We stopped by my husband's parents yesterday. They fed us, not just with food, but with unspoken love. The family's pastor also joined us for dinner along with Rob's brother, sister in-law and nephew; who frankly; I can't get enough of. (it's got to be the cheeks!)
Pastor Lisa is a very compassionate woman, she asks little questions and has a caring spirit.
Rob said "Last night was the first night I've slept well in years. A weight has been lifted off me."
This man's faith and strength astound me. I could never have imagined how I would witness such a thing.
I come from a line of complainers, wallowers,selfish greedy nothing pleases-ers.
Faith is not in that vocabulary.
Just two months after meeting my husband I suffered a break down. I went in-patient for depression. He was my worldly rock. He held tight to me as I felt the alone-ness grip at my soul. He was my link to Jesus. He softly whispered prayers and led me straight into the arms of Jesus, where I was reborn.
Throughout our marriage, Rob has always had this great faith.
"It'll all work out."
And it has.
Last night I told my husband. "I'll be the mouth. I got lots of things to say."
He laughed with me and then gently told me that maybe God wanted "the mouth" to be quiet.
If you knew me, I mean spent time around me, this mouth has big control issues. Like when a thought pops in my head and before I can even think about it the mouth has already spit it out. It would take an army of dead-bolts to lock this mouth down...
But in a sweet conviction my husband reminded me, that blessings only come from obedience and that includes complete obedience from "the mouth".
Last night as the thoughts still rattled my brain, thoughts I refused to let come out of my mouth, I felt my heart changing. Those feelings melted away and today as I think about those words that burned to be spoken, they have no weight, no meaning because the anger is gone. (yep, I still have to work on my thoughts, but one step at a time. One baby step...)
The fear of loss is a path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering. ~ Master Yoda
I thought I'd segue way into some pictures:
Hollywood studios had Star Wars weekend while we were if Florida. I think it was the highlight of our trip. Even if it was the hottest day, nearly beating a record! Right before we left we watched all 6 movies. Phew! But it paid off. The kids knew who everyone/thing was! And it made the *new* ride that much more exciting! (New technology upgraded the ride.)
Meeting Darth Vader was thrilling. Butter would say her favorite "character" to meet including Mickey and the princesses! Although she still clings to the "His name is Anakin!". The hope is strong in her!
That is Roo(gray shoes, hood up) and Butter(ponytail) standing right next to the instructor
Since it was Star Wars weekend, it was not just Darth Vadar the padiwans would fight, our kiddos group had Darth Maul. He was so scary my poor boy was crying when he realized his group would have to "fight" Darth Maul instead of Vadar. I have to admit the guy was creepy.
I did not get any still pictures of Butter fighting him, I used video mode instead. She was hesitant, but listened to her instructor and did her best. They tried to coax Roo into trying; telling him Maul wouldn't hurt him, but he could not get past the make-up and horns. Sweet boy.
Then with a final standing the padiwans defeat the dark side!
Butter is one the left with her blue lightsabar up, and Roo is next to the instructor in the green shirt.
It was so much fun seeing all the characters from the movies walking around, it was even nicer to go into the air conditioning to see others.
R2D2 and C3PO were inside, but the line ended outside and in full sun. Nope, I snuck up to the front and snapped some pictures! We enjoyed the air conditioning a bit longer while Roo picked his "Treat".
Both kids got a gift card to spend in Disney. Butter of course spent hers the first day, buying a baby Minnie stuffed toy. I kept telling Roo, WAIT. Just wait until Sunday, when we go to Star Wars day, I promise you will find something there. It was very hard for him to wait. But it paid off big for him. He found a Jedi Mickey stuffed toy AND had money left for a R2D2 action figure! Butter was a bit upset, I gently reminded her that I had said the same thing to her: Wait, just wait, look around, you might see something better. We can always find (the baby Minnie). She did not want to wait. So she had to deal with disappointment. In the end she decided she liked her Minnie best, and once the actual buying was done there was no disappointment for her. IT was even better after they finished Jedi training and each got another action figure! Butter got Padme' Amidala and Roo got Obi Won.
We did wait to meet Storm trooper Donald and see Jedi Mickey and R2MK.
Aside from it being Star Wars weekend, I would have to say that Hollywood Studios was my not all it was cracked up to be. A LOT of time was spent waiting in lines to meet characters. Buzz Lightyear was NOT where he was suppose to be, so we ended up in that line twice! and we completely missed all shows, because it was either at the other end of the park we had just finished up at or we were in line for something and it was almost our turn and we didn't have time to get in line for the show. We only stayed at the park until 5pm which most shows stopped for the day after 5pm and it was hot!
We reached our goal, which was get the kids into Jedi training, go on the Star wars ride and meet Buzz and Woody. We did all that and mat a few awesome others. Maybe next time we'll see a show.