Thursday, December 26, 2013

Whoa. That was intense.

We returned from Florida Dec 15.  On our flight was a very sick man. He coughed much of the flight. All I could think was "I hope he doesn't have a heart attack in the air" because that's how sick he was. I didn't think about the recycled air for 6.5 hours...and how sleep deprived our family was after a very full, action packed trip...

Thursday, I got sick. Sicker than I have ever been in my life.  I really was concerned.  At one point I had a fever over 104.  I was almost delirious. And yes...still nursing a baby.  It was...brutal.

One by one we got sick. The children much more resilient than the adults.  We were tested positive for Influenza A.  Brutal.

With this intense virus...came an incredible sense of gratefulness. Dean and I have spent much of our time discussing how awful it would be to just simply not be well on a daily basis.  I was struck with intense nausea. It made me think of those battling cancer. The common side effect of Chemo being nausea. I cannot imagine feeling that way...on top of all the other very real effects of cancer...I really cannot imagine.

Tonight is December 26 and it is our Christmas Eve. We postponed our entire celebration of Christmas until tomorrow.  We were really in rough shape.  To those of you that prayed our family through this past week...thank you. Thank you.

The children went to bed tonight with incredible anticipation. How can we not love every minute of that?


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Our wish…came true!

Monday December 9, we all arrived at the airport at 4:30am! Ready to fly!



Here we are with our wish coordinator

Excited? Oh you have no idea! Azahria, Chazano and Zihao


Zunduka, Zion and Azlan


Oh..and mister Taizi himself! ;)


Annnnd here we are in Orlando!


The flights were amazing. Not only were they but the people were too. We had so many people stop and ask us about our family.  Stewardesses loved the children.  There was a family on our first flight that asked if we by chance "liked horses" :) He gave us his business card and introduced us to his family and said "please, please call us! We'd love to welcome you to our home and let you ride our horses!" That was pretty amazing.

We arrived at Give Kids The World. What a magical place. An entire village only for Make A Wish families!

Azahria on the unicorn (of course :)



Tirzah on her brown horse.


And yes…a piggy for Izrael Promise!


Taizi and his new Mickey Mouse!


Chazano and Zihao


We met my parents there that evening. They have never seen Izrael, Zihao, Taizi or Nazara!




So full of personality, these 2!


Azlan and Zihao were sharing a big banana split. They sat down and right in front of us all, Azlan stopped Zihao and said "no we have to pray first". Precious.


Magical.


Papa and the girls.




Day 2 we stayed at the villa.  The night before flying, Dean and I only slept 2 hours and were quite exhausted.  We decided to hang out and swim, ride the train, get lots of ice cream and have a low key day.

Doesn't get cuter!


Mommy teaching Taizi to clap every time the train came around!


:)


The crew!


Water wars!


Taizi


Papa is a whale :)


Lover.


Azlan and Mommy on the tire swing


Taizi and mommy on a rooster!


Day 3 we went to Magic Kingdom.  Our day started with breakfast at the village. Meeting Ronald McDonald at the village:


On the tram headed to Disney!




Daddy and princess on the boat!


It was one of our hottest days! around 84 and humid


Mommy got the teacup ride, Daddy doesn't like ;)



On the Mermaid ride :)



Cute!


We LOVED this one!


Oh…seriously!


:)


So cute


Day 4 we went to Animal Kingdom.  The kids had fun though not near Magic Kingdom, fun.


African Safari



Love these 2!


Chazano boy


Nana Zion and Chazano


brave Izrael petting the snake!


They loved the petting zoo


Dean and I were gone for quite a bit on rides w/ the kids. Nana had Nazara. When we got back I picked her up (5.5months) and she gave her first kisses ever! MANY! She grabbed my face and kissed and kissed! it was the best!


Look at that! ;)


That night Uncle Jonny and Auntie Caroline met us at the village! Jonathan is my younger brother


Nazara is very intense. She gives super intense eye contact :)


We all had our pics take with Santa


Izrael LOVED Minnie!


Taizi…not so sure!


Pluto!


Mickey!


A pic with Uncle Jonny and Auntie Caroline




Day 5 was back to Magic Kingdom







One of our favorite rides. We even got Tirzah on it! She said "it was great except for that 50' plunge" yes! We know...look at poor Zion...screaming! It was quite the drop.







We went right from Magic Kingdom to Arabian Knights Dinner Show. It was a gift from Dean's dad and stepmom. It was a fun, beautiful horse show and Tirzah's highlight!


Day 6 was Sea World. My favorite day.










Love this picture! I had dared Chazano to put his hands up but he was bummed I sat in front of him and couldn't see if he did it. Well I do now!








Every show was so so amazing!



We had our own special one on one time with the dolphins!


The dolphin trainer that was so kind to our family



Oh the Christmas Miracle show was amazing!




And...there it is.

The summary...? One amazing gift.  A week we will never forget and one that truly feels like a dream. It was go, go, go and we never wasted a moment.  That was a lot of walking b/c we took no down days in between park days.  The kids loved every bit of it and we are thankful we got to share it with my parents.

Really it was a wish come true. We are so thankful.