This is what we do for the joy of the King,
For His peaceable Kingdom,
For a world in despair.
And this is why we bring any hope we can give,
Any bread from the table,
Any touch of His hand.
This is what we do.
This is where we go.
This is why we sing.
This is how we live.
This is who we are.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A "Cinderella" Wake-Up

Yesterday morning I woke up to the beautiful sound of a singing bird outside our window.  It was so cool.  This is a rare thing--a very rare thing.  Partly, this is due to my lousy hearing--I'm a bit hearing-challenged at mid-to-high frequencies.  (Because this particular birdsong was so clear to me, I'm assuming the little fella was just outside our bedroom window.)  The other reason it was a rare thing is that the only birds we seem to have in our nearby trees are crows--and you know how "beautiful" their song is!

Anyway, it got me all Disney-fied.  I couldn't help but think of Cinderella and all her little bird and mouse friends.  (I tried my best, but I couldn't convince any birds--cute or crow--to fly inside and make the bed for me!  Guess I don't have Miss C's touch.)

If you've seen Kristi's and Jennifer's blogs, you know we're all counting the--HOURS, now!--for our big trip to WDW. It's going to be such fun just to be together for a solid week, watching all the wonder unfold before the eyes of the little ones.

Curtis, Haley, and Kristi at the
 "Tree of Life" at the Animal Kingdom.

One of the few sunny days on our January 2006 trip was at Animal Kingdom.  (Sunny, but VERY cold!  The animals were moving kinda slow that day!)  The "Tree of Life" stands in the middle of that park. It was (and is) a reminder to me that life goes on and changes come. Lexi and Emily are here with us now, for instance.  My mother has left us.  But the Source of all life is still holding us all together, and we celebrate Him as we enjoy each other.  So younger, older, and "newly young" are bound together in the wonder of His love and grace, in this world and the next.

Lyn and me with Haley at the Tree.
This year there will be three little girls in our arms!

Three generations

This (below) is one of my all-time favorite pics, for some reason.   It's really not that great a photo, but it always makes me laugh.  I think that's reason enough to like it.  Kristi and Haley were being silly in the gift shop of the Norwegian Pavilion.

This would be a great idea for Halloween 2008!

One of our warm days!  Haley loved her lemon ice!
(Who ARE these people with my granddaughter?)

Haley and her daddy on the Grand Prix

Father and Daughter

This is such a cool shot.  In light of the recent Curtis/Lexi swimming lesson picture, I thought I should post this one!

In about twenty-five hours from now, our plane is scheduled to take off.  Good times.


johnsonandjohnson said...

as I write this, Emily is pooping with excitement. She is going through another one of those, don't leave me phases, so we're looking at pictures on blogs...

Heidi said...

well, no one here is pooping with excitement - but I really hope you all have fun!! Can't wait to hear all about it when you come home - and I would love to see pictures. The family will look so different this time.

I know that parts of your trip will be difficult... I will be praying for you...

Roni said...

Have a fantastic time, and be safe!

Stacey said...

Hey, I have that same bird outside my window. It starts singing around 1-2 every morning! Very pretty but what's up with its timing?