Our daughters turned nine this past week. To celebrate we asked four of their friends to join us for a Faerie Slumber Party. Hope and Sydney had such a good time! It was a typical Kansas day in May: the tornado sirens sounded about forty-five minutes before guests were due to arrive and an angry line of storms was due to pass over our house right at six o'clock! Although we ended up only getting rain, we spent some time in the basement before we were sure, so I was late getting their pizza dinner ready. It made a memory!
The girls with their cousin and friend, Holly.
Sydney and Hope open gifts from their friend Joanna.
Sydney, Evangelyn, and Hope
We made fairy-wings for each of the girls. Throughout their time together they played fairies, horses, and a mix of fairies, horses, and Pegasus. How wonderful that eight, nine and ten year-old girls love to make-believe together! Hurrah for rich imaginations!
After dinner, gifts, and birthday cakes, I got the girls settled on our family room floor with sleeping bags and pillows and put on Peter Pan. Edwards kids love Barrie's Peter Pan. (The Disney version really is a poor substitute. They enjoy it too, but the original book is so much richer.) They were very excited to show their friends this wonderful film. (Watch a preview here.) This movie uses quite a bit of Barrie's actual language, and is reminiscent of the stage play when they all chant, "I do believe in fairies!" I heard the girls repeating this line together Saturday morning as they played. (If you're a regular blog reader, you're probably suffering Peter Pan fatigue! Sorry!)
We also read The Lightlings, a beautiful picture book by R. C. Sproul (illustrations by Justin Gerard). The allegorical story helps kids see why God made us for the light, not the dark, and wants us to live in the light. The little lightlings look a lot like fairies and the story tells of Eden and Bethlehem at Christmas through allegory.
Hope Katherine and Sydney Marguerite, Daddy and I are very proud of you and so thankful to God for the grace that He has showered on you. We give you this challenge:
17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:17-24)
We love you!