New Year’s Resolutions

by jessicaturner on December 30, 2008

It’s that time of year. The time we make resolutions, only to oftentimes break (or be on track to break) many of them by March. I was sick and pregnant last year at the time, so I think my resolution was to get through pregnancy alive.

Here’s my list (in no order):
  • Be in my bible more – since Elias was born, I have been terrible about reading my bible on a regular basis. T E R R I B L E. I want to be better at this. I want reading scripture to become a priority, as it is something I hope my son will model some day. Matthew’s dad gets up and reads his bible every morning. It was inspiring to see this past week.
  • Read at least 6 parenting books. The ones I plan to read for sure are
  1. Super Foods
  2. Baby Hearts: A Guide to Giving Your Child an Emotional Head Start
  3. Into the Minds of Babes: How Screen Time Affects Children from Birth to Age Five
  4. Parenting with Love and Logic
  • Scrapbook 150 layouts (mini albums don’t count).
  • Lose my last 10 pregnancy pounds
  • Become a better steward of our household finances by finding ways to save money each month. I have started reading several thrifty/mommy blogs that have already helped me find sales/use coupons/acquire samples/etc.
  • Live with much thanks – I want my life to exemplify gratitude. I think it can be easy to dwell on what we don’t have, where we don’t live, etc. I want my life to be a reflection of the faithfulness of God, which I can demonstrate by being thankful in all circumstances.
  • Chronicle more of my family’s heritage. While I have done a few layouts about my family’s background, I haven’t done much. This book really inspires me to do more.
  • Have more date nights with Matthew.
  • Complete the Project 365 album
  • Go to the gym!! I hate it. But I must get myself back in shape. And, I hear Nicole Kidman works out there… that should inspire me. Or maybe not.
  • Teach Elias American Sign Language. I am so excited about this! We plan to start in a couple weeks. For more about babies/sign language, check out this site. I am hopeful he will pick this up. His daycare does not do sign language, which will make it a bit of a challenge. I am going to talk to his teachers about maybe doing at least a few signs with him so that he will get some consistency.
What are your resolutions for 2009?

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenni Catron December 30, 2008 at 2:01 pm

I’m spending this week working on mine. I’m impressed you already have your’s written!

Happy New Year!


Rebecca December 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm

Good luck with the sign language! We did not do as many words as I planned, but the ones we did do helped a lot. I work also so I did not have much consistency, but “more” was the one word everyone (caretakers, grandparents, etc.) seemed to remember. And for us since we only practiced a handful of words, it seemed to be the most helpful word. Happy New Year!


Bibi December 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm

Hi there – found your blog through another scrapbooker. I love your LOs, and particularly love your Project 365 idea. I’m going to be less ambitious and make it a Project 52 for this year, lol! I also resolve to get into my Bible more this year. Good luck with your resolutions…I’m still thinking up more…


Stephanie Click December 30, 2008 at 3:11 pm

We, too, did sign language with both kids. We didn’t do many words, but ones like “milk”, “more”, and “eat” certainly were helpful. Our daycare didn’t do sign language either, but their teachers were happy to help us with the few words we did. Once the child learned the sign, it made their job much much easier.


Simone December 30, 2008 at 4:06 pm

What wonderful resolutions! Good luck with them…what a great year you have to look back on!

I, too am making a resolution to read the Bible. Not more, just…*ever.* I’m sad to say as a Christian, I have never fully read the whole thing. The ironic thing is, right after I decided I would do it, our (new) church announced that it was doing an all-church challenge to read the Old Testament in 2009. It provides the reading guides, discussion groups, etc. How perfect (and timely!) is that? I’m excited to have that support. (Feel free to e-mail me if you want the reading schedule–it’s very doable!…

Best wishes to you and your beautiful family in 2009!


vaneblu December 30, 2008 at 4:10 pm

I am planning on loosing some weight so we can start TTC, that and finishing all my test this year to become a USA certified doctor 😉


Jodi December 30, 2008 at 4:18 pm

ohhh, can you link some of the thrifty blogs you talk about?

Happy New Year!


Kara Finley December 30, 2008 at 4:36 pm

I love reading your blog. New Year’s resolutions are great to have but don’t feel overwhelmed to complete them all; enjoy your time with your baby…time really goes by quicker with children! Also, I love having resources to help in my parenting, know that no book has the “right” way to parent your child. You and your husband know what is right when it comes to raising your child and your future children (and each child will be totally different!) Also, asking God for wisdom and guidance does more then any parenting book. I love asking my mom and other mom’s what they do when I need advice. Try It is an amazing mom community!!
I did signs with my oldest son. We only did about 5-6 important signs (milk, more, all done, hungry, please, thank you). Make sure you are emphasizing the words and once he can say the words, the signs are no longer used. I have a good friend who was so focused on teaching her daughter as many signs as possible that she is now 2.5 and knows a bunch of signs but barely talks! So be careful with that. It can make communication easier now, but in the future you want your child to be able to communicate with words. I started teaching my 2nd son signs about a month ago (He’s 10.5 months) and he only does “all done” but we’re working on it! lol
Lastly, it took me 2 years to finally lose the final weight with my first (I gained over 60 lbs!!) The first year I didn’t care because I just wanted to spend time with him. It wasn’t until after his 1st b-day party when I was looking at pictures that I realized it was time to get back in shape. As soon as I lost it all, I got pregnant again!! HA! Anyway, I really just focused on portions and eating more veggies. You live in a nicer climate than I do, so walking with a stroller is something nice you could do. Have you heard of 10 minute workouts? You can get them at Target, and they are great for busy moms! Just squeeze 1 segment or 2 whenever you have 10 minutes.
Oh and about the Bible reading…whoa! I so need to do more of that myself. When I read His Word I feel so much closer to God and I feel it helps me be a better wife and mother. The guidance and amazing promises give such great peace. My husband and I are trying to read together more often.
That’s just a little bit of my mommy thoughts after reading this blog. First year parenting can be overwhelming, so don’t put any more pressure on yourself; enjoy those precious moments with your way adorable little guy! God Bless!


