My Bucket List Last Year…

I’ve already made out my bucket list for 2016 so I’d better go over last year’s list to see how many I completed on it.    Oh dear…

  1. Go to South Carolina to Miller’s graduation. Completed 

2.  Go to Haleigh’s graduation. Completed.

3.  Go to Haiti. Completed. 

4.  Finish my writing on My Big Brother and send it to him!

5.  Continue writing my parents story.  In process.

6.  Lose weight.  Do 10 pounds count?

7.  Attend Conference in May. Completed.

8.   Have family ‘get-together’ here in July or August. Completed.

9.  Continue writing Prime Time News newsletter bi-weekly. Completed. 

10. Create Christmas card.

11. Communicate with Andrew and Katie.

12. Sort books and give appropriate books to book receivers.

13. Clean and arrange reading room.

14. Clean wood floors and wax.

15. Ride an elephant.

16.  Go dog sledding.  Completed  Feb. 26, 2015.  Here We Go

Oh boy…not so good. I only completed nine out of sixteen. Hopefully, I’ll do better in 2016!

Bucket List 2016

  1.  Enjoy time with each of our five children. It’s only the middle of January and I’ve already accomplished this! Rob's family  Our youngest son, Rob, with his family, was here for the week between Christmas and New Year, 2015. They left January 2, 2016! All Here  Our other four children, January 9, 2016, celebrating and surprising Jerry, for his 80th birthday, which is the next day! Pam and Ted on either side of the window. Christy and Tim on either side of Jerry.
  2. Travel to Iowa with granddaughter’s, Sydney and Bella, to visit LeRoy and Carolyn and their horses!
  3. Travel to Ireland.
  4. Travel to Norway.
  5. Downsize.
  6. Sort books, keeping only precious books!
  7. Clean out and throw away non-essential ‘things’.
  8. Remodel downstairs bathroom and reading room, making it one larger bathroom.
  9. Go to E. Michigan Conference as a delegate.
  10. Go to E. Michigan family camp.
  11. Plant flowers in Flower Bed.
  12. Yard Sale.
  13. Finish my writing on My Big Brother and send it to him!  Accomplished in March! 
  14. More later…!

A Change of Plans

How do I handle a change of plans?

Yesterday, Jerry and I had planned to go out for supper. We usually do on Thursdays.

I was in Meijer’s buying groceries. I knew I didn’t have to hurry home to fix supper. We were going out. As I went around an aisle I met my niece, Cathy. We stopped to chat. Our chat time became rather long! We seldom visit so we had lots to talk about and neither of us seemed to be in a hurry! We both listened to each other and we laughed a lot! I needed that! I wasn’t concerned about needing to go home to fix supper…we were going out!

As I stood in the check-out  lane waiting, I called Jerry to let him know I would be home soon. We were good to go!

I finally got home, just in time to unload groceries and leave to go to Lanny’s, our favorite restaurant. But I was shocked when I walked in the back door! There, on my kitchen island, were two soup bowls of leftover scalloped potatoes with Polish sausage, waiting to be warmed in the microwave oven!

What? What happened? I thought we were going out! Jerry stood there with a grin on his face!

“You just missed a visitor!” he tried to explain. “Marilyn was here.” What did that have to do with going out for supper? “She was here to invite you to go dog sledding! Which would you rather do?” Ruhl & Marilyn 2015

No question… I’ll go dog sledding! I’ve never gone before and it’s on my bucket list! My supper was put in the microwave as I unloaded the groceries. I ate quickly, dressed warmly and away I went! We’ll go out to eat another time.

What a fun time I had! It was a perfect day for dog sledding. The sun was shining. The air was crisp and cold. No wind. I loved it! Even tipping over once didn’t dampen my spirits! Here We Go  This was a minor change of plans. What about a big change?

Thirteen years ago I had plans to go to Thailand on a missions trip. It was my third time to go on this exciting adventure. I was ready! Four days before I was to leave, I fell on a patch of ice in our driveway and broke my wrist! My doctor, after surgery, to set my wrist and after putting a cast on from my shoulder down to my fingertips, said no to my trip to Thailand!

“No.” He just looked at me, I need to see you next week he explained. “But, I’ve already got my ticket! I have to go…!” My doctor finally and reluctantly said I could go.

So, off I went. It was the most difficult trip I’ve ever taken. I became very frustrated with my cast! I had to take showers with my arm in a plastic bag and tied above the cast! I had to have assistance with my bra! I had to write with my left hand! I cried so many tears of frustration. While I was in Thailand I became very sick with flu or something. Oh, I was so sick but I had to keep on with my responsibilities.  I had only three kids in my class! Three!

Was it worth all the money, the frustration, the time, etc. for three kids? Should I have listened to my doctor and stayed home? Was God closing the door to my trip to Thailand? But in my stubbornness I insisted on going?

Someone mentioned the impact I may have had on those three preteens. I don’t know. Thailand is a long way away, I’ve never seen or heard from them again. Only eternity will tell.

Change of plans. How do I accept it? How do you accept it?

 

New Bucket List

This was a short bucket list I wrote in 2012. I accomplished eight of them!

1. Go to Colorado to visit my, 98-year-old, mother. 

2. Write more chapters of my parents and family story.

3. Lose 15 pounds and keep it off.
4. Ride an elephant.
5. Help Armon with learning.
6. Create Christmas card.
7. Have a get-together with my friend, Dean, and his wife.
8. Accomplish fall cleaning.
9. Create newsletter bi-weekly.
10 Enter photography contest.
11. Communicate with Andrew and wife.

Now, we’re in 2015, I need to make a bucket list for this year! So here goes…

 

17. Travel to Ireland.

1.  Go to South Carolina to Miller’s graduation. Done June.

2.  Go to Haleigh’s graduation. Done June.

3.  Go to Haiti. Done July.

4.  Finish my writing on My Big Brother and send it to him!

5.  Continue writing my parents story.

6.  Lose weight.

7.  Attend Conference in May. Done May.

8.   Have family ‘get-together’ here in July or August. Done.

9.  Continue writing Prime Time News newsletter bi-weekly. Done.

10. Create Christmas card.

11. Communicate with Andrew and Katie.

12. Sort books and give appropriate books to book receivers.

13. Clean and arrange reading room.

14. Clean wood floors and wax.

15. Ride an elephant.

16. Go dog-sledding.  Feb. 26, 2015

Well, that’s it for now. I may add to it later…