Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! It’s so crazy to believe that it’s already 2016!

We just got back from a few days up in Northern Michigan with Theo’s family. It was cold and crowded and there were TONS of children, but we had a wonderful, wonderful time with family!

I have been thinking through the New Year, and I just LOVE it. I love a fresh start, a new page, a turn of the calendar, a new number, a new chance at hitting some goals. I posted a few days ago about the goals for 2015 that I have accomplished. I didn’t accomplish very many, but I’m going to be working hard this year.

I just think back to who I was a year ago and how much has changed. Even if I didn’t accomplish all my goals, I have grown as a wife, a Mom, a Christian, and a person. I still have a lot of growing to do, and I’m looking forward to what this year has in store for us!

I love brainstorming goals, and when I came across this, I really liked it!

Less is More, exchange for the good things in life:

I sat down with my journal this morning and wrote out some goals for the year. I’m not going to share them all here, but I wanted to share some of them.

The first thing I did was categorize them into several different areas.

  • Spiritual
  • Marriage
  • Motherhood/Family
  • Physical
  • Blog
  • Home
  • Personal Habits

I’ll share one 2016 goal from each of those categories:

  • Spiritual: Build prayer time into a habit; pray for Theo and Tera on the daily
  • Marriage: Help and encourage Theo in his job by packing his lunch and sending a note with it each time he goes to work
  • Motherhood/Family: Create a loving and caring home environment for foster children
  • Physically: Run a half marathon
  • Blog: Have fun doing it! If it’s not fun, don’t do it
  • Home: Host monthly game nights
  • Personal Habits: Find a haircut I love and learn to do my own hair

I searched around for some New Year’s resolution prompts to get me started, and I really liked this. Feel free to copy it on your own blog or facebook page!

This year I will….

Quit: Caring so much about what everyone else thinks of me

Start: Praying before sharing

Visit: Florida

Accept: Our income level with a grateful heart

Honor: My husband in my attitude and actions

Make: More homemade items for my kids

See: a movie in theaters!

Give: myself grace when the days are long and my to-do list is longer

Eat: less carbs

Learn: how to say no

Have: a frequent laugh that my children can hear.

Be: a more avid book reader

Act: on the Holy Spirit’s prompting.

Grow: a garden

Invest: in rental property


That’s all for now! Happy New Year! I’m so very excited for what is in store for the Hines this year!






  1. Kelli {A Deeper Joy} says:

    Love all of your goals! And that photo is awesome. I should save it. 🙂 I always want to be a more avid book reader but just can’t find the time. I see some bloggers reading 8-10 books a month…I’m lucky if I get one finished!

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