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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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  • Lisa January 02, 2018


    I just posted my goals for 2018. I have some major financial goals of paying off my husband's graduate school loan and paying down our mortgage.

    Take care and Happy New Year!

  • Alissa January 02, 2018

    Oh how wonderful!! Congratulations, Simper family!! Sadly my hubby doesn't want any more than our 3.

  • Holley January 02, 2018

    Oh my goodness!!!! Congratulations! I didn't see that coming at all! And, from the fact that you gave away your maternity clothes and baby clothes, neither did you!!!! What a blessing!

  • Lea Stormhammer January 02, 2018

    Oh Brandy, that's such wonderful news! Congratulations!

    Some of my goals are up on my blog, others I will be keeping private and may or may not share as they are completed.

    Best wishes and prayers for a healthy pregnancy, mama, baby and an uneventful delivery.

  • Loyda January 02, 2018

    Well Congratulations I had no idea you were expecting again! Or maybe I just didn't see it posted ! How exciting for you and your family!

  • This post is the announcement.

  • Hilogene in Az January 02, 2018

    Yeah! Great news! Congratulations!

  • Stacy January 02, 2018

    Congratulations! If you have Amazon Prime, do their baby registry, and have $10 purchased from the regustrt, you are eligible for their Welcome Baby Box with lots of freebies. Babies R Hs also has a freebie bag if there is one close.

    Here is a link to a blog talking about the Amazon box (not my blog)

  • Marcia R. January 02, 2018

    Your first goal surprised me a little--congratulations. Wasn't thinking along those lines just yet.
    I have not had much time for thinking of goals for the year, but I know a few off the top of my head. Decluttering is always #1- just never seem to get ahead on that, no matter how hard I try. I would also like to spend more carefully this year. I was gifted quite a few new clothing items for Christmas so should need nothing much at all for a while. I haven't even found time to try on my new things yet to see how they fit. I would like to do more sewing this year also--it is something I have always enjoyed but have gotten away from lately. I also need to continue to stay as healthy as possible, which means getting myself to yoga class twice a week. I was one of only 6 in class this morning, but there were 40 mph winds and blowing snow--and 11 degrees! Worse is coming.

  • sue January 02, 2018

    Congratulations Brandy!

  • Sabrina January 02, 2018

    Congratulations! What wonderful news. Prayers for a healthy pregnancy!

  • Roberta in So. Cal. January 02, 2018

    Congratulations!!!! Praying for you and the babe.

  • Sue January 02, 2018

    Best wishes for an uneventful pregnancy, a speedy delivery, and a healthy outcome for both you and the baby!

  • Marney January 02, 2018

    Congratulations to you and your family! I am so excited for you! God bless you all :)


  • Amy January 02, 2018

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! What a wonderful event to happen in the spring :)

    My goal this year is to improve my health, plant lots of flowers in my flower beds and to develop some (or one) new hobby.

    Best of luck and good wishes on the last months of your pregnancy. So happy for you and your sweet family :)

  • Becky January 02, 2018

    Congratulations! You are now going to pass our family up with #9! I'm so excited for you.

    I have several goals for 2018, but don't have them in formal form. One thing that is happening is one daughter will finish home-school high school. So, there are all the classes to finish for the program I have her signed up in, and a party in the spring. My husband will take the graduation pictures, as he did for the daughter who graduated a few years ago.

    My sister and I are taking my daughter and hers to Washington DC in April, as a senior trip and because we are doing government this year. I need to make sure we have everything ready for that.

    I plan to grow a good garden in my backyard again this year. I will order seeds pretty soon and hope to get a small greenhouse going so I can grow my own starts as I used to do before I moved. I will can and freeze everything I can grow and get my hands on again this summer. We plan to stay home more this summer than we did last year, so I will have more time to enjoy the garden.

    We will go camping a few times, I hope.

    There are more, but that's all I can think of off the top of my head. Again, congratulations!

  • Tammy January 02, 2018

    Congratulations Brandy!

  • Ellie's friend from Canada January 02, 2018

    Best Wishes for you, Brandy, and the new baby! Will this be beautiful child number nine?

    My goals: I haven't really thought about this. (Yes, I know it's a little belated). I think that I want to enjoy vision and life to the fullest (I want to find something special to really appreciate every day). I would like to finish assembling the 7photo albums I am making for cousins. I would like to get things sorted, at least upstairs. I'd like to invite special friends over for a lovely dinner, perhaps in summertime. And some friends over for a tea. I hope that all 22 of my Itoh peonies bloom all at once. I would like to start selling some blooms to a florist. Brandy, have you thought about selling some of your flowers? I am still deliberating about the new camera lens –– the insurance will cover it but it won't work with my present camera. I had hoped to upgrade my camera but have qualms about doing so this year. I'd like to go to the mountains 3 or 4 or 5 or more times in the spring, summer and fall. I'd like to learn how to sew again; I'd like to play the piano every day. I would like to do especially kind or nice things for
    my friends who have been so kind to me these past few months. I'd like to live on the minimum money possible while being happy. I don't need much. Ann

  • Angela in Kentucky January 02, 2018

    What exciting, blessed news. Congrats to you and your family.

  • Judi January 02, 2018

    Congratulations on your pregnancy. Is this #9?
    My husband made more than expected and I just started a full time job. Priorities are 1. Paying of our debt, increased contributions to retirement and saving. Once that’s squared away we want to take a nice vacation and I want establish monthly charity contributions. We have to fly to see family and friends so I need to budget for that and home maintenance and improvements. One benefit of being financially challenged is learning to live on a shoestring. When times are good, there’s excess.

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