Dreams

I (Rita) did a quick internet search of songs with “dream” in the title and came up with more than I imagined.  Below are a few that jumped out at me.

All I Have To Do Is Dream (whenever I want you all I have to do is dream) – 1958 – Everly Brothers

Any Dream Will Do – 1968 from the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.

California Dreamin’ (all the leaves are brown and the sky is gray) – 1966 – The Mamas and the Papas

Dream A Little Dream Of Me – 1995 – Chicago

Keeping The Dream Alive – 1989 – Freiheit

“The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” from the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha.

Dreams are part of all our lives.  We speak of a dream job, dream house; we want to marry our dream person and dream of doing great things in our lives.  The idea was broadened by the 2007 movie, The Bucket List.  In addition there are numerous books about the places in the world one should see or visit in a lifetime.

We have had lots of dreams and speak of them in our book, Forever and A Day. We continue to try to make our dreams  a reality.  While we have never written a bucket list, we do have some things we’ve wanted to do.  One is to visit each state in the United States.  For years, as I anticipated retiring we talked about getting in the car and driving west, since that area has the few states we have not visited.  Four years have passed since I retired and  we have completed one thing on Bob’s dream or bucket list, to do work in an emerging nation, so we’ve decided that now is a good time to begin that journey.  We don’t have an itinerary, but we do have some places we’d like to go including Denver and the Rockies, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, probably Death Valley and if we don’t get tired being out or run out of money we will go to Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park and through South Dakota on our way home.  We will just see where the spirit leads us and make many stops along the way.

We like planning trips together and share the driving.  Bob has a new car that he is waiting to take on a long trip.  We are looking forward to time together and will likely meet new people along the way as well as renew some old friendships.

Dreaming is a way of life for us.  We had dreams that didn’t come true.  Bob didn’t finish his doctorate and we didn’t move to the southwest.  New dreams came into our life along the way.  We thought we might work with engaged couples but never dreamed of doing marriage enrichment the way we have.  Writing a book or blogging (it didn’t exist) wasn’t on our dream list when we were married but has become part of our lives.  We dreamed of living happily every after with the best marriage anyone could have and for us we think we have done that.  We dreamed of children, actually Bob wanted twelve like his parents, but after having one he decided that wasn’t a dream he wanted to pursue.  We have been gifted with four and four great spouses for them.  Today we also have seven wonderful grandchildren.

Where will dreaming take us?  Well for the next few weeks on the road.  Who knows where after that.  We have been so busy living our dream/s that we haven’t thought up new ones recently.  We are very blessed.

Think about your dreams, where they have taken you, what didn’t come to pass, what dreams came along that you didn’t imagine and where you expect them to take you in the future.

Please leave your comments below.

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Today’s scripture readings, reflection and prayer:

Living Together in the Word

Bob & Rita’s book:  Forever and Day:  An Invitation to Create a Marriage That Lasts a Lifetime is available on Amazon.com or by contacting us.  Also available for Kindle and Nook. Make a retreat with your spouse, at home, on your time.  Readings, relationship tips, questions for discussion.

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About Rita & Bob Boeke

Rita Boeke has experience teaching scripture and with her husband Bob has experience in enriching marriages through workshops and retreats. They post a weekly blog at thewonderofmarriage.com and co-authored Forever and a Day: An Invitation to Create a Marriage that Lasts a Lifetime.
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One Response to Dreams

  1. Paula Crow says:

    I was going to leave you some information on “Going to the Sun” Road in Montana, but it is now temporarily closed. Consider Banff — a feast for your souls as well as your eyes. It was great lunching with you and spending some quality time together. Have a wonderful dream trip — may it be all you dreamed it would be. Love, Paula

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