The Year to Come


As a general rule, I do not like to wish time away, but 2013 has been one roller coaster of a year. For the last month, I am ashamed to say that I have eagerly awaited the year’s end. 2013 handed me the loss of three loved ones and a surprise deployment. It has piled heartache upon heartache. There have been many moments when I have wondered whether I would ever feel “normal” again.

However, I would be remiss if I failed to mentioned all of the good from the past year. Although not necessarily for the reasons I would choose, I visited home much more often than I thought I would this year, considering how far away I live. As one of my cousins so eloquently noted on Facebook this morning, I was able to reconnect with family that I haven’t seen in a long time, some of whom I had never even met. The kids, the dog and I took the summer road trip of a lifetime. We made many wonderful memories, and we learned the value of home – wherever it happens to be. I finally began to make friends in North Dakota, and I was blessed with the best other-half-of-the-duplex neighbors I could have ever asked for – truly an answer to my prayers. I began a new adventure as a Disney travel planner – something I love and hope will grow in the future. And I am glad to be able to finish this year the way I started it – surrounded by family.

Although my heart aches for those who are not celebrating the year to come with me tonight, I am all the more thankful for those that remain and welcome the opportunities and blessings that 2014 will bring. For once, I am completely unconcerned with resolutions and goals. I want to make the most of the coming year, and it makes absolutely no difference whether I gain or lose 10 pounds, whether my house is kept cleaner and more organized, whether I read more books, or whether I tackle more Pinterest projects. In 2013, I was reminded how little control I have over my life and how fleeting time is. In 2014, I want to cherish those I love, to bless them, and to be blessed by them in return.

I hope you all have a blessed 2014 as well.


It’s almost here!

Christmas is almost here! In case you don’t have your own preschooler to watch sing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” here’s a video of mine. 🙂 And a few of her friends.

Disney Prize Package Giveaway

Sometimes, having a Disney travel planner in your blog feed is a good thing. Like now, when Christmas is coming, and I’m feeling giving. 🙂

In all seriousness, I love my job, and I am so thankful for all of you. Without friends and family helping me spread the word, I wouldn’t be able to grow my business. So thanks!


What am I giving away? Two fun prizes! The winner gets a $25 Disney Gift Card (this can be used online, at your local Disney Store, OR you can save it to use toward your next Disney vacation or for when you’re in the parks) and a Disney’s Greatest Hits Volume 1 CD. I love this CD. My kids love it, too. It’s on permanent rotation in my car’s disc changer. You have until December 17, 12:00am to enter.

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