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26 things before 27 // final update

So my birthday is coming up next week . . . it has really felt like I’ve been 27 for the last year, so at least I don’t need to adjust this year!

My 26th year definitely didn’t go at all like I had planned. But we all know that our plans aren’t necessarily God’s plans. Here is what I had on my list for my 26th year:

  1. get our referral – well, that sure changed, didn’t it?
  2. read 10 booksaccording to my Goodreads I’ve read something like 24 and I know I forgot to put some of them in there.
  3. travel somewhere new – we went to Salmon Arm, BC, I’d be there before but we also checked out the Bible School my brother was attending, and I had never been there before.
  4. start a missional living community or maybe just start living missional myself – I’d say this is a work in progress
  5. start or join an orphan ministry – Once Was Lost
  6. learn to wrap pretty gifts– well, I learned how but didn’t really always do it
  7. help someone begin the adoption process – I’ve answered many questions over the course of the year
  8. photograph my everyday life – thank you iPhone and Instagram for this one
  9. dare to dream – definitely dreaming some big dreams
  10. bake a cake from scratch – didn’t even try
  11. watch a play – nope
  12. learn a new art form – learnt how to screen print
  13. become a mentor
  14. find a mentoryes, I’ve got a few! Though I would almost call them inspirers instead
  15. develop the rolls of film I have sitting in my desk drawer – I just trashed them instead
  16. go thrifting with a friend – with my Mom!
  17. have a picnic – yes
  18. get our fence built – huge thanks to my father-in-law and my brother
  19. say “no” more – yes!
  20. help my grandma organize her photos – no, but I offered and she doesn’t want them organized any more so I’m counting that as done
  21. create 2010, 2011 and 2012 photo books – yes, I went with Blurb, love the how they turned out!
  22. potty train Raeca – done
  23. go on a date with Jared (one that doesn’t involve grocery shopping) – yup!
  24. complete some of the DIY projects on my list – a few
  25. give a presentation on our trip to Uganda – done!
  26. learn some French (it is the official language of the DRC) – had a few words down, but now I don’t really need to know it, but if you ever find yourself in a French country and need some butter or a pen, give me a call, I know those words.

Wow, 21/26 completed?! That’s more than I expected! Now it’s time to start on my list for 27!!! (I love making lists . . .) Any suggestions for items to add? You can bet that returning to Africa will be on there!

For those of you that have annual lists for yourself, how are they going? My friend Alison has an awesome list with all these crazy adventures -and she’s been able to do most of them!

with love,

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