25,000 Days.


Today she would have been 70 years old. My sweet Mom passed away when she was 69. She spent roughly 25,000 days on this earth. Mind boggling really. A lifetime summed up in the words “25,000 days”. How on earth does one capture the impact of a life of love poured out?

Images whir through my mind like wind through a pinwheel.

  • Dresses hand sown for a little girls Christmas Eve.
  • Birthday gifts wrapped with care.
  • Laundry pressed and clean for wear.
  • Warm cookies waiting after school.
  • Laughing side by side as we worked in the garden.
  • Cooking in the kitchen together while stories were told.
  • Blueberry muffins shared on home visits from college.
  • Wise counsel during early years of marriage.
  • Grandma giggles while babies were held.
  • Hand sown items more precious because they were done under the strain of poor sight.
  • Meals together when pain was masked out of love for others present.

“25,000 days.”

It is tempting to disregard the number of our days when it is utterly ineffective at capturing the meaningfulness of our days. And yet…math tempts me. If I live to be 70 I have 6,426 days left here on earth.

That is sobering.

Friends, you know I tend to travel on the lighter side of life. I consider myself a fairly upbeat kind of girl. But I’ll say it again.

That is sobering.

My mother always told me to “look ahead”. She would advise (oh, so gently) on the merits of carefully thinking through choices.  She would encourage my sis and I to consider what may lie down the road.  Truly, she was a DoAhead Woman. 

Can you guess what she’s telling me right now?

Enjoy life!

She whispers, “Love God…Love others….Love yourself…Love life…Because,

It will go. by. fast.

DoAheads, I realize none of us knows how many days we’ve been given, but I’m certain there’s wisdom in not taking it for granted. So——- as much as I love chatting with you I’m calling it a day! I’m leaving this keyboard and spending this 6,426th day snuggling with my hunny and connecting with my kids.

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 

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Your DoAhead Friend,


  1. Judie Fauth says:

    Your Mom was with me on Monday as we laid our daughter’s husband to rest…God called him home at age 44. Jay and Wendy live in Toledo, Ohio. Two children lost their beloved Dad…one is 14 and one is 10. We are here for a couple of weeks until they can establish a new routine.
    We truly need to count our days as we never know when God will say come home..

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