Merry Christmas – Jesus is Born

Image ©fellowshipoftheminds.com

Image ©fellowshipoftheminds.com

Good morning, my friends, and Merry Christmas to you all!  Today is Christmas Day, one of the most important days in the Christian Calendar, and I hope you all are waking up to a beautiful day, full of love, hope, peace, goodwill, and joy.  While I hope that you all have had a visit from Santa today, I also hope that you all remember that today is the birthday of my Lord, Jesus, and that you keep Him in mind on this day.  If He wasn’t born, none of this would be happening today.

For my non-Christian readers, I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season, and that you have a wonderful day, whether you celebrate Christmas or not.

As we begin to close out the 2013 calendar year, I want to take the time this day to thank all of you — our readers — for stopping by and visiting as often as you do.  It is an honor to me that you take time out of your day — and your Disney planning — to visit with us, and I am humbled that you do so, particularly when there are so many incredible Disney fan sites out there!  Thank you very much, it truly warms my heart that you visit with us.

Once again, my friends, Merry Christmas, from all of us here at My Dreams of Disney, to all of you.  May you experience the true joy that the season brings, and if there is anything at all that I can do for you, please do not hesitate to comment here, or on my Facebook Page, or even send me an email to mickey@mydreamsofdisney.com.  God Bless Us, everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving – What I’m Thankful For

Sophie and her Poppy reading a book.

Sophie and her Poppy reading a book.

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!  I hope that you are waking up to the smells of good food, the laughter of family, and the thankful nature that we all hopefully have at this time of year.  Here at My Dreams of Disney, we have so much to be thankful for — not the least of which, of course, is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ — so I thought I would take a moment to share with you some of the things that I’m thankful for on this blessed day.  I hope that you enjoy our photos, and that you and your family have a wonderful day together!

The picture at the beginning of this post was taken on Thanksgiving Day, 2008 — in what would be the last Thanksgiving that my Grandpa would come to our house for.  In this picture, Sophie and her Poppy were sitting at the dining room table, reading a book — or, to be more precise, Sophie was reading to her Poppy.  My Grandpa had Macular Degeneration, so his eyesight at this point was pretty bad — but he loved having Sophie there to share the story with him!  The time that Sophie was able to spend with her Poppy (and Nana, before she passed away) is definitely one thing that I am truly Thankful for.

In this picture, you have 4 generations represented -- Sophie, me, my Mom, and my Grandpa

In this picture, you have 4 generations represented — Sophie, me, my Mom, and my Grandpa

This next picture was taken on Christmas Day in 2008 — in it, you see Sophie, with her Daddy (me), Mom on the left, and Grandpa — four generations, all represented in one photo.  The blessings of Family are among my most treasured blessings! Continuing in my theme, you see another family moment — this one was taken in Montana, at Earthquake Lake, in 2005, when Cindy, Sophie and I went there to visit family and celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary.

Cindy, Sophie and myself in front of Earthquake Lake in Montana, August, 2005.

Cindy, Sophie and myself in front of Earthquake Lake in Montana, August, 2005.

Another thing I’m thankful for is my sister Robin and her family.  This picture is a little dated, but in it are Jim, Robin, and their three kids, Brett, Leslie, and Stephanie.

Robin's Family

Robin, Jim, and their kids.

I’m also thankful to the newest member of our family — Regan, our lovable Golden Retriever who has made himself right at home.  He has a heart of gold, and not a mean bone in his body!

How can you not love this buddy!

How can you not love this buddy!

Of course, no post about what I’m thankful for wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention Disney — it is, after all, one thing that I am absolutely blessed to be able to enjoy with my family and our friends!  This collage of pictures was just created for this week’s Wordless Wednesday post, but I am thankful for each and every memory that our trips to Disney have created in the hearts and minds of me and my family.

Left to Right, Top:

Included in collage: Kyle, Cindy, Steph, Shane, Sophie, Nancy, Otis, Riley, Minnie Mouse, Pooh, Mama, Sherry, and me!

To finish us off, I want to share one last photo — a picture of my Dad, his buddy in Florida, and myself, taken on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico.  I didn’t catch a single fish that day, but it is a memory that I have never forgotten, and one that I truly am thankful for!

