Staying Awake to Dream || {personal}

We have been road-tripping some these past two weeks, and the hours and miles always breath perspective into my often scattered mind. It has long been joked and commiserated over how our daughter Emma never sleeps in the car. Never. As in, in her six years of life I can count on one hand the times she has given in to lulling of the road and slept the ride away. But, I really can’t fault her as I myself can never take eyes off the passing landscape long enough to seek slumber.

This latest round of travel both fed my unending appetite for beauty and inspiration, while also humbling me to the understanding of how essential dreaming is to our growth and life beyond simply surviving. How quickly we allow the dreamer in us to be hushed under booming voices of obligation and practicality. Seated in the passenger seat with eyes set out windows and whispers of prayers, the question rises, ‘Where do we halt the dreaming? Why do we cease gazing out on beauty, the majesty right outside our windshield?’ As I have discovered in my own expedition of waking, my opening of eyes anew- apathy and sleepy soul arrive on the very heels of windows shut and gazes glazed over numb. Having even but a taste of ┬álife beyond the numb is all I needed to know I never care to shut my eyes to dreaming again.

Given my musings this morning, it seems fitting to share images captured on our travels in simplicity, with only open eyes and iPhone. Thank you for stopping by and always being quick to extend a thought or musing of your own. My hope is you will be awakened to new lovlies outside your window on beauty today.

Much Love,


“The remedy is in the retina.” – Ann Voskamp

*All images captured with iPhone 3G, processed using


July 20, 2011 - 10:18 am

kim jenne I know I have closed the door to many dreams of my own. Today I will take another look with fresh new eyes. Thank you for sharing your heart. As always, I have new perspective.

July 20, 2011 - 11:02 am

Betty Richmond It is in the simplicity of life that I find the majestic. Thank you for reminding us to dream. Somewhere along the way I have lost the ability…I pray it will be renewed.

July 20, 2011 - 12:04 pm

hthr love you friend.

July 20, 2011 - 12:05 pm

sarahrichmond I think when our dreams don’t play out as we have dreamt them we are quick to slam the door on the practice altogether, instead of surrendering to the dream God is weaving together. I also think as a people, specifically as women in pursuit of contentment we fill our lives with everything but the source, finding us with a web of service and “opportunities” to organize, manage, and suck the imagination right out of the equation. We trade our dreams in for practicality, but fool ourselves by calling it Wisdom.

Apparently I have more to say on the topic. :-) thank you for your feedback!

August 28, 2011 - 3:10 pm

Sara Would LOVE it if you would share these photos at my photo swap going on right now!!

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