Category: 28 by 28

28 by 28 update: pray outside an abortion clinic

March 9.

I know this review post is coming in late, but I think I needed time to think about how it went.

40 Days for Life

First of all, when I made my 28 by 28 list, I checked in with 40 Days for Life. They do awesome work with the prayer vigils, and I thought it was a good place to start.
Originally, I intended to go to Latin Mass (also on my list) before showing up for the prayer vigil, but I realized I wouldn’t make it there in time.
So I went to the Saturday vigil Mass and then showed up at 9 on Sunday morning for the prayers.
I was expecting people to be there for the hour before mine. Nope. No one was there.
And no one showed up afterwards to take over, either.
So I was there, by myself, outside this clinic. Which was closed, of course. I guess business is too slow on a Sunday morning, even for them.
On the window was a sign “40 Days of Prayer for Choice.”
That just makes me angry and sad at the same time. The sign was sun-bleached and… I don’t even know what it was.
Wait, yes I do. It was stupid.
Read this post at Patheos about the whole idea.
I should also add that it was freezing. We’ve had this abnormal cold winter here in Wisconsin, and it was early. I think it was cloudy, so I didn’t even get a lot of sunshine.
I thought that was just though. I was in a sad, sad place.
Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee.
So I prayed. First a Rosary. Then a Divine Mercy Chaplet. Then another Chaplet. Then a Rosary, and I dedicated a single ‘Hail Mary’ to each of the women in my life. That was actually really beautiful. I should do that more often (think of people when I pray!).
Only a few people walked by me, and no one said anything to me. It was clear, I think, what I was doing, but who knows?
Some people don’t know… which is so hard to me to think about because it’s a huge part of my life. I think about “the cause” probably every day.
But some people aren’t “political” or into current events. I find that more and more often now. It’s sad. I mean, you’re not into current events? You don’t watch, read or listen to any sort of news source?

I would like to say that I walked away from the clinic after a hour a more thoughtful and prayerful person.

I don’t think that really happened. I was happy to get into my car and turn on the heat. Happy to get away from what is not the greatest neighborhood in Milwaukee.

Even though I know prayers aren’t ever wasted… I feel like I didn’t help anyone. Yet, I guess I’ll never really know if my prayers helped anyone.
I feel like my donations to Pro Life Wisconsin are better served… or if there were a group of us there, during business hours of the clinic…
I don’t know.
All I know is that I did it. It’s checked off my list. And I’m glad I did it. But next time, I’ll do it differently.
That’s for the next list.
During the past month, already, I’ve had this secondary bucket list building… by the time my birthday rolls around, I won’t have to think very hard about my 29 by 29 list.
So far, off the top of my head, I know I need to put these on the list:
1. go skiing
2. pray with a group outside an abortion clinic
3. attend a whole Brewers-Cubs series at Miller Park (that’s only 3 games, shouldn’t be a big deal, right?)
I think I have more written down somewhere…. you know how those list goes.
All the best.
Hope you’re working on your goals and dreams, too.

28 by 28: See the eagles fly


Oh, hey. We’re just three BALD EAGLES chilling in these trees over here. Don’t mind us.

28 by 28: See the eagles fly

Mission accomplished.

Check one off of my list. Yesssss.

If you’re not following, don’t worry. I’ll become comprehensible in a minute.

In the meantime, here’s some more eagles.


This is a little blurry… because the further you zoom, the more each shake is seen in the photo.


Alright, now to make sense of all this.

Earlier, I published my 28 by 28 list, the 28 things I want to accomplish before I turn 28 in February 2015.

The list isn’t really in any order… but seeing the eagles fly was the first thing I thought of when I wrote down the list.


I had already scheduled and booked the hotel room for the weekend in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, where they hold their annual Eagle Appreciation Day in late February.

I got there late Friday night, and barely found my hotel. I get no data service in Driftless Wisconsin, so I had to rely on smoke signals and whatever people used before GPS existed. It was a crazy three minutes in my car.

I woke up early Saturday morning, the day of the event, ready to get started. I drove into the city and immediately saw those first three birds.

They congregate on rivers and open water because they LOVE fish. (But also rabbits as I found out later.)

So I parked my car and walked back to the bridge where I first saw the eagles and took some photos.

The sky was clear, the weather was brisk, cold, freezing, but it was beautiful. And it was quiet. I was expecting a lot more people around for the event. Maybe the weather kept them away. I don’t know.

Murphys Law

It was just peaceful to be there. (I just liked the look of this bar… I didn’t go inside. It was 8 o’clock. The rest of the downtown is also gorgeous.)

