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. 801
    Molly Jentges says:

    1. Own my own business
    2. Live by water
    3. Raise miniature beef

  2. 802
    katysdaughter says:

    1) Live in a foreign country for six months
    2) Cook my way through a cookbook without having to do the grocery shopping (because you can’t find everything at one store)
    3) Be there when my father accepts Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior

  3. 803
    Sandy Corbin says:

    1~ Quit work.

    2~ Volunteer and travel.

    3~ Live in a place where there are true seasons. Spring-Summer-Fall-Winter!

  4. 804
    Lyli says:

    1. Read every book that I own and haven’t read. ๐Ÿ™‚
    (Other women buy shoes, I buy books)
    2. Take a road trip tour of the US, visit all the diners featured on the Food Network’s show “Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives,” hit all the National Parks, and visit churches in different states.
    3. Sing in a Worship Band

  5. 805
    Suzy says:

    1. Be a missionary
    2. Learn to dance
    3. Live in other countries (to really learn the people)

  6. 806
    Deb says:

    1) Spend a few months traveling through Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Greece & Italy studying Biblical events that happened in those places.

    2) Study the Bible in its original languages (Hebrew & Greek).

    3) Build a log cabin on a mountain with a private lake.

  7. 807
    Starla says:

    If I could, I would:

    1. Learn to play the piano
    2. Be a stay-at-home mom again & focus on Missions
    3. Live in the country

  8. 808
    Sarah says:

    1) Have 10 babies (natural and adopted) and teach them at home
    2) Sing with a worship band
    3) Move to the country in Iowa, close to family

  9. 809
    Amy says:

    If I could, I wouldโ€ฆ
    1. Travel the world forever sharing Christโ€™s love and faithfulness.
    2. Memorize every single word of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation.
    3. Talk with family and friends constantly about God. Heโ€™s everything.

  10. 810
    Angie says:

    I would be a stay at home mom…again!

    travel to certain parts of the world

    Be a philanthropist

  11. 811
    Ashley says:

    If I could I would…

    1) homeschool my children

    2) travel with my worship leader husband and sing praises to God all around the world with him

    3) teach 7/8th grade Sunday School

  12. 812
    Hannah says:

    1. sing beautifully. i can’t carry a tune in a bucket, but i LOVE to sing. if only it was a pleasing sound to my own ears. ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. go on an archeological dig. the history, the thrill of the search, the culture… OOOHWEE!

    3. move across the world, leaving behind jobs, stuff, and all that ways me down for full-time mission work.

  13. 813
    MaKay says:

    1. Travel
    2. Buy 20 acres and move all of my family on to it so that we could help and support each other (but still have our own space ; D )
    3. Sing back-up for James Taylor . . . can you even imagine??

  14. 814
    Aubry Talkington says:

    1. Be a professional student. I would love to start a new degree program every few years.
    2. Get to be room mom and volunteer for each of my five children, coach all their teams, and take part in service projects and “date nights” with each of them individually.
    2 Leisure travel and serve in missions projects with my husband – without kids!

  15. 815
    Emmy says:

    Dance in the New York City Ballet

    Live in the Swiss Alps with a creek and have cows (with the big bells) in my yard!

    Dolphin trainer at Sea World

  16. 816
    Kim says:

    If I could I would,

    1. Live in South Africa for a month or two each year.
    2. Go to Australia.
    3. Pay for adoption without taking any loans.

  17. 817
    Becky says:

    These are the first three that pop in my head.

    1. Star in a movie/tv show
    2. Drive a bumper car to work so I could bump everybody out of my way when I’m frustrated (road rage much?) Ha.
    3. Pay a professional decorator to help me with my house

  18. 818

    Greetings Siesta Mama Beth,

    I had to think about it some…but I’ve come up with three:

    1) Travel to the Holy Land and go everywhere Jesus went that the Bible mentions.

    2) Learn to read and write music, especially guitar music. I love the sound of simple guitar in worship, no other instruments, just guitar and voices.

