Are you a dreamer?
Our someday dream home... a craftsman style home in the country, away from the noise and chaos of city life.
My dream homeschool... a place where the children LOVE to learn and are pursuing their passions while learning incredible things about our world.
That moment I figure out how to become Stepford...when my home is perfect and I accomplish everything I want to every single day while looking an awful lot like someone who isn't me.
It isn't real, but I tend to stay focused on those things and they offer me hope. Maybe I will never accomplish the things I hope to, but I sure will enjoy the journey.
Dreaming offers us a chance to imagine the impossible, then reach for it.
I didn't realize how important having time to dream was until I started talking about it with our children. I love hearing their plans for the future. I know that they may not end up doing the things we talk about, but until they have to face that, I am going to do my very best to encourage them to pursue their dreams, to embrace their passions, and to never loose hope.
My Josh is an avid reader. I may be wrong, but it seems that people who read a lot have much more vivid imaginations. Readers have to picture the lives of the characters in their books in such detail that they know them well. Having to create such imagery in their minds must make them more imaginative. Doesn't that make sense? Is imagination a mental muscle that has to be flexed?
Anywho... He is a young man who has a passion for science. I caught him a few years ago having a lengthy discussion with a little boy on our front porch about creationism. He explained both the viewpoints of creationists and evolutionists, then described the scientific evidences for both cases. It was truly impressive. He would love to become a paleontologist. He thinks there needs to be a greater stance for creationism in professional science. He knows there will be a lot of hurdles to accomplish this dream because it is so counterculture, but he is doing everything he can to learn about the sciences so that one day, he can confidently pursue that passion.
My Matthew has wanted to be a police officer as long as I can remember. He is the boy who clapped when President Bush came on television, who watched c-span, and who has always been quietly determined to do whatever he wants. He is the kind of serious kid who will do what he sets out to do. He even spent time doing research on what he would have to do before police academy, so that he would have the requirements filled before he finishes high school. He is 10. This boy dreams of dressing in blue and serving and protecting. I stand behind him 1000%.
Nathan is a wild card. He has no idea what he wants to be. He isn't sure what he loves to do. He is quite content just being a little boy. I am going to have to work hard to convince him that he can not just be a cute little boy for the rest of his life. He is a sweetheart, and I am sure he will be able to charm his way into whatever he dreams of. He does love math. I have thought about doing some activities with him to see if he would like engineering. I can totally see him finding a lot of success there. I guess his dream is to live each moment to the fullest.... and to beat his high score on the video games against the older boys. Priorities
Anah is totally a dreamer. She is my left-handed, super creative, totally blonde, only girl. Sometimes, I have no idea what to do with her. Her over-analyzing, uptight, tomboy mom is a little clueless. The great thing is, she loves to just lay outside with me, watching the clouds and talking about the future. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these moments. Anah wants to go to college to become an artist and teacher, get married to a handsome soldier, have 3 girls and 1 boy, and happily paint with her children for the rest of her life. She wants to own horses, and learn how to do equine vetrinary stuff. She absolutely loves horses. She didn't know she had such an inclination until she did a horse badge at girl scout camp. I completely believe horses and little girls belong together.
Their dreams are so different. I love seeing their plans and their hopes evolve. Everyone should spend time dreaming. We just need to remember that they are just dreams... We need to spend time enjoying our reality as well.
If we live in a state of contentment, our dreams never seem too far away.
Blessings to you dear dreamer,
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