Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Blessings in May...

 Dear Readers,
Mrs.Darling got to wear Cinderella's slippers! My dreams come true...

Mason did an amazing job at improv--and allowed all the little girls to get changed! And everyone adored Benjamin...

   We are now finished with production week for Peter Pan...and our trip to Disneyland! Both were wonderful and filled with blessings.
Peter Pan was an amazing experience.
I've always felt clumsy as a dancer, and have struggled with feeling comfortable changing in front of people and wearing the costumes. Mrs.Caroline did an amazing job of allowing us to wear nude leotards underneath our clothes, and making all the costumes modest. More than that, though- they were beautiful!

Goodbye, Arizona!

Hello, California!

 Mom and Dad have been married for twenty years!
Now- on to our own Neverland!
We went to Disneyland to celebrate our wonderful parents' twentieth anniversary...and Mom's birthday! It was a wonderful oppurtunity for a romantic photographer! They were so sweet to pose...every time I asked... I'm so grateful these two fell in love!
Here are some of my favorite attraction photos.Did I mention that this is my first visit to Disneyland with my own camera?! I WENT CRAZY!!!
I want to play the violin on the carousel!

I love this picture- pure joy.

Dumbo is Mom and my favorite--he is a special needs elephant! And not to mention adorable.. I love this photo. Can you find Dumbo?!
To some, the perfect 'in love' picture may be the image of a gorgeous princess and perfect prince walking hand in hand, but I think the 'for worse' part of the deal is when your true love will show.

  My theme for this trip was mailboxes--and Disney has some wonderfully old fashioned ones! I thought this picture was ruined when Cate hopped in it, but it's actually one of my favorites!

  So--I've hit attractions, anniversaries..hmm.. another wonderful part of our trip was the people we met! My Dad's dear friend who we affectionately call Uncle Todd came, along with Aunt Marti and their adorable daughter Gracie! We had so much fun watching Gracie get to know the park, and were thrilled when she fell in love  with Dumbo, too! And as you can see from the above picture- she and Cate were inseperable! It was wonderful to spend time with them.  It was also wonderful to see another sweet friend who plays piano at the hotel. After running down to the lobby to check for her every day of our trip, I was ecstatic to hear her playing on the last few days we were there. I always love talking with her. And yes--she plays and talks at the same time! She's amazing and it was such a treat.

Another treat the boys were especially glad for-- we got to ride Star Tours! That is a favorite in our family (of course!), and so when we got to ride the new ride BEFORE IT WAS OPEN -- we were thrilled! We also loved World of Color and Fantasmic, although I was frustrated in how hard it was to photograph! But it was still beautiful. Well,I hope you enjoyed this little corner of our adventure! I hope you all are having a week- filled with JOY no matter what. I also have to share a little surprise-- Mom and I are going on a mission trip to Mexico this weekend! I've missed Mexico so much, and am thrilled to be able to serve the Lord and get a little Mommy-and-me time in as well. Please pray for hearts to be reached! I will be praying for each of you in your own private mission fields. Your Blogger,

Sunday, May 8, 2011

 Dear Readers,
 I am feeling so blessed this weekend. I had my violin and piano recital this weekend, and it was absolutely wonderful. I loved seeing all my friends from the Christmas concert, and I really do love performing my music.
 Although, I must say, I had my doubts. I've been wondering how I'm serving God with this. I mean, does He really enjoy hearing me play??? And my mom told me that yes- any time we use the gifts He's given us, (whether that be sign language or music or dance or whatever) we are bringing Him joy. He doesn't want to see our talents lay dormant. He wants us to bring Him glory with them. So, I hope all of you can understand that just because your activity or extra curricular activity may not be under the roof of a church, you are still serving God through it. And every day you have an oppurtunity to plant a seed by your actions.
My mother has done an excellent job using the gifts God has given her. A compassionate heart, a willingness to serve, unconditional love for others,  the sweetest spirit, and so much more. She has used those gifts to raise us, and is an absolute blessing.  And we experience her love every single day. I am so grateful to have her this Mother's day. She is the greatest gift in the world and I don't know what I would do without her. I love you, Mom! 
Your grateful  Blogger,