    3) For God’s fame only, be a christian actress; like an extra on the set of FireProof, that would be an amazing blessing.

    Blessings to you this am, ((HUGS)) a plenty, Love in HIM,


    • 818.1
      jordan says:

      KatieG, Your guitar dream has hope! I teach guitar lessons on praise and worship songs on Youtube. I’ve got some easy and some very difficult. Look up Jordan Self on youtube and you might find some tips that can get your dream started. ๐Ÿ™‚ By the way, if you’re a steven curtis chapman fan, you’ll take a liking my vids. I cover a lot of his songs and teach how to play them. If it weren’t for that man, I can (without exaggeration) say that I would not be who I am now.
      And if my videos don’t suit your taste, Daniel Choo is another guitar teacher on Youtube that does christian music. Check him out too.
      God bless.

  19. 819
    Angie says:

    If I could I would:

    1) Have an extra 2 hours every day to exercise rather than sqeezing it in when I have time

    2) Be able attend in person a Bible Study led by our Siesta Mama~ Beth

    3) Work full time at our local Pregnancy Care Center, whre my heart is !

  20. 820
    Karen says:

    1. Open my own bakery.
    2. Travel to Scotland and England.
    3. Be more confident.

  21. 821
    Kay says:

    1. Learn to play the cello.
    2. Live in Europe for one year.
    3. Sing in a Broadway musical.

  22. 822
    Kathy Gerlach says:

    If I could, I would:
    Leave a legacy of love for all my grandchildren, one
    that would guarantee they would all love the Lord:

    Travel the US, but have the money to stay some place
    for a while if I wanted to:

    Be able to help people in need, not necessarily with
    finances, but those needing love.

  23. 823
    Marilyn Parlette says:

    1) Make a quilt

    2) Vacation every year at the beach with ALL of my family

    3) Get organized

  24. 824

    1. Coordinate and provide adoptions free of charge… & adopt as many children as we personally can!

    2. Have a house on the beach – oceanfront!

    3. Get my pilot’s license, buy a plane, and FLY!!!

    As I was doing this, I realized I actually have a lot more dreams than I thought I did. I have listed 13 so far on a personal list… some of them are actually doable, and I’m excited about that! In God’s timing…. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for asking us this question!!!

  25. 825
    Sharon Gowen says:

    If I could, I would…travel with my husband, children and grandchildren as often as possible, find where my ancestors came from and learn more about their lives, and learn how to study the bible.

  26. 826
    valerie says:

    If I could, I would:
    1. Be a stay at home mom.
    2. Move out to the country.
    3. Be a beluga whale trainer at Sea World.

  27. 827

    If I Could I Would

    1. Buy a bunch of land and to be able to put a bunch of homes and help all the people that are unemployed such as me and all others

    2.To learn to play the guitar and the drums and sing for a praise team

    3.Be able to hug seista mama neck and let her know how much she is appreciated and to meet her in person

  28. 828
    Tracey says:

    If I could, I would:

    1)become a pastor
    2)be a wife and mother
    3)learn spanish

  29. 829
    Connie from Iowa says:

    If I could I would…

    Be a full-time writer.

    Go rock climbing in Colorado.

    Take my children to visit every single relative I have accross the US. Oh what the hey… the whole world!

  30. 830
    tammie says:

    1. Own my own business that would make a Glorious Name for Christ and build up the Body of Christ. (offer a service to help restore, heal, disciple, minister and LOVE His Bride! … and support myself so i would not sweat over finances – creating a business that would not sour on the inside, being healthy from the inside out!)

    2. Write a book…. & speak ๐Ÿ™‚

    3. Travel all over the World!

  31. 831
    Jan Hixson says:

    1. Learn Hebrew and Greek
    2.Host a dinner party and invite Ronald Reagan, George and Barbara Bush, and George W.Bush and Laura Bush
    3. Have a vacation home in the Texas Hill Country with horses and sheep

  32. 832
    Redeemed says:

    1. Take cello lessons.
    2. Hire Candace Olsen to decorate my house. ๐Ÿ™‚
    3. Take a vacation. (this NEVER happens)

  33. 833
    LeAnn says:

    1. Do mission work and see the world full time with my husband with no financial or time restrictions.
    2. Ride a horse at breakneck speed.
    3. Have enough money to be the anonymous giver whenever a financial need arises at my church.

