I’m 26 years old today!

How is that possible?

I am so grateful for this wonderful, beautiful life that I have. It’s not always easy, and I find myself hoping for different things at different points in my life, but as I step back and look at what I have, I know that I am blessed beyond measure on this 26th year.

One year, I made a list of things I wanted to do in that year, and I wanted to do the same thing this year! I wanted to list 26 things that I want to do in my 26th year.

I love having my birthday in May because it’s almost halfway through the year, so I feel like I get a whole new New Years!

Right now, on my 26th birthday, I feel a little bit like I’m drowning. I have a (new) 10 year old, a 2 year old, and a (sick) 7 month old. I mostly want to record that here because I need to look back and remember where I was at at this point in my life.

Honestly, I debated trying to make this list right now. I’m trying to survive hour to hour and I hardly have the capacity to think about whats for dinner let alone 26 things that I want to do in the next year. But I know I will regret not doing in a year when I want to look back at where I’ve come from and where I’m going.

So here goes. 26 goals for my 26th year:

  1. Run a 10k
  2. Provide a foster home for two kids
  3. Visit 5 states
  4. Finish the current journal that I’m writing in
  5. Go to the Ohio State Fair
  6. Celebrate Christmas with family
  7. Celebrate Tera’s 3rd birthday, Kiah’s 1st birthday and Theo’s 27th birthday
  8. Start writing a book
  9. Teach Tera the alphabet
  10. Celebrate Theo becoming a police officer
  11. Run in a color run
  12. Have a kid-free weekend with just Theo
  13. Make a small income for our family
  14. Memorize two chapters in the Bible
  15. Read 35 books
  16. Cook with less processed foods
  17. Establish a family & friends game night
  18. Go backpacking as a family
  19. Send 3 cards a month by snail mail
  20. Find a cute haircut and actually maintain it
  21. Clean out my makeup and get better, functional things that I know how to use
  22. Complete basement Reno
  23. Renovate & revamp my blog
  24. Roadtrip to visit family (both DeValve and Hines)
  25. Complete a month of a marriage challenge
  26. Get family pictures taken and hung on the wall

I can’t wait to look back on this post in a year and remember where I was in life at this stage! I wonder what this new year will bring? Bring it on, 26!! 

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