I love the New Year. I’m very “type A” so anything with a fresh start and chance to set new goals… I’m in!! I love it that Travis & I just celebrated our anniversary. It’s a great time to review the year and talk about things we want to keep up, and things we want to change?! So we took a look at our budget and we are trying (and one week so far… doing well) to cut our food/shopping/entertainment budget IN HALF!! Yes, cutting expenses by 50%. Which means we’re trying the “cash system”. It was hilarious to be counting our pennies at Costco the other day. People were frustrated… but Travis and I “high-fived” and continued on our merry way (on budget I might add). If you know us, you know this is a big step for us because we used to eat out A LOT. Like… way too much!!
I’m a nerd and I love being disciplined. Not in the “time-out” kind of way. But in being disciplined and having a challenge/ goal. Yes, it’s true… I still wear the same plastic retainers on my teeth every Thursday night that I’ve had for over 15 years ; ) So along with our financial goals… I’ve also set some physical goals. I’m trying to cut out almost all white flour products and refined sugars. I think it’s driving Travis crazy when I say we’re having turkey chili again for dinner ; ) Also… I’m happy to report that I went to the gym (and sweat) every day this week. Crazy! But this is the time to loose that pesky ‘winter coat’. In the words of a good friend… “Im tired of being the fat sausage at the gym”! LOL!!
The last “goal” has been developing over the last few months… but it has to do with my life calling. Psalm 51:13 says “Then I will teach transgressors Your Ways, and sinners shall come to You.” I’ve practically given up all t.v. and have really enjoyed reading/ studying a variety of books. The latest 2 are “Forgotten God” by Francis Chan, and “Fasting” by Jentezen Franklin. WOW!! I’ve been challenged… I’m loving it! I am addicted to writing prayers/ thoughts in my journal. So this blog is one of my outlets to share what I’m learning. I’ve also been writing a few things on facebook and hope to release a new website full of devotional material within the year. I CHOOSE JOY!!
Socially… Travis and I (and the kiddos) have been ridiculously blessed by so many great friends at our church. We recently started helping out with the young adults ministry at Bridgeway Christian Church : ) Travis is also in a men’s Bible Study Thursday mornings and they are going through the Old Testament. I have been blessed by a woman’s Bible Study on Thursday nights going through Francis Chan’s book “Crazy Love.” I also am on the leadership team with Mom2Mom and have the privilege of writing the “Digging Deeper” Questions to the sermon each weekend. These questions are used by small group leaders throughout the church to facilitate discussions within the group.
So… I know this isn’t an exciting “photo-filled” post. If that’s all your interested in…. check out Travis’s business site www.travishoehne.blogspot.com. But I will close with a few of my favorite pictures from last year or so : ) BLESSINGS TO YOU!!!