Are you anxious about your Walt Disney World Moms Panel application?

As most of you know, last Friday at 11:59PM the deadline was met for applicants for this years round of people trying to claim one of the coveted seats on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel!  I was fortunate enough to be able to apply again this year.  If you remember, in the first year I didn’t make it out of round one and the second year I made it to round two and the video, but not round three and the phone interviews.  What do you think will happen this year?

If you were one of the ones that applied, I imagine that you are going through much the same anxiety that I am.  The anticipation of being able to apply is replaced with nervousness when you do apply.  Then, after the deadline, it’s “sit around and wait” time while you second guess yourself time and time again on your answers.  Did I provide enough information about me in my 100 word essay?  Did I get the answers right?

Now, all of us prospective moms can do is monitor Facebook, monitor Twitter, especially the hashtag #wdwmoms.  How far do I think I’ll make it this year?  Well, all my life I’ve been an optimistic chap.  I believe the best in people, I believe in my abilities, and I believe that Jesus, my Lord and Savior, is there for me, and I wouldn’t have applied for the Walt Disney World Moms Panel if I didn’t think I would make it.  Does this mean that I will be selected for the Panel?  Of course it doesn’t.  But it does mean that I am confident that I have what it takes to make it.

The biggest thing to me, though, is that I stay true to who I am.  It is an honor to be selected for the Walt Disney World Moms Panel — in fact, it is an honor just to apply — and if I am selected, that will be the culmination of a dream.

So, to all of my fellow Moms Panel Applicants, let me ask you this question: what do you do to keep from thinking about the Moms Panel 24 hours a day?  Let me know in the comments or on Facebook, and thanks!  I’ll see you on Twitter! :)

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.