February 22, 2007

it was the best of times...

Last week, we went to the Metro I Music Ministers' Conference at the Grand Floridian Resort at Disney World. Since Patrick has three business trips to Orlando this year, we purchased annual passes to the Disney parks.

We arrived on Tuesday, February 13. We checked into the Grand Floridian, Disney's flagship resort, and headed to the Disney Studios to get our picture with JoJo and her lion for Reganne. It started raining when we arrived, but we discovered that the Studios is the best park for a rainy day because so much of it is inside. We came out of the Great Movie Ride and the sun was out. We decided to stay in the park for Fantasmic! even though we've seen it on both coasts. They set the water on fire and Mickey shoots fireworks out of his fingers. You just can't beat that. It's just amazing to think that they pull that off every night.

The next morning (Valentine's Day), we ate breakfast at the Kona Cafe at the Polynesian (our favorite resort). Patrick finally got to have Tonga Toast after talking about it for a year. Patrick went to the conference to make his presentation to the music ministers, and I went to my favorite place in the world other than my house, the Magic Kingdom.

I went to the hat shop to buy some thing for the magical wonder-niece, and then walked out onto Main Street USA. I noticed that they were blocking the street off and cast members were lined up along the sidewalks. I asked a cast member what was going on and she said, "We're having a wedding." A WEDDING!?! On the steps of Cinderella's Castle! This took my breath away. It's every little girl's dream come true TIMES TEN. The wedding was a part of Disney's Year of a Million Dreams celebration. I took pictures with my phone and our little video camera. The couple, John and Julie, are Christians and their wedding was a testimony of their faith. Their pastor performed the ceremony, which included the lighting of a unity candle and a hand-washing ceremony. The pastor even talked about marriage being a covenant and that divorce wasn't an option. It was an awesome witness.

Patrick came over to the Magic Kingdom after his presentation, and we had lunch at Casey's Corner. We enjoyed another couple of hours there before going back to the hotel to freshen up for the dinner at Epcot. LifeWay sponsored a dinner at The American Experience for the music ministers. The Voices of Liberty provided musical inspiration. We ended the evening by watching Illuminations.

it was the worst of times...

The next day, we went to Epcot at opening and experienced all the Future World attractions. (Test Track was awesome!) We had lunch at Le Cellier in the Canada pavilion. I was feeling sluggish, and we decided to go back to the room for a nap. My throat had been sore all day, and by the time we got back to the hotel, I knew I was sick. We went to the Polynesian for dinner - I had Dole Whip. By the next morning, Patrick was running a 101 degree fever. We stayed in the room all day Friday and as long as we could before checking out on Saturday. We limped home only to be greeted by snowy and slick streets on our way home from the airport. The bright spot was that our master bedroom and bathroom and foyer had been painted while we were gone, and it looked beautiful. We'll post pictures of the new decor soon.

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