Diplomas, Disney and Fires, Oh, My!

Two months!!  It’s been two months, almost to the day since my last post!  I apologize, but sometimes, this little thing called “life” interrupts even the most diligent of bloggers!  OK, OK….I’ve never been a “diligent blogger”, but I’m trying!

So….the past two months have been FULL of life! I’m not going to go into detail on each event right now…I’ll save that for another day.  For now, I will just give you a brief synopsis of what has gone on in my life over the past two months.

  • First of all, my middle daughter, Emily, graduated from high school—yes–high school!!  I cannot believe it myself because wasn’t it just yesterday that she was born?!  I can’t believe 17 years have just flown by like that.  I am so proud of her, and I know that God has something special planned out just for her!  

Yes, that’s my beautiful girl exiting the stage after receiving her diploma!

  • In May/June, my family took a trip to Disney World.  When I say “my family”, I don’t just mean me and my 3 girls…I mean my “whole” family..17 of us to be specific!  Yes, 17 members of my family boarded a plane in Denver to go to the Happiest Place on Earth!   I wasn’t sure how “happy” it would be with all 17 of us in one place, together, but we did fine and no one was killed in the process!  I’m proud of me us….  We had a wonderful time, and I am now convinced that Disney World IS the Happiest Place on Earth!
    Here we are in all our glory!  All 17 of us….
  • After returning from Disney World, I found myself missing all the researching I had been doing for our Disney trip and decided I would like to help others have a fabulous, magical Disney trip as well…so I did what any red-blooded, mouse-ear wearing, Disney freak would do—I became a Disney Travel Agent!  That’s right….yours truly is now a Disney Specialist with Build a Better Mousetrip Disney Vacation Planners.  So if you are feeling the need to take a little trip to any location of Disney’s, please feel free to contact me!  I’d love to help you put together a fantastic, memorable, magical Disney vacation!
  • Saturday, June 29th started out as most Saturdays around our house….we all slept in!  Upon waking up, we putzed around in our jammies, checked emails and Facebook, did a little cleaning and decided to go catch a movie.  As we were walking out the front door, I looked west towards Pikes Peak and saw a huge plume of smoke rising from the mountain ridge.  As any good photographer would do, I ran back inside, grabbed my camera and took a few pictures.  I put the camera back and we headed to the movie theatre.  What I didn’t know was that Waldo Canyon was on fire, and would cause a week of destruction and loss like no other I have ever experienced in my lifetime.  For a week, we had evacuees in our home and thousands of other people were displaced.  In the end, 18,247 acres of land and 346 family homes were destroyed in what is considered the most destructive fire in all of Colorado’s history.  Out of those 346 homes, one of them belonged to my parents.  They owned the house, but my sister and her fiance lived there.  They pretty much lost everything.  I’ll share more about this later.

The Waldo Canyon Fire at sunset…

So, that’s pretty much what has been keeping me busy the past two months.  I’ll go into a little more detail on each event soon, but for now…please remember those that lost their homes in your prayers.

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