Mike and Sulley

#DisneyMusicMonday – Mike and Sulley

Mike and Sulley

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Disney Music Monday post.  This series is dedicated to giving you a smile to brighten your Monday morning.  I’m joined by my co-host Tim from Dad for Disney.  Thanks Tim for joining us!

This week we’re taking a look at a song sung by Mike and Sulley from Monster’s Inc.  Did you know that the song “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monster’s Inc. won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 2003?  I had no idea!  Today we’ve got two versions of the song for you.  The first is the song with selected video clips put in, since this song was part of the end credits of the movie, and the second version is the song with takes featuring John Goodman and Billy Crystal actually recording the song in the studio.  They are both a lot of fun, so take a few moments to watch them, and enjoy!  I hope that this #DisneyMusicMonday selection brings a smile to your face!  As John Goodman said, “It’s a great friendship song.”


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Did that bring a smile to your face like it did for me? Let me know in the comments below, and please check out the rest of the entries. Thanks for stopping by!

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Old Salem

Prayers for the Week – God’s Acre at Old Salem

Old Salem

One of the entrances to God’s Acre in Old Salem.

Yesterday my wife, daughter and I took one of our trips to Old Salem, located in Winston-Salem.  One of my favorite parts about Old Salem is the incredible beauty that exists at God’s Acre, which is the Moravian Cemetery that is used to this day for burying those that have been called home.  The Bible verse at the entrance to the cemetery says it all, in my opinion.

For I know that my redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth. ~ Job 19:25 (ESV)

If those words don’t speak hope, especially when you, as a family, are grieving the loss of a loved one, then I don’t know what words will.  In case you didn’t know it, God’s Acre is divided out by choir.  Men are buried in one area, women in another, and children in another.  There is more of a breakdown than that, but I don’t remember them all exactly.  All of the tombstones are the same design.  The tombstone of a wealthy member is the same as the one of a poor member — there is nothing distinguishing them in any way to be different in their stature — they are equal in the eyes of the church.

Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous fall day.  A light breeze was blowing, the sky was a brilliant blue, and the sun was shining.  It also happened to be the day that George Hamilton IV was laid to rest at the cemetery.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Old Salem

A view of God’s Acre.

One last thought about God’s Acre before we move on to our prayer requests and praises.  In my mind, the beauty of God’s Acre at Old Salem is in the solitude.  The rustling of the wind through the trees, the silence, the stillness.  Deep down inside, I know that God is here, that He is everywhere, and God’s Acre reminds me that if I am still, I will hear Him in my heart. Remember what Psalm 46 tells us:

10“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” ~ Psalm 46:10 (ESV)

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Nancy has an update on her Mom — give Praise to God!Thank you for prayers my friends ! Mommy is home resting comfortably. Scar tissue from surgeries are causing the pain. Blood work and ct scan showed she’s healthy as a momma bear. Thank you Lord !!!
  • Prayers for my friend Joyce and her husband Milton. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:prayer warriors needed. my husband Milton is fighting high blood pressure and can not get it down. he is currently on 2 meds and it is not working. he can not sleep, little appetite and he feels so bad. also my cousin Jennifer
    Hodges Blythe needs prayer for her husband Dale who is suffering from heart problems. touch our men Lord and heal them. if it will be your will Lord let us spend many more years together with our husbands.thanksLord, please be with Milton and Joyce — comfort them, heal them, take away their stress, their fear, their worry. Please grant them many more days together. In Your Name we pray. Amen.
  • A reminder from my sister-in-law Sandy. Thanks Sandy for sharing via Facebook:God has laid up spiritual blessings for us in his Son the Lord Jesus; but requires us to draw them out and fetch them in by prayer. Even the best Christians need to be prayed for: and while we hear of the welfare of Christian friends, we should pray for them. Even true believers greatly want heavenly wisdom. Are not the best of us unwilling to come under God’s yoke, though there is no other way to find rest for the soul? Do we not for a little pleasure often part with our peace? And if we dispute less, and prayed more with and for each other, we should daily see more and more what is the hope of our calling, and the riches of the Divine glory in this inheritance.
  • My friend Chris shares urgent prayer requests for a young man named Hudson. Here is what he wrote on Facebook today, 9/21:HUDSON FOUND A HEART!! Surgery is tonight. Please pray throughout the night for the Drs, nurses, Hudson, his family and the family who lost their baby.Please pray for all involved. God’s Will will see this through, but our prayers will help also! Thanks everyone!
    • Then, a followup post: Hudson is off bypass, heart is beating on its own. God is Good!
  • Please pray for the family of David Swisher, a former co-worker of my wife Cindy. David passed away very recently unexpectedly. Please pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to descend upon David’s family, and please pray for his salvation, as we don’t know if he knew Jesus. His family has a tough road ahead, so please keep them in your prayers for a while.Thanks, everyone.
  • My friend Rebecca has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:I talked with my parents last night & was told that my father has a brain tumor. He seemed in good spirits & assured me it’s nothing to worry about. Dad is seeing the surgeons on Tuesday to find out what exactly the procedure entails & to schedule it. Please keep my dad in your prayers for an easy procedure, a quick recovery, & good health. Thank you.Please pray healing prayers for her dad, and prayers for Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love for all of the family. Thanks everyone!

