The Dream Goes On {Launch and Give-away!!}

I’ve never been good at getting into cold water, it takes me a very. long. time. Eventually I will enjoy it and feel comfortable.

I’m not good at cruising a crowd of new people. My hope is that will be at least one familiar face and if I find one I will usually stick to them like glue. It takes me awhile to branch out and make new contacts.

I’m not much of a risk taker and I second guess myself all the time.

Enter the Allume conference (a whole new level of trusting God for me) and then…The God-Sized Dream Team.

Talk about cold water, strangers and risk-taking.

What possessed me to take the risk and apply for the team? Well, God did obviously!! Suddenly there I was about to ‘meet’ about 100 people that were new to me. Then I saw a familiar name or two (Julie Wilson and Mandy Mianeki whom I had met at Allume), so I breathed a little easier.

And then I inched my way in, a toenail at a time.

Here is a group of people bent on encouragement, prayer and dreaming big.

Today I am jumping off the diving board with Rosanne Bowman…we are both launching our new blogs (hers is almost ready and I’m going to shout about it when it is)!! This site has been ready for over a week and I’ve been too scared to put it out there.  I’m not sure I would have taken this step without the Team. I think I am, perhaps, a little braver than I was 6 months ago.

We’ve prayed and blogged through trials, the birthing of dreams, the changes and fine-tuning that has had to take place. The complete reconstruction of dreams and the crazy that goes with dreaming in the first place.

Because we took the time to spell it out. To say it out loud. To post it for the world to see…

* I find myself dreaming more often
* I find myself encouraging other people to dream
* I am slowly walking toward my dreams one step at a time
* I am encouraging myself to not give up
* I have invited others to pray and speak into these dreams

Tomorrow I will post a dream update. The original list is back on the old blog, you can read it here.

I’m still scared stiff that this dream, the one that looks like being a bona fide writer will crash and burn. And maybe it will. Or maybe it won’t. It most likely will look nothing like I envision in my mind right now. But, because I was a part of this amazing group of women, led by Holley Gerth, I am trusting the outcome to a God who is the giver of dreams and completely trust worthy.

I invite you to continue dreaming with me in this new space. You can subscribe to get posts straight to your inbox in that little box Abby put in the top of the sidebar.  {I handed this baby over to my thirteen year old daughter as a home school project so she could learn design basics…it took far longer than I anticipated but didn’t she do a great job?}  Nothing like putting your dream in someone else’s hands!

A Little Give-Away

Leave a comment and you will be entered to win one of these:

Created by Lisa Leonard, it’s so pretty!

More Encouragement

We have been linking up on Tuesdays with our Dreamer posts and this is the last in that series. Please go over to Holley Gerth’s site and read through some of the other dreamer posts, I know you will be encouraged by this brave group of women that I am happy to call my friends and sisters. {so excited to meet some of them in(RL) at Allume this year}

Here are some excerpts from these beautiful women:

“I often think of the unexpected blessings I have received because I said YES! I get to be a part of His story.”  Courtney DeFeo – read whole post here

” I was wrecked in a whole new beautiful way.” Mandy Mianecki – read whole post here.

I am already living a God-sized dream. 

A different dream, yet a dream a none the less.” Ashley Wells – read whole post 


There are so many more, click on this button to view the other links.


I’m going to keep on talking about dreaming and the rest of the craziness that is my life on a regular basis.  I hope you will join me, I love your comments and questions and you, I love you because you are a beautiful dreamer, too.

About Lani

With six kids, a farm, a ministry and dreams poking out in every direction I need plenty of grace to keep all the balls in the air. The sweet thing is that when I drop them, that crazy grace of God is there telling me I'm still okay...and you are, too...welcome to this place of grace.

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41 Responses to The Dream Goes On {Launch and Give-away!!}

  1. laura p May 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    I love it! Great job!

    • Lani May 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

      thanks for stopping by

    • Nelda Bertram May 29, 2013 at 1:16 am #

      This is beautiful Lani! Keep dreaming!!

  2. Kristin Smith May 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    So proud of you! Don’t sign me up for the giveaway since I already have the bracelet – but just wanted to give you a little encouragement and say I hope we can all meet up at Allume in October!! 🙂

    • Lani May 28, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

      that would be great Kristin…I am so looking forward to that!

  3. Christine Wright May 28, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Beautiful!! Your daughter did a gorgeous job! A++++! : ) It’s clean and easy to navigate…and I’m loving the background.

    It’s awesome that you’re stepping out like this – such a great example for your daughter (and your other children too!)!

    • Lani May 28, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

      thanks Christine!! She did do a good job.

  4. Maureen May 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    I love this! Until recently I have been afraid to dream God sized dreams! Not anymore.!

    • Lani May 28, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

      woohoo!!! I’m so glad for you Maureen, is there any way I can pray for you?

