As you can see by the title, this is the introductory post to a series I’ll be doing over the next several weeks called Living Out Your Childhood Dreams! It was inspired by an indoor entertainment facility we had in Longview called Kid-Co.
I AM ONLY SLIGHTLY FREAKING OUT, YOU GUYS!
And by slightly I mean…I nearly fell out of my chair while typing this (in the middle of Books-a-Million) because I AM JUST SO EXCITED TO FINALLY GET TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU!
I’m Phoebe. You’re Ross.
At least…you better be Ross.
I really hope you’re Ross.
PLEASE BE ROSS.
Living out Your Childhood Dreams has been under the works for several months now and, if you know ANYTHING about me, you know I don’t write about anything I’m not passionate about or anything I’m unfamiliar with.
I write about real experiences.
I write about real struggles.
I write about real journeys.
Yeah, sure, I’m “only 23” and don’t have any “real experience” in life, blah, blah, blah.
Well, in the words of Joey Tribbiani, “[That] is all just a moo point. Yeah, it’s like a cow’s opinion, you know, it just doesn’t matter. It’s moo.”
I’m kidding. Your opinion is not moo.
However, I wanted to be prepared for anything in case you did, indeed, ask yourself, “Why should I heed advice from this sassy, side-ponytail wearin’ chick who eats finger foods with a knife and fork?”
That’s why I’ve interviewed people of all ages who do all types of things because I didn’t want you to have any excuse not to read about real people fulfilling real childhood dreams.
Your heart, your dreams, your life is important to me.
Whether we’ve never met or we talk every day, I pray you find yourself encouraged someway, somehow, to live the life God wants for you, the abundant life He calls you to live. It’s hard. It’s messy. It’s frustrating. It’s confusing. It’s challenging. It’s beautiful. It’s transforming. It’s life-changing.
IT’S WORTH IT.
I desperately want you to dream big with God and start living out your childhood dreams!
When I first decided to write a blog post about Kid-Co (I’ll talk more about this in detail next week so stay tuned) and living out your childhood dreams, I wrote a Facebook status asking questions about Kid-Co to ensure I had the details right.
The feedback I received was UNREAL.
I could PHYSICALLY SEE everyone’s faces lighting up as they commented on my status about their personal Kid-Co experience and their adoration of the place.
“I went there every weekend!”
“I LOVED THAT PLACE!”
“That place was awesome!”
“OMG, that was the best place ever. I remember begging my mom to take me there.”
Before I knew it, I had received the names of the owners!
I immediately contacted them and was blessed with the opportunity to sit down with Mr. and Mrs. Droege to hear the story behind Kid-Co.
During our time together, I learned Mrs. Droege, then a teacher, was very passionate about hands-on learning. She was constantly taking her kids outside and looking for new ways to enrich their learning experience.
One day, the idea of an indoor entertainment facility for kids came to mind. She ran the idea across her husband who immediately responded, “Why not? Let’s do it! Let’s give it a try!”
So, they did.
Kid-Co remained open for three years and, during those three years, they never made a single penny from it.
After the third year, Mr. and Mrs. Droege were trying to figure out whether they should shut down or not and, after a lot of prayer and consideration, they knew what they had to do.
Tears filled my eyes as Mrs. Droege shared with me the overwhelming peace she felt when they made the decision to close, and the words she spoke altered my life forever.
“I trusted God and knew without a doubt, even though we never made a single penny off Kid-Co in those 3 years, if we had changed just one child’s life…if we had encouraged just one child to dream big and explore…then it was worth it.”
Well, Mr. and Mrs. Droege, you did it.
You enriched my life, my friends’ lives, my classmates’ lives, and every kid who attended a party or playdate (or two, or three, or twelve) at Kid-Co…so much so that I was inspired to write about it!
Thank you for listening to God’s soft whisper in your heart.
Your obedience changed the lives of the kids in my generation here in East Texas.
And to you, dear dreamers, it is my prayer that as you read this post and the posts to follow, you find yourself encouraged to pursue the dreams and desires you had in your hearts as kids that have yet to go away.
God placed that dream in YOUR heart for a reason. He chose you to bear it and He wants YOU to live it.
I want to close with this quote by Catherine Marshall that says,
“When the dream in our heart is one that God has planted there, a strange happiness flowers into us. At that moment all of the spiritual resources of the universe are released to help us. Our praying is then at one with the will of God and becomes a channel for the Creator’s always joyous, triumphant purposes for us and our world.”
I promise, you don’t want to miss out on this series!
It could very well change your life. Forever.