If I could, I would…

Hey, Siestas! We will do our random drawing later today as promised and, if you don’t mind a little delay, post our biography winners within the next forty-eight hours so we can leave time for you to respond to this post. I learned something new about you over the previous post: YOU ARE READERS. And I love that. Get a load of the number of comments to that post! Of course, it makes sense when you think about it. Blog readers usually are…well…readers. I have already ordered several books from your recommendations and others of you mentioned titles that stirred up great memories of biographies past.I am a dyed in the wool book nerd so this totally spoke my love language.

I’ve been thinking about something since AJ’s recent post about stepping back from her LPM job for the sake of her family. In that post and in the one that followed, we hashed over the painful truth that, actually, no one can do everything and, unless our all is Jesus, no one can have everything. We have limited resources of time, energy, and ability. But, I thought it would be fun to list a few things (dreams, if you will) that we’d each do…if only we could. If only we were not limited by time, energy, and ability, or money, for heaven’s sake. How would you complete the sentence, “If I could, I would…?” Here are the ground rules: YOU CAN ONLY NAME THREE THINGS. You have to choose. Keep in mind, these aren’t regrets. (i.e. “If I could, I would…live my whole life again without making that stupid choice.” We all have plenty of those and they’re not likely to encourage others much.) The things we’re listing on this post are wishes! Dreams can say a lot about a person and reshape how we picture one another. For instance, maybe I’ll find out today that Moose Mama secretly wishes she could sky dive, or katiegfromtennessee has a long standing dream of being a zookeeper, or Sister Lynn has always wanted to take tuba lessons. You see, this could change everything. OK, well not everything. Not even much. But, for crying out loud, wouldn’t it at least be a little fun in a grueling week? Here are three of mine:

If I could, I would…

1) Travel to every country on earth.

2) Teach elementary school Sunday School.

3) Learn sign language fluently.

OK, how about you?


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  1. 551
    Julie H. says:

    If I could, I would:

    1) Travel the world with my husband and 3 kiddos, eat and enjoy the amazing foods and experience all the cultures.

    2) Build a house on a beachfront with an enormous kitchen to share delicious meals, a large living room and extra bedrooms where friends could come, spend time, relax and be a part of our family.

    3) Have a degree in Marriage Counseling and give the hope of Jesus to many, many marriages.

  2. 552
    Debbie says:

    live in a place where snow topped mountains were in my backyard and a beautiful sandy beach was in the front

    go back to visit England where we lived for 6 years and where my son was born…and take my whole family with me ๐Ÿ˜‰

    write children’s books

  3. 553
    Judy S says:

    1. Play the piano

    2. Not be terrified of speaking

    3. Have a complete knowledge of the bible

  4. 554

    You did say dreams, right??? Here are mine:

    1) Travel the US and the world w/ my hubby with no time constraints.

    2) Sing with a voice like an angel (right now, my kids beg me to stop singing with the radio).

    3) Get my Master’s and Doctorate degree in Theology. I have a Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies and would love to continue my education.

  5. 555
    Melissa says:

    If I could, I would…

    1. Travel to the Holy Land
    2. Speak another language fluently
    3. Get completely over some phobias such as fear of: heights, giving blood,and being upside down.

  6. 556
    Tanya says:

    Get married
    Have children
    Go to NY and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade live

  7. 557
    Marilyn says:

    1. Travel to all four tennis Grand Slam events in one calendar year (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open)
    2. Ride in (or at least tour with) the Tour De France
    3. Cruise from the mainland to and around Hawaii and tour ALL of the Hawaiian Islands.

  8. 558
    Megan says:

    1. Live in a foreign country for a year.

    2. Hike the Appalachian Trail.

    3. Deliver a baby.

  9. 559
    Kristie says:

    If I could, I would:

    Be down to my “goal pants size” by tomorrow.
    Consistently thrive on only 4 hours’ sleep.
    Hire a really good personal chef/housekeeper.

  10. 560
    Tammy says:

    If I could, I would….

    1. Being a tea lady sort of person, I would love to travel to England and have tea with the queen. I think that would be a blast.

    2. Open my own tea shop complete with tea, great books, and little nooks for conversation and tea of course.

    3. Come to Houston and attend one of Beth Moore’s Tuesday bible studies. I have done your studies, but I am pretty sure seeing you in the flesh would just top my teacup. To study with you person to person..siesta to siesta

    those are my wishes and dreams.

    Love to you all

  11. 561
    karen lipford says:

    1. lose the 100 lbs i’ve gained over the last 12 married years. seriously

    2. payoff all our church’s debt

    3. finish my accounting degree and VOLUNTEER to be our local crisis pregnancy center’s accountant

  12. 562
    Tiffany says:

    If I could, I would……

    1. Go to Uganda more then ones a year, to help teach God’s word to the Ladies and children there.

    2. Write a book one day.

    3. Tell every girl/lady in the world that they could have freedom in Christ. That they don’t have to live in bondage for the rest of their lives.

