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”

A Home Filled with Music: Part 1

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I have been blessed (like knock my socks off blessed) to be a part of the book launch team for Rachel Hollis’ new book Girl, wash your face. If you follow me on social media (@cupplace), you can find lots of posts about it, and there will be more to come. You can read my review of her book here. If you preorder the book before it’s release on February 6th, you get some free goodies, including access to Rachel’s online seminar 5 Things that Changed Me and will Change You Too. I took about 10 pages of notes through it and it is literally changing my life, one step at a time.

Rachel talks about staying motivated, and physically moving, and asks “What song makes you get up and move?” Think about it. Can you think of one, just one song that you could put on right now that would get you out of your chair, off you sofa and get you moving? Your song might be a classical piece, a soulful Clappton song or a modern rock tune. What is that one song you would play?

Music plays a large role in our family home. If music isn’t playing, someone is singing. We play music to help our children go to sleep at night. We play music in the morning to get everyone moving and ready for the day. We play praise music to get our hearts ready to head to church on Sundays. We play music on quiet afternoons when everyone is reading. We play loud fun music when we’re having a hard day and we have a family dance party in the kitchen. We belt out show tunes, the best of the 80s and silly children’s songs. Music is just part of what it means to be in our family.

So, you would think it would be easy for everyone in the family to answer Rachel’s question. “What is one song that makes you get up and move?” Everyone discovered their song. It took my husband 24 hours to pick his song, and he still wanted to change it. He gets 50% of the credit for why music is so important in our home.

Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is my song. This song is on my running playlist and every time it comes on, I want to get up and dance. It has a great beat, fun lyrics and is pretty motivational. It’s not my favorite song. I don’t put it on all the time, though I do love Macklemore, but it’s the one I can’t sit still listening to.

Here are our other “get up and move” songs:

The Almost 2 Year Old – Believer by Imagine Dragons (He’ll be two in March and literally sings along with this song and has perfect rhythm.)

The 6 1/2 Year Old – My House by Kids Bop (He wanted to be sure it was the Kids Bop version and not Flo Rida.)

The 8 1/2 Year Old – The Happy Song by Jamie Grace (Because it’s happy!)

The almost middle schooler – Thunder by Imagine Dragons (She loves anything with a strong drum beat.)

The heading into high schooler – Don’t Stop Believing by Journey. (It’s also her school song.)

The husband who couldn’t decide – Prove it by Crowder – American Prodigal (He just switched his answer to this song 30 seconds ago and if I asked him again, he would have a different answer.)

So, what song gets you up and moving?

 


 

If you would like to pre-order Girl, wash your face by Rachel Hollis, there is still time. Head on over to Amazon and order it today. The book releases on February 6th!

One Word: Become

Every year, toward the end of December, I get asked the same question. “Any resolutions for the New Year?” Resolutions have always felt like an impossible to-do list that I am most certain to fail. I often feel defeated before the year even starts.

A few years ago, my husband and I were introduced to the book One Word: that will change your life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page. Their little book leads the reader away from resolutions and to one word, a theme, for the new year.

“one wordcreates clarity, power, passion and life-change. The simple power of One Word is that it impacts all six dimensions of your life – mental, physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, and financial. Simply put, One Word sticks. There is a word meant for you and when you find it, live it, and share it, your life will become more rewarding and exciting than ever.”

Every year, our family takes time to pray, think, talk and share about our words. To us, they are more than just a theme. We ask God to guide us to a word that we can focus on for the year. Some of my words in the past have been: Faithful, Restore, and Abide.

We make something visual, so we don’t forget. We have reminders in our home of our past words. Art work, or words painted on old barn wood. They are a testament to how far we have come, what we have accomplished and what God is doing in our lives.

This year, my word is: Become. I am turning 40 in a few months, which seems to be a good turning point. My children are getting older, I’ve been in my career for years, my husband and I have been married for 17 years. But with all of that, the dreams shouldn’t go away or fade. They should become bigger. So this year, in 2018, I will become so many things. Many of them I already am, I just need to live into them.

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Our family spent time on New Years Day to create our One Word vision boards for 2018. I love that all of our words are different, and personal, and challenging, and beautiful. Our family likes to include key Bible verse for the year as well.

I encourage you to think of a word for your 2018 and live into it!

If you would like more information on the One Word book, you can check out the website at: http://getoneword.com/