Hopes and Dreams

So I’ve been thinking.  With “Hopes and Dreams” being the title of our blog, I thought it would be pertinent to share some of John’s and my hopes and dreams with you, so they can indeed be cherished.
First of all, I want to explain where the title of the blog came from.
I was very foreign to the blogging world up until I was 24 years old.  Blogs kind of exploded when I was on my mission and I came home and was way behind, with no real desire to learn the ways.  I held off for several years and I’ve only barely “caught up” to a point where I can at least pretend to know what I’m doing alongside all you savvy bloggers out there, although there is still so much I don’t know about.  {What the heck’s a link party??}
So when John and I started getting more serious I caught the blog bug and decided to play around on the internet and see if I couldn’t conjure up something worth reading that was special to John’s and my love story.  It took a while to really come into my own and find the type of author I truly am, and after much experimenting I think I can say that I’m very satisfied with how I get to express myself through blogging.  It’s been theraputic, to say the least.
Anyway, for John’s and my wedding dinner my beautiful and talented MIL made adorable favors for everyone to take home–burlap baggies of the best caramel popcorn you’ve ever had with a darling tag attached featuring the quote by Thoreau:
“They cherish one another’s hopes.  They are kind to one another’s dreams.”
This quote touched my heart so deeply and I felt it really illustrated how I felt about my Prince.  So I took it on as a sort of family motto and assigned the theme to the new blog I had just started to publish John’s and my love and life.  And that’s the origin of “Hopes and Dreams.”Since then I have blogged about everything from date nights to dreams to surprises to forgiveness to random thoughts to pregnancy to faith, all of which could fall under some category of importance in John’s and my life.  But I’ve never really s-p-e-l-l-e-d out some of the things that we hope and dream for the most, though they may be implied by other things of importance I’ve touched on.

Here is the cherished tapestry of hopes and dreams that are held closest to and tightest in John’s and my heart:

1.  We both hope and dream that our marriage will remain our top priority and most sacred relationship with our Father in Heaven, which is why we invest in it every minute of every day through kind words, consciensious acts of selflessnes, and laughing our heads off.

2. We both hope and dream that our children will be confident and have high self-worth while feel unconditionally loved in our home.  We hope and dream that they will use that love to motivate them to make choices in their lives that will lead them home to a loving Heavenly Father.

3.  John dreams to become established in engineering prosthetics and hopes to be able to provide a comfortable lifestyle for his family so that we can have every opportunity we would desire to learn and grow in this life.

4.  We both hope and dream to one day be able to serve missions for our Church in different corners of the world.

5.  I hope and dream to be able to stay at home with our children and focus on building a comfortable home in Zion while not having to work outside of the home.

6. We both dream that our children will never experience heartbreak, but knowing it is inevitable, we hope that they will have the courage to face it with faith in Christ and determination to let it make them stronger.

7.  We both hope and dream that our lives will be full of good health for ourselves and our children.

8.  We both hope and dream that we will live faithful lives that are pleasing to our Father in Heaven and that He will use us to serve and bless the lives of His children.

So I think that sums it up.  I might think of some more right when I click “publish post,”  but no worries because I’ll be touching on them more as it is the theme of our darling lil’ blog.

{As an aside, I would totally be lying if I didn’t say that I hope to one day be able to get lipo.}

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