  13. 563

    1. Learn to oil paint like my grandmother
    2. Be a wedding coordinator
    3. Live in NYC

  14. 564
    Kristi B, says:

    1. Build an enormous house and hire Martha Stewart to decorate it

    2. Be a vet

    3. Shopping spree in New York City

  15. 565
    Deb Weaver says:

    If I could, I would…
    *become an author/speaker
    *travel by airplane at least four times a year

  16. 566
    Jina says:

    If I could I would:
    1 Fly without machines or assistance
    2 Be physically present in the throne room whenever I wanted (sorry I can’t hold myself back from saying it)
    3 Go on a trip around the world with my husband and children for at ;east a year.

  17. 567

    1. Adopt lots of children and at the same time begin a new movement in my community!!
    2. Be a missionary with my family for a few years!!
    3. Know the Bible inside and out!!

  18. 568
    Stacy says:

    If I could, I would:
    1) Live permanently on the beach in my personal paradise–Hutchinson Island, FL
    2) Travel to Europe (England) for the first time to visit my friend, Helen, whom I miss lots.
    3) Travel (ANYWHERE and ANYTIME) to have the opportunity to meet a person I don’t personally know, but one who holds a precious place in my heart–that would be you, Mama Beth! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. 569
    Shari says:

    1. Sing and dance on Broadway (can’t sing or dance but that’s my craziest dream).

    2. Quit work and go to school full-time while I am pursuing my Masters in Theology.

    3. Get my Doctorate in Psychology.

  20. 570
    Shelley says:

    I would:

    1) I’d love to write devotional books – in particular, a book for pastors and their wives who have been devastated in ministry.

    2) Go to Bible School/Seminary/ and take a sign language class in the midst of it ๐Ÿ˜€

    3) Live close to my family

  21. 571
    Candy says:

    Had an AWESOME time in Richmond last weekend!! I have been praying for sweet Lauren ever since!! What a Divine Appointment ๐Ÿ™‚

    My three things:

    1.) Spend a year in Normandy, France
    2.) Refurbish an old Southern Manor House
    3.) Own a fabric/quilt shop (so much HEART is shared between women that stitch together!)

    Praising HIM!!

  22. 572
    Adele says:

    1)Redo each room in my home based on favorite books: Wizard of Oz kitchen,Princess and the Pea bedroom
    2)Travel through Italy learning homestyle cooking from real Nonnas(grandmothers)
    3)Tho a grandmother myself, Complete my coursework in Christian ed

  23. 573
    TammyC says:

    If I could, I would…..
    1)own a Christian book store (maybe with a tea shop on the side).
    2)find the cure for autism.
    3)pay someone else’s way for each mission trip our church participates in.

  24. 574
    Liz says:

    If I could, I would…
    1- Know how I will long and ache to have my son the baby size he is now and to hold him again and I’d enjoy every moment with my baby boy and not spend a moment but anywhere with him.
    2-I would marry his father so my mistake doesn’t become his pain and he won’t have to deal w/ issues of us not being married.
    3-Have my pre-pregnancy body back…I WILL get there:)!

  25. 575
    StephanieJR says:

    I would…
    -Volunteer to do all I do without the burden of receiving pay for it. Sometimes that sucks the very life out of my wonderful opportunities.
    -be able to give away money and gifts–life changing ones-anonymously, but while still being able to secretly watch the joy it brought the recipients. Loads of fun, I would imagine.
    -travel with my precious family forever and always to beautiful places we would ALL enjoy. All the time. Now THAT really is a dream!

  26. 576
    Kristi says:

    If I could I would….

    1. Be perfect – have a ‘thick skin;’ confront & forgive whenever each is appropriate; love others much better without holding onto all the pain and ‘yuck’ I can’t fix; be the Proverbs 31 Lady incarnate and be equally humble. (You did say dream, right?)

    2. Travel with my dear hubby to all those places I’ve seen in books and believe them to exist, but really wish I could see with my own eyes.

    3. Be my little girl’s best friend in 15 years.

    (4. Write a book that someone would want to read and that would be profitable both to me and others. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  27. 577
    Country Fried says:

    1) Own a ranch in Caprock Canyons or nearby where all my family could live!

    2) Take my family traveling to see everything they have always dreamed of!

    3) Pay off all debt for my family, and allow my parents to retire and not have to worry about anything!

  28. 578
    Lauren says:

    If I could, I would…
    1) Have the ability to play the violin (beautifully)
    2) Speak several foreign languages fluently
    3) Be able to complete mathematical equations without wanting to scream.

