It is hard to believe that 2020 is almost over. Are you ready to ring in a new year and a fresh start? Today, I am going to share with you how to prepare your family for 2021. Even though none of us know what the future holds, we can look at the events of the past year. Based on these events we can prepare our families the best we can.
As lovely as it is to think about the clean slate of a new year, realistically, we know deep down that a date on the calendar isn’t going to change the state of the world, unfortunately. The pandemic won’t automatically stop with the end of the new year. Life won’t magically return to normal.
How can we prepare our family for 2021?
At the beginning of 2020, I wrote an article about my word of the year, which was “FOCUS”. Rereading the article, I have to laugh, given all that has happened this year, I did actually focus on the areas in the article, but not in the way that I anticipated.
Let’s recap the 4 focus areas, and anticipate how we can focus on these areas in 2021. But first, be sure to sign up for my newsletter to gain access to the large FREE resource library full of amazing resources.
Here are four areas to focus on in 2021
The 4 areas were Faith, Family, Homeschooling, and Farm (FOOD)
Fear, loneliness, despair, uncertainty. These are words I think of when I think of what we have been through this past year.
However, with a strong faith in God, there is a way to deal with and even overcome the world’s circumstances.
Jesus tells us in John 16:33
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
If you are struggling with finding peace in your life, it is possible to find peace in the storm through a relationship with God.
We all had the privilege to spend more time with our immediate family, but sadly less time with our extended family.
One of my goals was to spend less time with technology, however, that became the lifeline with extended family during the lockdown. That, along with a virtual school for many families, our children are spending even MORE time online. One way we reduce screentime is through audiobooks.
Many families have been thrown into homeschooling or at the very least virtual schooling. Our family has had the unique opportunity to attend a virtual online Christian school. We are really enjoying it. If you live in Wisconsin and would like to learn more about it, please respond to this email and I will give you more information.
If you are homeschooling for the first time, you can check out my article about SchoolhouseTeacher.com which is an amazing, affordable resource we have used for years.
- Farming and Food
I have always known that “prepping” was important. However, 2020 has really solidified that knowledge.
At the beginning of the lockdowns, I panicked a little because I have been a lazy prepper. However, I took a deep breath, turned off the news about the ridiculous toilet paper shortage, and started really planning.
I am working on a new project for you about preparing. Don’t worry, it isn’t a doomsday type of preparation. It is prepping for the busy mom whether or not you garden or farm.
I discovered Ruby’s Pantry this year and it has revolutionized my meal planning and meal preparation. If you are a new reader, who uses Ruby’s Pantry we are going to rock 2021 by saving time and money in the kitchen. We will answer the “what’s for dinner?” question on a daily basis without much brainpower. I am so excited to travel this journey with you.
Focus on Food
- Building Peace at Home by Meal Planning
I will be providing you a meal planning framework that will help you always know what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! I will also help you find meals that your WHOLE family will enjoy. Not only that, we will save money while we meal plan! Finally, you will find many new, delicious recipes that utilize both Ruby’s Pantry items and Farm fresh food.
Let’s Organize our Kitchen Life this year!
- Being Prepared
We all remember the ridiculous toilet paper shortage earlier this year. I don’t know about you, but I would rather have food on my pantry shelves than toilet paper! Whether it is producing your own food on the farm or shopping sales, it is more important than ever to have a stocked pantry.
Let’s build a well-stocked pantry this year!
- Learn Self-Sufficient Skills
Whether it is growing a garden, keeping chickens, or maybe even raising some bottle calves, learning self-sufficient skills is more important than ever.
If you live in a home that doesn’t allow or have room for farm animals, there are still things you can do.
Find local producers you can support: Beef farmers, chicken farmers, vegetable growers. Not only will you fill your freezer and pantry, but you will also support your local economy.
Let’s learn a new self-sufficiency skill this year!
- Faith over Fear
Jesus Christ told us that he is the Bread of Life.
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
He was born to die to save us from our sins. God is still on the throne. He can still be trusted. Jesus Christ brings peace and comfort to us during difficult times.
Let’s seek and trust God more this year!
Make sure you sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss out on any of the amazing content coming to you! There is also a large free resource library available to my newsletter subscribers. Sign up today!