In our last episode, I mentioned to you that Jason and I made a list last week. As we were celebrating our tenth anniversary, we decided to come up with ten things we'd like to do in the next ten years. I've talked some with Becky lately about life lists, and I've been reading Mighty Girl some as well--this girl has an extensive list, and even has corporate sponsorship for it! Pretty sweet, if you ask me!
I've never really been one for lists. Of course, I make basic to-do lists and all that, but I'm always somewhat intimidated by big-picture, goal-setting lists. That's just my weird, afraid-to-disappoint-or-be-disappointed personality, I guess. But Jason and I sat at dinner last week--that magical dinner I told you about where Grace slept the whole time--and talked about how we've been together for 14 years. We started dating when I was a 19 year old college sophomore. And barring one breakup (Jason momentarily took leave of his senses and forgot how wonderful I am), we've been together ever since. It's one of those things you hear others say all the time, but those years have flown by. So much has happened, and so quickly, it seems!
(See? I'm being all contemplative and stuff. Actually in this shot, I think I was worrying that my chipped nail polish would show up in the photo. But then I started being contemplative. You'll just have to take my word for it.)
As we talked about that, it was like I could see us having dinner ten years from now, talking about how time has flown. Our kids are little, ministry is busy and the everyday-ness of our lives can so easily eclipse the big-picture stuff.
I'll never forget when my dad stood up at my rehearsal dinner and told all of us that he had actually calculated the number of days that he and my mom had with us before we'd moved on to adulthood. That even though it can feel like a lifetime, it's actually quantifiable and finite. It is sooo my dad to actually be able to tell you the number! But the point, for me, is this--I want us to enjoy our lives and do the things we've "always wanted" to do. I want us to treasure this time when the kids are small.
This can be easier said than done, cause it's so freakin' exhausting so much of the time! I mean, I can't say I was necessarily treasuring the moment this afternoon when Nate was refusing to nap and then woke Grace up from hers. Oh, the preciousness of it all. I can barely contain myself. Oh, wait. Yes I can.
Are you still reading this? Well, God bless your heart. Alright, well anyway. You get what I'm saying. So here's some things we came up with that are important to us. I'd love to know what some of your things are.
Ten (except it's really 12) Things We Wanna Do in the Next 10 Years
1) Go back to Kenya, Travel to Tanzania
--Take a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti
--We both took separate trips to Kenya in college--we'd love to go together!
2) Take the kids on foreign missions to help the poor and see other cultures
3) Move back to the States
--No immediate plans for this one. We're just sayin'.
4) See more of Australia.
--Scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, visit Ayers Rock
5) Nurture a genuine faith in God in our children
6) Go back to Paris and spend more time at the Louvre
7) Increase our ability as leaders and our capacity to develop people
8) Read classic novels to/with the kids
--Chronicles of Narnia, Anne of Green Gables, etc. Any suggestions?
9) Coach our kids' sports teams
--Um, yeah, that'd be Jason's goal. No one wants me coaching their team.
10) Be intentional about building memories as a family: trips, traditions
11) Learn about investments and come up with a better long-term plan
--I almost fell asleep typing that, but I know it's important. Like flossing.
12) Buy a house.
So, what are some of the things on your list? Cause maybe I'll like your stuff better and switch to yours. And then maybe I'll be all insecure about my list and be a little resentful of you for being so smart and cool. And then maybe I'll allow my resentment to boil over and make snide remarks on Facebook. Okay, maybe you shouldn't tell me.
Nooooo, I'm kidding! Tell me, do!