For anyone that knows my Ivy knows that her life is a musical, as my dad said. Every question she asks, every task she accomplishes, every destination she reaches is usually done while singing and dancing and followed by a twirl or a curtsy of some sort. She is famous for always wearing "ruby glass slippers" and MANY other accessories. Her latest craze is Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. She walks around all day singing "Once upon a dream..." and "Someday my prince will come...." Most times Ivy lets Nadia be the princess and she is the prince, but when she is the princess her prince is her daddy, and I hope that it stays that way for a long long time. Prince Phillip, or daddy, is ordered around most days and sometimes plays the role of a horse. She is still on a baby kick and wants mommy to have another Ella baby and a prince Phillip baby. She promises to change Ella baby's diapers, and mommy can do prince Phillip's diapers. We tell her over and over again that we already have an Ella baby, and if we do have another girl baby, she will be a different baby. In her mind two babies, a prince and a princess, would be ideal. She likes to push the limits and likes to say things like "Sleeping Beauty gets dead" and I say "she is sleeping, that is why she is called Sleeping Beauty." So she adds "Prince Phillip thinks she is dead, but she is not right momma, she is just sleeping." My response is always "yes Ivy." She says the same about Snow White, she also "gets dead." and she runs away singing "Some day my prince will come...." I never imagined having these conversations with my toddlers, nor did I think I would allow so much death talk, but death to her is fresh on her mind and she likes to see how far our conversations will go. Her mind is trying to figure things out in her own fairy tale kind of way. In fairy tales the prince and princess live happily ever after. Everyone longs for the happy ending, and I believe there is a ring of truth to the happily ever after. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 tells us that "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." Someday when my Prince comes He will descend from Heaven and all those who share His spirit and have died will rise first and their body will be reunited with their spirit and soul and be made a complete person once again. A perfect person, just the way we were created to be! And those who are alive will follow, and this is where we find comfort. Death on this earth is not the finale, but a separation. Andrew Wommack puts it best "scriptures reveal that our resurrected bodies will not be subject to the problems we experience here such as sickness, deformities, and pain. The Word reveals that those who have already died are now in a place of extreme blessing in the presence of God, even though they haven't received their resurrected bodies yet. Therefore, it's comforting to know that those we lost in death are now basking in the actual presence of the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23). We don't need to sorrow for them and what they may be missing. We are the ones who are missing out."