Sarah Markley
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I'm the mother of two little girls, the wife of an amazing husband who'd rather play the guitar than anything else and I love to write. I spend my weekends watching my daughters ride horses and play soccer. I blog daily and my greatest wish is to see women healed...

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  1. This is just what I needed to motivate me to make the actual list! Yea! The support of others is a great comfort. In it together. The reaching out thing is top on my list this summer for “want to’s” – especially in the depresssed little corner of the world our family lives. Thanks for the motivation!

  2. I’m still working on overcoming the feeling that I have little people to take care of and I have to stay on the sidelines. My youngest will be 7 this month. No more excuses!

    Sarah, one of my daughters told me last night that going to a laundromat was on her bucket list. I told her it isn’t as glamorous as she thinks because you just sit there waiting for your laundry. 🙂

    • ahh! yes. You have way more kiddos than I do but I feel childhood slipping past me too (my little is 6 1/2). No more sitting on the sidelines, right =)

      i hope she has fun at the laundromat. Speaking of laundromats, our church participates in Laundry Love. Google it; it would be an amazing thing to start in any city. =)

  3. It’s interesting that you write this- today (june 2) is my last day of being 36- tomorrow I turn 37. Being single, never married, no kids at this point in my life was definitely not where I thought I would be but God has used this season to grow me and stretch me. I decided a few weeks ago to create a 38 before 38 list. It’s a list of 38 things that I want to do before my next birthday one year from now. Some of them are trivial, some of them could have longer lasting impact, some of them will take me out of my comfort zone, some of them will challenge me in other ways. Either way they go they are my year’s “bucket list” and I look forward to crossing them off my list (even the scarier ones) . It will post tomorrow morning (June 3). Thanks for sharing this!

    • oh i love it tami! and i think that “trivial” things work in well with the “big” ones. good luck to you as you work through your list! =)

    • When I turned 38, I didn’t know that it would be that year that I would meet my wonderful now-husband and that 4 years later, I would be expecting my/our first baby. The good ones are not all taken. I don’t know why some people have to wait longer than others. Enjoy your list!

      • Christen,

        It took God 39 (almost 40) years to give me my sweet loving hubby. We have been married 8 years. I believe that God’s timing is perfect–he has some wait till they or the mate He has chosen for them are mature and ready for married life.

        Enjoy your list!

    • I would like to see your buc ket list maybe you would inspire me.


  4. This is such a good thing!
    It’s inspiring me to get out on paper, and then hopefully do, things I’ve been wanting to do around here for 4 years! Thank you.
    My current struggle is with overcoming fear about signing up to go see our Compassion child! Price, and getting permission.

    • oh! i will be praying today that you can do that! what a joy that is. We were able to visit one of ours in February. Such a life changing experience. =)

  5. I enjoy reading all of the comments on all of the posts. Thnk you to all who comment.

  6. Sarah,

    I have been so blessed by you since finding your blog a couple of weeks ago. Your words speak to my heart and really help me to dig up the stuff that is not of Him and work to replace it with His Truth. Thank you for sharing your journey. You are helping this sister in her walk with the Lord. 🙂 I appreciate you!

  7. What a great idea! Thank you, Sarah, for sharing it.
    We’re moving later this summer, but I/we really need to take time out for fun.
    1. Writing “go to a Dodger’s game” on my list. Not so much into baseball on TV, however, it’s much more fun with so much to watch at a real game!
    2. Think I’ll go to the local swimming hole and actually get in the water, too…
    3. Working to help a family get furniture. They have nothing but mattresses since their move this week from a travel trailer to a fixer-upper rental house. God’s good, I’ve already found a refrigerator for them!


  8. I love this! What a wonderful thing to do with my boys! I can’t wait to find out what things they will come up with for their summer bucket lists. This was also a reminder for me. In January I wrote twelve things I wanted to do/focus on this year, calling it twelve in twelve. I even posted it on my blog. (Blogging is on the list actually) Well, I haven’t looked at that list for quite some time…so its time to revisit and get going on all those things now that we have made the move from CA to TN! Thanks for your beautiful and inspiring writing.

  9. This is an interesting article and suggestion today. More because our pastor has gone on sabbatical to Scotland and a family vacation (4 mos), all much needed by a wonderful person to all of us at our church.
    Every year he plans a “Celebration Sunday” and presents to us in some incredibly creative and wonderful way which we, his worship committee, try to help him with setting up. It’s been fun!
    This year, in his absence we have planned our Celebration Sunday to be about sabbatical and choosing what we will do for ourselves to renew ourselves as he is, so we will all have stories to share about our own sabbaticals when he returns in September. Tomorrow we choose to set goals for our mind, body, emotions, spirit in areas of family or quiet or nature or health, all which of course overlap in many ways…
    I think summer is a wonderful time to have posted your article and encourage these kinds of reflections after what may have been stressful work/school/flu seasons for many people. And for us to remember that when we don’t nourish our own spirits we may not be good for ourselves or for anyone else.
    God bless you fellow readers (and you wonderful bloggers whom we look for for some inspiration and motivation) this summer as you set your goals and remember yourselves in the package of your family life!

  10. When my girls were young, their favorite thing we did every summer, and they always remind me, was Christmas in July, we always planned a fun craft, a group of friends to do it with, and it was usually an ornament, or some kind of Christmas decor that we had a lot of fun making, then putting away and anticipating bringing out again at Christmas. A Christmas treat was always part of the fun, too.

    It was a fun way to try a new Christmas recipe and Christmas craft idea, and turned out to be a great memory builder.

  11. Not sure what my bucket list will look like. One thing I intend on doing is running my first 5K race. It will also includ getting into weightlifting and working out more than I do now. Interesting concept of a summer bucket list.

  12. Love all the summer bucketlist ideas. Our daughter is going to be a senior in college this year and is a music education major…one of the things she wants to do this summer (and I want to tag along) is to go to one of the local retirement centers and just play the piano (her instrument of choice) and play songs that the older ones would recognize, whether secular or Christian. She has a heart for helping people through music, and even has done some research that music hits a part of the brain that allows old people who even have alzheimers to connect with their youth, even when they don’t remember anything else…I am so excited to see what this will bring…to see what kind of relationships God will make through this one act. I can’t wait to go and watch and pray on the sidelines!!!

    • Oh you just wait!! Yay!! It’s gonna be incredible for you I assure you. I went with my son and was on the sidelines as he did his weekly piano playing at our local children’s hospital. I cannot wait for you to see how people react. It’s miraculous on so many different levels and I bet you’ll have proud, loving tears for your daughter as well. 🙂

  13. I love this post! I am a grandmother who cares for a 7 and 12 year old because their single mom works this summer full time.. So I need a Bucket list and lots of ‘free’ things to do too. Thank you for the encouragement…..Praying for men mentors for my 7 year old grandson. My granddaugher had people in her life….

    Thank you!!!

  14. Oh, it would definitely be to host a gathering around a meal. Always had lots of plans, but always hold back because of silly “what ifs”.

    Must speak with hubby about this and make plans, since he is the griller. 🙂

    I love the idea of your mom summer bucket list!

  15. I love this! My daughter and I started making our own summer bucket list, and when I told my husband, He asked if I was dying! love it! Can’t wait to get started!

  16. We do this!
    We have a large length of buther paper hanging from the back of our living room door. It’s curled a little like a scroll. We have places we want to camp, restaurants to try, museums, boat tours in the city, recipes we want to try (our 14 year old likes to cook), etc.

    Then, I have a bucket list for just my husband and me. Schedules of upcoming plays, quiet dinner suggestions, etc.

    We are making good use of our lists 🙂

    I really like having ideas