  29. 579
    Amanda says:

    1. Travel, travel, travel with my husband, my boy(s), my mom, and my best friend
    2. Move somewhere random, put roots down, and enjoy the simple life
    3. Write a book

  30. 580
    DeDe says:

    If I could, I would ~

    Write that book folks have been pestering me about.
    Sleep-in when the day screams at me to get up.
    Take a REAL vacation, in a cabin by a lake, (perhaps write that book)

  31. 581
    Dawn says:

    1. Attend a Beth Moore event close to Chicago. ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Totally “get” living without worry.

    3. Finish College.

  32. 582
    NancyS says:

    If I could I would:
    1. Become proficient in Hebrew, Greek, ASL and Spanish.

    2. Master Grand Prix dressage.

    3. Take my whole family on a trip through the Holy Land-Israel, Greece, Jordan, Egypt.

    What fun to dream.

  33. 583
    Michelle C says:

    If I could, I would…
    1. Quit my job to be a full-time volunteer.
    2. Adopt more children
    3. Go to Hawaii with my hubby

  34. 584
    Katie says:

    If I could I would…

    A) be a profiler for the police to help find bad guys and missing people

    B) speak fluent Spanish

    C)adopt every child in every orphanage around the world

  35. 585
    Erin says:

    1. Be an Olympian
    2. Go on a Mediterranean Cruise…or even better visit Europe’s Medit. countries for a month!
    3. Be a Broadway star. A really good one.

  36. 586
    MaryLisa says:

    1. Sing on Broadway (Like a Broadway star not a crazy person walking down the street.)

    2. Play the piano better

    3. Hire a housekeeper

  37. 587
    Wonder Woman says:

    I would, if I could…..

    Travel the world.

    Put all of my friends, from all of my moves, into the one place…where I would live!

    Become a writer.

  38. 588
    Kristi says:

    If I could, I would…

    1) Play the violin
    2) Be a mentor
    3) Write a book

  39. 589
    Heidi says:

    If I could, I would…

    1) Sing with a beautiful voice–I LOVE to sing/make a joyful noise to the Lord, but I don’t know how beautiful it is. I have my order in for this one in Heaven.

    2) Play the piano or at least take lessons.

    3) Travel, travel, travel (but for now I just watch House Hunters International on TV and wonder how in the world all those people afford all those amazing houses all over the world.) But again—I’ll have all that in Heaven one day.

    Lindale, TX

  40. 590
    Andrea S. says:

    If I could I would….
    1. Become a Christian Counselor
    2. Take a summer and travel all of the United States in an RV with my sweet little family.
    3. Build a beautiful country home with my carpenter father and amazingly handy and obedient side-kick of a husband! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love you girls- needed this one amidst a week of overwhelming work!


  41. 591
    Katherine says:

    “Be a reverse tither” has literally blown my mind.

    If I could, I would:
    1. Go to Israel.
    2. Have a Diet Coke fountain machine in my house!
    3. Be debt free!

  42. 592
    Pattie says:

    1. Get my book published–have to finish it first…
    2. Edit my husband’s book and get it published!
    3. Visit England!

  43. 593
    Brandy says:

    1.Shadow Mrs. Duggar for a week (she has a gift I would love to learn more about)
    2. Be a OBGYN specializing in natural and also home deliveries
    3. Bounty Hunter (kinda like the ultimate hide and seek) ๐Ÿ˜€

  44. 594
    B Smith says:

    1. Adopt a baby girl. I love my boys, but I’d love a sweet little princess too:)

    2. Sit with you, Beth, and have a cup of coffee, or lunch, and just soak up a little bit of girl-time wisdom from you!

    3.Take singing lessons. (I truly make a “joyful noise”)

  45. 595
    Barefoot Mom says:

    If I could, I would…

    Run a marathon

    Learn to speak Italian

    have lunch with Jon BonJovi

  46. 596
    Angie Harris says:

    1. Have a house with enough land for a horse.

    2. Travel more, especially to Israel.

    3. Speak/sing in public, especially church.

  47. 597
    Virginia says:

    If I could, I would…

    1. Live in Rome.

    2. spend a week ALONE with no children and no homeschooling.

    3. Run a marathon and beat all the young runners.

  48. 598
    Blair Edgar says:

    1. Lead worship for women’s conferences…Beth’s for sure!
    2. Travel with my husband to other countries (he won’t get on an airplane)
    3. Sign fluently

  49. 599

    1. Live on a farm or vineyard in Italy
    2. Hike to find a hidden waterfall in Hawaii about which I once heard a story.
    3. Write an excellent, meaningful novel under a pseudonym

  50. 600

    1. adopt a bunch of kids
    2. own a bookstore/coffee shop
    3. be a runner

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