Summer 2018 Bucket List (B-)
In my previous life (pre-kids), I was strictly an A student. I was one of those annoying people who loved school and did very well in school. (Maybe that’s why I became a teacher.) Don’t worry, though, I was NOT one of those REALLY annoying people who got As without trying (although I wanted to be one of them).
Well, here I am in my crazy, wonderful current life (post-kids), and I’m not quite an A student anymore, but I’m still going to celebrate our 8 out of 10 (80%, B-) on our Summer Bucket List. We might not have checked everything off, but we had fun, and this was definitely a summer to remember.
Looking back, maybe a Summer Bucket List was a little lofty after 23 days in India and 6 weeks spent at home “cocooning” with our newly adopted son, but man - it was a great summer nonetheless.
Summer of 2018 was the summer that we finally became a family of 5. This summer we had three beautiful children along for the ride.
Judah Mahesh experienced so many firsts this summer, even if they weren’t on our Summer Bucket List. It was his first summer with a home, a forever family, new foods to experience, new people to meet, and new places to go. He became a Mackey and a US Citizen this summer. We were able to experience so many firsts with our boy this summer, which we will cherish forever. We were able to see him take his first steps, learn to say a few words in English, and watch his eyes light up at all the new sights and sounds....and tastes!
Hattie Rae officially became a big sister this summer, and, while it took her a little bit to warm up to her little brother, she is such a sweet and caring sister. I’ll never forget hearing her cry when the girls and I went out for the day because, “I miss my baby brother!” We weren’t sure how long that attachment would take on her side, but now she’s always looking out for him and loves to give him hugs (and squish his cheeks).
Eliza Mae became a mom this summer- or so she thought. She claimed her baby brother as her own and made sure he never wanted for anything. She also tried to make sure he never left her side by tempting him with food and toys....and barricading him in, of course. She’s always been so proud to talk about her brother - even when he was just a dream and a prayer request. I believe that him coming home will be one of the biggest catalysts in her faith. She often says, “We prayed and prayed and prayed and then Jesus brought him home to us.” Amen. It has been nothing short of miraculous, and she has loved every single minute of it - except when he steals her princesses.
So, we kept things pretty simple this summer and were able to check most of it off our list. We went to a few pools, we went to a few splash parks, we went to the zoo a couple of times, we ate a few snow cones and some ice cream, we made it to the farm (Deanna Rose) and to Kaleidoscope, and we watched fireworks on the 4th of July. The rest of it can just roll over to the fall or to next summer because life is more than checklists....even though my Type A personality sometimes disagrees with me about that one.
It was a summer of love, growth, change and answered prayers. It was a summer of learning to be a party of 5. It was the summer we finally checked “adoption” off of our LIFE Bucket List (for the first time, at least), and our son is more than we ever hoped or dreamed. (His sisters are pretty great too!) We may have gotten a B- on our Summer Bucket List, but it was definitely an A+ summer.