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Last Tuesday I introduced Little E to Cinderella. She's been fascinated with it ever since. In fact, we've watched the movie two more times since then. Little E loves everything about the movie. The singing, the dancing, the characters. She was especially fascinated by Cinderella. She wanted her to be center stage. If the scene didn't include Cinderella, E wanted me to fast forward until she was present again.

Already, she wants to be a princess.

Rags to Riches. A nobody to a somebody. A rag girl to a princess.

Don't we all have a similar dream? We all want to be recognized for the princesses we are. We look at the injustices around us, and long for something better. We wonder when our prince will finally come and save us from our tedious life.

There are several directions I could take this post. To be honest, I've wavered back and forth. I could talk about unrealistic expectations, and how romances and fairytales only set us up for disappointments in this life. It's true, I've been there. Books can be an amazing thing, but they can also be a detriment, if we live too much of our life in make-believe. Or, I could go a different direction, and talk about the princesses we all are in God's eyes. How He sees us as truly beautiful and worthy in His eyes.

All of those are good points, things I've read before in blogs and books.

Or, I could just write about the wonder of children. I love watching an entire world open up to my daughter. Each day is new and full of excitement. When she watched Cinderella, it was truly her first experience with a princess. An entire world of make believe is opening up to her. I can't wait to see where her imagination will take her in future years. Hopefully she'll love movies, books and blogging. Maybe she'll be a great writer, or teacher or artist. It's amazing to know that her life is truly only beginning, and I have the privilege of watching it unfold. I get to watch her eyes open with wonder as she learns something new. What an incredible blessing! I hope and pray her imagination serves her well. That she uses the gifts God has given her for the good. And that she does have an awareness of the beautiful princess she will always be in God's eyes.

"For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well" (Psalm 139:13-14, HCSB).