I want to see a moose

IT’S BEEN A THRILL RIDEGreat wall of china

Before I was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis I rarely used the words “bucket list.” If you had asked what was on my bucket list I would have mentioned pedaling the Katy Trail 237 miles across the state of Missouri with my biking buddies or exploring Tuscany with my husband. Having a bucket list was never a priority for me, maybe because I’ve already been blessed to experience some awesome adventures. I have walked on the Great Wall of China (three times actually). I have ridden a gondola through the canals of Venice. I stubbed my toe and bled on the ruins of the original Olympic Games in Greece. My name is on a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame -not really, just making sure you were still paying attention.

Luke 12:30  “These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs.”  NLT


There are many things I can no longer do, like walk through the mall. Now there are more memorable moments in my life. My biking buddies and I visited the Katy Trail in November 2014 and we had a blast as they pushed me across the crushed limestone in
a wheelchair. Despite my limitations,  I don’t miss many events. I am slow and have to sit, but I usually go anyway. Breakfast or lunch with friends is now one of my favorite activities. What I consider important in life has changed somewhat. So for the first time, I am writing out my official bucket list.

Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  KJV


  1. Appreciate spending time with my husband.  He worked the night shift to support me while I attended medical school. Then we had babies and raised them. We both worked and established our careers. Now, it is time to enjoy each other’s company.
  2. Spend more time with my parents.  They are not getting younger and they are so much fun. Before I got sick, I allowed several weeks to go by without seeing them and sometimes days without even talking to them. Now, we make a conscious effort to plan an outing once a week.
  3. Develop friendships. When I was working, my social life consisted of Bunko once a month, occasional football games and rarely, dinner on Saturday night. Now I am able to cultivate friendships with many different people.
  4. Give away more. I want to give away more money, more time, more self. I’m convinced it pays off in the end.
  5. Encourage others. This is my calling in life and always has been. The venue has just changed.
  6. Remission.  There I said it.  I want this disease to go into remission. If it does not, it will not affect much on this list.
  7. Witness my friend on the other side of the planet coming to know Jesus. I’ve prayed for this spunky lady for ten years. You are welcome to join me.
  8. Write.  I am working on several projects. The process is more intense than I ever realized, but it is truly enjoyable and keeps me occupied. Publishing a book would be a great accomplishment to cross off the list.
  9. Dance at my children’s weddings. Although I am not making any announcements, this is
    dancea big one. By no means am I a good dancer, I just want to be able to physically dance on each of my kid’s big day.  You know, like they do in the movies.
  10. Oh yeah, and I want to see a moose. This has eluded me for a long time. I have visited several moose hang outs:  Alaska, Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, Colorado and Montana. I have never spotted a single moose. I am convinced they evacuate when they know I am coming.My dad and I were in Yellowstone National Park in September 2014. My mother, who is finally learning to text, sent me a message that read, “Hope you see a mouse.” We looked all over Yellowstone and never saw a mouse. Didn’t see a moose either. Oh well, maybe someday.Moose


I am sure I have omitted some very important items. You are certainly invited to add to my bucket list, or your own, in the comments below.

  I Corinthians 9:24, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.”  NIV

31 thoughts on “I want to see a moose

  1. I love reading these so much. Your writing brings out every emotion I have. I laugh, I cry, but beyond the emotions you are the most uplifting and inspiring woman I know.

  2. I have been working on my bucket as well. Though I’ve been told that having an ilieostmy won’t kill me I remain concerned because I ended up on disability and had to quit my profession in mental health starting in 2010. Low energy and chronic pain. What I do now is focus on my musical dreams that were on the back burner during my years of working. I study guitar, teach guitar, I perform my favorite folk songs and hope soon to work a little as session player in a local recording studio. All of this doesn’t take all my time. The ability to do these things remains limited by energy and pain issues. I like reading your blog because it often is about or related to my life. My blog is silverbeardark though I haven’t done much with it. Reading yours reminds me that I do have things to share as well. Thank you for sharing with me.

  3. Vickie, I’m enjoying your blog. When I think of you that pretty, smiling, little, loud Cheerleader pops into my mind. We are dealing with MG also. Paul was diagnosed at 80 not young like you. “You are a
    Writer” you will be publishing that book that’s on your Bucket List. May God’s Love and Peace be with you.

      1. I love reading your posts! I think I need to put more thought into my bucket list! It’s the simple things in life that should always remain on our bucket list! Spending time with family and friends! Reading your posts is very encouraging and makes me think alot about my life and my walk with the Lord! Thank you for sharing!!

  4. Always enjoy your uplifting post. I am so glad you decided to do a blog because it is encouraging for all who read it. Hope you see the moose soon. I need to work on a bucket list. Most of my time is being a Granna which I love. Grandchildren are definrtly a blessing fom God. Children are but grandchildren are different.

  5. I have just started following recently. Your writings/”thoughts” are such an encouragement. You are an inspiration and reminder that God uses ALL things together for good to them that love Him and are called according to His purpose. This isn’t an easy “purpose” He has called you to, yet your walk by faith and not by sight is the epitome of how we all should live these vaporous lives. Thank you for that!

  6. hey I was shocked to find out this was going on with you!
    I think of you often and miss seeing you!
    Kaylee is 2 now and Jaycee 8
    Thanks so much for helping me bring the best things into this world that’s ever happened to me!!!
    God Bless you and I’m praying for remission!!

  7. Vickie, again…thank you for your stories, struggles and encouragement for those who are going thru MG (my mom) or those who are giving care (me). I would LOVE to have a book/perpetual daily devotional to hand to my mom so she could be encouraged during this “new” normal time in her life.

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