. 😉

[19:15] – Morgan shares about how to find time to exercise, what works best for her, and why she feels it’s so important now that she has a little girl following in her steps.

[20:40] – She is confident

We all have insecurity about our bodies. We can fake confidence sometimes. Most of the confidence I have comes from experience and walking through hard things. Growing in emotional intelligence.

[21:46] – Loving the Skin you’re in; Dressing your body well; Shopping and buying things you normally wouldn’t buy

[23:27] – Giveaway Going on Now for the book Home Management: Plain & Simply by Kim Brenneman
To be entered to win, leave a rating and review of this podcast or share it with your followers. Then, send me a screenshot of your rating or review, or just let me know that you’ve shared it so I can enter you in this drawing. You can email these to laney@mypurposefulplanning.com or message me on Facebook or Instagram.

[24:22 She speaks with wisdom and kindness.

“I wanna be the same person on Sundays that I am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…” Talk to them like people, not like they are less than because they are younger. They are children of God too. Give them love and respect. Spend time in the Word to set my heart right. Stay prayed up so we can respond with kindness.

25:49 Her husband and her children praise her; Speaking about Mama’s mood…

“We are the thermostat. If we’re hot, things are gonna be heated around the house. There’s gonna be tension. But at the same time we are the ones who are able to calm situations. God has given us that gift to be able to minister to our family in that way.”

26:55 What is your secret to success for being a wise woman?

Morgan’s Tips: Be in tune with the spirit and in tune with the Lord. Things are not always easy and rainbows, but they are always doable. You’ll be able to walk through things that you never thought you could, and He’s gonna be with you through all of it.

Interview Stock Questions-
[27:38] – Morgan’s Favorite scripture? Galatians 2:20 “I’ve been crucified with Christ and no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”

[28:08]  – Morgan’s Favorite Recent Book? I Declare War by Levi Lusco
Morgna’s Fiction Pick? – Mystery type Novels… author J.A. Jantz

[29:26] – Morgan’s Favorite Podcasts? The Worship Circle Podcast & Four Things with Amy Brown

[30:00] – Morgan’s Family Favorite Recipe?
BBQ Casserole: cooked egg noodles, 8 oz sour cream, block of cream cheese, browned and drained hamburger meat, all layered together… add bbq sauce, ketchup, mustard… cover with cheddar cheese and bake in a 9×13″ dish for 20 minutes

[31:13] – Morgan’s favorite planning method? Paper Planner (Blue Sky Brand)… weekly layout and a month at a glance

[32:23] – What’s worse? Laundry or dishes?

[33:02] – Toilet paper… Over or under?

[33:09] Morgan’s At home go-to beverage: Coffee made in the Keurig with Dunkin Donuts K-cups, a packet of truvia, and a splash of Fairfield Whole Milk (Morgan usually orders a caramel macchiato when she’s out.)

[33:51] – How Morgan is Planning to be more Purposeful in her life right now: “Touch it Once Rule” with paper in her office… dealing with them immediately instead of letting them pile up

[34:23] – Thank you, Morgan!

[34:50] – Next Episode’s Topic Preview

Links and Resources Mentioned:

Large Family Logistics Book by Kim Brenneman
Home Management: Plain & Simple by Kim Brenneman
Brayden’s Fishing Youtube Channel
Book: I Declare War
Morgan’s Planner Line: Blue Sky Planners
Dunkin Donuts K Cups

 

     

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[Ep. 005] – The Wise Woman & Interview with Special Guest, Morgan Peters (Part 1)

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Show Notes –

In this week’s episode of My Purposeful Planning, Laney shares about what it means to be The Wise Woman as outlined in Proverbs 31. It’s about aligning our priorities and setting the foundations because if we don’t do that, all of our efforts will fall short. God’s Word has been given to equip us for all we put our hands to do, so that’s exactly what we’re using. Laney also introduces Morgan Peters who shares with us practical ways that we can align our priorities, love our husbands well, and how to care for and provide our family’s needs.

In This Episode:

[00:00] -Intro.

[00:32] – Would you consider sharing these podcast episodes with your social media followers?

[01:00] – Enter the giveaway for Kim Brenneman’s new book Home Management: Plain and Simple by sending me a screenshot of your rating, review, or to let me know that you’ve shared the episode.

[02:22] “This is about aligning our priorities and setting the foundations, because if we don’t do that all of our efforts will fall short.”

[02:33] – 2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

[03:00] – This is for all of us.

[03:05] – The Heart of Her Husband Trusts in Her (verses 10, 11, 12, 23, 28b, and 29)

[06:08] – She Looks Well to the Way of Her Household (verses 13, 14, 15, 18b, 19, 22, and 27)

[09:14] – She is Industrious and Engaged (verses 16, 20, and 24)

[10:03] – She Laughs at the Time to Come (verses 21 & 25)

[10:16] – She is Clothed with Strength and Dignity (verses 17 and 25)

[10:45] – She Speaks with Wisdom and Kindness (verse 26)

[11:32] – Her Children and Husband Praise Her (verse 28, 29)

[11:51] – The Wise Woman is a Blessed Woman (verse 31)

[12:32] – Eight of these twenty-one verses pertain to housework. Two relate to home business. One is related to physical and spiritual strength. One is related to ministry. Two have to do with her character and attitude. Three are directly related to her husband’s confidence in her.

[13:06] – “Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men… knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.” Colossians 3:23-24

[13:20] – Laney introduces Morgan Peters

[14:17] – Morgan tells us about her roles and her family.

[14:48] – Titus 2:3-5 “Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”

[17:16] – “Embrace the real”

[17:28] – Titus 2 Challenge for the older women (not necessarily older in age… but those who have experience and are growing in wisdom and maturity) to train the younger women by being positive and encouraging. When they need someone, just be there.

[19:00] – Morgan shares how she’s learned to align her priorities (her parents’ hard work ethic) and how she’s learned to apply those things in her own family today.

Morgan’s Tip for Keeping Family First: When one child is involved in something, all of the family attends the event to support their sibling. That way, they are still together as a family, even though they are technically busy and away from home. It may not be “together around the dinner table”, but it’s still together as a family.

[21:52] – The Heart of her Husband Trusts in Her

Morgan’s Marriage Tips: Have open communication. Let each other know what’s going on in your day, what’s challenging, calendar conversations of what’s going on each week, etc. Time outside of work and being parents. Date nights. Cast vision for your family and your business, dream together. Always champion your husband in every avenue. Cast him in the best light that you can because he’s your husband, and you honor him.

[24:46] – She cares for the needs of her household.

Morgan’s Tips for Caring for clothing needs: Find someone a size up from your child and buy second-hand from them for the next season. Shop outlets, sales, and online shopping to make the most use of your budget. Hand-me downs are great if kids have similar body types and seasons where they will wear the same sizes.

Morgan’s Tips for Menu-Planning: With weekly calendar conversations, discuss which nights your family will be home and decide on meal plans for those nights and what to do for the nights you will be out. It doesn’t have to all be written out, but just a conversation where everyone is on the same page helps.

[29:25] – She looks to the ways of HER household.

[30:17] – Outro

Links and Resources Mentioned:

Large Family Logistics Book by Kim Brenneman
Home Management: Plain & Simple by Kim Brenneman
Personality Types
Enneagram
The Rambling Redhead 

   

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