Awhile back ago, I posted a 'Bucket List' of things I want to accomplish in my life. Then a blogger friend of mine posted a 'reverse' bucket list. A list of all the things she has already done in her life instead of a list of things that one may never accomplish.
I thought this was a pretty neat idea, so here goes:
1. I played on the very first little league girls softball team from Petersburg to ever win the State Championship.
2. I became friends with the majority of the girls who are still my closest friends today while in Middle School.
3. I traveled to England and Scotland with a great group of people and had the time of my life.
4. I watched the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace.
5. Visited West Minster Abbey.
6. I tried Shepherd's Pie, and nearly vomited.
7. I tutored special needs kids in an after-school program while I was in college and it was to-date one of the most rewarding jobs ever!
8. I moved 11 times in 8 years, and I'm thankful to FINALLY be settled in a house that fits my family.
9. I birthed one amazing, fiesta and sassy yet sweet little girl named Kinsey.
10. I quit college after my third year to support her and I, and I'd do it over again in a heartbeat. Being a mother is the best thing I've ever done in my life!
11. Two years later, I birthed her soft spoken, easy going little sister, Ava.
12. I moved to the outskirts of Indianapolis, and ran into a good friend from college at the Wal-Mart checkout...I believe God meant for us to be sisters. A piece of my heart remains with her up north.
13. I loved, lost, and then met and fell in love with Chris. The last four years of my life have been one heck of a ride, and I'm thankful to have him with along for it.
14. I birthed my 'miracle' child, Breanna, at 31 weeks gestation, and clung to my faith as I watched her little body fight that battle of its lifetime.
15. I was married in one of my favorite places...the Riverwalk Park, by a childhood friend. BEST.DAY.OF.MY.LIFE!!!
16. That day, I became a step-mom to a funny, keeps me on my toes little man who I call Big A. That day, I became a little more appreciative of all the things my own step-mom has did for me throughout the years, that so often went unnoticed or that I didn't thank her for because she wasn't my 'real' mom. I may not have harvested in her womb, but I can see it when I look in her eyes that she loves me just the same. And now, I truly understand how that's possible.
17. I taught my children to read.
18. I assisted as Chris patiently taught two of our little ones how to ride their bicycles with no training wheels.
19. I've kissed boo-boo's, bandaged scrapes, and iced twisted ankles and smashed fingers.
20. I've heard the sweetest words a mother could ever hear, "I love you, Mommy."
21. I've photographed many backyard football games and cheered from the swing.
22. I started this blog to keep family up-to-date on important appointments, and in the past few months it's turned into a source of therapy that has gotten me through some really rough days.
23. Some amazing girls and I started a community blog to join together in worship and prayer...I had no idea how much it would touch me personally.
24. I've become a stronger person because of where my life has been.
25. And most importantly, I've grown in my faith throughout the trials I've faced the past few years.