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My Goals for 2018


My most important goal for 2018:

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Have a healthy pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby in late spring!


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Garden Goals:

1. Take out dead our peach tree and replace it. We may take out both peach trees in the back, as the other appears to be dying as well. I learned in my extension service classes that peach and apricot trees only last around 10 years here. We've had these trees for 10 years. They are the two above covered in pink blossoms, The one you see on the right died last year and the one on the left is the other we will most likely take out too.

2. Plant many more flowers for cutting and enjoying in the garden. I want to grow thousands of flowers in the garden this year for arrangements thorughout the year.

3. Plant more Swiss chard, lettuce, green onions, snow peas, Armenian cucumbers, alpine strawberries, squash, and beets than in past years.

4. Fix sprinkler issues and reseed the lawn in the bare spots.

5. Find and fix all leaks in the drip lines.


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Sewing Goals:


1. Sew curtains for my bedroom. I bought the fabric over a decade ago, shortly after we moved into the house. I need to buy lining and something to hang the curtains (I think we will need to make boxes). I want to get this project done this year. We've had shades hanging for years, but they broke last year and I'm ready for my curtains to finally be up!

2. Sew the decorative bed pillow that I embroidered a cover for last year (pictured in-progress above).

3. Sew baby clothes using patterns and material I have on hand. I gave away almost all of our baby clothing, save a few favorite things I had stored in one box.

4. Sew four dresses for myself. (These have been on my list for a few years now; this year I want to finish the ones I've started and sew two more, and I already have the fabric to do it).

5. Sew birthday gifts for the children using fabric I have on hand. My girls have requested several things and I already have a list of what they want.


Purchase Goals:

These are my planned purchases for the year. While I'm sure we'll have other needs, these are ones that I already know will be part of my purchases for the year:

1. Purchase a few baby clothing items for the new baby. I've already registered at Target so that I can get a 15% off coupon to use towards baby purchases the last two months of pregnancy (they let you use one towards what is left on your registry at that time, but the 15% is only good for ONE purchase. I'll definitely buy diapers and possibly purchase some onesies and socks at that time). I also will look at garage sales for needed items. I was recently gifted enough hand-me-down 0-3 month onesies that I don't need any in that size.

2. Purchase a car seat for the baby.

3. Buy the following clothing items for myself: sandals, black flats, nursing bras, and a few more maternity items (I'll look for those in thrift stores) for warm weather wear. It gets warm here early in the year. I am needing new-to-me maternity clothing in a smaller size; I donated all of my old maternity clothing last year.

4. Purchase new shoes for the family.

5. Purchase tarragon and tomato plants for the garden. I'll also buy more dirt for the garden; removing tree roots will mean I'll need dirt to fill in those spots.


Financial Goals:

1. Refund emergency fund. This was depleted last year after some hospital bills.  We have other goals we'd like to add to this category, but this is the first and most important one, and we won't do any of the others until after this one is accomplished.


What are your goals for this year?



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  • Allyson January 03, 2018

    So exciting for you!

    Your post inspired me, so here are our goals for 2018.


  • LeeAnn January 03, 2018

    Congratulations on the new baby. Back in the days before birth control pills the standing joke was you're sure to get pregnant if you get rid of maternity clothes and baby stuff.

  • ant January 03, 2018

    Just wanted to add my Congratulations to you also!

  • Tara from Massachusetts January 03, 2018

    Congratulations, Brandy!!! That is great news!

  • Jenn January 03, 2018

    Congratulations! How exciting!

  • Debby in Kansas January 03, 2018

    Congratulations! My husband was one of 9. He was #8. His mom desperately wanted #9 to be a boy. There were boys 1, 2, & 3. Then girls 4, 5, 6, & 7. Then my husband. But alas, he got another sister! He said the great part about that deal was that he never got hand-me-downs, had his own room most of the time (the girls were all upstairs in a huge dorm style room), and when his dad retired, the two of them drove all over seeing the west. Personally, I love that his older brother instilled in him the need to put the toilet seat down so his sisters didn't kill him!! The saddest part was that the last boy left in the house was 18 & hubs was only 8, I think. He got drafted to go to Vietnam. Hubs said he wouldn't let go of his brother and bawled for hours when he left. He came back alive, but not really okay.

  • momsav January 03, 2018

    My Father was in Korea. He wasn’t okay, either. No-one comes back from war okay. All vets need our blessings.
    (If this sounds snarky, it’s not meant to be.)

