Motivated Monday – Menu and Goals for the Week of July 21


For the first time in weeks, I’m excited about our meals for this week! I’m trying a few new recipes. I try to stick with the tried-and-true basics, but trying new recipes just gives me a little more excitement about cooking. And since cooking is something that must be done every. single. day., I might as make it as exciting as possible.

Here’s our plan for the week…

Monday – Chicken Taco Salad

Tuesday – Fried Rice & Egg Rolls

Wednesday – Shepherd’s Pie; Green Beans

Thursday – Buffalo Ranch Chicken Sandwich & Baked Fries

Friday – DFAC Yakisoba (this was requested by my husband)

I usually leave the weekends open for interpretation. We often have leftovers throughout the week or something will come up that causes me to change things around a bit. Leaving the weekends open gives me some wiggle room within my plan.


My weekly goals went really well last week. For the most part I stayed focused on them and accomplished most of what I set out to do, read, learn & be in my weekly goals.

Here’s my goals for this week…


  • Wear my Fitbit everyday.
    My battery died while we were on vacation and I just remembered to charge it last night. My goal is to get back in the habit of wearing it again. Of course, I do want to meet my step goals, but first I just need to make sure I’m wearing it!
  • Plan the first 6 weeks of our upcoming homeschool year.
    This is what I’ll be working on while three of my four kids are in Vacation Bible School this week.
  • Develop a chore system for myself and the kids.
  • Complete May’s Project Life layouts and move on to June.


  • My daily Bible readings.
    I really want to focus on reading my Bible on the weekends. I am pretty consistent Monday-Friday, but then I slack on the weekends.
  • My Discipleship lesson for this week.
    I would like to have this read before the end of the week so I don’t have to rush and complete it before my meeting on Saturday.
  • Continue reading On Gold Mountain by Lisa See.
    I am really enjoying this book. I have so many thoughts swirling through my head as I read it. I hope to write more about them when I finish reading this book.


  • Memorize 1 John 1:9 and Hebrews 10:24-25 for discipleship class.
  • Review past verses.
  • Continue following along with Phone Photography Course and actually participate in lessons/challenges!


  • Kind
    Being purposeful and proactively kind to others, especially friends that God has placed in my life has been a recurring theme in my reading and something that I want to focus on for this week.

He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
Job 6:14

So..what about you? Do you have any personal goals for this week?

Oh, and I’d love for you to share your favorite meal that you have planned for this week!


The Two of You Scrapbook Layout


Credits: Try-An-Angle template – Heather Joyce Sunkissed – Just Jaimee Around Here – One Little Bird In Progress – Paislee Press Sprinkles v. 25 – Valorie Wibbens

I love to see the two of them laughing and playing together.

This picture was taken while we were waiting on the fireworks to start at our 4th of July celebration.


Jenny and Cupcake

Jenny continues to be enthralled with our new cat, Cupcake.

I love this series of photos Keith captured of them over the weekend!

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Jenny and Cupcake-7

This sweet kitty puts up with a lot from her four year old companion.

Jenny will often stop mid-sentence or mid-whatever she is doing at the moment when Cupcake waltzes into the room to exclaim, “Oh, HI CUPCAKE!” in that sugary sweet high-pitched voice of hers.

I love thinking of these two growing up together.


July template Challenge @ TLP Free template provided by Amy Martin All Cats Go to Heaven – Little Butterfly Wings Sprinkles v. 22 – Valorie Wibbens

Little Cupcake sure has found a place in the heart of our home.


Daily Life {Documented} 2014 Weeks 19 and 20


Week 19

Left Side

Storyteller May 2014 - Just Jaimee Project Grids - Amy Martin

Right Side


Side by Side view


Products used: Storyteller May 2014 – Just Jaimee
Project Grids – Amy Martin

Week 20

Left Side


Right Side


Side by Side view


Products used: Project Grids – Amy Martin
Storyteller May 2014 – Just Jaimee
Around Here – One Little Bird

I’m thankful for each moment that I can document and preserve for my family!


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