December 31, 2010

Highlights from 2010 - Goals for 2011's almost 2011 already?!? It seems that 2010 flew by so fast! There were so many things that I enjoyed about this year, and I can't wait to see what 2011 holds!

Some of the highlights of my year were:

- Our family starting a home based business (small scale farming)
- Hippology Contest (Hippology is the study of horses)
- Starting this blog!
- Cowgirl Queen Contest
- My friend returning from Africa
- County Fair
- Co-leading a Bright Lights group in our area
- Turning 16
- Participating in Iowa 4-H Camera Corps
- ...and much, much more!

Once again it's that time of year to sit down with a notebook and pen and write out all of our goals for the upcoming year. Do you ever notice that those goals all seem great, and you are excited about doing them...for the first week? Well, this year my goal it to complete these goals, not just hope that they will eventually get done sometime when I feel like it.

- Read the Bible daily
- Keep a journal of the things that stand out to me
- Work on memorization every day (right now I'm working on Colossians 3)

- Have Misty ready for Sarah to show in the performance classes at the County Fair
- Get Flash in shape for showing (a couple local shows and Cowgirl Queen Contest)
- Work on getting Flash to take her right lead

- Read several small-scale farming books
- Learn about pastured pork and how that could fit into our farm
- Learn how to weld (my dad said he'd teach me if I'd like to learn!)

- Train for and run a 5k race
- Figure out a weekly exercise schedule, and stick with it

- Participate in Iowa 4-H Camera Corps again
- Practice, practice, practice!

Also, you'll be seeing a few changes around here in the upcoming weeks, as a few months ago I won a giveaway for a new blog design (hosted by Hannah at A Homemakers Daughter). So right now Amanda at CS Designs is working on a new blog design for Beautiful Gems, and I can't wait to see how it's going to look!

One verse that stands out to me as we step into a new year is...

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."
Proverbs 3:5-6

May each of you desire to grow in the Lord more and more and seek to serve Him with all of your heart. ourselves we can not change for the better. True change only comes about because of what GOD can do in our lives.

Have a wonderful New Year!


  1. Happy New Year, Rebekah!! Many blessing to you in 2011!

    I enjoyed reading through your highlights of 2010 and goals for 2011. Let's see, some of my goals for this coming year are:

    Read the entire Bible this year, and read every day.
    Journal about what I learn
    Pray more for missions
    Always spend time in the Word before I get on my computer
    Learn more about cooking and begin making more meals for my family
    Strengthen my relationship with my family and church family.

    I didn't want to make a whole lot of goals this year, but rather just focus on a few and work on them throughout the whole year, just as you shared!


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  3. Happy New Year Rebekah! Wonderful goals for the new year! Many blessings!