"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. " ~ James 1:2-3

Thanks, mom!

This is easy. Just mark the things you've done in bold. You try too!

1. Started your own blog – This is a no brainer
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
– if 5th grade counts
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world – 3 times I think.
8. Climbed a mountain.
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped – never have, never will…
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
– If you count Lake Michigan; we were sleeping in a tent on the beach. Sounds safe, no?
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty – I think (?)
18. Grown your own vegetables – when I was very little.
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France – it’s much smaller than you would expect.
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill – I know, tsk-tsk
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping – at my great grandma’s lake when I was little.
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors – where are they even from?!
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied – if you’re not happy with what you have now, you will never be.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke – a pastime for Tom and I
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight – most recently this March in Myrtle Beach
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris – we didn’t have time to wait in line, but my mom convinced a nice pair of older women who were in our tour group to let me go up with them so that I could; she had been on her honeymoon.
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
– but what movie? I couldn’t tell you, except that it was a double feature.
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64 Donated blood, platelets, or plasma

65. Gone sky diving – see Bungee Jumping
66 Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp – it was... amazing, in a very intense way.
67 Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy – Bunky the Monkey!
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job – and hired the next day :)
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone – only my toes
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle – I was only 8, so it may not have been speeding, but it sure seemed like it!
79 Seen the Grand Canyon in person – I’ve been there; I have pictures; I was 3 or 4; I don’t remember it at all.
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House – just the outside, right?
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous – only local celebrity famous.
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby – Give me four months…
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee