Friday, August 22, 2008

Walt's Gospel

As we were vacationing at "The Happiest Place on Earth", I heard so many different languages being spoken. The girls actually made friends at the pool with a little girl from London. We were all united by the fact that we were there to be entertained. To experience something. To relive childhood. To be thrilled. To relax. So, I started thinking about why people from all around the globe come to a place, that in some ways have not changed in the last 20 years. I remember as a little girl going to Disney, and riding the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Jungle Cruise, Space Mountain, It's a Small World, Dumbo, and seeing the Country Bear Jamboree. By all accounts most of these rides had not changed. Yes, there were a few minor details on some that had changed, most notably the adding of Jack Sparrow to the Pirate ride. I was amazed, 20 some odd years later, I bringing my kids to see some of the same things I loved as a kid. Why? What was the pull to have my kids experience it? In our ever changing culture, it seemed familiar. I don't know, except Walt did something right. He made a place that people want to go back to year after year, and take their kids. It got me thinking about Jesus. What would it take to create a place (Church) that people would want to come to every Sunday, and bring their kids? To be known as the "Happiest Place on Earth" ? To have people of all languages engaged and searching there? I am by no means comparing Walt to Jesus, because there is no comparison. It just made me sad that the enthusiasm I saw at a theme park, seems to be lacking in today's Church culture. Should not Jesus dying for our sins and giving us the hope of eternal life be enough to spur us into happiness? For me, it was a reminder - to be a light to others who may not know Jesus. Everyday I am representing Him, and my attitude and the way I treat others is a reflection of Him. My point is Jesus has so much more to offer than Walt, what am I doing to make sure others see that?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

My Favorite

This is my favorite picture from our vacation. Ralph and I were talking this week, and I told him that this was the most fun vacation we have taken with the girls. They are all potty trained :) There were no strollers to have to manhandle. They all had so much fun. Yes, there were a couple of melt downs, but none that lasted long. There is only one thing that I would have changed, and that was I wish I had felt better. But even me feeling bad, was not that bad!! I am so thankful that we had the opportunity to go with the girls and at the age they are. We are so blessed.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

3 princesses

I have to share the pictures of my 3 princesses with Disney's 3 princesses. The cool story behind these pictures is at Disney you have the chance to meet whatever characters are there that day in the tents at Toon Town. The girls all bought autograph books with their money because that is what they all decided they wanted. Then they went through their list of who's autograph they wanted. Madison said she only cared about seeing Sleeping Beauty - Princess Aurora. Laney really wanted to see Belle, and Morgan could not wait to see Cinderella. I told them not to get their hopes up, and to be happy with whoever was there that day. I was so ecstatic when I saw that those were the 3 princesses that were there that day! As you can see they were all so happy!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Why can't we go in?

I had to take this picture, because it was either be mad that the
girls were not happy, or laugh that they were being so grumpy. I laughed, because we were at the "happiest place on earth". Then I took the picture, so in later years I can laugh again.

Vacation - Welcome

Here are the first of a few pictures from our vacation. I was going to post every day while we were gone, but it was an extra $10 a day for internet so we decided to save that little bit. It was such a good trip.
Disney really knows how to roll out the welcome mat. We were there before the park opened, and this is how they greeted everyone.

Monday, August 18, 2008

3-2-K

No, that's not some type of code. It is the grades my girls are in this year - Third, Second, and Kindergarten. I remember so many people telling me when the girls were just babies to enjoy it, the time would fly. I knew in the back of my mind they were right, but when you have 3 kids, ages 3 and under surviving day to day is the key. Now they are all in school. Wow, Madison is half way to 16. It is like I blinked and now they are all in school. They all came home with reports that they love their teachers and their classes. They are ready for tomorrow to get here so they can go back. Here is a picture of their first day of the 2008-2009 school year. I hope they carry this much excitement throughout the whole year!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Personal

Ok, most of you know that I had some unplanned surgery on Friday. I had my gall bladder taken out after some major pains the few days before. Looking back now I had experienced pains in the past, just wasn't sure what they were. Now I know! So, I have been recuperating and it has not been much fun. Ralph has been gracious, but nursing really is not easy for him. The girls have been with family and friends. I am so thankful for everyone who has helped. Tonight I am struggling with all the emotions that come after surgery. Lots of tears and not exactly sure where they are coming or why. The next few days will be filled with trying to heal and get ready for a trip to Disney that I hope happens!