TOS Blog Cruise ~ Dreams of a Different Life

I think it is human nature to occasionally dream about how different choices could lead to a different life. 

What if I’d pursued the path of attending the U.S. Coast Guard Academy instead of the closer University of Southern Mississippi? 

What if I’d chosen to attend graduate school at the University of Maryland instead of the University of Rochester? 

In either case, I would have never met Mr. O and would have a completely different life now.  Even what seems like a smaller choice could have a big impact on what you do in your life.

Which brings us to a related question for the TOS Blog Cruise this week:

If you didn’t homeschool, what would you DREAM of doing?

This is something that does come to mind at times.  If I wasn’t homeschooling the boys, would I be back in the workforce.  Beyond just whether I would be working, there is also the idea of what I would be doing?

Would I choose to use on of my previous degrees (chemistry, neuroscience, and business/marketing)?  Or, would I pursue a dream?

Well, I can say that I had the opportunity to have a taste of a ‘dream’ job for a while before Little J was born.  I spent 6 months as interim Music Ministry Director at our parish in Maryland.  This job allowed me to blend a love of music and love of Catholic liturgy.  And, it was a job that would be a dream to have for the long term.

Compared to other jobs I could pursue, music ministry doesn’t pay nearly as well.  But, it would allow for that integration of doing something you love along with ministering to others in the process.  As someone who has realized that she has a heart for service, the pursuit of just money holds less appeal.

Thankfully, I can enjoy using my (meager) musical talents on occasion at our church here in Alaska.  And, I can dream that some day I might be more involved in music ministry again.

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A Catholic mom to four boys, Laura has been homeschooling since 2005. Currently, one son is in school while the others are at home. When not 'working', she is enjoying life up in Alaska.


  1. Sounds good to me! I like music too. For now you can sing to and with your little ones… my kids grew up with and love music… just like their dad and I. We now sing at church as a family.

  2. It is such a treat when you can mix things you love together into one job. Music ministry sounds like something like that for you. Sometimes we get "paid" much more than money. Thanks for sharing!God Bless,Doreen

  3. Money isn't everything is it? When I think of "jobs" I'm not typically thinking of how much it pays, I think about how it can serve others and make me happy doing so.Maybe one day I'll see your name on a recording list :)

  4. My own husband has been a part-time music minister on two different occasions–and now serves in the music ministry of our church through the choir and the band. Although he has never made much, I do know he loves making music and serving the Lord through it. I'm glad to see that you have a passion for it, as well.

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