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Happy 2009!!!  Can you believe it’s already 2009?  Just 10 years ago we were all hyped up about Y2K and now we’re sailing through  the 2000’s. 

I usually don’t like to see the old year end, but this year is different.  I am so excited about this year.  I think it’s because I’m self employed and I get to make all of my own business decisions.  God is blessing my business despite the national economic crisis, I have 4 new students that start next week and 3 others who will possibly start in the next month.  I am so thankful for each new student He sends my way and am so greatful every day that I am able to spend the majority of my day being a mom and that I don’t deal with all of the unnecessary  stress from the office politics.

Anyway…..here are my goals for 2009.  These are the big things I want to accomplish.  I will also set goals for each month as I go along to get these accomplished.

  • Get to bed on a consistent basis by 11 p.m.
  • Have a total of 35 piano students by the end of the year.
  • Lose the last 20 lbs (5 lbs at a time.)
  • Find and purchase a house.
  • Get the paint on my car touched up. (There’s some scratches on the front end that are driving me insane.)
  • Finish paying off my credit card.
  • Increase ebay sales.
  • Take more time to reach out to other people who need encouragement.
  • Work on Grace’s scrapbook. (I’m way behind on this.)

I must say that looking back on my goals for 2008, almost all of them were accomplished.  The big ones were paying off my car and becoming self employed.  It was a lot of work to accomplish both of these goals, and for several months, it was crazy.  Waking up early, staying up late, trying to get it all done, but I’m so glad I made these my goals for 2008.  At the start of the year when I wrote them down, they were really only wishes.  I didn’t really believe I would accomplish them, but I wanted to.  By focusing on them and taking small steps each month, they became a reality.

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In 1872, Frances Havergal wrote a New Year’s poem and printed it on greeting cards to send to her friends.  She was just 36 years old.  This was just 5 years before she died.  The poem was later set to the tune of  “The Church’s One Foundation.”

Another Year is Dawning

Another year is dawning, dear Father let it be,
In working or in waiting, another year with Thee.
Another year of progress, another year of praise,
Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face.
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast,
Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of service, of witness for Thy love.
Another year of training for holier work above.
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be,
On earth or else in heaven, another year for Thee.

 

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I know that Christmas has passed, but I wanted to wish all of you a Merry Christmas. I hope your holiday was very blessed.  Our Christmas was a lot of fun.  Grace is such a good gift opener.  I wish I could be as good of a gift opener as she is.  She opens each present and makes a HUGE deal over it before moving on to the next one saying, “Oh, THANK YOU Grandma!” and running over to give Grandma huge hugs and kisses.  I tend to be a little bit more reserved in this area.  It’s not that I don’t say “thank you”  or make a comment about how much I like it, I just don’t get as dramatic as she does……..anyway…….

I know that holidays can be a tough time of year for single parents.  Not only can staying within a reasonable budget be a challenge, but things don’t always go as planned, you get sick, you split holidays, or you spend the holiday alone. 

I was reminded by a good friend of mine, who also is a single mom, that even though we’d like to have more money to spend on our kids, we’d like to celebrate a certain way, or we’d like it if we weren’t alone for Christmas, Christmas is not at all about us . (gulp) It’s all about celebrating Jesus’ birthday. (She’s good at putting things in perspective for me, even if it hurts for me to hear it.)

The day after Christmas, Grace and I went to check out some of the sales and have lunch together.  We also cleaned her room and donated books and toys that she doesn’t need anymore to a thrift store.

I’m contemplating my goals for the New Year, as soon as I finalize them, I’ll post them here so you can see what I’ll be working on this year.  In the mean time, I’m busy organizing almost every closet and drawer in our house.

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