Dear Friend,

As I’m sure many of you have heard, I spent last Saturday evening at the Hostpital so they could remove my Appendix. Not the way I really wanted to spend my weekend, but you can’t plan for everything. I’ve been recovering well, although the longer I move around, the slower I go because my muscles still aren’t quite back to normal.

Today has been a hard day. As you may have heard, our dog, Aang, was hit by a car soon after I returned from school this spring and we have since been looking for a puppy to be bringing home. We started off the day with the hope to go back to the pet store where we had, just last night, seen a very friendly and adorable Boxer/Lab mix (who I had nicknamed Jackie-Mel) with the hope of bringing her home with us. Unfortunately, she had been snatched up by some other puppy-hunter. So we made a day of puppy searching first visiting out local SPCA before heading down to Staunton to visit their SPCA and pet store. No puppies today, but we’ll keep on looking.

On the way to and from Staunton we passed not one, but two fatal car crashes. It was a horrible reminder of just how fragile life is. It also, however, got me thinking about my bucket list. I like plans. In fact I’m better at planning then at doing which can be a good thing, but regards to today, I’ve also felt its negative side. I’m good at planning for the future, I get so excited about all of the stuff I want to do “When I’m Older…” Start a Group Home, Open a Cafe when I retire… but I feel like I’m floating along in the right now just waiting for “later” to come. I don’t want to float!!! I want to grab life and wring every experience possible out of it. All of this is to say, I will be putting together a bucket list (as in one I actually plan on doing) that has things for not only the far off future, but things that I want to accomplish, this summer, this year, or while I’m in college…

Lots of Love, Mandi Jo

P.S. I think this goes with out saying, but I wanted to ask you to pray for the families of those killed in the wrecks we saw this afternoon… they were someone’s Child, Parent, Friend, and Companion…