Monday, January 12, 2009

Goals for 2009

We have some grand plans for 2009. Most of them revolve around me and I know we would all appreciate your prayers for blessing in these areas.

  • Expanding our family: Geary and I have been talking and praying and we're ready to add another little person to our family. We are specifically praying for a daughter, although we would be thrilled to have another son, too. Right now we're pursuing both pregnancy and adoption. If you've been reading this blog you know of my history with miscarriages. I absolutely don't want to experience another one, but I believe I'm being obedient to God by giving him control over my womb. We're also pursuing adoption through the foster care system. I'm sure at some point over the year we'll come to a crossroads where we'll need to go down one path or the other, but for now we're not closing any doors. Will you join us in praying for a healthy daughter?

  • Losing 100 pounds: This is such an area of frustration and shame for me. I'm still hesitant to even talk about it but I think that if I'm going to do this I need to be open about it. I'm embarrassed by my weight even though it's obviously there for the world the see. I'm probably not going to want to talk about this with everyone--only a select few, so I would really appreciate you letting me take the lead in conversations about my weight. Thank you. My plan is to eat no more than 1,500 calories per day, drink tons of water, and exercise at least 4 times each week. There are many more details than that but I just want to tell you the basics. To keep accountability I'm going to post my weight loss progress here each Wednesday.

  • Learning guitar: I've always wanted to learn an instrument and I have a deep desire to be able to worship God with music. I've asked a lady from church if she would help me and she said yes! I'm also hoping that my relationship with this woman can turn into a mentoring relationship. She is the type of woman I want to be when I grow up. Geary is also helping me in this area.

  • Selling jewelry: For Christmas I made a lot of necklaces and earrings to give away as gifts. The response was overwhelming and people have been encouraging me to sell my wares. I've decided to try making several pieces and see if they sell on and/or in some local shops here in Newberg. I'm not sure how it will go but I'm just going to put my stuff out there and see. As all my friends and family keep telling me, it can't hurt to try. I'll try to post some pictures of my jewelry in the next couple of days.
So that's it. There are some big deal things on the list! I don't want to think of these as New Years Resolutions, though. These are real goals that intend to accomplish. I know I won't succeed without a community supporting me, though, so that's why I'm asking for your prayers and why I'm planning to be as open as I can about each of these goals. If you're on my team, will you let me know in the comments section? Thank you. I appreciate each and every person who reads this blog.


  1. Great goals Jeana. Thanks for sharing them with all of us. I'm excited to see what 2009 holds for you guys.

  2. I'm always on your team, you are my favorite Other Daughter!

    Other Mother

  3. You go girl!!! And, I can't wait to see your jewelry! =)

  4. Go team Jeana!!! Good for you! A lot of exciting, stretching, wonderful times ahead!!!

  5. I consider myself your number one fan. I love your jewelry. Yes, I will pray and support you all the way. I am completely blessed by your honesty and humility. So for my first words of encouragement...
    You go girl!

    Love Mom aka Granny


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