Thank you for praying for all of these requests and lifting up all of these praises!  Now, please pray with us the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed by thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever.

Amen.

Five Tips for a Great Disney Vacation

Is there anything more fun than seeing the WDW Entrance sign when you arrive at Disney?

You’ve been planning and planning, and now you are here.  Here’s five tips to have a great Disney Vacation!

{Editor’s Note: This post originally ran on my friend Kristen’s site Tips for the Disney Divas and Devos on March 24, 2014.  You can read the original post on their site too!}

Congratulations!  You have made it!  You are here!  Walt Disney World.  After all that time, all that planning, all the excitement of hearing “is it time to go to Disney yet?”, you are finally at Disney World.  But, how do you ensure that you have a great trip and make your Disney vacation as memorable as you want it to be?  Here’s five tips to remember to help you make the most out of your vacation!

Tip #1: Go with the flow

Far too often, people think that they need to see everything and do everything on this trip or it won’t be a success.  My response to them is this:  If you insist on seeing and doing everything, you’ll stress yourself out unnecessarily, and you won’t have nearly as much fun as you would have otherwise.  My tip:  go with the flow.  Don’t go all Disney commando; slow down, enjoy the scenes, the sights, and the experience of just being in Walt Disney World — you’ll have just as much fun and so will your family!

Tip #2: Schedule some Dining Reservations for Character Dining

When you are traveling with your kids (and sometimes even without your kids) to Walt Disney World, one thing that they always seem to want is to get autographs and pictures with their favorite characters.  Fortunately, Disney has several Character Dining restaurants where you can enjoy a good meal and get photos and autographs with your favorite characters!  This is such a win-win for me; you don’t have to stand in line to see them, they come to your table for photos and autographs, and you and your family also get to recharge for the rest of you day too!

Tip #3: Take a lot of Photos

I know that this is a no brainer for many of you, but you can never take too many photos of your vacation in my opinion, especially if you have a digital camera.  So many of my favorite memories have been cemented in photos that I took of the event that all I need to do is look at them and I’m right back to that moment in time.

Sophie and Princess Jasmine at the Morocco Pavilion

Sophie and Princess Jasmine at the Morocco Pavilion

Tip #4: Stop to smell the roses

The road less traveled — at Disney, that can be hard to find, but if you slow down and look at things instead of just moving past them at light speed, you’ll have a more relaxing trip, a better vacation, and you might just find that those memories from the slower time might just be the memories that you cherish the most.  I know that this ties in with tip number 1, but it’s that important to me.

Tip #5: Experience more than just the parks — check out some resorts

During our last trip to Disney World, we took some time and went and explored Saratoga Springs and Old Key West resorts.  That was so much fun, it was a relaxing time, we got to see a lot of the things there that we had never seen before, and it was a great time spent looking at possibilities for future trips.

Thank you for joining us today!  What are some of your great tips for making your trip a great Disney vacation?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks!

Review: Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage in Disneyland

In January of 2013 we took our first ever (and only, at this point) trip to Disneyland. The weather was cold and wet but we enjoyed ourselves anyway! On one of the rare sunny days we decided to continue the wet theme by taking an undersea voyage on a classic attraction:

Not the big red thing, the smaller yellow thing below it

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is a reworking of the old North Pole Expedition (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Voyage in WDW) and one of my favorite attractions. John Lasseter oversaw the bringing back of this great ride and Disney pumped millions into making it perfect.

Our voyage would be aboard the Neptune

I wonder what happens if you press the BIG red button?

     Boarding is slow, yielding long wait times, but worth it!

And away we go around the Lagoon

Submerging to find the beauty below

When this attraction was coming out of a refurbishment, some sites claimed, or hypothesized, that Disney was going to close this attraction because it was to expensive, with long wait times. I never believed this to be a real possibility due to the sheer amount of money that was pumped into it. So far, I seem to be right as it is still sailing as of this date!

I’m glad it’s still here and prettier than ever!

Disney Music Monday

#DisneyMusicMonday – Let It Go

Disney Music Monday

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of #DisneyMusicMonday!  I hope you all have had a great weekend!  Today, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite songs.  This is from the Disney movie Frozen — have you heard of it? :)  I’m joined by my co-host Tim from Dad for Disney — go check out his entries and thanks, Tim, for joining in today!

The song, of course, is Let It Go, and here it is for you!  I hope you enjoy it!

Now, please check out the other entries in our list, and thanks!

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