Best Day

It's such a lovely Saturday.  The air is crisp, I get to hang out with one of my many favorite babysitting families this evening, and my mom and I went through all of my apartment gatherings in preparation for moving!

Speaking of moving, I am terrible at making decisions...mainly big decisions.  So, today I kept weighing my options over and over again and decided to go with a different apartment complex.  You know that feeling you get when you feel like you made a good decision, one that will ultimately benefit you in positive ways?  That's how I felt after I changed my mind, thankfully. :)

Now onto Saturday's topic : Tell us about one of the best days of your life.

The first thing that popped into my mind was when my dad and I went to Disney World in 2001.  This trip is extra special for me because of many reasons.  The main one being, this was our last big vacation together before God called him home, two weeks after our Orlando trip.

I distinctly remember just how excited my dad was about going to Disney.  Don't get me wrong, I was completely excited and remember bragging about the trip to my third grade classmates.  However, my dad was always a kid at heart and was just as excited as I was, if not a little more.

Now, I could go on forever about my dad and just how awesome he was.  He was one of those cool dads.  You know, the one that your friends actually wanted to hang out with, the one that would ride bikes around the neighborhood with you, teach you how to make skid marks on the sidewalk with your bike tires, play ball in the backyard for hours followed by Barbie dolls, build your entire swing set for you, take you on the most fun adventures, make you laugh until your stomach hurt, go mudding in his jeep, take you on motorcycle rides, teach you to play monopoly in second grade, eat an entire tub of ice cream with you in one night, attend any/all school events possible to stay involved, and most of all, show you just how much you are loved and treasured.  To say I am thankful to have been blessed by him as a father is an understatement.

I was quite afraid of roller coasters at 9 years old which meant a lot of the big kid coasters were not all that appealing to me.  Thankfully, my dad was an encourager.  I remember specifically, I was absolutely terrified to ride the Tower of Terror.  Terrified as in crying just from waiting in line.  However, my dad being the hilarious one he was, decided to give me the silent treatment for the next hour or so until I would ride it with him.  Funny dad.  :)  But, it worked.  I rode the ride and after that I was hooked.  We then went on the Rockin Roller Coaster and all other "big kid" rides.  And we enjoyed every minute of it.

My dad and I had an incredible time just us two.  We made the most of each moment at Disney, making memories that little did I know, would soon become some of my most prized possessions.

While in Florida, we were able to visit with family who lived in Orlando and go to Cocoa Beach.  I remember thinking how amazingly beautiful the house was, especially because of the pool in their backyard.  At Cocoa Beach dad bought a body board that we definitely used to its fullest, and I am happy to say that I still have the body board today.  My dad brought a few underwater cameras on the trip which we thought to be so fun!  Taking it to the pools, water rides, and ocean getting the silliest photos of each other making the most funny faces.    

My dad also rented a Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder for us to cruise around in with the music cranked of course.

We both felt like hot stuff haha.

The memories from this entire Disney World experience are ones that I will forever hold dear to my heart.  Ones that I get so many emotions just thinking about them, memories that I hope to share with my own children someday.  One thing is for sure, the day I go back to Disney will be quite an emotion-filled trip to say the least.  With happy and sad tears all around, treasuring the moments my dad and I were able to spend together in the happiest place on earth.

Tonight I thank God for His unfailing love and amazing grace.  No matter the circumstance, I will always choose to trust in Him.  We are sometimes given challenges and trials that do not make sense, adversities that may take years to accept and allow to transform your heart.  I pray for those who have challenges in their life that feel too overbearing to overcome.  I have been there.  A lot of us have been there.  In the hills of good and the valleys of bad, we are surrounded by His love.  My hope is found in Christ. 

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