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Thirty Before I'm 30

The other day I was on the way home from work, and I have no idea where the thought came from, but I got this grand idea that I should make a list of thirty things I want to do before I'm 30.  I have lots of great ideas that pop into my mind pretty regularly that I just let got to the wayside, but I think there are some great reasons to make a list such as this.  1. A list helps you to identify goals. 2. This list will help to get me out of my comfort zone.  3. Reading it will remind me of things I want to do, when someone says, "What should we do tonight?" So, here's the list...


Thirty Things to do Before I'm 30
1. Break 100 on the golf course
2. Run a 5k
3. Pray with someone to accept Jesus for the first time.
4. Go to Europe (Lots of history there!)
5. Read my Bible cover to cover
6. Shoot a gun
7. Attend a hockey game
8. Go snow shoeing
9. Go to Leavenworth
10. Host a charity event
11. Overnight backpacking trip
12. Wakeboard/Surfboard
13. Indoor Skydiving
14. Have dinner …

Good. Grief.

There are moments in your life that you will never forget.  It's as if they are snapshots that are stored away in the attic of your mind.  Your first kiss, prom, your wedding day, laughs with your best friend...  The list is endless, and is different for everyone.  The thing each moment has in common is that it elicited an extreme emotion.  Excitement.  Happiness.  Thrill.  Sadness.  Grief...  I think that's the toughest one.  You remember the first moment, and even though the ones shortly thereafter are a blur, that first moment is a snapshot that will be stored for the rest of your life. 
I had never experienced grief personally until this year.  I've had grandparents pass, and stood by friends as they went through their grieving process, but I never really knew what it felt like.  When someone dies that you're close to, it's a game changer.  It's a life changer.  When I left work on April 3rd, and called Aaron on my way home like I do every day, I don't t…

:: Letter to Kennedie Faith ::

From the moment we found out your Momma was pregnant with you, we loved you. Each and every one of us. I didn’t know we could have so much love for an unborn child, but we did. And we do. The day we found out that you were a Princess, we prayed in the waiting room that you would be. Your Momma & I drove to the Dr.’s office discussing names & hoping that God would bless her with a beautiful & healthy girl. On June 30th, 2012, only 2 days after your due date, God did just that. From the moment we laid our eyes on you, we were filled with even more love. Grams, Uncle Aaron, Grandma Danielle, & Grandpa Dave were in the waiting room, while Heather & I helped your Momma bring you into this world. Grams came in to see you first, and everyone else was so jealous, because they wanted to get to see you too! After the nurse gave you a bath and did all of the necessary newborn things, they got to come see you too. When each person saw you for the first time, their f…

You. Are. Beautiful.

You are beautiful. You possess unique qualities that make YOU wanted. That make YOU needed. You are one of a kind. You are smart. Maybe not IQ of 140+ smart, but maybe know how to bake, know how to work a crowd, know how to send a perfect thank you, know how to build a campfire, know how to crack the perfect joke, at the perfect time, smart. You are desirable. You were beautifully and wonderfully made by the Greatest Creator known in history. So say it. "I am BEAUTIFUL." "I am SMART." "I am DESIRABLE." Maybe there was someone in your life that already told you, "you is pretty, you is smart, you is important," but you didn't buy into it. You should. It's true. Maybe you're reading this, and you're thinking that I don't know you and what an awful person you are. I might not know you, but I will tell you this... You are one of the most beautiful people He has ever seen. Beauty comes from within. It is NOT what…