One day, sitting in science class, another teacher happened to see me doodling in my journal, and asked if he could take a look at what I was doing. After flipping through the pages, he said something that has stuck with me into adulthood. He told me to always keep writing down my goals; that people who write their goals are the people who achieve them,
In a life of keeping up with kids, jobs, extracurricular activities, a home, church, writing, and a medical conditional of the energy-sucking, strength-gobbling, painful, discouraging variety, it is easy to find myself caught in a tumble-dry cycle of surviving the day to day ordinary that must be done to keep the wheel turning. I remember in the aftershock of losing Ellie, thinking I never again wanted to rush my children to bed, turn down a request to read them a book, or make them wait to tell me something. I never wanted to miss a moment and risk having regret... but then, at that time I didn't know life would continue to throw big, life-changing waves in my course. I didn't know I would face days of having nothing left to give.
In these days of new and refining challenges, I am finding it more important than ever to intentionally create moments that etch lasting, joyful memories in the hearts of my little people... in a way, a "list of goals," to make sure I am taking the time to stop and pause these instants that are but a breath, and yet, such a lifetime.
This summer we decided to starts making a bucket list for each season. There are always a number of things that we eagerly look forward to with the changing of the weather, and so we sit and brainstorm a mess of ideas, our hearts pounding and our mouths racing as we blurt out all the "must-do's" that we can dream into being, and somehow plop them into an organized guide to help us remember to slip these extraordinary moments into our ordinary days.
|Summer Bucket 2015|
Were there days I messed it up? Days I was too tired or too weak or too scheduled to follow through with what we thought our day would look like? You bet. But we didn't quit. We kept pecking away at that list, even to the very hems of the Autumn weather, and eventually each idea that sprayed across excited lips became a time and a place, a memory that took shape and engraved all sights and smells and emotions across the planks of our remembrance.
And now... a little photo dump of our summer....
|My biggest, picking from the garden!|
|Sunscreen all around!|
|Egg Yolk Tattoos|
|PJ's all day! Which may have been.... staying in bed all day?|
|Ok, hugging a wookie wasn't exactly on the list, but you have to admit that's one for the books ;)|
Next up....FALL!!!!! What's on your bucket list?!