Skip to main content

Updated Life List

My wife Stephanie has a list of things she'd like to do before she dies. I have been putting together my own list in the back of my journals. As I come to the close of another Moleskine, I thought I should bring all my lists together on my blog. I write things down spur of the moment so I have some pretty ambitious goals. Here's my list:
  1. Write something that is at least 50 pages
  2. Coach one of my kids sports teams (done spring and summer 2010, Jacob's teeball and coach pitch)
  3. Play a round of golf under 85 (done summer of 2009)
  4. Play a round of golf under 80
  5. Run another marathon (ran Grandma's Marathon Summer of 2010)
  6. Run a third marathon
  7. Pay off all our debt
  8. Become an STL
  9. Visit England or Ireland
  10. Go back to Hawaii with Stephanie
  11. Take my boys to watch the MN Gophers play the WI Badgers in Madison
  12. Build the kids a tree fort
  13. Shoot a deer
  14. Hike Pike's Peak
  15. Hike the Grand Canyon top to bottom
  16. Camp w/ my family in the Black Hills
  17. Take boys to baseball games in other states
  18. Family trip to Boston
  19. Family trip to Disneyland
  20. Ride my bike to Duluth
  21. Trip to Yellowstone National Park
  22. Visit a cave
  23. Trip to the Redwood Forest
  24. Attend a service at Mars Hill church in Seattle
  25. Attend a service at The Village Church in Denton, TX
  26. Finish our basement
  27. Do the Polar Plunge
  28. Go on a hot air balloon ride
It is interesting to see my goals written out like this. Many of the outdoor goals have come from the influence of books I have been reading this year. I'm excited to see how this list takes shape in the years to come.
2 comments

Popular posts from this blog

5 Reasons I Won't Let My Kids Wear Clothes with Skulls on Them

Yesterday I threw out a poll question on my Facebook and Twitter pages.  The poll question asked, "Should Christians wear attire with skulls on it?"  I received some great comments from people with a variety of opinions.  You can read the comments on my timeline from 8/8/13.

My opinion is that Christians should not wear clothes with skulls on them.

I don't have one specific Bible verse that I can use to prove my point.  Jesus never said, "Thou shalt not wear clothes with skulls."  I do however think there are number of conclusions that can be drawn from Scripture that support my opinion.

1.  Jesus does care about the clothes we wear.
I don't believe God's people are free to wear whatever they want.  From the Old Testament all the way through the New Testament you can find Biblical language related to clothes.  There are laws in Leviticus about clothes.  God instructed the OT priests on what to wear don't believe God's people are free to wear wh…

How Stephanie and I Celebrated 15 Years of Marriage

Yesterday Stephanie and I celebrated 15 years of marriage! 
To kick off the festivities, on Wednesday afternoon Stephanie bought a new car from Harry Browns in Faribault. She said good goodbye to the minivan and bought a 2014 Dodge Journey. She picked out a great new vehicle and her dad Ralph channeled his inner New Yorker to haggle us a great price.
We started the day Thursday driving to St. Peter to pick up Isabelle from the "Gustie" Basketball and Leadership camp. She spent 4 days there learning, practicing and having a blast. We celebrated together as a family with some Godfather's Pizza!
After getting back to Northfield I dropped the kids off at some friend's houses so Stephanie and I could be alone together. Having great friends who help with the kids is such a blessing. 
Stephanie had the idea that we should get tattoos together. She didn't have to work hard to convince me! After asking for recommendations on Facebook we decided to check out  Guns and Nee…

Lessons from Mt Everest

It would be great is life was all fun and easy and exciting like glissading down a mountain side.  However life is actually much more like climbing up the mountain.  It is difficult, painful, dangerous and exhilarating all wrapped up into one.
Last Sunday I preached at a church in Northfield and I shared some thoughts about this.  I compared lessons I've learned studying mountain climbing to lessons I've learned living life.  Here are the five things I talked about, along with some accompanying Bible verses.
1. You have to have a goal and you have to work hard towards achieving it, sometimes for a long time ---> Jer 29:10-14  2. You have to expect setbacks (injury, weather, enemies, catastrophe) and roll with them ----> 2 Cor 4:8-10  3. You have to push yourself beyond what you thought possible ----> Phil 4:13  4. In most cases, you need others to help you (guides, logistics, cheerleaders, friends, expedition leader) ----> Heb 10:15   5. You have to acknowledg…