My Fierce Hope Bucket List

I’ve had a handful of folks ask me about my bucket list. I approached the entire bucket list idea with some trepidation. These lists often seem a bit selfish and self-centered to me. Often these lists can just become a mad grab at the world’s hollow experiences, and I didn’t want to do that.

However, the more I considered my own list in the face of this terminal cancer diagnosis, the more I understood that it could be used to give me something to focus on and force me to get healthier and out of the house to create a few more important memories.

If anyone has any contacts or interest in helping me achieve any of these things feel free to e-mail me at jim@fiercehope.com

Bucket List #1: Get healthy enough to play with the kids outside more. Right now my stomach pain and cramping is making just walking hard for me, but my hope is if doctors can get these side effects under control, I’d love to teach our girls to ride a bike and throw/ hit a baseball before I’m too sick to do so. This one is really on the doctors and what they can do.

Bucket List #2: Finish my book. I’ve been working on a book project that is a showcase of my photography, poetry, and inspirational advice for my girls. I do a little work on it every day but I need to finish it. This one is on me.

Bucket List #3: Be healthy enough to see Madelyn perform in “A Christmas Carol.” We have our tickets, but I’ve had to miss so many events with terrible stomach issues that I just pray that I get to see her in this. I am so proud of her and so grateful to Laura Martin for helping us make this happen for her. I just have to be healthy enough to make it to opening night. I will. (Just an update, I made it to this show and I was Ok. Madelyn was amazing!)

Bucket List #4: I’d like to see Europe before I die, possibly a train excursion from London-Paris-Berlin-Rome. I was a world history major in college and I still burn with curiosity about the places I’ve studied. Our amazing Disney trip with the kids was incredible, but not much of a “vacation” for my wife, with three little ones she was mostly in “mommy mode” caring for them. I think a romantic getaway to Europe (no kids) would be bucket list worthy. We’d renew our vows in Paris. I’m thinking this would require someone who has a friend at a travel agency to get it all set up, since its a bit complex, but if readers have any European travel tips or advice on off-season (February-Marh 2015) travel packages please e-mail me at jim@fiercehope.com

Bucket List #5: Eat at a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. It may sound crazy since I’m such a steak junky, but I’ve never had a steak at this place. We don’t have any near us but it stays on the list till I get it! (a special note on this one, I’ve been offered tons of help making this happen so this one can come off the list now, no help needed, lol)

Bucket List #6: Take my girls to Broadway. I’d love to take our kids to NYC over a weekend to see a Broadway show and stay in a nice place in Times Square for a few days to give the girls that real New York experience. They’d love to see Cinderella.  We are a family of theatre lovers so it would be great.

Bucket List #7: If I can survive until this summer, I want to take our girls camping. My wife, Amy hates “roughing it,” but I think if just daddy took the kids camping overnight (even in the state park near our home) it would be something they’d never forget. I just need to stick around till summer. Don’t get me wrong however, mommy would be welcome in the woods if she wants to come LOL.

Thats all of them for now, but I’m sure more things will creep onto that list as I grasp at straws to gleen all that I can out of life. Thanks for reading.

With Fierce Hope,


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4 Thoughts on “Crafting My Bucket List

  1. Joan Fitzgerald on December 2, 2014 at 1:11 pm said:

    We are storming heaven for you here in Fort Myers! I know that your Aunt Judy will intercede for that Broadway trip! Peace!

  2. Larry aw on December 2, 2014 at 7:56 pm said:

    God Love you Jim. I hope your able to fulfill everything on your list.
    In our prayers Always
    Larry & Michelle

  3. JUDY Testa on December 2, 2014 at 11:47 pm said:

    praying for you. I am a survivor of ovarian cancer. I am 17 months free. I taught with Jen at NP. You are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

  4. Tim Hutton on December 4, 2014 at 10:40 pm said:

    I have never met you or your girls. I’ve known Amy since our Camp Nawakwa days. You inspire me with your never give up attitude. I continue to pray for you and your family.
    -Tim Hutton

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