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Fully Involved December 20, 2010

Filed under: Devotions — Michelle Ferguson @ 1:27 pm

“The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God.”  Psalm 14:2

After I read the above verse this morning, I wrote down the following questions for myself:  When God looks down on me, what does He see me doing?  Am I seeking Him?  Am I living like He wants me to?  Am I missing an opportunity to serve Him?  These questions made me evaluate myself and what I spend my time doing.  Pretty convicting, but I think if I start my day asking myself these questions, it would put a new focus on how I live.

Tonight I am taking a meal to a family that I don’t even know.  This family is the neighbor of one of my friend’s mother.  They have three children, and their precious ten year old son was diagnosed this fall with an inoperable, malignant brain tumor.  Can you imagine anything worse?

My heart absolutely breaks for this family as they struggle through this, trying to keep optimistic for their son.  When I found out from my friend about their situation, I knew I wanted to take them a meal.  It’s easy enough to take a meal to someone, but getting fully involved in their life is something altogether different.  I will pray about how God would use my family further to minister to this hurting family.

Getting involved in someone’s life demands time, and time is precious because we are so busy.  Jesus came to earth as a Baby with the world’s most important assignment, yet He made time for people.  Jesus is all about relationships, and we should be too!  Just peruse the New Testament stories of how he fully involved Himself in the lives of children, the blind, the lame, the sick, and the sinful.

Is there someone you know or a friend of a friend you have heard about who could use something you could give?  Do you know someone sitting at the hospital with a loved one who could use a homemade lunch or a friendly visit?  Do you know a family struggling financially who could use an anonymous gift?  Do you know a family who is spending Christmas without relatives and could use an invitation to Christmas dinner?  Will you be in a drive through window today and choose to pay for the order of the car behind you, just to bless them?  Do you know a missionary family who could use a care package?

You really do not have to look hard or far to find people who are lonely, struggling, and in need of a blessing from you!  Look for someone this week and be a blessing to them!  Be fully involved in someone’s life and may God look down and see us seeking and serving Him, just because we love Him!

Please share with me how you involve yourself with someone this week!  I would love to hear your story!

 

Disney Day 2 December 13, 2010

Filed under: Brad and Me Plus 3 — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:43 pm

Before our vacation, I had ordered from Disney Florist an “Ears to You Christmas” package for each of my children.  The package included Mickey Ears (monogrammed with their names), autograph book and pen for the “celebrities” we would encounter in the parks, a small plush stuffed Mickey Mouse, and way too many sweet treats.  The delivery was a surprise for the children and was supposed to be in our room by 8pm Monday night.  When we arrived back from our memorable night out, our delivery had not been made.  So my first priority this morning was to find out where it was.

While Brad and the kids waited at the south bus depot, I went inside the lobby to check on this.  I was met by a very nice lady who, after checking in the back, informed me that our delivery had been made the night before at 9pm, but nobody was on duty to deliver to our room that late.  I asked if I could just pull out the autograph books so we could be sure to have them to take to Epcot with us for the day.  After untying and untaping several items to pull out the books (x 3 packages), I was covered in red glitter that would follow (haunt) us for the rest of the week!

Autograph books in hand, we boarded our bus for Epcot.  Did I mention we had a long wait for an Epcot bus?  Well, we did!  I think we finally got to the park around 10:45.  Our first ride was Spaceship Earth, which is inside the big golf ball.  Luke and I sat together, and before I had a chance to set our language button to English, Chinese had been selected and we were off.  So the whole ride was like Chinese to me!  Ha!  Luke and I did laugh when the screen in front of us brought up pictures of our heads on cartoon bodies to describe what our life might be like in the future!!  We did get to ride this a couple of more times, so I was sure to press “English.”  It was a much better ride for me that way!

We ate lunch in Morocco because it was where we were when we were ready to eat, and we did not want to waste a lot of time looking for a place on our approved list of quick service places.  At age 10, Lindsay was considered an adult, so she could not order from the kids menu.  After dining on couscous, vegetables, and baklava, we headed out to the other countries featured at Epcot.  We stopped in at The American Adventure to see a huge gingerbread house.  Our favorite attraction in the countries was the Viking boat voyage in Norway.  We rode this several times throughout the week.

We enjoyed the clamobile ride through “The Seas with Nemo & Friends”  and the boat voyage through green houses where scientists are growing vegetables without dirt, and a fish farm at Living with the Land.  There, we saw a 9 pound lemon and winter melons that looked like huge cucumbers.

Our top favorites at Epcot were Soarin (a hang gliding adventure over California-while “flying” over a lemon orchard, we actually smelled the scent of lemons.  It was very, very cool!)  and Test Track.  Luke could ride Test Track, and it is the longest and fastest attraction in Disney history.  The five of us loaded into a GM test car and raced it on a track at 64 mph!  It was super fun!  Fast pass recommended for both of these rides because of their popularity!

Brad, Lindsay, and Logan blasted into space with Mission:  SPACE in a simulator ride.  They chose the most intense journey.  Lindsay and Logan talked me into riding, however, I chose the less intense journey.  Lots of warnings about this ride are given before stepping into the simulator.  As soon as the two doors were closed around Lindsay, Logan, and me in our simulator and I saw the vomit bags in front of my seat, I started getting very anxious.  My heart pounded, and I told Lindsay to bang on the door and get me out of there!  She banged, but no noise could be heard from inside that tight capsule, so all I could do was hang on!  That was the second time in my life where I thought I was going to die.  By the grace of God, I survived our blast off and mission around the moon!  I will never do that ride again!

