Wednesday, March 7, 2012

2012 Goals Update for March

By failing to post this on my usual date (the 1st of each month), I have inadvertently explained how our 2012 goals progressed in February: falling behind.  We could try to blame it on the life transition of moving to MI, but truthfully we had more free time this month than any since we married.  This month was just another reminder that the more free time we have the less we seem to actually do.

I will list the goal, give a quick synopsis of how it progressed (or didn't) in February, and then give an Estimated Percent Completed (EPC) for the goal:

  1. Read two parenting books this year
    1. We still have only selected one of the two parenting books: "Shepherding a Child's Heart".  We attempted to get it from the library and failed, so that is the extent of progress for this goal.
    2. EPC: 1%
  2. Jog a 5 k together
    1. I will attempt to pass off walking Eden as slight progress towards getting up to a 5k.  Though we have yet to jog one step together, we do walk for about thirty minutes a day to get our daughter some fresh air, and I figure thirty minutes of jogging should bag us this goal.  Still this needs to drastically improve in order for us to have a shot at doing this.
    2. EPC: 2%
  3. Pray together 5 nights a week before bed and chart it on a calendar
    1. We still did not buy that calendar to chart this goal.  Frankly we have been bad about this goal and we have felt the affect in our relationship.  Not spending as much time in prayer together nightly has made a noticeable difference in our unity; so we really are aiming to get this goal back on track this month!
    2. EPC: 8.34%
  4. Take on an active ministry role in a church in MI
    1. We still have not fully settled in to a church as of yet.  We have mostly been attending Bethel Baptist in Fruitport (Mark's home church), but we do want to visit a few more and continue to bathe this decision in prayer before we really commit and settle in.  I did speak at Bethel's youth winter retreat which was a fantastic experience.  Also, Katie and I have each expressed a heart desire to get active in a local church so I consider that some progress as well.
    2. EPC: 15%
  5. Update this blog 2 times a month
    1. Here lies the only goal which stayed on track last month.  In fact, it actually doubled the required amount of posts.  Now that we live far from many we love, we really enjoy being to update this blog to give everyone a chance to keep up with our journey.  This post will make our second in March, and therefore we met the requirement for this month as well.
    2. EPC: 25%
This concludes our update of our measurable goals for 2012.  We appreciate any encouragement or advice as we strive towards these 5 goals.  Please leave a comment and let us know how your 2012 goals or resolutions are going!

In the love of Christ,

Team Worth

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Valentines for 3

A Valentine's Day for 3? Yes, that is how we spent ours last month. This being our first Valentine's as a family of 3, we celebrated the love of family! We had talked about dropping Eden at Mark's parent’s house, but due to our lack of a milk supply, Eden stayed with us all day. We actually had a blast with her! Mark was quite the romantic planner. He would not allow me to do anything lol. Valentines morning he had me play a game. This board was creatively planned out in his mind, and brought to life by our good friend Brianna Hunter, the artist :). This "Worth Adventures" board game was made just for us. As I answered questions about or relationship, I was allowed to move forward on the board. Every once in a while I would get to a big blue space,Within this space I would then pick out of what was usually many option, an activity for the day. The intriguing part was that each option was covered up, I had no idea what I was going to pick! The Categories were things like where we were going to lunch, what activity we were to do in the afternoon, what meal Mark would make for dinner, and what we were going to do in the evening...etc. I had a blast playing it, and reliving moments of our relationship.

After the game, Mark made us both Egg sandwiches for a late breakfast. We got ready for the day, bundled up Eden and headed out. Our first stop was lunch at Fazoli’s. Basically it was fast food Italian. But, before you judge to quickly, or think GROSS…I will tell you it was great! I had my doubts, but am very glad I got to try something new. After lunch, Mark allowed me the pleasure of checking out the new Big Lots in town. Very fun! We then headed home for Eden’s lunch, and enjoyed an episode of our favorite show, PARENTHOOD. Then it was time for some afternoon fun!
Earlier that morning, I had uncovered cards that read “Play classic games from our relationship and “Take a walk at the beach” as two afternoon activities. However, we first needed to send out Eden’s Valentine’s package to her cousins Shane and Kyle. Then we headed to the beach. Boy was it cold! A fun memory nonetheless!  I was unaware that this was going to be a rigorous activity haha. It was worth it though. We climbed up 166 steps to the top of a sand dune. What a gorgeous view! We took a few pictures, and probably only stayed up there for 5 min.or less! No worries, Eden was bundled up for sure!

After that adventure, we headed over to Meijer to pick up ingredients for dinner. I had selected Sweet and Sour Chicken during our board game. Mark was pretty nervous about that choice. Although he had written it down as a possible option, he had never made it before. I am super proud of Mark. He cooked the whole meal by himself, and did an excellent job. I was actually quite jealous J.  It tasted AMAZING!
We spent the rest of our evening relaxing, enjoying a movie, warm cookies ,and ice cream. So although we didn’t get to every activity I had chosen from our game, we still had a wonderful day. It was such a special day for us as a family. Sure if you step back and think, we didn’t do anything crazy or earth shattering. But we were together! We planned out our day, and enjoyed every minute! So we encourage you families out there, just take time to enjoy one another. Celebrate the love of your family, it doesn’t have to be on Valentine’s Day!