Monthly Archives: April 2013

Our Daily Family Theater.

Princess Aurora dancing with Prince Phillip.

Princess Aurora dancing with Prince Phillip.

Yesterday I was Mrs. Potts, Eric was The Beast, Ella was Chip (the teacup), and Emma was, of course, Belle. This is not completely out of the ordinary in our household as of late. The day before I was the Queen, Eric was Prince Phillip, Ella was Baby Aurora and Emma was, you guessed it, Princess Aurora.

Other names of ours include: Angelina Ballerina, Polly, and Mr. & Mrs. Mousling; Ariel, Flounder, Prince Eric…mommy has yet to receive a part here…I’ll keep you posted; Rapunzel, Prince Eugene, Baby Rapunzel and the Queen; Cinderella, Prince Charming, Baby Cinderella and the fairy-god-mother.

The tutu clarifies that she is Angelina Ballerina here in the store. :)

The tutu clarifies that she is Angelina Ballerina here in the store. :)

Emma certainly keeps us on our toes in keeping up to date with the most recent princess change…it happens in an instant. Thankfully she has become quite good at informing us when she is contemplating the next princess change which has given us an entire extra minute to adjust to the right characters before our next play is in full swing. Our “plays” are really nothing but normal day to day happenings in our house in which we simply refer to one another using our princess names. And yes she does remind us if we forget to use the proper princess titles…even in the middle of praying before bed sometimes.

Oh we love our very imaginative little Emma, never a dull moment!

In full Rapunzel character here as you can tell by the hair and purple tutu (Rapunzel's dress is purple).

In full Rapunzel character here as you can tell by the hair and purple tutu (Rapunzel’s dress is purple).

*Quick cute sidenote regarding Ella’s given character of Chip the Teacup: We have a book in which Belle and Chip are described as best friends….just makes me smile knowing that is what Emma was thinking when she named Ella for our “Beauty and the Beast” play. ;)

And no she has not seen all these movies, only Cinderella,Tangled and just recently The Little Mermaid…the others she has only seen little parts of the songs here and there from clips we’ve shown her or books we have. She’s a little sensitive to scary parts so we’re waiting to show her the other full movies till she seems ready.

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Praising My Savior All the Day Long.

I’m exhausted. I’m a little discouraged. And yet, I can honestly say I am incredibly thankful.

I am thankful that God doesn’t just make things go smooth and easy for us all the time because then I remember that I must rely on Him, and that is the best place to be. I am thankful that He pulls me back to that place of recognizing my constant and complete reliance on Him as soon as I may have stupidly slipped into a moment of thinking I had things all perfectly together and in order (cause that is just not happening till that glorious day I meet Him face to face).

I am thankful for the body of Christ that God has blessed us with. I am thankful for the fellow young mom in our church body who let me borrow a book a few weeks ago, a book that was so encouraging and refreshing to me, just another young mommy striving to glorify God in every seemingly small choice, attitude, and move I make. A book that reminded of the vitality of soaking myself in the truths of scripture, which sometimes in my mommy world means listening to hymns (because sitting down and just reading is not always an immediate option as the family & household manager).

This kind reminder, of the encouragement of just hearing and instilling God’s truths in my heart, was just what God knew I needed to read last night. He knew I needed to read it so that today, when I arrived home from church with two little girls who had had a “less than stellar” morning at church, I would turn to His truths instead of just wallowing in the hardness of juggling two rather, let’s just say  “unsocial” girls this morning.

Wood-Planks-Background-2161404As our two sweet girls & I began listening to the hymns (which I immediately turned on once home) while we started to prep lunch for daddy, who would be home from church soon as well, I remembered this important truth (from the hymn Blessed Assurance by Frances Crosby)….

“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, all is at rest, I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above, Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.”

I am thankful that I can praise my Savior all the day long (sidenote: I am also so thankful for a godly grandmother who I can hear singing this in my head every time I hear, read or say these words…thankful for a godly heritage) no matter how exhausted I may feel. I am thankful that my main discouragement right now is really just a little 2 year old girl adjusting to a big Sunday School class (which really in the grand scheme of things is so minute). I am thankful for a husband who so kindly leads our family and prays with me that our little Emma will enjoy Sunday School someday soon. And I am thankful that God is using this to teach me to not be a people-pleaser but just be focused on honoring Him as we parent our little girls which He has so graciously blessed us with.

And so you see….this is why, in the end, I can even be thankful for this somewhat emotionally exhausting morning at church, really truly thankful for it as it reminded me that This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior all the day long;……no matter what this truth won’t change and I’m honored & humbled that God has given me this story & song.

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The “Beautiful Dress.”

So glad we captured this moment...the very first time Emma put on her "beautiful dress.

So glad we captured this moment…the very first time Emma put on her “beautiful dress.

It all began one Sunday evening in early November when Emma was sick. Grammy & Papi wanted to stop by to say hi to the poor sick little Emma, who had recently sprung an interest in princesses. They also thought it would be nice for Emma to have some new comfy pajamas to lounge in while recovering from the flu and thus very thoughtfully brought Emma the surprise of pink dress pajamas with princesses on it.

Emma immediately saw this dress as something very dear, in fact initially she would not wear it to eat or sleep in for fear that it may get ruined. As time went on (a week) this dress gained a title…

The “beautiful dress.”

Before we knew it this beautiful pink dress was allllllllllllllll Emma wanted to wear, so much so that at one point we did have to take it away for an entire week because of the dramatic effect it would cause anytime Emma was informed she needed to wear something other than the dress.

Thankfully she is now past the point of “mourning” each time she has to take it off and changes easily into other clothes. Anywho, that was back in November….

The beautiful dress also often appreciates the addition of a necklace.

The beautiful dress also often appreciates the addition of a necklace.

It is now April and this “beautiful dress” has not lost its charm. It has been through several tears, stains, bad sewing jobs to fix the tears (sewing is not mommy’s strong point), a couple potty training incidents and endless washer/dryer cycles…yet to Emma the beauty of this dress has not seemed to fade one bit.

The beauty is so remarkable to our little girl that the simple addition of a sweater is most definitely not a favorite accessory due to the fact that they may by chance cover up the princess picture in the middle.

The dress can even be worn while pretending to clean floors...while she sings like Cinderella of course.

The dress can even be worn while pretending to clean floors…while she sings like Cinderella of course.

This “beautiful dress” continues to be the very first thing Emma asks to put on each morning. She can’t wait to get that dress back on when we get home after being out somewhere. Anytime it is in the washer/dryer she eagerly awaits the moment she can go open that dryer door, find her “beautiful dress” and scurry as fast as she can to have it back on.

And anytime the dress is put back on she will, without fail, ask either Eric or I (sometimes even both of us), “do you like it?” “isn’t it beautiful?” “do you like my beautiful dress?”.

Then other times it is just a simple statement reassuring us that indeed the dress is still beautiful as she twirls, gets that “beautiful dress” contented face of hers on, and delightfully declares… “it’s beautiful!”

We know this “beautiful dress” phase won’t last forever…but it is a long enough phase that we had to get this one written down here for the memories. And that is why this “beautiful dress” deserved a post all it’s own, before it is lost and forgotten.

Actually, most likely the case will be that this “beautiful dress” will continue to be so dearly loved that it is eventually worn beyond recognition…I just discovered yet another new hole in the dress today…

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