|kisses on the plane|
first i want to tell you how we were able to go on this trip. there is no way we could ever afford to take such a trip. in comes Inheritance of Hope (IOH) and my friend and IOH Counselor, Meredith McDaniel who encouraged me to apply. i encourage you to go to their site and read all about it. it started 5 years ago by Kristen Milligan, who is living with Liver Cancer. it was her vision to give families with a terminally ill parent the opportunity to take a family vacation. but not just any vacation. this vision includes sharing stories with other families, time with counselors, focus on sharing your news and all that is going on with your children, children having time with counselors, space to be sad, space to experience joy, space to soak up, a volunteer assigned to your family to serve and care for your family the whole time, eating meals together, tools to help walk this road as a family, a date night, an opportunity to leave a legacy video for your children, tools and encouragement on leaving a legacy for your kids and so much more. so, yeah, not your ordinary family vacay. it is the most amazing experience ever!! this trip was an all expense paid vacation for us...the hotel, the parks, food, date night, everything. there are gracious folks out there that make it possible for families like us to go on this trip and not worry about a thing. in fact, part of that is the volunteers and staff. they blew me away. our volunteer, Jessica, was incredible. she's been volunteering with IOH for 3 years. she loved and served us in HUGE ways...loving on charis while we were in our meetings, carrying stuff for us at the park, hanging with charis while we went on Space Mountain and other rides, hanging with our stuff while we took charis on rides, taking tons of pictures, making a photo scrapbook of our time together and just loving us so well. i mean, who wants to trudge through a Disney Park just to help a family?! She does! the whole experience was amazing. i know we will tell you more about it.
we needed this trip. the weeks prior have been shitty. first the hospital then just a hard week. we needed this time away. and it included time to have immense fun, to be sad, to share, to watch charis, and to be together as a family. God knew we needed this and it came at a perfect time.
|"who's ready for bisney world?" "I AM!"|
|first pic outside park!|
|meeting Mickey at our hotel, what a treat!|
|checking things out with daddy|
|first of many Carousal rides|
|watching parade with daddy|
We really had an amazing time. I can't wait tell you about the rest of the trip. but it has to come in stages. Don't want to overwhelm. :) Hope you enjoy the pics. There are so many to choose from.
|peeking at mickey & minnie|
|holding their hands and cuddling them|
|getting ready for a magic carpet ride!|
|on a magic carpet ride|
|one last pic before we headed out|