  34. 834
    julia says:

    1. travel to Italy, Israel, and Tahiti

    2. quit work and be stay at home mom like I was for 10 years

    3. great hair day every day (ok, that one is shallow, but it is the truth)

  35. 835
    KristinaNicole says:

    If I could I would…
    1. Host a talk show (like a christian Oprah show)
    2. Take a year off to travel anywhere and everywhere
    3. Learn to speak Spanish fluently

  36. 836
    MMMom says:

    Split my year between a house on the beach and a horse ranch in Montana

    Show English Arabian horses

    Have the money of Bill Gates so I could fund the arts, education and the impoverished

  37. 837
    jodi clair says:

    1. Play the leading lady in a musical.

    2. Anchor the 10 o’clock news.

    3. SEW!!!

  38. 838
    jpeg04 says:

    I love the idea of being able to do anything! If I could, I would:
    1. Go on an endless world tour with my family and actually live in different places instead of just ‘visiting’ them.
    2. Write children’s books!
    3. Be able to get everything done in a day effortlessly!

  39. 839
    jordan self says:

    1. Work at LPM.
    2. build a Starbucks into my house.
    3. Make my prison ministry nation-wide instead of only in Texas.

  40. 840
    jordan says:

    The first time i tried to post my comment I got an “error report”, so if you get this twice sorry. ๐Ÿ™‚

    If I could, I would:
    1. Work at LPM
    2. Build a Starbucks into my house.
    3. Expand my prison ministry from Texas-wide to nation-wide.

  41. 841
    Janet says:

    1. Learn to play the piano
    2. Learn to speak Italian…in Italy!!
    3. Open a bookstore

  42. 842
    Maddie says:

    If I could, I would…

    1. Go back to Haiti and stay. ๐Ÿ™‚
    2. learn to play guitar and piano.
    3. move away from MN and go to someplace without winter.

    • 842.1
      Sandi says:

      I have a friend who’s working in Haiti right now for Samaratan’s Purse, he LOVES it! He’s in charge of organizing the rebuilding of schools and church’s, I believe…

  43. 843
    Ti-Leigh says:

    If I could, I would:

    3. Ice dance to “Bolero” with Christopher Dean at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics, score perfectly and win the Gold!

    2. See my sister’s marriage be blessed and allow her to stay home and homeschool her children.

    1. Be reconciled to sisters in Christ I’m estranged from.

  44. 844
    Joanna says:

    If I could I would:
    join a gym and work out every day.
    save enough money to put both my kids through college.
    find the cure for cancer.

  45. 845
    Avery says:

    1. learn Hebrew
    2. teach in a one-room schoolhouse in the mountains
    3. tour the concentration camps in Europe

  46. 846
    Tanya says:

    Pass the Bar Exam
    Travel the World
    Live in the Country

  47. 847
    Rachael says:

    If I could, I would…

    1) Write a really great novel.

    2) Travel to Greece, Egypt, Israel, and Africa to go on a Safari!

    3) Have a tea party with Beth Moore, Esther, and some of my closest girl friends (which I definitely plan on doing when I get to heaven!).

  48. 848
    peggy says:

    1) live in Queenstown, NZ – the most beautiful place on earth!
    2) travel everywhere
    3) live the life out of every day

  49. 849
    Susanna says:

    1 Go to Bible School
    2 go on an extended honeymoon with my hubby of almost 17 years, all over the place, where ever we felt like going on any given day!
    3 build the world’s most amazing summer bible camp!!!

  50. 850
    Judy says:

    1. Travel to the Holy Land with Beth
    2. Be a professional photographer
    3. Have a condo at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs

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