I was blog hopping...and found this super cute blog called These are the Moments. Holly had a great list of things she wants to do in her lifetime. I have to admit that when I was younger I never thought past what I had to do and when I had to do it. I had tunnel vision...I was short sighted....and I didn't allow myself to dream. I just assumed I would never do or see most of the things the world has to offer. I think I was afraid to dream....
Over the years I have learned to ALWAYS dream. Living your life in fear is not living. Watching other people live is not living. Dreaming and believing big is OK....it is the only way things happen!
With that being said, I have learned that your dreams can happen but not necessarily the way you think they are going to happen.
I've ALWAYS wanted to go to Hawaii. ALWAYS. Do you know how many times I have rolled my eyes when people ask me how many times I've been to Hawaii. About a million. After 18 years of marriage TO a Hawaiian man...and having five children with Hawaiian names...and learning all about the culture....I finally get to go. Did I think it would take this long? NO. Did I think it would be with only half of my family? NO. Did I think it would be because I am leaving my oldest son there to go to school? NOOOOO. (Sniff....One month....my heart is breaking) But I am going. And I can't wait!
Another thing I've wanted to do since before I even knew my husband was go to DisneyWorld. Now if you aren't a Disney freak like me, you would skip this. And if you live in Southern California like I do, and been to Disneyland a billion times like we have, you would wonder WHY on earth this is even on your list. I can't explain it...I can only say it's something that I have always wanted to do. Disney is something our family just loves...our kids have grown up at the park, watching the movies, and believing in the magic. But that trip is not something I have ever ever planned. Something about flying...and having seven people in my family....and I'm not independently wealthy.
And then we got a letter last December.
Kumaka is being granted a wish. I cried. When the wish grantors came to talk to him (he calls them his wish fairies) he told them how much he loves the princesses, the castle, and Disney.
He is being granted a wish to DisneyWorld. And we get to travel with him. And the biggest blessing of all is that Keoni will be able to go with us. (He's almost too old...because he was seventeen when we received the letter, he is still eligible to attend the trip with us). That was huge for us...because Keoni has really had to grow up quick...6 years ago his life changed. He had to babysit a lot, he had to help out when his mommy was checked out trying to figure out how to wrap her brain around this little thing called Spina Bifida. He has had to step in when we are in the hospital; and he notices how many times we are gone.
Because of Kumaka's surgery and subsequent broken leg, we are not going until December. The date we were given just happens to be the week of Kumaka's sixth birthday. So in December, our family is being blessed with a magical week at the happiest place on earth.
This is not how I ever expected to be going to DisneyWorld. But what a blessing this is. And because this has been a particularly difficult year for Kumaka, this will be the perfect thing to lift him up.
Kumaka has been in a spica cast from his hips to his toes for four months. FOUR MONTHS. This boy is so patient. He rarely complains. He has even learned to hold on to the bar between his legs to sit up. His abs will be crazy strong. I am so happy that he will get this birthday getaway...and we get to spend this time as a family just enjoying each other.
Dreams come true. Not in the way you expect. But they do come true. So I have decided that I will never limit my dreams....and I will always work hard to find ways to make them become a reality.