2015 New Year’s Resolutions

My husband doesn’t make New Year’s resolutions; he says it’s pointless because research has shown that within two months, most people have abandoned their goals. I don’t agree with him, though; the way I see it, if I even pursue my goals for two months, that’s better than doing it for zero months, and who knows, maybe I’ll stick with it longer. So, to that end, here are the resolutions I’m making for this year:

1. Get back in the habit of doing devotions and Bible study each day.

This is the most important one. I used to be really good about this, but I got out of the habit over this past chaotic summer and fall while we were moving and settling into our new home. It’s time to stop using that as an excuse, though; I don’t like it when I feel distance in my relationship with God, like I’m ignoring Him and only pursuing Him when I want Him to dispense some favor for me. And I want to get back in the habit of doing daily devotions with our children, too.

Here is a site to get a quick Bible study lesson:

Our Daily Bread: Daily Devotionals

2. Get regular exercise.

I didn’t need to exercise this past fall because of all the physical outdoor labor that needed to be done on our new property. Now that winter has set it, there is less of that kind of work for me to do, but I’ve gotten out of the habit of hitting the treadmill. So I’m starting small by resolving to hop on the treadmill or go for a hike 2-3 times per week for 20-30 minutes.

3. Make my first attempt at making maple syrup from our maple trees.

Philip and I both work full-time, so our attempts at homesteading are mostly of the hobby variety. Still, food production, preparation, and preserving are really useful skills to have, so even though I won’t be able to meet all our syrup needs given our small number of maple trees, I want to learn to do it.  Here are two useful sites:

Tap My Trees

How to Make Maple Syrup

4. Figure out a system for getting home cooked meals made most nights.

Even though I’m working full time and taking the kids to all corners of Washtenaw County for the various activities they are involved in, I need to make sure my husband has food that he likes. Although I have been cooking, it’s been really simple stuff like pasta dishes most nights because I simply haven’t been home at all; as soon as Christmas break began, I got busy in the kitchen, of course, but my husband recently expressed strong displeasure at the lack of well-prepared meat and vegetable dishes that happened over the fall. I got really upset with him at the time because I felt like that was an unfair request, but after calming down, I realized that lack of planning ahead on my part is a big chunk of the problem and that I could get up at 5:00 instead of 5:30 and get the crock pot going if I weren’t sort of lazy about it. So what I need to do is get a planning system in place.

Edited to add: Working full-time is my choice, not something Phil demands of me. He expects me to fulfill my duties to my family first, and if I can’t, then I need to cut back at work. So it’s my own choice to be this busy and it’s on me to make it work or readjust as needed. 🙂

5. Read six books.

I used to love to read, but blogging has tended to drag me away from reading books in favor of reading essays. Essay-reading is fine, but I think it’s beneficial to read longer works that are more in-depth as well. I’m going to start this goal tomorrow by heading out to the library; I go there every week anyway so the children can get things they want, so it shouldn’t be hard to grab a book for myself. I’ll read it before bed instead of wasting time looking at Twitter.

I’d love to hear about your resolutions if you’ve made any!

May your 2015 be a year full of blessings and peace!

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15 thoughts on “2015 New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Happy New Year! It does take planning to get home cooked meals on the table each night when working full-time. Also prepping on the weekends for the week ahead can be helpful. But, I’m sure you’ll get a handle on it. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

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  2. Here are the verses from today’s ODB lesson:

    But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

    And here is what I’m just about to make us for a late brunch (we’re going out to dinner with my MIL, so I’m off cooking duty for tonight):

    Oven Frittata

    8 eggs
    2 T water
    1 c grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese, divided
    2 T crumbled bacon or real bacon bits
    1/4 c chopped fresh green onion
    1/2 c garden salsa

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat eggs and water with wire whisk in medium bowl. Stir in salsa, 1/2 cup of the cheese, the bacon bits and green onion.

    Pour into greased 9-inch pie plate; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

    Bake 30 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.

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  3. It will be interesting to see how this all works out for you, Sunshine. When I sit down to work out the numbers, I can see how it just barely works but there is very little room for error. We all have 168 hours in a week. When you take out 45 of them to work full time and still attempt to accomplish everything else you did when you didn’t work full time, something is likely going to give. If getting up at 5:30 instead of 5:00 is as a result of laziness to you…ouch.

    I appreciate your honesty while you pursue this challenge. Food preparation would be one of my first challenges too. Great food is 2nd to sex for my husband and he’d likely have the same displeasure if that was where I cut time out of.

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    • Well, you know scientists say that according to some law of aerodynamics, bumble bees shouldn’t be able to fly but somehow they do it anyway? Yeah, I’m kind of hoping to be the bumble bee of time management here. 🙂 No, but in all seriousness, I have to add something to the original post to make it clear that working full-time was my idea, not something my husband demands of me.

