Summary (for those of us keeping score):
I've completed 3/15 items! WOO HOO!!
I've made at least some form of progress on 12/15 items.
Here are the details.
1. Visit 2 new states. COMPLETE!
Prior months recap: Georgia (January), Iowa (April), Minnesota (April)
2. Print Instagram photos in Chatbooks. (No progress).
I have no reason for not having this done, especially after College Roomie gave me gift certificates to pay for this for Christmas.
3. Read 12 more books. (3/12 complete).
Prior months recap: Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist (February), St. John Paul the Great by Jason Evert (March), Before Amen by Max Lucado (April).
This period: Although I've actually been reading quite a bit, I've not finished any more books. I'm about halfway through with Babywise (plan on finishing that by the end of July!) and I've been brushing up on my financial sense with an 800-page money management book that I don't know if I will ever actually finish, but it's extremely helpful as a reference!
Gotta have that baby first. But, I did receive a jogging stroller as a baby shower gift from my mother in law and sister in law, so we've got the gear to make this one happen!
5. Take a fun trip for The Boy From Texas' 30th. (Location determined!)
We're T-minus one week from the birthday trip and I cannot wait! Mountain resort, horse races, The Boy from Texas....it's gonna be awesome!
6. Plant flowers in our yard and the fun pots we got. COMPLETE!
I think we got all but two of the pots up and going. Probably half are still blooming and looking great!
7. Cook 52 more recipes in the Newlywed in the Kitchen series. (14/52 completed).
Prior months recap: 5 through end of February; 10 through the end of April.
These past two months, I added 4 more recipes: Pioneer Woman's Sour Cream Noodle Bake, Summer Grill Tacos, Pioneer Woman's Bowtie Pasta Alfredo (plus broccoli), and French Toast, I'm gonna need to pick this one up if we're going to make the goal by the end of the year!
8. Finish Uncle Black Belt's book. (Some progress made).
Prior months recap: As of April, we had Chapters 1-4 finished and were just starting editing on Chapters 5 and 6.
No new progress. Totally my fault.
9. Complete one Bible.com study a month. (6/12 completed.)
Prior months recap:
January: New Day, New You by Joyce Meyer.
February: Breathe Spiritual Passion into Your Marriage by Gary Thomas.
March: Praying for your Elephant - Praying Bold Prayers
April: Discerning God's Will
This period: Not going to lie here, I had to do some major catching up on this goal the last week of the month, but we made it!!
May: Hope (This was a short, 3-day study, that included several verses for memorization. My favorite: "As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more." - Ps. 71:14.)
June: Assurance (This was another short plan focused on scripture memorization.)
10. Complete 5 Pinterest projects (other than recipes). (4/5 completed.)
Prior months recap: Plant a ceramic pot garden (April), Plant a mixed plant pot (April).
First up, I sent a birthday box to ND Friend! I got the idea here and failed to take any photos of my finished product. But her birthday came not too long before she was due with her first baby and I figured that having cupcake supplies arrive in a box might be the perfect way to celebrate her big day. I gathered up some fun napkins, cupcake liners, a contraption to let you fill your cupcakes with cream or frosting, a box cupcake mix (that included frosting!) and shipped that baby off to Chicago!
Second, I made some dried lavender bunches to freshen up the house! (Idea from here.) You might remember that lavender is one of the plants that I was growing in the pots and it did very well. A few days ago, I trimmed the upper portion of the plants, let them dry a couple of days, and just tied the bundles with little bows. We've got one in our bathroom and one in our bedroom and the scent is lovely!
11. Knock off three more bucket list checkmarks. (1/3 completed).
Prior months recap: Meet a blog friend in person (January)
Nada. Zip. Zilch. This is not good! However, I think that July is going to allow me to knock two checkmarks off the list, so there is still hope.
12. Order books/prints/canvases of our wedding photos. COMPLETE!
13. Listen to the New Testament. (Minor progress made).
Prior months progress: Matthew 1-10.
This period: I've made no progress. These next two months I am going to get through listening to the gospels if it kills me!
14. Pray Novenas for 12 friends and send them notes to tell them about it. (6/12 completed).
Prior months progress:
January: Novena to St. Anne for a friend suffering through infertility.
February: Novena to St. Joseph for my single friends.
March: Novena to St. Patrick for my friend and her growing family.
April: Divine Mercy Novena for another good friend expecting a little one and a friend diagnosed with cancer.
May: Novena to the Infant of Prague for two friends struggling with infertility. After attending the Feast Day of the Infant of Prague while in Prague a couple of years ago, I am a huge devotee to this Novena. I've got two very dear friends who have been dealing with infertility issues and wanted to pray this especially for them. Hoping for news of babies on the way soon!
June: Divine Mercy Novena for a good friend going through a very stressful time. Taking time to intentionally pray for mercy and peace for her hopefully helped her as much as it did me!
15. Organize my pictures. (No progress.)
Why? Because I'm lazy. That's the only good reason.