mandijo December 30, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Great resolutions. A great parenting book I just read was Kid Ceo by Ed Young. It was a great read!! I have a 2yr. old and a 3 mo. old and I will probably read it every year just as a refresher!!
I started Project 365 on 12/28 (thanks you your blog) and I am so excited!! The kit looks like it will make it very DO-able!!


Julia December 30, 2008 at 4:49 pm

great resolutions! i need to be in my Bible more too, so maybe reading your blog will help me get back into it!

We started signing around 7 months. Hannah’s first sign was “more”. She quickly picked up on “please” and “thank you” around 12 months and now at 19 months, she also does “all done”, “eat/food”, “milk”, “I love you” and maybe a few more. At first, she wouldn’t say the words, just sign them (we ALWAYS say the words as we sign), but now when she wants something she will sign ‘please’ and say “PEEEEEEEEES”!! 😉 keep it up. I do sign language interpreting at my church, so I love it!!


Jen December 30, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Great resolutions! And signing has been so wonderful for so many families! We totally planned to use it with my son and had the books and everything, but he was such an early talker (and so easy to understand) that we never even used them! Keep us updated on your progress!


Roxanne December 30, 2008 at 5:32 pm

I hope to excercise more this year (no one famous works out at our gym…boohoo!) and also read my bible more. Those two things are sooo tough to do with kids!! ugh!
I thought I’d add another book to your list…maybe for next year. “Christian family guide to Parenting a Toddler”. I saw this on the shelf at one of our bookstores and it immediately reminded me of something “for Dummies”…you’ll know what I mean when you see the book! However it has a lot of useful insights…and it isn’t “christian-ese”.
And I love your blog!


Andrea @ Mommy December 30, 2008 at 11:15 pm

I just posted my resolutions today too. Many of ours are the same – although I’m calling mine goals since as soon as I breathe the word resolution I start to itch for ding dongs (and that ruins the weight loss thing).

Hopefully you’ll find some tips at my site on your financial journey/saving money. I love being frugal in some areas so I can splurge on other areas.

And, Elias is the cutest lil’ guy!!!

Happy New Year!!


gitz December 30, 2008 at 11:33 pm

These are so good, chickie! I don’t do resolutions but I am doing Ali Edwards’ “one word” again… can’t decide on the word yet. But I am with you on the Bible reading; I’ve never really done it. Crazy, right? 12 years of Catholic school… I can recite prayers that I love but not a bible verse. That’s something I’ve been made more aware of since blogging and it’s something I want to change.

We can keep each other honest :)


Anonymous December 31, 2008 at 4:15 am

Ok….OK I am tired just reading your blog…..where is Jessica time!!!!!make time for mommy and everyone is HAPPY!!!!! xoxox mom


jeanetteb December 31, 2008 at 8:28 am

AHHHH!! RESOLUTION time…yikes, you got me thinking girl LOL!!! The sign language is such a great, wonderfully awesome idea! My 2 and 4 year olds are sign language “fluent” (does that make since) LOL. i must admit, that i only introduced them about a year ago. however, they got to the best preschool ever and have the best ANGELS in the world as their caregivers. these lovely ladies have INSISTED in teaching sign lang. to all the children and it is great!! I, we are so BLESSED!!!


breebrasil December 31, 2008 at 2:42 pm

YES YES YES – teach the sign language!! We started it with our boy at 1 yr (he’s now 14 mos. He picked it up immediately and now has 8 signs and they are all sooooo helpful – eat, more, please, up, down, etc. The only one we can’t seem to master is drink, but it will come in time. Good luck!


Amanda December 31, 2008 at 3:51 pm

I’m a new reading but I’ve already noticed that you set A LOT of goals for yourself (yearly Christmas traditions, new year’s resolutions…). Do you find setting so many goals motivating or paralyzing? I’m good if I set myself just a few goals, but so many would send me into anxiety attacks!


Jessica Turner December 31, 2008 at 7:06 pm

@Amanda – motivating. goals and lists… it’s how I like to do things. :)


Jacky December 31, 2008 at 7:54 pm

Hey Jessica,
Love your blog. Keep up the good work! =) I posted my resolutions at my blog, you can check it out at It was too long to post in a comment! =)


Stephanie December 31, 2008 at 10:29 pm

I want to “be in the Bible” more this year too. Somehow, that “task” always seems to find its way to the bottom of my to-do list and I don’t want it to be that way…


Ryan and Erin Russell January 2, 2009 at 2:17 am

Oooooh, can you share those thrifty mommy blogs? That is one of my goals too.


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