We went on sunday & i got a fastpass for her to see minnie and mickey. i thought she’d totally be scared, we’d get one semi-awful photo, and we’d leave. this kid leapt out of my arms when she saw it was her turn and bolted to them. she stopped and stared at them and there was dead silence. she broke that silence and said (loudly and clear as day) “i laa yous” and went in for the mickey hug. y’all, onion cutting ninjas entered the room!! nobody had a dry eye (not even the sweet photographer). strangers around me choking back tears... i was a blubbering mess. of course, none of them knew how much deeper a meaning this had for us.
to see her confidence and her personality shine like this (after what she’s been through), it just touched my soul! i’m so joyful and over the moon that she was able to experience this with happiness! it helps me know we’re making progress and we’re on the right track! y’all, i wish there was even more we could do for her and her baby brother... they deserve so much more than even we can give them (which is a far cry more than they would have elsewhere). this will probably be our only year of disney annual passes (a firefighter/paramedic salary just isn’t enough to provide and do the extra fun stuff too). so, in the meantime, we’ll enjoy each new joy and experience on this journey! i’m so glad we opened our home to these children!! #mycuprunnethover#naaaandkaaa#disneysanimalkingdom#waltdisneyworld#annualpassholder#firewife#magnoliahomestead#myswamplife
thank you #disney for making these moments possible! you’re helping create beautiful memories for our sweet little (newly sewn together) family! we’re like the center scrap of an ever-growing patchwork quilt. thanks for helping us add another square! 💋❤️
Jambo, everybody! 🌸✨
kilimanjaro safaris is one of my top 3 favorite rides in wdw 😱 i love that you can go on it multiple times a day and have a different experience each time, especially at night 😊 and it helps that baby hippo augustus is just the cutest 😍