Cinderella Castle Essay

Thank God for the holiday season! A splendid mix of work and play, uncertain which is which at times, now gives way to more play than work. Here are a few snapshots of the kind of play we’ve been up to the past week…

In chronological order, 300mm shot from the ferry on our way to the Magic Kingdom, 28mm wide angle shot from Future World, Elizabeth unexpectedly finishing Grace’s hotdog and of course, fireworks over the Magic Kingdom. Enjoy!

Clearwater Beach Sunset

Florida beaches are more than top vacation spots, they are among the world’s best beaches. Sparkling white sand contours the Gulf of Mexico out west while Atlantic waves crash along the coarser east coast beaches providing ample pleasure for sunbathers and surfers alike. While water temperatures on the Atlantic side drop significantly during winter months, the Gulf side remains warm enough for swimmers, wind surfers and other hardcore water sport enthusiasts.

Hectic, messy and often dawn right gross, summer on Florida beaches can be quite traumatic with temperatures flirting daily with the 100 degree mark. Add burning hot sand, profanity and under age alcohol consumption and you end up with a recipe for family disaster.

With the holiday break right around the corner, I plan on making the most of our beaches while we can. What’s to do in Central Florida during the winter? I like to go camping at many of the state parks, my favorite is Fort Desoto in St Petersburg, or attend beach worship services, run a 5K and even hit the theme parks at Disney World when attendance is at a minimum. Today, I enjoyed a most spectacular sunset over the very beach I was married on back in 2003, Clearwater Beach, FL.

Food & Wine Festival at EPCOT

I put in a half day today and took the fam to Disney on what turned out to be a most wonderful afternoon.

Doing Disney with 3 kids is both an art AND science. Today for example Elizabeth and I split up at TTC after a leisurely walk through EPCOT where we thoroughly enjoyed fish & chips and cold beer. this was my first taste of alcohol in over 6 monthe, wow that was some tasty beer…

There went Liz, Grace and Trinity on their way to the Magic Kingdom via ferry where they would fulfill our mission to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ by writing messages of love on the promenade with Disney chalk. Faith and I would stay on board the monorail and head back to EPCOT where after a brisk walk to the Boardwalk, I picked up the van and drove up to the Contemporary Resort where I jogged to the Magic Kingdom gate.

A few hours of awe inspiring joy passed, then we met up with mom and the girls in Tune Town. After a little play time we headed back home… Another wonderful day at Disney serving the Lord almighty!

Glorious Day at the Magic Kingdom Topped by Spectacular Fireworks

I put in a full day today, starting out with a Skype call from Australia at 4:00am. I wrapped things up @ work and we were on the road by 5:30pm on our way to a most spectacular evening at the Magic Kingdom, our first visit since the spring.

What made this outing unique, other than the time of day was our mission: Trinity had been talking about fireworks at Disney for what seems to be a year. For her birthday Elizabeth and I promised to take her to the Magic Kingdom to see fireworks. She’s turning 3 on the 11th, and last night was going to be the only fireworks display for the next 2 weeks so…. Enjoy!

This was only our second time staying at a theme park late with the girls, we typically leave Wesley Chapel around noon, and get to a Disney parking lot within 75 minutes, allowing ample driving time for both Trinity and Faith to nap. Elizabeth does school with Grace in the back of the van while I immerse myself in worship, prayer and a little solo brainstorming. Disney has always been a blessing in my life, I pray you will allow it to be in your life also.Read More