Follow along with our young family's rehomesteading adventures!
Close this search box.
Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
~ Carl Bard

See goals from 2019201820172016, 201520142013 and 2012!

If I have a penchant for one thing, it’d be lists (and goals to go along with said lists). There’s great satisfaction in putting in the work and being rewarded by checking the task off, then moving on to the next. So, every year around this time, I like to look back at what we have been able to do with the year we’ve been given, and make plans for the future. Realistically, I know I’m not going to be able to get everything done–maybe never in this life–but it’s fun to dream and plan and work toward making things happen. New Year’s Day is one of the pivot points in life we can count on and is a chance to reset with renewed vigor. We’d love to hear what you’re looking forward to in 2020!

The Rehomesteaders’ 2020 Goals

Personal (mostly just for fun!)

  • Design family motto Now to print it…Make Do and Be Grateful is our mantra!
  • Sign older kids up for 4H
  • Make pasta from scratch I finally did it! Yay! Easy Egg Noodles 19 Mar 2020
  • Visit Yellowstone We made it! Yellowstone was amazing! Yellowstone 10 Aug 2020
  • Attend a pow wow
  • Take a helicopter ride
  • Sign up kids for and complete a summer reading program
  • Be a participant on The Amazing Race
  • Learn to paint with oils
  • Index 1,000 names
  • Make a custom bed frame
  • Visit a black sand beach
  • Visit all 50 states
  • Learn to water ski
  • Visit every continent
  • Make shoes
  • Write a melodrama
  • Attend the filming of a game show
  • Enter an art competition
  • Learn to be on time 😁
  • Cook at least one new meal once a month
  • See the redwoods
  • Donate hair
  • Make ten different types of bread 2 Feb 2020 Sally Lunn Bread
  • Become a better knitter
  • Start the “We Love You” project
  • Get professional family portraits Yay! We didn’t miss this year! Family Photos 2020
  • Take a family backpacking trip
  • Master watercolors
  • Refinish the piano
  • Enter a writing competition
  • Build a porch swing
  • Construct a birdbath
  • Volunteer as a family
  • Donate breast milk Done! Every Part of Me 15 Jan 2020
  • Build a teeter-totter
  • Take a family hike We did several through the year! Like Mission for Morels 3 June 2020
  • Sell something on Etsy (or another similar online craft site)
  • Build or purchase food storage shelves
  • Go canoeing
  • Make a permanent Family Home Evening chart
  • Attend The Nutcracker
  • Donate blood Only made it once this year, but it was something! 🙂
  • Blow glass
  • Downhill ski
  • Take a train ride
  • Learn to crochet
  • Take a family vacation to Table Rock Lake in the Ozarks
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Build a piece of furniture
  • Set up a roadside stand with the kids
  • Be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune
  • Take up photography
  • Go back to Montreal (and swing by NYC since we’d be close anyway!)
  • Enter something in a State Fair
  • Paint a portrait
  • Be an extra in a movie (preferably on horseback)
  • Attend a major music concert (other than MoTab )
  • Go to the Kentucky Event…again!
  • Take up pottery
  • Buy a boat
  • Buy a 4-wheeler/farm vehicle
  • Take a tropical family vacation
  • Restore Jack’s Mustang
  • Invent something functional and useful
  • Visit France (and I suppose the rest of Europe looks pretty fascinating too, haha!)
  • Rock a short haircut
  • Sign the girls up for art camp
  • Attend a theatrical performance
  • Attend a melodrama
  • Take another self-defense class with the kids
  • Make or buy a dressform
  • Go on a family bike ride Made several fun trips with the older girls this year! Kate is Eight 7 Oct 2020
  • Ride on the Polar Express
  • Design and sew an outfit
  • Sew a quilt
  • Go to a theme park
  • Digitize mission and family photos
  • Make everyone a personalized stocking
  • Have a sugar free week
  • Participate in mule run
  • Have a year of food storage
  • Make the girls dresses
  • Visit an observatory
  • Start the girls on piano lessons
  • Make homemade cheese
  • Be able to do the splits….
  • Be able to do a bridge kick over
  • Prepare a six-generation family history chart