  5. Chelsea O May 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    I love it Lani!!! You are always so inspiring. You and Kelly are two of my very favorite mentors. You – letting me help write Sunday school music, and Kelly – having a genuine interest in how people are REALLY doing.

    • Chelsea O May 28, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

      ***sunday school curriculum – not music

      • Lani May 29, 2013 at 1:09 am #

        And how ARE you really doing Chelsea? I haven’t talked to you in ages!

  6. Jessica May 28, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    So excited for your launch! Isn’t it wonderful and terrifying all in the same breath?! It’s visually beautiful and your words are nothing short of a true blessing. Thank you for sharing it with the world.

    • Lani May 29, 2013 at 1:10 am #

      yes! yes it is! I’ve had butterflies all day!!

  7. Laura Rath May 28, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    Lani, your daughter did a beautiful job!

    Those God-sized Dreams are so hard to put out there…into the world…for anyone and everyone to see! So glad you clicked “publish” to share with us.


    • Lani May 29, 2013 at 1:11 am #

      Thanks for your encouragement Laura!

  8. Crystal H. May 28, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    I like the new name! I love that Abby designed this. I continue to be impressed with you and your family. Have a great day!

    • Lani May 29, 2013 at 1:11 am #

      So glad you came to visit us in our new place, I’d hate to have lost you!! 🙂

  9. Laura May 28, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    So happy God put us on the same plane together to Allume. I’ll never forget that. Beautiful space, very impressed with your daughter! xo

    • Lani May 29, 2013 at 1:12 am #

      Me, too, Laura. I’m so very glad I met you on that plane! She is kinda impressive 😉

  10. Kim May 28, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    Thank goodness for techy daughters! Mine, too, helped me get mine up and running. I hear you on the fear-I was up until 3am the day it was launching.

    It looks great, Lani. Well done! I will be excited to see how your dream of writing progresses!

    I had to laugh when I started to read your post. I kept saying, yes, yes, yes-we are so much more alike than I ever realized! Looking forward to being roomies at Allume and seeing all our other God-Sized Dream buddies!

    • Lani May 29, 2013 at 1:13 am #

      I love your writing style Kim…it resonates with me so much. I just went over and read today’s post…so excited to be rooming with a future Allume speaker (said that out loud, yes I did)!!

  11. Tina Blankenship May 29, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    Congratulations on jumping in the water. I look forward to reading where you go…

    • Lani May 29, 2013 at 1:14 am #

      Thanks for stopping in on your limited internet time Tina, it means alot!! 🙂

  12. Kacey May 29, 2013 at 1:03 am #

    Congrats fellow God-sized dreamer! I enjoyed reading your post. You’re braver than you think.

    • Lani May 29, 2013 at 1:14 am #

      thank you so much…I didn’t think clicking a button would be so scary!!

  13. Mandy May 29, 2013 at 3:04 am #

    You did it! You launched! Way. To. Go! What a perfect giveaway. And you are so kind to link to me:) It has been an incredible 6 months.

  14. Tammy K. May 29, 2013 at 3:11 am #

    Way to go, Lani! I’m so excited for you and the new blog!!! You can do it! 🙂

  15. Lorretta May 29, 2013 at 3:29 am #

    So sweet! This looks great Lani…congratulations! I am so excited for your Big Dream!

  16. Jennifer D. May 29, 2013 at 6:28 am #

    I’ve just agreed to a writing opportunity that scares the tar out of me!! This bracelet is the perfect accessory for that! Ha!! 🙂

  17. Mandy Scarr May 29, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    CONGRATULATIONS! Your blog is beautiful—and your heart shines through! Keep chasing those dreams, dream sister!

  18. Sabrina May 29, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Congrats on the new blog! it looks great and I look forward to reading new things from you! Love from overseas 🙂

  19. Katharine Barrett May 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Just beautiful! Congratulations!

  20. Lani May 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    So glad to have had you all join me here today!!!

  21. Sherri May 30, 2013 at 2:42 am #

    Congratulations – your new blog is beautiful! Yay for stepping out into God’s dreams!

  22. Donna May 30, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    SO thrilled for you and your new GOD SIZED adventure!!!!! So far, the new diggs are mighty fine :).

  23. Debby June 1, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    Wonderful site Lani….I love your thoughts on paper….I started a blog a year ago and haven’t done much with it so maybe this summer I will do some ‘dreaming’ and start posting….God Bless on your new adventure in writing and sharing…..

    • Lani June 3, 2013 at 12:54 am #

      of course you should start dreaming!! 🙂 and posting…

  24. Lizzie Branch June 3, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    Commenting on your LOVELY blog!! So happy for you sweet friend!!

  25. Sabrina June 3, 2013 at 12:50 am #

    The website looks fabulous! Congrats! I, too, am a reluctant and hesitant dreamer. But God!

    I’m subscribing now 🙂

    • Lani June 3, 2013 at 12:53 am #

      yay!! thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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