Thursday, March 31, 2005

It's almost too easy...

I love to travel. Since I was 13 years old, I have been saving money all year and going on summer mission trips to foreign countries, mostly in central America, and one big one to Africa when I was 19. On our honeymoon, we took a "road trip" up the East Coast, since I'd never been to that part of the U.S. I've gotten to visit much of the U.S., and there's still a lot to be seen.

A friend linked me to a website where you can fill in all the states you've been to, and then you get a map with all of your "visited" states in red and the "to be visited" states white. It was so fun to see the map fill up with red. It was the white states that bothered me. There is so much to be seen. My vision for my family for so long was to make as much money as we could, pay off debts, get a house, buy things that make me happy like furniture and toys and cars..blah blah blah. Try to "consume" our way to happiness. That's what the president suggested, isn't it? Go out there and buy stuff and build America up again.

I'm slowly discovering, that this is no longer my big dream. I want to see the world. I want to show my children all of my favorite places, and make new memories with my husband in some of his favorite spots. I want to visit Oregon, Dustin's favorite state. The details in which he described the boat docks in the morning, the detail in the sky, the beauty of the people he met...Oregon must be seen. I want to visit Vermont, especially in the Autumn. Autumn is my favorite season, and I can think of no other place that I would like to spend the season in than Vermont. I want to visit my family in Canada and California (again) and the Carolinas and Florida...

When talking to Dustin about this a few nights ago, it seemed so hopeless. We can't live off of credit cards. We have to find some job that would allow this travelling and still sustain us throughout the year. Dustin dreams big, he'll think of a way.

So last night, we're lying in bed and Dustin is talking about how much he loves running. He's on day #2 of his running adventures and he asks about some fun marathons he can enter. Of course, there's the annual run up the mountain, in our hometown in Arkansas. But other than that, he wants to train and compete. And then it hits him... we'll travel, he'll enter marathons, win the money and just do that for awhile. Two birds, one stone. I smile, at his little fantasy, my dreamer.

I tell him "Thank you. I can sleep easier tonight knowing we've got it all worked out. You just have to win, right?" It's almost too easy...


At 4/01/2005 12:28 AM, Blogger Valerie Dykstra said...

Yet again, you make me smile. Very captivating.

At 4/01/2005 1:23 AM, Blogger mindi11 said...

oh, you're too sweet. I never realized how long winded I was until I realized that other people are having to endure stinking long entries just to get to my point...thanks for sticking with me!

At 4/01/2005 7:19 AM, Blogger K said...

Love your pictures!

And I can totally relate to the dream of being able to travel and getting far far away from living on credit cards ... sounds like we're in the same boat. I love to travel, too. I'm the only one in my family who's been fortunate enough to see so much of the world.

You're not long winded ... just lots of stuff to share, right? :)

Have a good day!
• Kris
my blog

At 4/01/2005 7:05 PM, Blogger TA TA said...

Traveling the world would be nice but do you really want to live out of a suitcase? And might I remind you of how Julian screams while traveling and Bella Needs'" out of her car seat.....and the price of gasoline is just out of sight...and besides.....well I guess if you have a Winnebago - that's just like a home and there would be plenty of room for Bozo and Tata - i mean Poppy and Tata....Run Dustin RUNNNNN!!!!
Love MOM

At 4/02/2005 1:26 AM, Blogger mindi11 said...

Yeah, maybe I won't travel. I'll move in with my parents and let them take care of me and my wild family...there's a thought! :)
Fun for everyone!

At 4/13/2005 11:47 AM, Anonymous BeastlySum said...

I'm really enjoying your posts--found you via the Wish Jar Tales blog. Thanks for sharing all this beauty--it is a much-needed influence.


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