Random Dreams

In keeping with the random Saturday tradition, today I’ m going to let

myself dream. Feel free to come along for the ride.


I could start off my random with a rant of sorts…how I dream that maybe the residents of this house could be in GOOD moods today, but that does not seem like a possibility.

Maybe it’s the wea

ther? All I know is that we all woke up cranky. I tried to make it better, but nothing really helped.┬áThankfully we don’t have to see any one

today. (And thankfully, the girl is down for her second…and hopefully long…nap of the day.)

End of the Day Edit: Maelie took an incredible afternoon nap, and when she woke up, we were all happier.

Definitely a much better ending to the day…Hallelujah! ­čśÇ

So I’m a dreamer, as those of you who know me well are aware.

I’ve had some run-ins with people who aren’t dreamers…and are more dream-squashers. While I don’t necessarily dis like people

like that, sometimes they bug me.

I told my husband the other day, I’d rather dream and get my heart broken than never dream at all.

I think that’s pretty profound, though I am rarely that.

So, I bring you some of my latest and biggest dreams. (Yeah, I know they won’t all happen, but a girl can dream, right?)

First off, I’ve always wanted to see Europe. Really, see it. Some of the places on my list besides the standard London and Paris? Istanbul, Athens, and Budapest. (I love history.) Some of you know that we have actually been to Europe… for three days.

On our way home from South Africa in 2004, we took a short stopover there because our flight was insanely cheaper if we stopped for a few days.

(And spent the money we saved seeing

the best of Amsterdam. And…ahem…eating our way through it!) Yeah, I want to see Europe.

But beyond travel…’cause, really, we all want to see the world, right?

I dream of writing/publishing a book. I love the blog and will keep it going probably until I die, but I really dream of seeing that cover with my name on it. I actually wrote a book several years ago, but after living overseas and realizing how far off my perspective actually was, I have never done anything with it. No, you may not see it. (Cause I know you’re thinkin’ about asking!) I’m not even sure what I’d write about. Any thoughts?

Another thing I’d like to do

? Completely redecorate my house (once I own it…yeah, still waiting). Included in that redecorating? Knocking out a wall that divides our two “living rooms”, completely making over our bedroom, and doing one room completely Indonesian. (I actually have some fun ideas for that one…again, I just need to own the house.)

One of my biggest professional dreams is to blog a Compassion trip. Every year Compassion sponsors several trips, and they take bloggers with them. Oh, how much I would love that. I have no doubt that it would completely break my heart in half to experience some of the heartaches that come with a trip like that, but I also think it would change my life.

That’s one of those dreams that I keep locked away in a corner of my heart, hoping that someday it might happen. (I guess it’s not locked up anymore since you all know about it now! ;))

Another dream I have that’s a little less tangible…to live fully for Christ. That’s a hard one. I think as a Christian, I struggle in giving it all…there are always things I want to keep back for myself, those little things that, if released, would give me so much freedom. But it takes strength…and I’m weak. I sometimes wonder what that life would look like…and realize that dream isn’t so far out of reach.

It just takes Mel letting go a little. Working on that. :)

Just a few things I’d love to see happen.

What about you?

What do you dream of?



  1. Love this!!!

    Istanbul? Athens? Budapest? Yes ma’am!

    Sometimes “dream squashers” like to call themselves realistic…..I call them annoying. And negative too!

    Write a book about Indonesia, or being a mommy and all that you went through to get their. Write about all that you’ve learned from following Christ. You know that famous saying, “All I ever needed to know I learned in kindergarten”? Well, your book could be titled, “All I ever needed to know I learned in Christ”…..and speaking of books and this dream of yours and your comment to me a few days back….I would LOVE to write a book! I’ve talked about it for years. It’s just not my life or my timing, so I do what I do until He tells me otherwise.

    Knocking out that wall sounds like a fantastical idea!!! When both our kids were finally gone, the bedroom downstairs (we have a tri-level house, so downstairs is like garden level) was empty and not being used. Its one wall was on the other side of our family room and I told my husband in typical me fashion, “I want to knock a big whole in that wall and put in french doors.” So, we did! I love, love, LOVE doing crazy stuff like that! And I hope I get to read and see pics of all you get to do. Once you’re not waiting anymore.

    I’ve never heard of those compassion trips before. I’m not sure my heart could handle it. Obviously if it was something I felt the Lord telling me to do, He would give me the strength. I can’t watch anyone cry and not cry along with them. I was watching a program on CNN last night on the tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri, one lady in Alabama is living in a tent, for a month now. She’s still in shock and as I sat in the comfort of my own home with all my “posessions” around me, I felt shock right along with her. And I told my husband, “I’ve never had a bad day in my life!” In comparison to what these people are facing, I’ve had it easy!

    Living for Christ, I would presume is a lifelong pursuit. God sees you Mel as complete in Christ, until the day of His return we will all be on that pursuit in one way or another. I think I’d like to trust a little more. I’m always waiting for the other “shoe” to drop. Somewhat expecting Him to let me down because I wasn’t what I should have been. Oh and I dream of getting over myself too!

    This was similar to a bucket list post….still loving that idea, but really enjoyed this!

    Oh and your poop story from earlier in the week. Made me laugh!

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

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