  • Debby in Kansas January 04, 2018

    Amen. No snark taken. :)

  • Marcia R. January 14, 2018

    My father came back from WWII and while he did not often talk about it, he did seem to be ok. He was in the Army Air Corps on a Navy ship that repaired other ships, a floating machine shop, really. His duty station in combat was as a gunner at one of the turret type guns towards the back of the ship. I wonder if the fact that he wasn't Infantry, and wasn't seeing people killed in a direct way was part of the reason that he was OK. Were any of your fathers that were not OK in the infantry? I'm curious about this because my husband was a radio operator Vietnam Era Vet, and he moved from place to place fixing radio equipment, climbing towers, and hopping plane rides back to his base before nightfall---did not see direct combat on a regular basis. A number of people who did what he did lose their hearing (he wears two hearing aids and still has trouble) or go a little crazy (he spent a lot of time copying Morse code the first half of his 8 years of service) He is still ok mentally but is having some moderate memory problems at age 75. It makes me wonder how much of these two conditions would exist WITHOUT having his military experiences. He is slender, physically active, and exercises regularly. Except for mild high blood pressure, he has no other medical problems. Hard to prove any direct connection when it's 50 years later before any consequences appear.

  • Ellie's friend from Canada January 03, 2018

    Am so sorry. I know what's that is like. My father came back from WWII. Never the same.

  • Elizabeth Vega January 03, 2018

    This year’s goals include:

      Being 15 minutes early to personal and professional engagements Investing in quality relationships Cultivating a meditation practice Re-funding our Emergency Fund Reducing plastic use & waste

  • Jenny January 03, 2018

    Congratulations, such a wonderful blessing!

  • Evelyn Edgett January 03, 2018

    One of my biggest goals outside of getting my yard put together after living here almost two years, is to buy my son and I new walking shoes. We live around 1 mile from the grocery store, and about 3 miles from the library and the center of town. We only have one vehicle, so he and I walk just about everywhere, and our shoes are needing replacing soon. I hope to go to Cabela's Sporting Goods and getting us each a good sturdy pair.

  • Margie from Toronto January 03, 2018

    Congratulations on the new addition! I honestly don't know how you manage to do so much! I come from a family of 5 children and my parents were really organized and kept us all on track but you home school, and maintain a huge garden along with raising (soon to be 9) children! You are truly a superwoman in every sense of the word!
    My main goal for 2018 is to get some part-time work in order to ease things a bit financially. I was retired early (and before I'd planned) so things were not as set as I would have liked. I'm trying to be flexible and look at a number of different possibilities - including some freelance type work that I've been meaning to try for years.
    Otherwise I intend to concentrate on my health - I've regained some of the weight that I'd lost so that is my first priority. My mobility is a bit compromised due to health issues but I'm going to do as much as possible to regain some strength and flexibility. Otherwise I intend to be as happy and as contented as possible - whatever life brings in 2018.

  • Chris Greedy January 03, 2018

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! I enjoy reading your blog and think about you guys often!

  • sonrie January 03, 2018

    congratulations on your pregnancy - may you and baby be healthy!

  • Terri C January 03, 2018

    Oh Brandy! Congratulations dear! May you indeed have a healthy pregnancy and a happy baby. Such good news for the New Year!

  • PJGT January 03, 2018

    So happy for you and your husband.

    I have simple but important goals for 2018...
    1. Finish losing the weight I gained last year
    2. Pay off remaining debts
    3. Rebuild the emergency fund
    4. Be able at attend a huge event with the entire family in March 2018 and again in 2019
    5. Owe our places
    6. Give and pray

  • PJGT January 03, 2018

    *Own our places...let me add, with gardens and a greenhouse!

  • momsav January 03, 2018

    Let me add my congratulations to the list of well-wishers! Such exciting news! One of my sisters had eleven children and she’s been home schooling for over twenty years. There’s always something going on over there; never a dull moment!
    As for goals, the main one would be to save more money. Since my husband has been laid off, this is close to home at the moment.
    Another would be to read more, sew more and have more fun. (Too much work makes Debbie a dullard.) I’ve already started on this one.
    I’d like to walk more and add another pose or two to my yoga routine.
    I gave up on growing much besides herbs last year. I’m still trying to decide if I want to revisit this. We won’t be signing up for another CSA even though I thought it was good value. That money can buy a lot of vegetables at the farmers market.
    And, i’ve decided that I need to cut back my hours at the Summer job. I need to enjoy more of the Summer since it’s such a short season here. How to do that and save more money will be a challenge.

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