Friday, August 19, 2011

Share Your Dream

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPromise for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
 Photo of Teyla at 16 months enjoying fall 2010 in Coal City, West Virginia, courtesy of MJ
Every night, after I brush Teyla's long, curly hair and help her into one of her favorite Dora night dresses, I tuck her into bed, dim the nearby lamp and softly sing, 
"A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep

Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true ..."
Teyla totally loves this song. I am admittedly not the greatest singer in the world, but my heart goes flip-flop and, often, my eyes moisten when, at the end of the song, our precious two-year-old looks up at me with sleepy eyes and says, "Thankoo, mommy. Goo-night."  At that moment, I feel like Lea Salonga after one of her amazing "Miss Saigon" performances. Or Luciano Pavarotti (may he rest in peace). I love her so much.

Speaking about dreams, I had a blast the other day sharing my dream for Teyla on Dream Wall. Turns out Upromise is celebrating its anniversary by giving away a total of $20,000 to lucky contestants who share their dreams for their children's future. So when a friend recently told me about this contest, I said to myself, "Why not? Hey, I might even win, and if not, there's no harm in trying!" 

Photo of Teyla at five months "reading" one of her baby books, courtesy of MJ
I shared my hope that Teyla will always find reading magical. I told of how we started reading to her everyday from the week we brought her home from the hospital, how we continue to set aside a special reading time for her each day, and how we firmly believe that reading will broaden her horizons in so many incredible ways.

Then, with a prayer in my heart, I hit the SUBMIT button. Just like that, I now have the chance to win $1,000 in Upromise's weekly drawing! And you can have that chance, too, by sharing your own dream for your child on! All contestants are encouraged to vote for their favorite dreams by clicking on the "like" button. The dream entry that receives the highest number of votes by Sept. 29, 2011, will bag the grand prize of $10,000! Visit the Upromise for the dream wall official rules.

Imagine what you could do with $10,000! Take your little munchkin to Disney World to meet Mickey Mouse and the rest of the goofy gang? Spend a glorious week at the beach with your family? Buy a new techno gadget? Maybe a faster computer or a more reliable smart cell phone? Perhaps get some new furniture for the house? The possibilities are endless! 
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So what are you waiting for? Come and share your dream for your kid's tomorrow on Also feel free to talk about your dream in the comment portion of this blog post. Dreams always make for a great conversation piece. I would love to hear yours!

Come and join the Upromise movement today. Share your story with the world and get the chance to win some big bucks!

Visit to read the official rules of the contest.

- By MJ Browning
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  1. reading is very powerful MJ, I am so happy for Teyla for you have such purposeful dream. thanks for sharing this post to us, would be glad to support you in upromise and cast our votes so you hopefully will win the prize.

  2. glad you like it, beth! i'm happy to help TSS again, even with just a bit. yes, we hope teyla grows up loving books. we know that will help broaden her horizons definitely. and thanks for supporting my dream write-up on upromise wall of dreams:)

  3. thanks for such a wonderful post power ranger pal! that photo of little PRP enjoying fall is so beautiful!...will definitely support your dream for her :-)

  4. Namaste: I am dreaming ... and perhaps it is only a dream, but no matter... of a garden business so I could sell to hotels, chai shops, restaurants, and local market stalls: