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. 201
    Jessica says:


    1. Pay off the debt that our church has
    2. Live in New York City
    3. Travel everywhere my heart desired

  2. 202
    Melinda Fowler says:

    If I Could, I Would…
    1. Go on a Cruise with my family.
    2. Make more time for swimming, tennis and walking.
    3. Laugh and Talk more freely.

  3. 203
    Lacey C. says:

    If I could I would:

    1. Be deeply tan without all the skin damage

    2. Live down the shore and be a Biblical counselor

    3. Cure my chronic pain

    And so many more! It was tough to choose – limiting us to three, that was mean! ๐Ÿ™‚ I just chose randomly; these aren’t necessarily my top-3. What a fun post!

  4. 204
    Hilary says:

    If I could, I would…

    1. Live in a cottage in the country and write books, grow a garden, and have horses and chickens.

    2. Finish my basement and make it into a killer scrapbooking room.

    3. Vacation in the English countryside.

  5. 205
    Angela says:

    If I could, I would:

    1. Open a cozy coffee shop with a small area for books (I love them both!!). A place for people to renew, connect and be encouraged.

    2. Spend a year traveling the world serving others in their communities (disaster relief, building homes, etc).

    3. Play the piano.

    • 205.1
      Shannon says:

      I would pick all three of these too! Good ones!

      • Angela says:

        Thanks Shannon…maybe if one of your picks was to move to Maui (where I live), you could retire here someday and we could open that coffee shop and two of your dreams would be accomplished.. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a blessed day!

      • Angela says:

        Thanks Shannon…maybe if one of your picks was to move to Maui (where I live), you could retire here someday and we could open that coffee shop ~ two of your dreams would be accomplished… ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  6. 206
    Rhonda says:

    If I could, I would

    1) live on a farm in an old country home

    2) be a professional organizer

    3) travel more often

  7. 207
    Paula/Bonnie says:

    Have a non-profit org. to work with abused/neglected children.
    Travel the world.
    Have a sports car.

    World peace would be great too!

  8. 208
    Shawnie says:

    If I could, I would,
    1. Sleep till I woke, get up and have my quiet time while Jesus wakes me up with His Word and a nice cup of coffee.
    2. Work out everyday.
    3. Go to a cooking school
    4. Learn to play the piano

    I know I was only supposed to mention 3 but the list kept just growing and growing…:-)

  9. 209
    martie says:

    If I could, I would . . .

    1. be a librarian (this is how much of a “book nerd” i am!)

    2. work 3 weeks a month & travel the 4th

    3. make chocolate & ice cream calorie free (you said to dream, so i went BIG!)


  10. 210
    Ines says:

    1. I would live each day as it comes, without worrying about what anybody thinks about it or about what I DON’T get done! 2. Decorate and remodel my home from top to bottom hiring out ALL of the work!! 3. I would finish my graphic design degree.

  11. 211
    Martha in MS says:

    What fun!!

    1) Live in the same town with ALL my grandchildren

    2) Go to the beach any and every time I want

    3) Go to NYC and see all the old Broadway musicals

  12. 212

    Love this!

    If I could, I would…

    1. be a wife to the same man until the day he or I died.

    2. experience childbirth (preferably with the help of an epidural).

    3. have 2,940,000 homes with 50 orphans each in them (there’s approximately 147 million orphans alive today)

  13. 213
    miestamoose says:

    Hope it’s ok to comment even though I’m not a Siesta ๐Ÿ™‚

    If I could, I would:

    1. Own my own Krispy Kreme store. And eat there a LOT!

    2. Have my picture taken with ALL of the Siestas.

    3. Learn to speak.

  14. 214
    Rebecca says:

    Beth this is great! I learned from Melissa’s post how many biography’s I had read!!
    Amanda dear, you are so strong to take this stand and know God will provide.
    It is funny how some addressed this blog with: “I would if I could” and others said “If I could I would.”

    1. I would insist there be NO heartache.
    2. I’d be a teacher and teach grade 3.
    3. I’d learn to skate like a star.


  15. 215
    Mary Ann says:

    My top one for the last several years is If I could I would lead worship with Travis Cottrell and his group at least once

    Own a horse ranch

    Go on at least one mission trip a year

  16. 216

    If I could, I would:

    1) End human trafficking

    2) Be a ballerina. Just for fun. Just to impress my 4 year old daughter.

