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Keeping up with The Cantelmo's: Dreams

Monday, April 23, 2012


I have these dreams. I guess they are typical dreams for many of us. I dream of having a house with a bedroom for each of the kids, an office and possibly a guest room. I dream of having lots of places for the kids to play and spots for them to study. I dream of having a backyard with a play center, a trampoline, a sand box and maybe even a tire swing. The cherry on top would be a white picket fence.
In the grand scheme of things these dreams don’t matter much. It’s not bad to desire a house that I could use to entertain, a place for my kids to bring friends to and a place for our family to find comfort and peace. Sometimes I need to be brought back from my dreamland to reality. God always does this in different ways.
On Friday Grace had the day off of school. She has been planning to bring toys for kids with cancer to the hospital for a while now but she we’ve never had a chance. So Friday, the kids and I went down to Cardon’s Children’s hospital to deliver the toys Grace bought with her own money. When Grace gave the toys to the nurse and talked with the child life specialist I felt so proud and thankful. Thankful that God gave my little girl a heart to serve others.
Then on Saturday my mom took Grace and Olivia for the day. My mom is a nurse practitioner and needed to see some patients in a group home. My mom bought some gifts for the girls to pass out to the ladies in the group home. My mom told me that the girls were so well behaved; they talked to the ladies and were so polite.
After that my mom took the girls to visit a friend whose dog had puppies. My girls love animals and had a great time playing with them.
Grace and I talked a lot about those past two days. Grace told me she wanted to start a club with her friends where they got together and wrote notes to kids that are sick or without a mom or a dad to cheer them up. Then they would deliver the kids presents. God loves to use my children to remind me what’s important in life.
It’s so easy to dream of having the nicest things, the best clothes and the best house. God wants me to focus on things that matter to Him.
I have always desired for my kids to have a heart that wants to serve the Lord and serve others. Sure it would be nice for my kids to have an “easy” life but they will have a better more fulfilled life if it’s filled with hardships, trials and opportunities for them to take the focus off of themselves and on to others.
I need to start with me. I need to model a heart that serves others so my kids can see how God wants us to live.
My dream is that my children would have a strong desire to serve the Lord with their lives and that they would live out their purpose every single day.
Now that’s the good life.

And Finding Beautify in the Ordinary 



At April 23, 2012 at 6:40 PM , Blogger Katie said...

your kids are so sweet and you are definitely a great example to them of someone who loves and follows Christ!! You are doing an amazing job! (And they are incredibly cute too!) Thanks for doing my giveaway too!! Did you choose a winner?

At April 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM , Blogger Kelli Woodford said...

Oh, I needed this today.

Been fighting that discontentment bug myself, and I think it has been winning! But you give it such a better focus -- not think of what the kids are missing, but think of what they're *gaining*!

Really great post. Thank you for ministering to my heart!

At April 25, 2012 at 1:39 AM , Blogger Denise said...

Such a sweet post.

At April 25, 2012 at 9:23 AM , Blogger Jerralea said...

How sweet that your kids want to reach out to others! That's what is most important. (Even though I understand your desire for a more spacious home - me, too! - but you are so right, having kids that desire to serve God is the most awesome blessing.


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