Yes, I was alone. But not lonely. I had a really good time. I drove around for a while, spotted a few more eagles perched on trees, then went to a few of the speakers the city had scheduled.


One of the speakers had a little tiny screech owl and some type of desert hawk.

The next speaker had a full grown bald eagle, and she fed him a hunk of rabbit while she talked to us.

It was so cool.


After all that, I went over to Iowa.

Can you believe I’ve never been? Iowa is even more quiet and peaceful than Prairie du Chien was. I don’t know if it’s the frozen river or what keeps it so beautiful, but I loved it there.

I went to the Effigy National Monument… couldn’t tour because of the snow, but I will go back (it’s on a secondary bucket list) in the summer.

Then I went to Pike’s Peak state park. That’s where that tree was.

In Marquette, Iowa, there’s a stop over or something for the Canadian Pacific Railroad, and that was too cool to see.

I’m not fascinated by trains at all, but it was still interesting. I think I was just in the right place at the right time… at the right height.


There are tons of scenic overlooks in the area. I guess people like to stop and look at the Mississippi River from up height.

Even frozen, it was beautiful.

DSCF3019When I got to work this morning, I had an email about my bucket list story… a company offering me zip lining for free. Awesome!

On to more adventures!

God bless!

28 by 28 update (already!)

Yikes, an update already.

That sounds bad, right?
In fact, it’s good.

Because of snow (surprise! It’s Wisconsin!), two of my meetings were canceled… meaning, two less stories.
So on deadline, my editor asked if I had any column ideas…

Sure, my 28 by 28 list. He said, “What?”
And that’s how my list ended up in the newspaper for all to read.
(Because it wasn’t already out there for all to read on the Internet? Right…)

Here’s a photo… look that’s me!


bucket list


Everything is awesome.

It’s even in the real paper, see?

bucket list paperPeace.

God bless.


28 by 28

I usually start these posts by apologizing for not posting in so long. It’s been over a month.

Not today.
I went to Mass and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration this morning.
It was beautiful and peaceful and I can’t believe I’ve been away from daily Mass for so long. What was I thinking?
I started day dreaming, or un-focusing, or thinking about things other than God, and I just quietly centered myself again. I had to keep pulling myself back.
But what a great exercise in self-control. I hope to go every morning I am able.
It’s at 7 a.m., but I live in town now and can thus make it to work at 8 a.m., which is nice to get an hour of work done before everyone else comes to the office.
Why I live in town now is complicated, and I want to get into it in another future post.
But for now, I just want to share my birthday news.
I turned 27 on Feb. 8. This isn’t news. My birthday happens every year.
The greatest gift I ever got for my birthday was life. Second best gift was my name.
This year, I wanted to create a 28 before I turn 28 list.
I want to do 28 crazy, fun, interesting, awesome, adventurous and outrageous things before I turn 28.
Also, some things that I’ve just wanted to always do and haven’t. So I’m going to do them. They probably aren’t all that zany and crazy at all!
Here is the list. They aren’t in any order other than the order I thought them up in.
  1. See the eagles fly
  2. Go zip lining
  3. Go stand up paddle boarding
  4. 10K run
  5. Washington, D.C./March for Life
  6. Carmelite retreat
  7. Catholic Youth Expeditions retreat
  8. 10 Latin Masses
  9. See an opera
  10. See a play
  11. Go camping
  12. Go fishing
  13. Attend a leadership seminar or conference
  14. Attend a Catholic women’s event
  15. Take a dance class
  16. Learn how to bake artisan breads
  17. Ride in a hot air balloon
  18. Go ice boating
  19. Sew a dress, sew a skirt that I actually wear
  20. Refurbish the chair and foot stool
  21. Finish the knit circle rug (completely!)
  22. Knit mittens
  23. Pray outside an abortion clinic
  24. Fast for 24 hours
  25. Visit the Apostle Islands
  26. Visit Washington Island
  27. Learn some basic auto maintenance – replace my own oil!
  28. Volunteer at a food pantry or soup kitchen
Here’s to the list (I raise my glass), to goals, to challenges, to a new year, a fresh start, a celebration of life.
I already have some of these things planned, so I can’t wait to tell you about them!
I reserve the right to add things to this list that I think are worthy.
I also reserve the right to not feel guilty if I don’t finish everything on the list! I reserve the right to forgive myself.
Jesus forgives me. I think I can forgive myself.
God bless!
In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence.
Proverbs 14:26