Geno, Geezer & Mike

Geno, my Dad, and me

My friends, I hope that this day finds you with a thankful heart as you celebrate as best you can Thanksgiving.  I know that the world is not perfect — I know that many of you have to work on this day because of the greed of selfishness of business owners, and I know that many of you may not have family around to celebrate with.  Please know that those of you that take the time each and every day to stop by our little site to hear what we write about — whether it be about Disney, our Lord, or anything in between — please know that YOU are also part of my family, and I am blessed beyond belief that you come and visit.

Please be safe, everyone, and no matter what the circumstances may be, please have a Happy Thanksgiving.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…

Disneyland Park - Fantasyland …and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse (we don’t even have mice!) :)

Today is a big day for all of us in our house!  In about 20 minutes my daughter Sophie and I will be heading off to Edenton Street UMC to take part in one of their annual Christmas Eve Family services.  I’ll be ushering the 3PM service, and Sophie will play a roll as well!  She will either be one of the Heavenly Host, or one of the Wise Persons, or maybe even one of the Shepherds, but I don’t know which one yet!

Then, tonight, our family will be heading back to Church for the 11PM Christmas Eve Service!  We have never been to this service before, and not only will we be there, but Sophie is going to be one of the Acolytes for the service, which includes Communion during the service.

All of this is our way of bringing praise and glory to Jesus, the real reason for our season!  So then, why do I have a picture of Sleeping Beauty Castle at the top of the post, you might ask?

Well, I have it on good authority that one of the presents under our tree this year is information about our trip to Disneyland in the summer!  So, while nary a creature may be stirring in the classic tale of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…” — you can bet your bottom dollar that this writer is extremely excited about tomorrow and Christmas day!

From all of us at My Dreams of Disney, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and hope that the real reason for the season shines out loud and clear in your house, and around the world!  Merry Christmas!

 

Disney in Pictures: My Thankful Things!

On this Thanksgiving edition of Disney In Pictures, I wanted to share with you some of the great pictures that I have that truly represent the people in my life that I am truly blessed to know and love.  This is a simple post, but the love that is in evident in these pictures is true, heartfelt, and lasting.

To everyone that I know and love, this post is dedicated to you.  I would not be the man I am if it weren’t for your efforts to guide me on my journey, and I won’t forget that.  Some of these people have left us, but they are not forgotten, and while the grief of losing them was great, the life lessons that I learned from them are lasting, as is the knowledge that I will be reunited with them again in Heaven one day.

The pictures depicted above are by no means a full representation of all the things that I am thankful for.  It is a cross representation, a highlight reel, if you will, and a way of showing that there are many things I am thankful for — and they aren’t all related to Disney, too!

I have never used a photo gallery like that before, I hope you enjoyed it, maybe I’ll do something like that again in the future!  Until next time, I hope you have enjoyed your Thanksgiving break, and that you are ready to dive headfirst into the upcoming holiday seasons, whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, or any other holiday during this time.

I hope, in the end, the one thing that I have impressed upon you is the need for all of us to stop, slow down, and remember all of the things that we have to be thankful for.  That, my friends, is really what the Thanksgiving time is all about to me — sitting down with family or friends, enjoying our time together, remembering those that aren’t with us anymore, and certainly, remembering those that are serving to keep us safe and those that aren’t as fortunate as we are.  That is what Thanksgiving is to me.

Disney In Pictures – “Thankful Things!”

I hope you all had a terrific Thanksgiving!  I know I did!  Now that we have all digested our meals, don’t forget all of the things that you are thankful for!  Do you have a photo of something you are thankful for that you would like to share with us for this week’s Disney In Pictures?  If you do, follow these steps to send it to us so we can share it on Sunday:

  • Email the photo to mickey@mydreamsofdisney.com
  • Include your name, and why the photo is special to you
  • If you have a blog, feel free to share it, and we’ll link it so you can get some link love!

With all of the holiday action this week, entries are kind of scarce, so act now to get your pictures shared so we can see all of the things that you are thankful for!

While you are at it, don’t forget to enter to win the $50 Disney Gift Card we are featuring this week and next!  Just click on that link to read about it and enter to win!  Good luck everyone!