Home Improvements

  • Kids’ Rooms
    • Carpet or flooring
    • Paint
    • Replace doors
  • Our Room
    • Carpet or flooring
    • Paint
    • Replace doors
  • Kitchen
    • Paint
    • Build shelf for farm supplies
    • Build broom closet
    • Install new door handle
  • Family room
    • Paint
    • New blinds
  • Downstairs room
    • Paint
    • Tile
    • Carpet or flooring
    • Build toy shelves
    • Build coat/shoe rack
    • Build a closet
    • New exterior door
    • Hang a world map
    • Decorate “picture wall”
  • Storage room
    • Hang drywall
    • Paint
    • Flooring
    • Build shelves
  • Kids’ Bath
    • Install double vanity
    • Hang larger mirror
    • Install bathtub
  • Sitting Room
    • Refinish floor
    • Build half wall
    • New banister
    • New curtains and area rug
  • Exterior
    • Paint doors
    • New front door
    • New deck/patio in back
    • Backyard fence
    • Build a playground
    • Paint garage doors
    • Install gates and fencing at front of the property
    • Make a bigger beach for the pond
    • Cut down dead ash trees in the forest
    • Redo landscaping
    • Paver sidewalk out front
    • Install jacuzzi tub
    • Pour driveway loop
  • Master Bed and Bath
    • Build new garage
    • Build master bed
    • Build master bath
Farm Life and Animals

  • Gallop a horse on the beach
  • Register Dancer
  • Rim ride at the Grand Canyon
  • Trail ride in Yellowstone
  • Build a floating dock for the pond
  • Purchase a horse trailer
  • Purchase an auger
  • Purchase hay baling equipment
  • Professional horse portraits…again!
  • Take Stoney and Dancer on a trail ride
  • Dye, spin and knit an item from homegrown wool
  • Tin barn and other outbuildings
  • Build riding arena
  • Purchase skidloader
  • Enclose larger chicken run, install swings, dust bath
  • Get a peacock and peahen
  • Install automatic waterers for the cows
  • Fix paddock fencing
  • Fix back forest fencing
  • Build goat enclosure
  • Get some goats! Or maybe sheep…
  • Purchase a child’s saddle
  • Build a bench to overlook the pond
  • Get a harness and cart for the horses
  • Take the girls to a leadline class
  • Tap trees for maple syrup Thank goodness we get something to eat in winter 17 Feb 2019 Produces in Winter
  • Plant a garden Already looking forward to next year! It’s a Start 22 Sept 2019
  • Construct a woodshed
  • Build a greenhouse
  • See wild horses
  • Plant an alfalfa or hay field Got our hay cut twice this season. 21 July 2019 Four Miracles 
  • Plant a berry patch
  • Get another hive
  • Purchase/cut hay for winter 21 July 2019 Four Miracles
  • Purchase a horse trailer
  • Teach Stoney and Dancer to pull a cart or carriage
  • Get pigs
  • Breed Dancer
  • Cut cattle on horseback
  • Run barrels
  • Go on a cattle drive
  • Buy a log splitter
  • Swim with a whale shark
  • Have yearly wood supply for fireplace Thanks to the kids for their help! 17 Nov 2019 Better Together
  • Get a beef steer We welcomed Winston, Hashi, and Smokey!
  • Swim with whale shark
  • Ride/Work horses 52+ times in a year
  • Build a goat/pig, etc enclosure
  • Build a round pen
  • Ride an elephant (for more than three minutes…)
  • Feed sharks/dive cage with sharks
  • Go scuba diving
  • Hold a koala
  • Hold a sloth
  • See the salmon run
  • Watch a cheetah chase down prey
  • Do a polar bear expedition
  • Swim with dolphins…again!
  • Take a whale watching expedition
  • Be in a dog sled race
  • Ride an ostrich
  • Ride a camel
Health, Fitness, and Sports 

  • Lose baby weight I did, but…
  • Run another 5k
  • Run a family race
  • Run in a Fun Run, Color Run, etc
  • Run a 10k
  • Run a half marathon
  • Run a full marathon
  • Complete a triathlon
  • Take Dancer to a show
  • Compete in a dressage show
  • Compete in a jumping competition (either showjumping or hunter classes)
  • Compete in a two-day horse trial
  • Compete in a three-day horse trial
  • Compete internationally (a girl can always dream...)

  • Pay off Rachael’s student loans
  • Pay off Jack’s student loans
  • Build a one-month emergency fund
  • Build a six-month emergency fund
  • Open a savings account for the kids
  • Buy new van (preferably with cash)
  • Buy a work truck for the farm
  • Pay off mortgage

Reading and Writing

What are your 2020 goals?


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

About Us

Our budding family

Welcome to the farm!

True stories of raising children, remodeling, braving the elements and plotting out life, all while living on a humble acreage in central Indiana.

We Believe


Subscribe to Our New Posts

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.