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My Word and Scripture for 2014/ Top Posts of 2013

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Grow 2014

I’ve been thinking about this a lot for the last week or so.  What should my “Word of the Year” be?  What do I want to focus on?  Where do I need to improve?

The word is “Grow.”  There are so many areas I want to grow in:  in Christ, in kindness and love, in gentleness and self-control, in strength and health, in friendships and family relationships.

And the Scripture I’ve chosen to help me (which I’ll memorize) is Phillipians 2:1-18.  I’ve underlined a few phrases which are areas I pray to grow in.

Philippians 2

English Standard Version (ESV)

Christ’s Example of Humility

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Lights in the World

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

And looking back to 2013, here are my top posts.

My Favorite Posts –that I don’t want you to miss!:

20+ Tips for Memorizing Scripture – Lots of great ideas here to hide God’s Word in your heart.

Apologia Swimming Creatures Final Post – I pulled together all our resources, pictures of experiments and crafts, and links for this post.

Help Your Toddler Sleep on Vacation – This tip I came up with really helped our vacation run more smoothly

My Top Ten Books to Read Aloud – If you’re looking for some great books to read to your kids this year, check out this list.

How to Start a Blog and Do Book Reviews – Lots of resources and tips on how to get started with your own blog.

Watercolor Whales – Memories of Wayne Watson’s “Watercolor Ponies” with my kids’ artwork of watercolor whales.

Why I Blog When I Have 8 Kids – In case you’ve ever wondered the answer to this question.

Tea Party Ideas – We had a tea party for my daughter’s 5th birthday.

Mayo Family Portraits – Our first outdoor family portraits.

Favorite Chicagoland Field Trips –  If you ever visit Chicago, have this list handy.  🙂


Top 5 Viewed Posts:

Review of Six Ways to Keep the “Good” in Your Boy–This post was viewed almost 19,000 times.  It’s a review of an awesome book, and almost everyone arrived from Pinterest.

Wildtree Crock-Pot/ Freezer Meal workshop— This post was viewed almost 18,000 times.  Everyone arrived here from searching for a Wildtree workshop.

Canning Crock-Pot Apple Butter- A Tutorial— I love this one.  I still make crock-pot apple butter ever year and hope others will see how easy it is from the tutorial and make some as well!

Review/Giveaway of The Well-Planned Day 2013-2014 Family Homeschool Planner — I do many giveaways and reviews every year.  Lots of people wanted to win this one.  Follow my blog through email so you can find out all the great giveaways coming in 2014!

Our 2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum Plans! plus {Linky} — It’s always fun to see what curriculum other homeschoolers use.



Top 5 Pinned Posts (you can pin these, too!):

Review of Six Ways to Keep the “Good” in Your Boy – pinned 84,000 times.  Read this book to help your boys!

Pinterest Challenge- Ribbon-Petal Flower T-shirt tutorial – pinned 880 times. These cute shirts were made for my 3 older daughters.

Canning Crock-Pot Apple Butter- A Tutorial – pinned 648 times.  Learn how to make yummy apple butter– it’s very easy!

Pinterest Challenge- Lego Table – pinned 532 times. My husband and son made this great Lego table for building and storage.

20+ Tips for Memorizing Scripture – pinned 155 times. If you want to help your kids memorize Scripture (or do it yourself), you’ll find lots of great ideas here.


**Please leave a comment and let me know what your goals are.  Do you have a “Word” to focus on or a Scripture verse to memorize?

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