Nurturing an Imagination

Thursday, March 20, 2014

If your friends with me on my personal facebook, you may have seen my post last week about Caroline pretending she was on train ride when she went to bed. In response to this post, I got a pretty cool comment from my previous boss about children and imaginations. He said:

"80% of all toddlers under age 5 use there imagination and dream daily:) 80% of adults no longer have dreams or use there imagination after age 38 NEVER LET ANYONE STEAL YOUR DREAMS CAROLINE:)"

I really felt like I could relate to that statistic as I'm constantly overwhelmed by Caroline's ability to "pretend", and continue to watch my own creativity and imaginary ideas slowly diminish as I get older and life gets...well "lifeier".  
 I have posted my status for you below-


Her little mind is magical. Everything is possible inside there. It makes her laugh historically when you make a stuffed animal talk in a high pitched voice, because her mind is diverse enough to "pretend" there is a real person inside of there. You give her a stick and it becomes a magic wand that can turn mommy into a "Queen". You supply empty shampoo bottles and shaving cream lids in the bath, and she makes "soup". 

The past few nights (every night since the movie has been out on DVD), we have watched Disney's "Frozen". While she watches the movie she takes out her Frozen figurines and has them reenact the entire movie. *Frozen in stereo is a totally different experience by the way. I just love hearing each part twice as she repeats the characters really I love it!* 
When Princess Elsa goes away, she is tossed behind a couch pillow, and we get the "don't touch her she is in her castle" warning if we try to move her so we can sit down. Caro doesn't need the fancy playsets or props to love playing with her dolls; the cushions, blankets, and ottoman will do just fine as the Kingdom, Mountains, and Castle. 

I just wish so much that I could live in that imaginary world that she is so familiar with. Where fun is lurking around every corner. Where a leaf is "magical" and has powers. Where grass is gas for her cozy coupe car. Where mulch is food for her bear when we are on a walk, and we collect every daisy we pass because those are her "collection". 

As a parent I stare wide eyed at her in admiration of her innocence, and trust in us, and happiness. 
As a child of God I wonder if I rob him of this. Do I fail to come to him with child like faith as I have been called to? Do I truly rejoice in what I have, and use my pillows and blankets for fun instead of wishing for the whole Frozen playset before I can start enjoying the toys? 

In the Bible, the gospel reminds us of how VITAL it is for us to have attributes in our faith that resemble that of a child during childhood. 

"And said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."

Matthew 18:3

It doesn't suggest that Christianity will be more fun if you do, or that it will be easier, or that you will have more jewels on your crown in Heaven. It clearly says UNLESS YOU DO, YOU WILL NEVER ENTER THE KINGDOM.

This sounds scary, and intimidating, and at first one can easily wonder:
"Why is loving God so complicated. Why can't loving him be enough"

But, what we fail to so often understand is that Christian Faith is a lot like Childhood. You must fully RELY on our father to care and provide. Like Children we are not capable of providing necessary means. If you don't rely, it's not true belief. You don't truly believe he is who he says he is if you don't believe that he is the only true provider, that what you have and what you have done is not a mistake, or by chance. To truly believe you MUST have a childlike faith in something unseen, in the same way a little one believes in "magical powers" though no child has seen "powers". 

Hand in hand goes this verse with the well known: 

"For whomever shall believe in him shall have everlasting life"
John 3:16

To have everlasting life you must believe, and to believe you must become childlike. As adults believing in what we don't understand is unnatural, but watching a child believe in what they don't understand is beautiful. We all WANT that. We all NEED that. 

So how do you GET that?
You read the "fairy tales". You read the stories that suggest animals can talk, and princesses have wands, and kisses change people from toads. The only direct link a child has to their imagination is a world presented to them via literature and media.

We must read the Bible. We have to listen to the stories of those who believed and God worked through. We have to read the stories like that of Abraham and Sarah, that "magical powers" aka GOD, were able to bring life into the world through a ninety-nine year old man and ninety year old woman well past their  "scientific" child bearing ages. You have to expose yourself to miracles. 
This world won't gleefully welcome your ideas of walking on water. It won't convince you that five loaves of bread and 2 fish can feed the masses. 

Read the fairytales, so you too can believe in the FACT that you are a prince/princess, child of THE King; a king with power and control over his kingdom who does rule, and who will bring justice to those who do not believe, and will not allow those who don't believe to eat at his table. 

