My 40 by 40

Over at Learning Mass, I was inspired by the 28 by 28 list.  A list of 28 things to accomplish before turning 28.  This totally inspired me.

I have never liked bucket lists, I guess because it involves kicking the bucket. Instead of freaking out that I am in my last year of my 30’s, I am going to make my own personal 40 by 40 list.  A celebration of living to 40.  Here goes.

  1. Visit at least one local Marian Shrine.  The more the better.  So far, I’ve visited the Black Madonna Shrine and Our Lady of the Snows Shrine!
  2. Ride roller coasters at Six Flags—I am always pregnant and have to watch!
  3. Stay overnight with my husband out of town.  By ourselves.  Doesn’t matter where.
  4. Start learning Latin, even just a little.
  5. Take a Zumba class.
  6. Go floating in a canoe with my husband.  Once again, it doesn’t matter where.
  7. Jump in muddy puddles with my little ones.
  8. Visit a winery with friends.  Bonus points if my husband gets to come with us!
  9. Visit the elderly in the nursing home.
  10. Re-teach myself to play the flute.
  11. Sing in the church choir.
  12. Make dairy free, chocolate covered strawberries and share them with my husband.
  13. Teach my girls how to twirl a baton.
  14. Go shopping for new clothes!  I have been pregnant so many times that my wardrobe needs updating desperately.
  15. Figure out when all 11 of us were baptized, enter those dates in our Google calendar, and celebrate our baptismal birthdays.  We can never eat enough cake!
  16. Let my oldest daughter, Erica, teach me how to ride a horse.  Or maybe sit on a horse.  Or at least pet a horse—they kinda scare me.
  17. Send out Christmas cards!!!!  It’s been a few several years.
  18. Go to the zoo and ride the Wild Somalian Ass on the carousel.  Read this to understand the significance.
  19. Read a book that is totally for fun.  Nothing religious, spiritual, autism, or health-related.
  20. Watch for falling stars with Mike—we used to “watch for falling stars” a lot when we were dating. 🙂
  21. Go to the ballet.
  22. Take a ballet class.
  23. Memorize the Hail, Holy Queen prayer and the Act of Contrition.  My grownup brain can’t seem to memorize anything anymore.
  24. Sing karaoke with my friends.
  25. Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation more often, perhaps every month.
  26. Take the kids bowling.
  27. Hula hoop with my kids.
  28. Run under a sprinkler with my kids.
  29. Trace the sign of the cross on my kids’ and husband’s forehead every day.
  30. Get professional family pictures made.
  31. Do less laundry.  Perhaps I will relinquish control and finally let my kids do some laundry.
  32. Exercise a little every day, no pressure.  Just to be strong and healthy.
  33. Read a book or take a class on how to give a fantastic massage.  Hmmm, maybe my husband should do this, too!
  34. Take a train ride.
  35. Go shopping with my mom.
  36. Visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum again.
  37. Go to the beach, dig my toes into the sand, and enjoy the sound of the waves.
  38. Make pottery at one of those Glazed and Confused type places.
  39. Have Kelsey teach me how to use her sewing machine.
  40. Re-teach myself how to tat, just like my Great-Grandma Fisher taught me as a young girl.

OK, that was really hard to make this list!  Either I am not fun anymore or I haven’t spent 10 minutes thinking about what *I* would like to accomplish in my life!  This was a wake up call to pay a little more attention to  *my* needs!  As a mother, it’s so easy to let myself—who I am besides “Mom”—get lost amidst the craziness.

Here’s to an amazing year, my last year in my 30’s.  I thank God for every single gray hair and laugh line—it’s proof of how blessed I am!

This is the day the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it.  Psalm 118: 24


Perfection Pending


15 thoughts on “My 40 by 40

  1. I love it! Thanks so much for sharing. It’s a little bit soul-baring, I think, to list so many personal things. And any “I want” type thing is personal.
    Your list is fantastic. Some stretching, some growing, and some things that you just need to start doing again. I love the star gazing thing. 🙂


    • Thanks! You really should make your own list, even if it’s just in your head. I didn’t realize how long it had been since I’d thought about something new and fun I would want to do! I love being a mommy, but it definitely doesn’t leave time leftover for much else!


  2. That’s a great list. I too am clinging on to my thirties (that’s how I see it anyway). I read a similar list the other day, written by someone who had just turned 30. I realised I didn’t have time to think about that sort of thing when I was that age because I was already too busy being a mum. My thirties have been dedicated to bringing up children, so I already feel that the next decade will be so different. I’m looking forward to it for that reason, but I’m not overly excited about being forty. Age is just a number, right?!!


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