Friday, March 29, 2013

{a bucket list.}

Last year, I made a "30 before 30 list". It was a pretty random list of things that I wanted to do before I turn 30. Honestly I just wrote down things as they popped into my head, there wasn't a whole lot of serious, heartfelt thought involved. Well, I have given up on that list (I have been able to mark a few things off) and will be focusing on a real list. I will only add things that tug at my heart, ideas that keep me awake at night.

  • declutter and simplify our home
  • become a volunteer
  • build a home with Habitat for Humanity 
  • form 3 new habits
  • finish "kate" (a novel I'm working on)
  • sponsor a child
  • donate blood
  • get involved at Harvest Church
  • plant a garden 
  • {alabama, alaska, arizona, arkansas, california, colorado, connecticut, delaware, florida, georgia, hawaii, idaho, illinois, indiana, iowa, kansas, kentucky, louisiana, maine, maryland, massachusetts, michigan, minnesota, mississippi, missouri, montana, nebraska, nevada, new hampshire, new jersey, new mexico, new york, north carolina, north dakota, ohio, oklahoma, oregon, pennsylvania, rhode island, south carolina, south dakota, tennessee, texas, utah, vermont, virginia, washington, west virginia, wisconsin, wyoming, washington dc}
  • explore the world around me 
  • put my feet in the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf
  • read through Matthew, Mark, Luke and John during Lent
  • {genesis, exodus, leviticus, numbers, deuteronomy, joshua, judges, ruth, 1 samuel, 2 samuel, 1 kings, 2 kings, 1 chronicles, 2 chronicles, ezra, nehemiah, esther, job, psalms, proverbs, ecclesiastes, song of solomon, isaiah, jeremiah, lamentations, ezekiel, daniel, hosea, joel, amos, obadiah, jonah, micah, nahum, habakkuk, zephaniah, haggai, zechariah, malachi, matthew, mark, luke, john, acts, romans, 1 corinthians, 2 corinthians, galatians, ephesians, philippians, colossians, 1 thessalonians, 2 thessalonians, 1 timothy, 2 timothy, titus, philemon, hebrews, james, 1 peter, 2 peter, 1 john, 2 john, 3 john, jude, revelation.}
  • go to the library (and read the classics)
  • own a record player. use it daily.
  • stop trying to change my husband. he already completes me.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


I love our home. I do. I love the way it looks when it is covered in snow. I love it on nights like this when you can hear the rain pouring all around, but you know that you are safe. That you are protected. The glow and crackle of a warm fire, the smell of vanilla scented deliciousness filling the air. My heart aches to know that there are people in this world who will never get to experience comfort such as this. I pray that I will never again take a single moment in our home for granted.