Happy Thanksgiving from My Dreams of Disney

On this Thanksgiving Day, 2012, here at My Dreams of Disney we would like to take a few minutes and wish you and your family a wonderful, safe, and happy Thanksgiving!  We have so many blessings that God has bestowed upon us, one of the best is in this first picture — my daughter Sophie reading a book with her Great Grandpa, my Grandpa, the man she called “Poppy.”

My Grandpa isn’t with us any more, but these pictures are, and it is wonderful that I’m able to pull them up and look at them, remember the time it was taken, and give thanks to God for the blessing.  Not everyone is as fortunate in this regard as I am — I know many people that never knew their Grandma or Grandpa, or for that matter, even their own parents — so as I move on in years, I find myself realizing more and more just how blessed a person I am.

In the next pictures, I would like to share with you some of the pictures that I have taken or had taken, both inside and outside of Walt Disney World, that show how thankful I am for all of the blessings I have.  I hope you enjoy!

I am thankful for my wife Cindy — who loves me, even though I had socks on with sandals.

I am thankful to this rose, for allowing the hopeless romantic that I am to share a special moment with my wife Cindy as we passed through the lobby of Kidani Village.

I am thankful for Will, who not only was my best friend and roommate, but also my best man, and Sophie’s Godfather. He loves her like he would his own child.

I am thankful to my friend Amanda, who is a nut, but reminds me daily how to live life, and to take pleasure in the simple pleasures!

I am thankful to Kerry and Monica, especially Kerry, for showing that look of abject horror on her face so perfectly!

I am thankful to Kyle (left) and Shane (right), two brothers who walk with the Lord, but still know how to have fun, and remember the kid inside of them!

I am thankful for Shane and Stephanie, two souls that God brought together, and who are now on their own life journey together!

I know that these pictures do not even begin to do justice for all of the things that I am thankful for, but in the end, I guess what it comes down to is this:

I am thankful to my God for giving me the gift of love, in such abundant quantities, that I am able to love all of these people, plus the hundreds of people that I haven’t mentioned here.  While I haven’t posted a picture of them, they know who they are, and they know that I love them also.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration, that you spend some great quality time with your families, whomever that may be, and that you are able to take a break from the hustle and bustle of this world, and for this day, at least, slow down, live, love, and laugh together with those you love.

September 11th, 11 years later

English: World Trade Center, New York, aerial ...

English: World Trade Center, New York, aerial view March 2001. Français : Le World Trade Center à New York. Vue aérienne datant de mars 2001. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I think back on how much time has elapsed since the world was altered on September 11, 2001, it astonishes me that it has been eleven years since that fateful day. In so many ways it seems like it just happened, but at the same time, it feels like it was a lifetime ago. I guess in many ways it was a lifetime ago for many of us.

I’ll never forget where I was when disaster struck. I was at home with Sophie; she was eleven weeks old, and I was off taking care of her.  We were at home, and I was feeding her when my wife called, told me to turn on the TV, that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.  I watched, horrified, as a second plane crashed into the other tower, and couldn’t take my eyes off as I saw the towers collapse later on.

My wife had a cousin that worked at the World Trade Center.  She was supposed to be there at 9AM for work, but decided to get some work done at home that morning instead.  I’m always amazed at how God chose a different path for her that day.

That night, Cindy and I went to bed with our little baby in our bed with us; we had a reminder that the world is not as safe as we thought, and we wanted to make sure that she was as protected as she could possibly be.  It is in times like that one that this John 16:33 comforts me as nothing else can:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – Jesus Christ

In the days after that horrific day, part of me felt like the country was in a daze, moving on, but only because we were supposed to.  Remember how the planes were grounded?  For me, that was hard, because my Grandpa was a mechanic for United Airlines for 41 years, and I grew up around airports and planes when I was younger.  I remember, I was in the parking lot for our local Lowes home improvement store when I glanced up, and there was a plane flying.  It was a weird moment, almost like there was something there that shouldn’t have been.

Today is a day to remember, to pray for those that lost loved ones, to pray for God to comfort us, to strengthen us, to give that incredible sense of Peace that knowing Him can give, and to remember how that day felt to those that lived through it, lest we forget that day entirely.  In tribute to the men and women that we lost that day, I want to share a YouTube video that I hope you will enjoy.