      He’s allowing me to give working full-time a try, but if I can’t keep up with my duties to my family, he’s going to put the kibosh on this job. He was hesitant about it already, especially since I was offered a part-time job in another district that I declined in order to take this one.

      He does ski patrol all day on Sundays but if he were to start falling behind on his household chores and duties or if it were to interfere with his primary responsibility as the bread winner, he would readjust his schedule to put duties before preferences. And that’s what he expects of me; it’s nice that I am working to earn money but he expects me to manage my duties on top of it or drop the full-time job.

      And one of my duties is cooking. He’s busy with other tasks that he wouldn’t push off onto me if he were busy, so I need to woman-up and make it work or readjust if I can’t figure out how to make it work. But I really want to give it a good hard try.

      Part of what I need to do is chill the freak out about housework, I think. Just now our plans for this evening changed suddenly. We were supposed to go out to dinner with his family, and we still are doing that, but now a bunch of people are coming over here first to meet up. And I freaked out a bit and went into a frenzy of straightening and cleaning because we got in late last night and so today the house was an obstacle course of ice skates, pop bottles, half drunk cups of coffee and cocoa, etc. And I was getting cranky when I just stopped myself and was like, no one even cares if there are ice skates in the entryway so long as they can get through. Put the cups in the sink, run the vacuum a bit and calm the heck down. People prefer cheerful women in a bit of clutter over cranky women in a pristine house. I always forget that.

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  4. Can your husband not use a crock pot? If he loved you as Christ loved the church, he’d get into the kitchen and prepare a meal or two.

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    • Because I’m not interested in pointless controversy, dissension, and snark, I’d set Linda’s comments to go automatically into the trash. Only those who wish to engage in civil discussion and debate are welcome here. However, I rescued this particular comment of hers because it exemplifies Dalrock’s ongoing series about feminists being ugly and miserly when it comes to love and caring for their families.

      Furthermore, it can be used as a teaching illustration. Complementarity means that the husband and wife fulfill different but complementary roles within the marriage. It also means that tasks will be divided up in such a way that plays to each sex’s strong suits. That doesn’t mean my husband can’t cook – he can and he does on occasion – but it does mean that making sure there is food in the house and regular meals on the table is my responsibility. My husband doesn’t take on that responsibility because he has other responsibilities; for example, he is going to be installing weather stripping around the front door because there is a bit of a draft coming under it. I could learn how to do that, but I’m not going to take the time to learn it, because home maintenance is his responsibility. We don’t take on each other’s responsibilities unless it is an emergency situation. For example, when my husband injured his leg skiing, I took on the lawn mowing even thought that’s his job. When I had the stomach flu, my husband cooked dinner. But he isn’t going to take on my responsibility (food) just because I decided to take the full-time position rather than the part-time one he advised me to take. He’s okay with me working full-time provided I still fulfill my home duties; otherwise I have to cut back to part-time.

      On a side note, I would say that in general, if the family can afford it, the best scenario for a woman working outside the home is to keep it part-time. I have a specific reason why I want to earn extra money right now so I work full-time at present. There are a lot of jobs out there that women can do part-time without taking a good full-time job away from a man who needs it to support a family. I’m going to write a post about that some time soon when I have the time.

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  6. The Linda’s of the world are to be expected – A woman chooses to step outside of her realm and a man is supposed to do likewise to accommodate her. Female supremacy.

    I don’t believe Jesus would be impressed by a Linda who undermines the authority of the head of the household with her condescension and attempt to instruct a man of his Biblical role. She should review 1 Timothy 2:12 and shut up.

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  7. Sunshine,

    Don’t feel badly about not being able to keep up with your former housekeeping/cooking schedule. When you are working fulltime it’s impossible to keep all of your balls in the air; you need to decide which ones are most important to your family’s well-being and put your focus there.

    Having tasty, nutritious meals is most important to my husband. He doesn’t care or notice if I don’t dust or vacuum, but he would have a fit if I served some type of Hamburger Helper or frozen meal.

    I find the crockpot is an excellent resource especially on days when I have to work late. One reliable source of recipes is http://www.skinnyms.com/category/recipes/skinny-slow-cooker. It provides the calorie and nutrition counts for every meal and has non-slowcooker recipes as well.

    If you’re the make-ahead type, try http://www.sidetrackedsarah.com. She’s a homeschooling mom of six who posts weekly recipes and shopping lists. Everything can be prepped ahead of time and stashed in the freezer. The recipes can be higher in fat and calories, but they are generally tasty and kid friendly.

    Before going into the hospital last year, I prepared a week’s worth of her recipes in less than two hours and my husband didn’t have to worry about cooking when I had to stay longer than expected.

    Also, on Sundays I will make a pot of pasta sauce and a pot of soup to freeze for during the week. I also use the extra time to make my husband a special dinner that would take too long on a work night. For instance, last night I prepared my mother in law’s lamb stew, which takes about three hours.

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