    3) Take my sister’s pain away.

  17. 217
    Yanna says:

    If I could I would

    1) Become a trauma room doctor/neurosurgeon,heart doctor I would love to be “put on the spot” to save a life.

    2) go see Beth live, and have my picture taken with her like I see some of my Siesta’s have done.

    3) take a God retreat. Just me and God all by ourselves in a cabin in the woods for oh I would say three days or a week would be nice. Just me and God.

    Funny thing this made me cry. I’m listening to Praise music, I’m thankful for now and what God has done for me.

  18. 218
    Krissy says:

    1. be Tigger at Disneyland
    2. pay off the mortgages of everyone I know.
    3. adopt a mommy-less little girl

  19. 219
    Amanda M. says:

    1) Visit all 50 states and let’s just throw in all the Caribbean islands for good measure.
    2) Become a veterinarian.
    3) Learn to fly (airplanes, that is. Not grow wings or anything.)

  20. 220
    Miestamoose says:

    If I could, I would:

    1. Own a Krispy Kreme store and eat there a lot.

    2. Go to all the LPL events.

    3. Have my picture taken with all the Siestas ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. 221
    Amanda Waller says:

    1. Write a book of my Dad’s life…
    2. Take Family (extended family too) vacations around the world.
    3. Quit my current job to pursue my love for photography, turning it into a business, and use the money to support my ever growing family (this one also include my deep desire to have kids).

    I like to think that last one might just be possible. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. 222
    Pam says:

    If I could, I would….

    1) Find a cure for Autism, thusly giving millions of adults and children (my own son included) a new lease on life.

    2) Get a Masters in Theology just because I love the scriptures, and I long for a deeper understanding of them and our GREAT God.

    3) Travel around the world with my wonderful husband and son!

  23. 223
    God's not-so-little Dutch girl says:

    1. Learn sign language fluently. I love watching people who can sign!

    2. I would love to be able to memorize bigger chunks of Bible passages and maybe someday have the whole Bible memorized.(Maybe if I do the Scripture memory thing long enough?)

    3. Be able to wait on Beth and whoever would join her at the restaurant where I work.(That would really be a dream come true!)

    Thanks for giving us an opportunity to dream today, Beth! This was fun!

  24. 224
    Amber says:

    Well this is a huge praise for me because for almost 4 years my #1 thing would have been that I would stay home with my kiddos full time if I could and now (as of this month) I am! My sweet husband and I are finally on the same page and following the Lord’s leadership regarding this area of our life and I could not be happier!
    Of course it has involved some lifestyle changes (I never thought we’d be a 1 car family but it’s fine!) and I still have a lot to learn, but I am just so excited to finally be able to do what I feel God has gifted me and called me to do in this season of our life.

  25. 225
    Becky B says:

    1) Go to college to become a Christian Counselor (or a degree in OT).

    2). Travel all over the world with my hubby

    3). Volunteer for the Special Olympics

  26. 226
    christy a says:

    1. Travel…travel…travel
    2. have unlimited resources with which to bless others with {monetary in order to give to those in need}
    3. have a children’s book published – which would hopefully allow me to stay home with my babies {have more of those too!}

  27. 227
    Laura says:

    I would:
    1)Have a coffee with my Mom.
    2)Have a conversation with my Dad.
    3) Eat at my Grandparents table one more time.

  28. 228
    Rachel says:

    If I could, I would…

    1. storm chase as a career…to get paid to do it!

    2. touch every state, country, province, territory in the world.

    3. work with orphans in a deprived country (ie Uganda, Haiti, etc).

  29. 229
    GARedeemedSheepGirl says:

    1. Live closer to my son in Houston.
    2. Sing solos (if I had a beautiful voice).
    3. Read more books.

  30. 230
    Lauren says:

    If I could I would…

    1) Be a children’s librarian.

    2) Visit every state and state capital.

    3) Take cello lessons.