Of course, no trip to Epcot would be complete without a stop at the Character Spot!  We stood in line to get autographs and pictures with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, and Goofy!  Goofy was quite a playful character!

We had dinner reservations for the Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at 8pm.  When we walked in, the kids got Belle’s autograph and had their picture made with her.  We were shown to our table and told to enjoy the appetizer buffet.  My favorite on the buffet was the smoked goat cheese and asparagus!  Yum!  As we ate our delicious dinner, Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, and Ariel made their way to our table for autographs and pictures!  After dinner, the princesses led all the children around the banquet hall in a parade!  It was my favorite dinner all week!

At 9:30 we hung out to watch the fireworks show over the water, called IllumiNations:  Reflections of Earth.  It was absolutely spectacular!  It was a combination of fireworks, colors, and lights set to a musical score.  A globe traveled across the water and lit up all the nations of the world, then opened up to release a dove, symbolizing peace on earth.  It was fabulous!

The fireworks show ended our day at Epcot and we headed “home” on the bus with three tired children!  I think we were getting the hang of things by this time!

 

A Disney Diary December 7, 2010

Filed under: Brad and Me Plus 3 — Michelle Ferguson @ 10:08 pm

My family and I just returned from a magical vacation to Disney World!  We had an incredible time, and I believe Brad and I would have enjoyed it even if we had not had the children with us.  They were just our excuse to go!  We bought a package and stayed on site at Port Orleans Riverside, one of their moderate resorts.  Our package included the free Disney dining plan, which is offered at certain times of the year and, in my opinion, is the only way to go!  With the dining plan, we each got one table meal (advance reservations required), one quick service meal, and one snack per day.  We brought along our own breakfast foods, which made getting to the parks each morning much quicker than sitting down for breakfast somewhere.  At Disney, time is money, and you want to make the most of your time!

We were told that early December is the best time of year to go, but apparently too many people also heard the same thing.  It was quite a busy place!  Everywhere we went we had lines, so we took advantage of the Fast Pass system, which is a must do!  The Fast Pass system allows you to get a pass for a ride designated for a certain time.  It allows you to avoid the long stand by wait lines.

Every day we were out around the parks, we would always see someone (always a man) wearing a tee shirt with Grumpy, one of Snow White’s dwarfs,  on it.  Our first morning on the bus, we saw an older gentleman wearing a Grumpy Tee Shirt, and the man looked a little like Grumpy.  On our second day, we saw a guy wearing a Grumpy shirt with the words, “I’m Grumpy, deal with it!”  Our family decided we would award to one of us each day the imaginary “Grumpy Tee Shirt.”  I must admit I was the winner for the first two days, and I am the very reason the “Grumpy Tee Shirt” award started, and for that, I am not proud!  However, I did not win it again for the rest of the week!

We left home around 5:30 am Monday morning and drove south.  We arrived at our resort mid afternoon, checked-in, unloaded the car, and headed to the pool in the French Quarter.  It was a balmy 84 degrees, and we enjoyed the sea serpent pool, where we slid down the tongue of the serpent!  The kids thought it was so cool to swim outside in November!

We had 6:00 pm reservations at Trail’s End Restaurant at Fort Wilderness.  At check-in, I asked about how to get to the restaurant and how much time to allow.  The lady told me to allow 45 minutes, but that it would not take that long.  Keeping her advice close to heart, we caught a bus to the Magic Kingdom around 5pm, then boarded a boat to Fort Wilderness Resort.  That sounds pretty simple and straight forward, except that 45 minutes was not enough time to make it to our destination in a timely manner!  With all the crowds and waiting, it took more like an hour and a half.  This trip was the reason I won the Grumpy shirt for the day!  I was totally stressed out that we’d missed our reservation time by half an hour!  When we finally arrived at the restaurant, we were put on a waiting list to wait again.  I guess we finally sat down to eat around 7:15. 

After dinner, the kids and I made our way to the bathroom while Brad stayed behind at the table.  We had to walk outside the restaurant, down some steps, and around a corner to the bathrooms.  All that was uneventful until on our way back, Luke tripped on the concrete steps, fell face first, and instantly got a bloody nose.  There I was, three kids in tow, one screaming with a bloody nose and spattering it on me, and no back up.  This was probably reason number two I got the Grumpy shirt!  I sent Lindsay into the restaurant to get her Daddy, and took Logan with me to the bathroom to clean Luke up and check him out.  Then it hit me, I just sent my daughter into the restaurant and did not wait to see if she made it back to the table.  I was imagining the morning’s headlines:  “Daughter Kidnapped at Disney while Mom Cleans Bloody Nose and Dad Sits at Nearby Table.”

After the big clean up, I made my way back to the restaurant to connect with Brad AND Lindsay!  We were told we could take a bus back to our resort, but after several buses came and went, none stating they were headed our way, Brad checked with a driver who informed him that we must return to the Magic Kingdom via boat, then by bus to Riverside.  As we made our way back to the boat dock, we walked through a Christmas light display set up by some campers at Fort Wilderness.  We ended up waiting over half an hour for a boat because a second boat was not working.  During our wait, we were entertained by a fireworks display.

We got to see part of the Water Parade on our boat ride back to Magic Kingdom, and Disney at night is beautiful with all the lights.  Okay, I was really looking for a positive spin on all our waiting of the night!!  When we finally returned to our room, we went straight to bed.  Lindsay slept in the trundle and the boys shared a bed.  I did not sleep well that night at all.  I was worried Luke would fall out of the bed, I wondered why my Disney Florist delivery for the children had not been made, and I was excited for the day to come at Epcot!

I will write up another post on our day at Epcot as my time allows, but this is it for day one of our vacation!!  It did get better from here!!