This little guy always makes me smile. Ages ago we flew Virgin Airlines to England and were given a toiletry bag for the flight. The rubber duck was attached to the bag. We all need a little whimsy in our lives and it’s wonderful to find it in unexpected places! #rubberducky#virginairlines#christmasornaments#memories#whimsy
Humbled and inspired do not begin to explain how I feel to have had so many friends, family, neighbors and even strangers from my home town and across the country reach out to ask how they can help us with our mission. I’ve been having way too much fun connecting face to face with our new team and families, so thank you for your patience as we create our online presence. I’m less than technologically savvy, but thanks to an amazing team of people who believe in us, we will be making some exciting logo, website, location, and scholarship announcements In the coming weeks. There are simply too many people to name in one post so for now I’ll say that my kids are having a blast watching the magic unfold. Stay tuned for opportunities to join us in our creative decision making process as well as in our education and outreach efforts. Together, we can change the conversation about what swimming and water safety should look like in the earliest years.
“Reason is the natural order of truth, but imagination is the organ of meaning”—C.S. Lewis
I’ve always loved C.S. Lewis. From the deep thinking-till-your-head-hurts books to his children series The Chronicles of Narnia...I would have loved to have been able to meet the man behind that mind in person. You’ll soon find this out about me, but I am a quotes fanatic as well...another reason he’s one of my favs. He shared the way to know if you’re reading a good children’s book is if adults can’t get enough of it either. He was all about cultivating joy, truth, imagination and whimsy through his writings. Who gave us our imaginations other than the Creator Himself? And how He gave children a brief window to experience this trait in such a beautiful way...how they believe with no effort it seems for a season.
My man and I want to steward this season for our boys...to enter into their world, see through their eyes and encourage them to love this gift of imagination that their Heavenly Father has given them...given each of us. I believe we cannot out-imagine the Creator. So when the time comes that our boys discover Santa is part of a wonderful story(but also stemming from the story of historic person), we get to share that all the most beautiful attributes they loved about him are but tiny glimpses into the wonderful Father of good gifts we serve...just exceedingly better in every way. Generous, kind, jovial, and loving, but graciously not based on our behavior; he took our list and didn’t check twice but paid for it all for good. He’s with us every second of the day and not just one day of the year...the list goes on. Don’t want to squelch any part of the imaginative gift, but help them steward it to continue to place their imagination and that whimsy on the One they were made for...where I believe all our deepest dreams and joys and desires are found.
Here’s a video sketch of one of my favorite pics of my firstborn getting his imagination going with this jolly old man. To get to see through his eyes makes me remember to keep my whimsy and imagination going myself. Merry Christmas on this midDecember Monday! Hope there’s a little whimsy thrown in too:)