I just read a list of
Among the things to do were, visit the Amazon rainforest, scuba dive to a ship wreck, visit the north pole, spend a night pub-hopping in London, go to a vegas strip club... the list goes on.
70 things to do before having kids, and getting married isn't on it.
Reading the list got me thinking. Should I have done a few more fun things while I was single, or before we started a family? What would it be like to "bare all on a nude beach."
It got my mind going on a list of my own. So here it is.
At least 25 things you will totally regret missing
out on if you spend your life on a nude beach.
1. Experience the miracle of childbirth, first hand.
2. Love someone more than you ever knew possible.
3. Get pooped on, and not even get that upset about it.
4. Heal a hurting owie with nothing more than a kiss.
5. Memorize a few (dozen) children's books.
6. Sit front row at your daughters first ballet recital.
7. Cheer from a few steps away as your fast growing baby takes her first steps.
8. Tear up as you walk away from the first day of preschool.
9. Get to know your pediatrician very well with lots of, "everything is fine" visits while you are figuring things out.
10. Feel a sweet little baby moving around inside you.
11. Play Santa.
12. Get to experience childhood all over again, as you watch your kids go through it. And actually, I'll argue to my grave that it is MUCH better the second time around.
13. Learn patience.
14. Learn patience again.
15. Ok, one more time.
16. Learn to rely on others for help. No one can do it alone 100% of the time.
17. Fall in love with your husband all over again as you watch him in his "daddy" role.
18. Hear the first "Mama" from your baby.
19. Get showered with sweet hugs and kisses and I love you's.
20. Have at least one ridiculous piece of jewelry made by a toddler, that you cherish more than your pearls.
21. Have muddy footprints that you avoid when mopping because they are just too cute.
22. Realize, your parents did the best they could, and really- you have a lot to learn from them.
23. Have a tea party with a REAL princess.
24. Have a vast selection of bedazzled tiaras at your disposal.
25. Test the limits of your imagination as you create a new bedtime story every night.
I could go on, but my dishes have piled up. This list I'm sure would be drastically different if we had any boys, but thats MY list.
Do I regret having a baby before I turned 23?
Before I traveled the world, or visited some exotic land?
Not for a second.
I wouldn't trade one stinky diaper or late night feeding for a New Years Eve at Times Square.
And to the person who puts off kids to complete their endlist list of "must do's"...
You will have a great photo album when its all over,
but you will have seriously missed out on the real joy in life.
You aren't giving up the adventures of life when you have kids.
Trust me, my daily adventure is way better than the Amazon.
“I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.
I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.
I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children.
I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden.
I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.
I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.”