This picture has little to do with the post, except for the focus on minutia. But It was taken in one of my favorite places (Cannon Beach) on a long layover with a dear friend, and it seemed more fun (and less work) than trying to take an artistic photo of… dental floss.

Brief history:
January: Get up early. Good. Still working out the details. This is a daily struggle.
February: Leave food on my plate at meals. Total fail.

March: Floss every day in the shower…

(I still realize it’s dumb that I’m talking to the internet about flossing.) I was looking for an easy win this last month because February went so poorly… It worked! No missed days for (so far) 31 in a row. It helps that I have a trigger (shower) and a bubble to fill in on my little habit tracker. I will probably continue to make that a daily checklist item for the next couple months, just so I make sure I keep it, but I think we’re going to mark this as a solid YES.

And… done talking about dental hygiene. Yay!

So for April, I’ve been kind of waffling back and forth between two habits.

First, I have a solid chunk of Scripture that I’ve been trying to memorize for, um, AGES. Probably most of a year at this point. I have a little more than one chapter of Colossians memorized and it’s time to get crackin’. So I was thinking that a daily chunk of time for memorization or review would be a great habit for this month (and also for several to come.)

But also, I have this insane backlog of photo books that need to be done. Like… two years. So almost half my parenting career has yet to be printed out. Makes me crazy. And I was thinking if I just DO it, a little per day over the course of a month (or, honestly, two or three) I could be up to date by the time we have a fourth baby. Which would be awesome, since baby number three has yet to be born, as far as Mixbook knows.

I feel like it’s cheating and possibly shooting myself in the foot to do two at once, but they’re both kind of temporary goals and it’s my experiment, so I think I will try it. The year is all about wondering, so we’ll  see how it goes.

So, to make it specific and measurable, I’m hoping to…

  • Spend, at minimum, 5 minutes daily on memorizing or reviewing Colossians. It’s not much, but better than what I’ve been doing.
  • See how many days of April I can spend at least 15 minutes making photo albums on Mixbook.


Published by robininalaska

Robin Chapman is a part-time writer, editor, and birth photographer and a full-time imperfect mama, wife, Jesus follower, and normalizer of failure. She’s trying hard to learn how to do this motherhood thing in a way that doesn’t land the whole family in intensive therapy. She has a heart for helping other mamas buried in the little years with hope, humor, and solidarity. You can find her hiding out in the bathroom with an iced dirty chai, writing and editing and making spreadsheets for where she is a cheerleader for mamas, or online looking for grace in her mundane and weird life. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with her four delightful (crazy) kids—some homeschooled, some public schooled, some too young for school at all—and her ridiculously good looking husband, Andrew.

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