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Week One – November Goals

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#3in30 has really helped me get things in order. Even in the months that I didn’t officially participate in the blog challenge, I did spend time intentionally growing in my relationship with the Lord, participating in social media, and getting my home organized. These little monthly snippets have yielded great overall progress that I am proud of. I’m so inspired and encouraged by reading your posts. I have gotten so many great ideas and learned so much from each of you…big thanks…y’all are fantastic!

This month I am going to:
Type out the scripture references from the inspirational book I read in October,
Continue writing on Saturdays, and
Compile all my passwords in a secure application/location.

I will be using (get ready for the shout out) my new iPad2 to accomplish these goals. Thank you to my wonderful hubby for such a great anniversary present! Smooch smooch to you, Honey.

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Wrapping Up

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I have completed my goals (well, almost). I have just a few pages left in my inspirational book. I have set Saturdays as my day to write (yeah, let’s see if that one works out). I have decorated my home for fall. It feels so good to complete something.

I’m already looking ahead to November.  What about you? Are you getting close to the finish line? I’m so proud of all of us- not for accomplishing the goals, though.  I’m proud that we set goals and worked on them.  We’ve spent intentional time improving our lives and our homes.  Any progress at all is worthy of applause.  I’m clapping for you.  Oh wait: I have to stop typing.  OK, now I’m clapping for you. Great job, Ladies!

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Week Three – Encouragement

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I’m plugging along:

  •  almost finished the inspirational book
  •  still trying to find the right day for writing time (looks like Saturday, maybe.  Don’t hold me to it)
  •  finished with Fall decorations.
I’d like to encourage you today by saying, “hang in there.” Great speech, huh? No really, just keep going. Keep moving forward- even if its just baby steps.  Wherever you are, what ever you’re doing, just take one step forward.  Then another.  Then another.
Since everyone is doing so well, I’m making supper for all my #3in30 Gals.  That’s right! Supper.  Here is THE. EASIEST. SUPPER- evhah, Baby.
Here’s what you’ll need to make the most wonderful, delicious, moistest (did I mention easiest?) Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  1. Crock pot
  2. Pork loin
  3. BBQ Sauce
  4. Buns
That’s it.  Super easy.  
Separate your pork loin if it comes two to a package.  Place it in the crock pot and pour an entire bottle of BBQ sauce over it.  Fill the empty bottle with water and add a half or more of the water over the loin.  You have to eyeball this one.  The amount of liquid depends on the size of your pot and loin.  Don’t overfill as the crock pot creates moisture.  You knew that already, I know.  I just had to say it. Put the lid on and bake on low for 8-10 hours.  An hour before you intend to serve it, take two forks and shred the loin to pieces.  It’ll be so tender it will just fall apart.  At this stage it may absorb more of the sauce so you will want to check it after 30 minutes to see if you need to add a little more water.  Serve on buns.
We use Ubon’s Dipping sauce.  I’m not sure you can find it outside of the South.  It’s made locally.  Any BBQ sauce will do.  My family enjoys using Hawaiian Bread as buns.  We also top our pork with coleslaw (Kroger prepared package- just add a little mayo) and a dab of Sweet Baby Ray’s. Serve with chips or fries.  Enjoy!
(Disclaimer/Credit: I have no idea where this recipe came from.  I’ve been making it this way for so long I have forgotten who told me about it.  Heck, I may have even come up with it on my own. Who knows? Just enjoy. Feel free to share.)

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I am LOVING October!  Cool(er) weather, leaves turning colors, prelude to the holidays…what’s not to love? I’m getting things done: reading my inspirational book and continuing to decorate for fall.                  



While I haven’t penciled in the time on my calendar, I have found some time to blog.  I’d rather have a set time every week, but when?  So far I’ve been utilizing family TV time to hop on my mini laptop.

What’s on your October agenda? Thanks, #3in30 Gals for keeping me on my toes!  Look out, I’m watching you too 🙂

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Nature Fun

With cooler weather, we are playing outdoors more.  We are camping and taking nature walks.  To enhance our learning in these recreational activities I purchased these nifty laminated brochures at our local bookstore.  I’m sure these will last many, many years. When my son gets older, I hope we can journal all the things we identify.

You know, this is one of my favorite things about homeschooling.  Our education is not limited to a classroom and copy work.  Learning is fun and we do it all day long, everywhere where we go!  How awesome is that?   Is it really school when we have this much fun?  I am so grateful and blessed to be able to stay home with my son to teach him and watch his discoveries.

What is your favorite part about homeschooling?  How often do your take your classroom outdoors? Share your journey with me and join the fun.

 Hip Homeschool Hop Button 

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October Goals

For my October goals, I have chosen:
1.  Read one inspirational book (Relationship with God)
2.  Establish a blog posting/ writing routine (Social Media)
3.  Decorate for Fall (Home/Organization)

I have already completed one goal!  What, you’re not applauding? I’ve put out our fall decorations with the exception of the turkey things.  I’ll put those out next month closer to Thanksgiving.  So far we have a few table decorations, window clings, a couple of mantle pieces, and I added a few pumpkins to the year round table center piece.

I don’t really do a whole lot of seasonal decorating outside of Christmas.  I don’t know why…maybe because my family never did.  We always had a Christmas tree, of course.  Now that I’m a mom, I’ll have to do better!  I think my son and husband appreciate it- so that motivates me.  I enjoy making seasonal crafts with my DS4.  I’m sure we’ll get more elaborate with the decorations as he gets older.

Silk Leaves


Pumpkinized Centerpiece
Living Room Mantle

Sun Porch Window Cling

It’s fun getting back into the #3in30 habit!  How are you doing with your goals?  I love seeing everyone’s progress.  It’s encouraging to me that we all have so many similar goals.  Great minds think alike, right?  Keep up the good work, Ladies. #3in30 Blessings to you!

(You know, I really did want applause- just a little.)
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September just flew by.  Did anyone else notice?  This month has been especially busy for us.  We’ve been getting back in the homeschooling groove and had a beach vacation.  Although my vacation has nothing to do with the challenge (or this post),  I know you are just screaming for beach photos. I wouldn’t want to disappoint – here’s a shot or two:

Blue Crab
Snack Time

I am proud to say that I accomplished two of my three goals.  Notice how I put a positive spin on that?  It’s all about attitude, Baby. I created a home management journal.  I may do a post on it with links to the pages I used.  Want to see it?

Front Cover

Calendar Pages

Scripture Confession Pages
And I tackled the over flowing stack of magazines and catalogs.  Now it’s down to three that we are actually using.  Here’s a before and after:



How did you do in September?  Are you thinking about your October goals?  I am!  One of my Home/Organization goals is to get out the fall decorations.  You know, sometime before the actual day of Thanksgiving!  Here’s a sneak peek:

See you next time…