I won't believe kissing a toad will turn him into a prince, however, that's just gross. ;)

(Here the Frozen characters were playing "duck duck goose")

...and that my Dear, was all she wrote...

Monday Monotony

Monday, March 17, 2014

It's Monday, for those of you who are just now feeling like your awake, like me. I'd like to say it's because my allergies are killing LITERALLY KILLING ME, but lets be real, every Monday kinda feels like someone has hit me with a 18 wheeler, backed up and reversed over me. In honor of how exhausting this Monday has been, I've put together a little collage of 'Monday' pictures that most all of us can relate to. If it wasn't Monday, you would probably laugh out loud to these, but since it is, you'll just chuckle inside and glance at the clock in the bottom corner of your computer to see if it's 5:30 yet. I get it... I'm in the same boat. In fact, I'm sailing the ship. 

Now that you've nodded your head and thought "YUP" to everyone of those pictures... here is the bad news...

Have a Happy Week!! ;)

...and that my Dear, was all she wrote...

You won't find me quitting...

Friday, March 14, 2014

I'm joining a linkup today with Believe in the Sparks on "things I could never quit". Mostly just because I thought this was an interesting topic...something I hadn't really ever thought of before.

What could I never quit??

 1) Apparently I can never quit picking up "night nights" off the floor. Night Night is Caroline's favorite blanket she has had since she was born. She has about 25 of the same blanket with different patterns on them. When she can't find the one she was carrying, she just goes and gets another one. Needless to say at any time I am picking up 3+ Night Nights to wash because I don't know if they are actually dirty or not. 
PS. I'm 90% sure Caroline took this picture of her own NNs on the floor. She thinks it's funny to walk around with my phone and take pictures of stuff on the floor in the house.

 2) Believing that the Lord WILL give me the desires of my heart. He has proved it time and time again.  I could never quit having faith in my God. I could never quit trusting my life to his hands.

 3) Posting pictures of this cutie! I know everyone posts pictures of their kids... and if you don't have kids... you probably just don't get it yet! I want to share her with EVERYONE because she is simply the coolest kid I know. ;)  I mean LOOK at her!

4) Eating Sandwiches. I LOVE a good deli sandwich. In fact, next to Chick Fil A, and Filet Minion it's probably my favorite food. I could probably go to a sandwich place for lunch everyday. In particular I love Which Wich, Potbellys, Jersey Mikes, The Great Outdoors, and Quiznos

So there ya have it. Four things I could never quit...or is it four things I wouldn't WANT to?

...and that my Dear, was all she wrote...

Erin Condren Excitement

Thursday, March 6, 2014

If your reading this, you can probably tell that The Pink Porch got a makeover!! Thanks to the wonderful designs of Marquis Clark over at Simply Clarke , we have a new fresh face just in time for Spring. I haven't posted in a while, but one thing I DO want to share with you that I was super excited about while I was gone was getting my Erin Condren Planner. I know it sounds TOTALLY overrated... excited about a planner? But YES, YES I AM. If you go back and read a post I wrote recently about how much I love real books, and paper, and planners, you will not be surprised by my excitement. I love physically writing in a planner, I love using different colors to organize, and with my new planner I have all these fun personalized stickers for certain things. Like "going to Arkansas" since we do this frequently, and one for "Caro's Activity" for any Bday Parties or things she needs to attend. SO for your entertainment I have two Youtube Videos for your viewing pleasure. This just further indicates how nerdy I really am. But, for those of you who want to see exactly what one of the Life Planners and some of the accessories look like... here ya go. NOTE: Please ignore my yelling at my 3 year old that I will be with her in a minute.


 So as you can see, these planners are pretty freak'in cool!! If you like planners, if you like stationary, if you want to get organized... check them out. They aren't the cheapest planner out there, but if you watch other youtube videos or research, there isn't a person I know that has bought one that didn't LOVE it!!

 Here's a link:

No, this is not one of my many business ventures, lol I just get some extra goodies if you use my link!If you buy one, you will get a link of your own to share. Speaking of goodies, in Lu of The Pink Porch makeover and launching of the official Facebook page, I have a giveaway for a $10 credit towards any Erin Condren Products on the site!! Just share and like to enter. Contest will run through Sunday at Noon. Have fun!
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