Big Dreams & Crying Over a Picture Book

Untitled design (19)I believe in big dreams. I believe God gives us these big dreams for a reason. I also believe that no one has the right to tell you that your dreams are too big. No one. Not even yourself.

Our family dreams. We encourage our children to dream. Then we make solid plans and create steps to make those dreams become reality. A little while ago, I wrote about a time when my oldest daughter was told her dream was just a wish that would not come true. (You can read it here.) Her big, bold, beautiful dream. But her dream wasn’t crushed. My strong girl stood up for her dream and said it was a reality that was coming true! (A side note to you mommas: You’re kiddos are listening, so keep pouring God’s truth into them!!!) I was so proud of her boldness, and conviction and unwavering faith.

Fast forward to my weekend at RISE in Los Angeles. Day one we talked about our past. Day two we talked about our future. Our bold dreams. Steps on how to get there and to keep growing and how to not give up on your dreams. How to actually achieve a goal. And then Rachel Hollis sat in a chair, and pulled out a children’s book she reads to her children.

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And. I. Lost. It.

I was crying on page one of this book, because all I could think of was my beautiful children and their beautiful dreams, and the people who tell them their dreams are not possible. The story was about Rosie Revere, but could have just as easily been about my children.

Rosie 2Rosie Revere was an engineer who had big dreams and loved to turn trash into treasure. She was always creating and inventing, but she kept her creations hidden. She kept them hidden, because at one point in her creative life, she was laughed at. Her invention, her dream was laughed at.

 

“I love it,” Fred hooted. “Oh, I truly I do.”But Rosie Revere know that could not be ture. She stuck the cheese hat on the back of her shelf and after that day kept her dreams to herself.

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She stopped making inventions until on day, her Great-Great-Aunt Rose came to visit. Great-Great-Aunt-Rose had big dreams herself and shared them with Rosie. Her biggest dream that she hadn’t accomplished in her life was to fly.

Rosie couldn’t sleep that night because she wanted to help her aunt fly. She was an engineer and she was going to figure it out. She worked very hard, not knowing if her invention would work. The next morning she got into her bold invention to give it a try, but sadly it crashed to the ground.

Then Rosie heard that familiar laugher. The one that made her put her dreams away. Once again, Rosie told herself that she would never be a great engineer. (Cue more tears!) She turned to see that it was her Great-Great-Aunt Rose, who pulled her into a tight hug and said:

“You did it! Hooray! It’s the perfect first try! This great flop is over. It’s time for the next!”

Young Rosie was baffled, embarrassed, perplexed. “I failed,” said dear Rosie. “It’s just made of trash. Didn’t you see it? The cheese-copter crashed.”

“Yes!” said her great aunt. “It crashed. That is true. But first it did just what it needed to do. Before it crashed, Rosie . . . before that . . . it flew!”

Great-Great-Aunt Rose knew that sometimes our dreams and inventions won’t work the first time. We will face failure and rejection and some days it will feel like you are swimming upstream in a storm. But as Great-Great-Aunt Rose tells Rosie:

“The only true failure can come if you quit.”

Rose Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty and Illustrated by David Roberts is a book you need to get today. Order it from Amazon or pick it up at Target. And read it to you children, no matter how young or how old they are. Tell them that their dreams are important, and real, and beautiful . . . and possible!

God places these bold and beautiful dreams in our souls for a reason. He wants you to live them. Breathe into them. Bring them to life. Then surround yourself with a community, a tribe, that will support you and pray for you and pick you up when you hit a roadbump. Because like Great-Great-Aunt Rose said, “The only true failure can come if you quit.”

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“Rosie Revere Engineer”

by Andrea Beaty and Illustrated by David Roberts

Abrams Books for Young Readers, New York

 

Also be sure to check out these other books:

“Iggy Peck Architect” and “Ada Twist, Scientist”

February Book Love

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I’m digging into lots of new books this month, including three book launches (one on my kindle), and continuing through my 100 day devotional. I’m already creating a list of books for March! You can follow all of the book I am reading at Liz Smith on Goodreads

 

A Midwife in Amish County by Kim Woodward Osterholtzer

I received this advanced reader copy on my Kindle from the publisher and am on the launch team for this book. Kim has been a midwife for over 25 years, and her passion and calling are clear through the reading of her stories. Kim details her own personal struggles and doubts in her calling to be a midwife, and to pass along her knowlege to the next generation. The book is a journey into the Amish life and all of the beauty and struggle that is a part of it. A Midwife in Amish Country will be released on April 30, 2018.

