Six. Six years today since my first child was born. Six years since I became a mommy.          Looking back, time really does fly. Today, my son turns six. It seems like just yesterday he turned five! Did the year really fly by so quickly?           It was a big year, though seemingly quick. In his fifth year, I watched my son learn to play soccer for the first time. I watched him score his first… Read more »

Though I may be early, I am already buying Christmas gifts! I like to plan ahead, make my lists, and have gift buying done so that I can really enjoy the weeks and days leading right up to Christmas. It seems that I am always in need of a stocking stuffer idea for my children or just a great small gift for some of our youngest family members. I have found a fun toy that fits both of these needs!… Read more »

Tonight, my heart is heavy. So many I know are dealing with loss, pain and suffering. The trials of life that can be most challenging are upon those I love, as well as some I don’t even know but have seen prayer requests for on social media. Knowing people are hurting, whether emotionally or physically, makes my heart hurt. Even reading the numerous daily news stories of tragic events can be discouraging and heartbreaking. I want to share a few… Read more »

One of Magic Kingdom Park’s most popular attractions is 35 today (making it just slightly older than me)! While I have always enjoyed this ride, the last few years it has come to mean something even more special to me.     A couple of years ago, my son (then almost 4), became determined to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad before we left the Magic Kingdom that day. I was a bit apprehensive. My biggest fear was that he would ride… Read more »

In my Bible is a drawing my son gave me awhile back. He drew it during church, while he was too young to stay attentive through the entire service. On the paper is our family, drawn perfectly (to my eyes) by a three-year-old hand. Daddy (drawn tall with glasses),  Mom, drawn especially short (true-to-life), my son (just slightly shorter than me!), and my daughter, resting on my hip.  There are so many things I love about that picture. The first… Read more »

Fall is definitely my favorite season of the year, and nothing is more amazing than the beautiful fall decorations that pop up around Walt Disney World as the season gets into full swing.  I enjoyed seeing all that adorned the Magic Kingdom Park on my trip last week.     Before even entering the Magic Kingdom, guests are greeted by two large jack-o-lanterns and beautiful fall flowers.     The lampposts lining Main Street USA are each decorated with the Mickey… Read more »

   Just after 1:00 a.m., on September 12, I walked towards the exit of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. I was surrounded by people headed for the same destination, despite the late (I mean, early) hour. As we walked down Main Street U.S.A., the song God’s Not Dead blasted through the sound system of the park. Around me, hundreds of people, some very young, some teens, some older, walked side by side, smiles on their faces, chanting along with… Read more »

While I love living in southern Mississippi, there are two other places that completely have my heart. These two places are where I go for fun, happiness, relaxation, and memory making. When I pack my bags, I hope that the contents are meant for one of my two favorite destinations. Both of my happy places are in the same state. I realize that I belong in Florida. Clearly, one of my favorite destinations is Walt Disney World. Anyone who knows anything… Read more »

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness….” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities. While these famous words come from a book about times and events before and after the French Revolution, I can’t help but feel they are quite applicable to my life right now. In fact, as I pondered some events from the last couple of days, these words seemed to… Read more »

What do Dunkin’ Donuts and The Little Matchgirl have in common? Well, they have both been significant in my life this week for similar reasons.  My daughter and I recently stopped by our local Dunkin’ Donuts for a quick breakfast before  we began our day of grocery shopping. As we were eating, a man (who appeared to be possibly homeless or at least poorly cared for), sat on the curb outside of the store. Before we finished off our chocolate-covered,… Read more »