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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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  • Elisabeth January 02, 2018

    What a lovely surprise! I hope this pregnancy will be easier than your last one, praying for you and your growing family!

  • Roxie January 02, 2018

    Congratulations to you and your family. That is wonderful news.

  • JT January 02, 2018

    Congratulations on the upcoming birth of another beautiful blessing! I need to sit down and actually write out our goals for this year!

  • Corinne January 02, 2018

    Congratulations, Brandy, to your and your family! A new baby!

  • Sam January 02, 2018

    Congratulations! All the best for a healthy pregnancy.

  • Monica January 02, 2018

    How wonderful! Congratulations!

  • Traci Best January 02, 2018

    Congratulations Brandy! ❤️

  • Katie January 02, 2018

    Cogratulations!! I can't wait to see what name you come up with. Your children have such lovely names!

    How much do you like your emergency fund to have? I have 2 months worth right now, but I feel like that's not nearly enough.

  • We would eventually like to have a year's worth of money. But we will do it one step at a time. The first goal is a month, then 2 months, then 3, etc. Hopefully, we won't have to use it again before we can build up more, but that's what it's for, too.

  • Debby in Kansas January 03, 2018

    Katie, the common amount recommended is 3-6 mos. We had that- 6 mos. Then came 2013 & 2014. One thing after another and poof! We were starting over. We're working toward a year now. It might take us the duration of our lives, lol, but 6 mos. just wasn't enough when Murphy and his 5 cousins showed up! I don't like the feeling of sweating razors. Scary.

  • PJGT January 10, 2018

    I agree...but for God's provision we wouldn't have made it either! All debt paid off, own home, stocked up and multiple income streams are my goals - along with replenished funds. Lifetime goals always!

  • Diana January 02, 2018

    Oh I had to look at the date of the post and it is today so HOORAY and prayers for a healthy pregnancy and birth and for thousands of flowers in your garden.

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  • Becky Pratt January 02, 2018

    One of the biggest goals I have is to "build" a new bathroom in a storage area and redo my bathroom tub. I am more disabled than I was and I must have my tub removed so I can safely shower.
    I will be continuing the re-wire of my old house.
    Purge, purge and more purging. I have collected all of my life and I MUST get rid of these things that are just too much for me now. Letting things go is one of the hardest things I do. I have hundreds upon hundreds of books. I want them all. *laughing* The will take over my house soon if I don't pass them on.
    Brandy, congratulations on the new baby. As my late mother-in-law always said when I told her we were having another babe..."God sends another loaf when there is another mouth.". *smile*
    Thanks for all you do.

  • Joanna January 02, 2018

    Congratulations! Do you use cloth diapers at all?

    Happy sewing and gardening, I look forward to seeing what you create. :)

  • I've done cloth diapers, but I really, really prefer disposables.

  • Kathy January 02, 2018

    I'm expecting too... I've found Amazon prime to be the least expensive place to order diapers (at least for Huggies, which fit my babies thighs the best), so I'm currently stocking up every month. I've found it to be even cheaper than Costco or Sam's club... I'm getting a case for less than $30 when I have a standing subscription...

  • Terri Deeds January 03, 2018

    We've also found Amazon Prime to be the best deal on diapers. Especially if you're not brand loyal and will buy whatever they have on sale and offer coupons for.

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