  31. 231
    Valerie Russell says:

    1. Learn to play the piano
    2. Start (WILDHAIR) women’s ministry(taming the tangles
    in your life.
    3. raise and breed show pigs for my 4-H club

  32. 232
    Carla Hunter says:

    1. Learn Hebrew from an orthodox Jewish rabbi in Israel for 6 months uninterrupted.
    2. Then, reread my scriptures and share everything I learned.
    3. Grow a monarch butterfly farm and expand from the confines of my kitchen this time of year when they hatch and migrate.

  33. 233
    JoAnn Janik says:

    If I could, I would…

    1. live in a quaint house in Italy by the Mediterranean and paint and read and cook and ride a bike everywhere.

    2. pay off my debt.

    3. open a small sushi and salad restaurant on a lake where boats can dock up right there and enjoy great sushi and sunshine.

    Love it !!!

  34. 234
    Pam says:

    If I could, I would….

    1. Learn to play the piano
    2. Learn how to sign to Christian music
    3. Live debt free with the ability to provide to those
    in need.

  35. 235
    Carrie says:

    1. Be married to an amazing man of God and together make a difference for God’s kingdom.

    2. Have enough money to give away and pay for all the medical bills my cousin has due to having a child with special needs.

    3. Attempt a triathlon (I run, but I’m not so good at biking and swimming).

  36. 236
    Mary H. says:

    If I could I would…travel to all 50 states, go to New York City once a year, and take care of my grandmother so she would not have to be in a nursing home ever.

  37. 237
    Jane says:

    1. Work with abused children

  38. 238
    Amy says:

    1) fly my family to central texas on weekends
    2) to my in-laws log cabin that I’d buy back from the couple that bought it
    3) write a bestseller from the loft while my husband watches the kids squeal and run outside with the donkeys and the baby calves.

  39. 239
    Shana F says:

    1. Record an album (sing)
    2. Learn an instrument & sign language
    3. Fulfill our family’s dream to adopt a child

  40. 240
    Jane says:

    1. Work with abused children 2. Live on the beach 3.Play the guitar

  41. 241
    JulieDiane says:

    1. Speak Spanish fluently – I live in Texas and it would be a big help, but I’m no good at languages!

    2. Build a pool – I have always wanted one!

    3. Cure myself and my husband’s infertility.

  42. 242
    dreamer says:

    1. have a baby. I want to be a mommy more than anything :/
    2. be a stay at home mom and wonderful wife to my husband
    3. write a children’s book

  43. 243
    Marcy says:

    1. Lose weight every time I ate cookies

    2. Buy a 1000 acres somewhere beautiful..a working ranch that could house all my loved ones

    3. Take off with a map and my husband, no kids, no plans, no worries ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. 244
    Jen Bowers says:

    If I could, I would…

    1. Own a large piece of land so that I could take in lots of rescue pups.

    2. Move to a chateu in France and open up a cooking school for American tourists to learn French Food (think Julia Child)

    3. Wear slippers to work every day =)

  45. 245
    Kelli says:

    If I could, I would….

    1. Be a Beluga whale trainer.
    2. Star in a Broadway musical as the leading lady.
    3. Be a great mom to my children in their pre school years and then get the chance to enter the Occupational Therapy program I passed up for the blessing and gift to be a stay at home mom!!!

  46. 246
    Teresa Smith says:

    If I could, I would…..

    1. Speak several different languages fluently.
    2. Travel the world with my family.
    3. Be a matchmaker for my sister and find her the extremely wealthy CEO with an Australian/South African/English accent she’s been looking for ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. 247
    jar of clay says:

    If I could I would. . .

    Star on Broadway

    Take my kids on the field trip of a lifetime around the world

    Give my husband the sailboat he’s always wanted

  48. 248
    Donna Benjamin says:

    If I could I would…

    1. Memorize the bible from cover to cover.

    2. Become an event planner for HUGE events.

    3. Wave a wand and have our “new to us” home unpacked AND organized instantly. ๐Ÿ™‚ (If only I could figure out where the movers packed that wand…better go keep hunting!).

  49. 249
    Kathleen Shepherd says:

    1. Turn by time & get my priorities straight
    2. Think twice about getting into uncessary debt
    3. Be less sensitive about me and more caring about others.

  50. 250
    Krystal says:

    Play with my children all day long.
    Have my own art gallery.
    Travel with my husband and kids to… everywhere!

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