 

100 Days to Brave by Annie F Downs

I am currently on day 44 of this 100 day devotional. I am really enjoying the short but very applicable devotionals and how they fit very well into my Year of Becoming. You can read more about this devotional in January Book Love and about my one word year One Word: Become.

 

Believe Boldly by Erica Willis

I just received this advanced reader copy from the publisher, but have been reading parts dititally. Believe Boldly is all about embracing God’s power through bold prayer. Erica Willis talks about her doubting heart, God’s perfect truth and a spiritual launching pad. She encourages everyone to believe boldly. This book releases on February 20, 2018.

 

Friend of Sinners by Rich Wilkerson Jr.

This book launch just starterd and I recieved this advanced reader copy from the publisher just a few days ago. This book, which releases on March 13, 2018, focuses on the relationships that Jesus created while on earth. People that needed a relationship with Jesus while they were still sinners.

 

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

I am half-way through this book and find it so facinating. Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown digs into what true beloning is and how if we practice true belonging, we are required to be vulnerable, uncomfortable and “learn how to be with people without sacrificing who we are and what we value.” I find this book is so important for the current times we are in. It is challenging and inspiriting to me as a mother, a friend, a leader in the church and a writer. I have not read anything else by Brene Brown, but am adding some of her other books to my reading list.

 

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite fiction authors. Her stories always bring me deep into the characters relationship and awlays leave me wanting for more of the story. The Great Alone is her newist book that was just released on February 6, 2018. This novel takes a family on a journey to Alaska following the Vietnam War which leads to struggle, darkness, human fraility and untimatly resilience. I am very excited to dig into this book and get lost in Alaska.

January Book Love

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“Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be.”

As usual, I am in the middle of several books. Here are my January reads, for now. It’s only January 12th, so you never know what I might add to the list by the end of the month. Plus, I’ve already finished several of these. Here is a little snip-it about each one.

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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

My mom sent me this book for Christmas, and Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite fiction  authors. It is an engaging, riveting, hard and beautiful novel about parental love, friendship, privilege, prejudice, race, the justice system, compassion and loss. It was published in 2016 and is very fitting for the current times we are in.

 

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkaneh

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher and have been helping launch this book. The Wife Between Us is a fast and fun psychological thriller. In similar fashion to Gone Girl, The Wife Between Us has the reader connecting to the characters in the first half of the novel without knowing the twists and turns that suddenly take place at the half-way point. This book had me guessing up until the final twist at the end of the novel. It is also being made into a movie by the same company that did Girl on a Train.

 

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I just started this book today. Goodreads says “Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.” It’s also been turned into an award-winning show on HBO staring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Durn and Shailene Woodley. Sometimes, we just need a fun read!

 

Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker

I just finished re-reading this book last week. I was on the launch team for Of Mess and Moxie and received an advanced reader copy. With her wit and southern Texas charm, Jen Hatmaker reminds women how to find their moxie in the middle of thier mess. It’s a fun, inspirational read filled stories, recipes  and the connectedness that happens between women. I’m hosting a book club for this book later this month and Jen is doing some Facebook live videos for groups to join in. She makes me laugh out loud!

 

Girl, wash your face by Rachel Hollis

I love this book! It has been and continues to be such a blessing to be on the launch team for this. Rachel Hollis is the best friend I’ve never met in person! Girl, wash your face is like a letter from a best friend who see the God-given potential in you, and only wants the best for you. Rachel Hollis’ heart, passion and encouragement ring out pure and true in the pages of her new book. I just wrote a review for this book and you can read it here: Book Review: “Girl, wash your face” It is a perfect book to start in the new year.

 

The Dream of You by Jo Saxton

I am in the middle of this wonderful book. I also received an advanced reader copy of this book (Can you tell that I like to launch books?). Jo Saxton takes the reader on a walk toward our true identities and the dreams that we were created to live. She examines biblical figures and share her personal story as she invited the reader to turn to the One who know you intimately and love you deeply. Another perfect book for the new year.

 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

I read this book in middle school, I believe, and our family read it together last summer as one of our summer reads. (We all read the same book, but on individual reading levels. Full novel, junior novel, graphic novel, easy reader book, picture book) I want to read it again before the movie comes out in March.

 

100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs

I am currently 12 days into this 100 day devotional. It’s all about unlocking your most courageous self. Annie encourages the reader to embrace the path and plan that God has for you. I started this book on January 1st and it’s been a great encouragement. I love the short chapters and the “Be Brave” moments at the end of each chapter, giving you something quick and practical to write down or to do.