Making Progress on my Bucket List

Number 8 on my Bucket List, Meet Shane & Shane.

Here’s how it happened. Tonight, my family traveled roughly an hour to ‘God’s Mountain’. It’s literally a field in the middle of corn fields. Teen Challenge has it’s training grounds there and tonight was their closing program including a graduation for several men who have accepted Christ’s gift of salvation and turned their lives around. As part of the closing program, TC had Shane & Shane as their music guests to lead worship.


While waiting for the ‘concert’ to start, one of my daughters needed to visit the port-a-john. Standing outside the mobile necessity, I looked at Alex who was pointing crazy at me to look just beyond where I was standing. The two singers were walking toward me!  My poor child didn’t have a chance. I walked over to the singers and informed them that I HAD to shake their hands and thank them for the way their music has influenced my life. Their unabashed love for God and NEED to worship has helped me hold onto faith and to stay strong in my walk when life was less than desirable.

Alex came over to say hello but didn’t bring the camera! WHAT?! Dear husband needed to run back to our picnic spot, grab the camera and snap a picture. There it is; proof that I can put a check mark next to #8!!

Shane and Shane meet July 25 2015

The Shane’s proceeded to come over and sit down for a bit right in front of us. My husband actually got up and went to talk with Shane Everett (middle) and seemed to have a really nice conversation. Not to be left out, my son went to join the men in their conversation.


Of course, the girls couldn’t be left out of the fun and so they all gathered around so I could take their picture with one of our families favorite musicians.


The time spent in worship was so moving. These two guys really have a grasp on putting all the glory and praise toward God and not themselves. My kids loved singing along and being front and center only made the experience all the more amazing for me. To stand and sing or be still and listen to the worship being lifted up around me, words can’t really describe it.



I can only wonder what I’ll be able to mark off my list next. For now though, I’m thrilled that this one happened!


Forty by FORTY Bucket List

“Every man dies- Not every man really lives”

William Ross

Not too long ago, I watched an Instagram user share 40 facts about herself, for the 40 days leading up to her 40th birthday. I thought it was such a neat idea, but I wanted to do a bit more. Instead of coming up with 40 facts about myself, I decided to create a bucket list. There are so many things, big and small, that I want to do and experience in this life that I figured I better write them down. Some items have already been completed and some I need to dedicate a lot more of myself in order to see them come to pass.  Here’s my list; I’ll begin with the ones I’ve already completed.


1. Own ‘Chucks’

 Bucket list own Chucks

my brother-in-law and his wife knew about this one and bought a pair as my Christmas (2014) gift!

2. Visit New England


My husband and I visited Chatem, MA for our 10th anniversary in June.

3. Own a Michael Korrs Purse

(see above picture, I’m carrying my new bag!)

4. Get a Tattoo

Tattoo semicolon

July 2, 2015 I walked into the tattoo parlor and got a semicolon tattoo on my left wrist. This will serve as a reminder of where I’ve come from and where I never want to go again. You can find out more about the symbolism of a semicolon <HERE>

5. Wear Thigh-Hi Stockings

(While shopping with a girlfriend, I saw a pair on clearance and snatched them up! How feminine and yet sadly, stockings seem to be such a long lost fashion trend.)

bucket list

Now, for the items that have not been completed yet. I’m optimistic about most but must admit, it seems like it would be wiser to change some of these to more obtainable goals. I’m not going to change the list, yet.

6. Visit Italy

7. Meet Josh Groban

8. Meet Shane & Shane

9. See Josh Groban in Concert

10. Play the Lottery

11. Host Thanksgiving at My House

12. Ride Airboard Across Florida Swamp

13. Enjoy the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C.

14. Reach Goal Weight

15. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

16. Watch the Sunrise on the Beach

17. Plant a Tree

18. Get a Make Over (new hair style/color, new outfits, new make up)

19. Tour a Vineyard

20. Take Dance Lessons

21. Swim with Dolphins

22. Fly First Class

23. Shoot a Gun

24. Go to a Drive-In Movie Theater

25. Take a Dance Class with Alex

26. Ride a motorcycle

27. Celebrate New Years Eve in Times Square

28. Name a Star

29. See a Broadway Show

30. Sing Karaoke

31. See horses ‘released’ from Assateague Island

32. Attend the Kentucky Derby

33. Feed a Penguin

34. Shadow a Mortician at a Funeral Home

35. Tour the White House

36. Read Through the Bible

37. Recreate Prom for Alex and Me

38. Gamble in a Casino

39. Take an Art Class

40. Go Parasailing

So, you can see I have my work cut out for me. But I’m on my way having already completed five of my items. My birthday is in January, I’ll be turning 35. Although I have some time, I’m sure it will race by and I’ll be approaching my 40th birthday before I know it!