One of the biggest enjoyments I get out of my Disney blog has been the friendships that I have developed over the years of writing here at My Dreams of Disney. I am a truly blessed man, and I can count my blessings on the number of great friendships that God has put in my path for me to learn from, laugh with, cry with, virtually hug, meet in person, and even vacation with. Like everything, though, nothing is perfect, and I have had to help friends out who have been stabbed in the back by other Disney bloggers — or, should I say, people that think they fit into the Disney community of bloggers when, in fact, they are about as far away from the Disney community as you can be — at least, with regards to the morals that Walt Disney exhibited when he was alive.
However, overall, the people in my Disney blogging life that I have been blessed to associate with — even if I haven’t met most of them — are ones that I would give the shirt off my back for, and ones that I regularly include in my prayers at night. This post isn’t really about anything in particular that relates to Disney, but it is a post from the heart, and as we conclude the year 2013, it seems good that I take a few minutes to publicly thank them for all of their support over the year.
Disney’s Cheapskate Princess
My dear friend Amanda is also known as the Cheapskate Princess. This wife/mother/teacher with a heart of gold not only is always there for me when I need to talk with her, but she is also one of the funniest people I’ve ever met, and whenever we chat, it is a rare day that I don’t end up laughing at something she said. I have been fortunate enough to meet Amanda and her family, although if it hadn’t been for her shouting across Tomorrowland as I was going to Space Mountain, it never would have happened…
The Magical Blogorail
My collective group of friends at the Magical Blogorail are some of my closest friends, and I take great pride in being able to help them out when I can. The Blogorail is going through some changes starting in January, and that has caused some of the members to step down, but the changes are, in my opinion, for the better, and I look forward to being a help in the transition of the Blogorail from what it was to what it will become. My Blogorail friends have always been there for me, and I’ll be there for them always, too, even those that have chosen to move on in their blogging path.
Chip & Company
My friend Chip from Chip & Company gave me my first start when I was starting my blog — he was looking for writers and I sent him an email. I was a writer for Chip & Company for over two years before our paths differed, but Chip and I are still friends, and we have maintained that friendship despite not collaborating on the site together — and we will always be friends, I believe.
My sister-in-Christ Brenda is one of the sweetest people I know — and one that my family and I have been blessed to meet and hang out with, and even vacation with! Brenda is the creator of the site Ideally Disney, and she and her husband and family are friends — but even more than that, they are fellow Christians, and I know whenever I need them, they are here for me, as I am for them. We have laughed, we have cried, and we have hugged — and even video-conferenced — and I know that we will for years in the future also!
This is just a small sample of all of the people that mean a lot to me in the Disney community, and as I said, the blessings I have are too many to count. If you don’t know these sites, go check them out, leave a comment, tell them that I said hi and that I sent you over to them. They are great people, and I think you will enjoy getting to know them a bit better too. Thank you for always taking the time to stop by and visit, and I’ll see you around the Internet!