Rachel's Ramblings: Dreams Do Come True!

I'm a dreamer. 

No doubt about it. I am frequently found, while I should be working on something 'productive', thinking about what could be. It's a blessing and a curse, my tendency to be able to conjure up a new future in my mind. Not every dream is reachable (at least at one time) but I am a firm believer that without that ability to imagine what never was, you can't truly CREATE. 

This theme has repeated itself in my life over and over, and of course has shown up as part of my scrapbooking many times. I do struggle - asking myself if I should curb my future-oriented fantasies to make today more 'real.' It's easy to be disappointed when you're a dreamer. "But I'm not the only one." :) 

I've always loved this quote:  

“Some people see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say, why not?” Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) 

Kennedy was paraphrasing the original, a little known quote from the George Bernard Shaw’s otherwise forgotten play Back to Methuselah (1921)

“You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?’”

I saw this necklace:

and was inspired to create this from our POSSIBILITY kit:

Sometimes dreams don't come true. I think these experiences are important to capture too. Here's a piece on dreams that don't come true. I am tenacious, even when my desires are thwarted. This is from our PURPOSE kit, and explores my disappointment with the boundaries of an important relationship and the stubbornness I cannot help but maintain.

And of course, it would be great to know which of my dreams would come to fruition...or would it? I explored this idea on the following layout from the ANTICIPATION kit, prepared as a feature for the Creating Keepsakes blog.

But today, I want to share that some dreams do come true! 

Finally time to share my great news and let you all know that my wife Leslie (of 21 years) and I have adopted a wonderful, beautiful baby boy!

For some of you I know that the 'wife' part is a surprise too...I've always been private about my personal life in the scrapbook industry (and only in our industry) purely because I wanted people to hear my message and mission first, but I want my son to know that I always have been and continue to be proud of my family and our choices.

I am excited to have the opportunity to walk my talk and be honest...if I'M not authentic, I can't very well ask you to be as I do each day at SFTIO. All of you are an integral part of making my dream of changing the scrapbook world one page at a time a reality. And I thank you.

Photos of the gorgeous Huxley Harris attached...and more to come...thank you for your love and support! Dream pages from me to follow...as soon as he sleeps a few more hours at a time!



I'm just a simple gal said...

aw, I am soooo happy for you both. This is so exciting. Enjoy every moment because it is wonderful and time flies!!!

Kai said...

RACHEL YOU ROCK! Love flinging your way to the whole damn fam! :)

Bonita Rose said...

so so happy for you both.. that little boy is so so blessed. xo

Martine said...

congratulations to the both of you! he's precious! you all make a beautiful family!

Melissa Elsner said...

You are amazing! That sweet little boy is so very much loved. So happy for you both!

Jennifer Matott (Sigmagirl) said...

i love all the inspiration here! That is just beautiful... your sweet family! HUGS!

Tammy said...

you are a woman of truth, love, grace and the biggest dreams! I can not be more proud to not only be part of your team.. but part of your life almost 20 years.... all my love..

chksngr said...

Oh, MY GOSH!!! He's SO SO SO SO CUTE!!! You make a BEAUTIFUL FAMILY!!! CONGRATS!!! (that look on your face is unbelievably amazing. I wish I could bottle it!)

ceruleanblue said...

Wow Rachel, not what I was expecting to read today, but what a beautiful surprise.Congrats on your new little family, what a cute boy.

Louise said...

It has been so amazing for me, as your friend, to be part of the journey and the experience of him coming into your life! I know he will bring you and Leslie lifelong joy and happiness!!!

thriftycrafter said...

I am amazed that you could keep new this good to yourself for so long, how did you not burst? Those around you obviously know though, so easier there. The time will pass so quickly now, scrap it if you can!! Congratulations.