Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Our Magic Boat Journey to and Over the Ocean

Click HERE to Watch our Video of this Magical Trip


It is not possible to put into words--what it’s like to share this magical trip with a little girl that was “watching the world from the inside out” for so long. And then had her world opened up to her--just like Jasmine--taken for a ride on Aladin’s Magic Carpet--she was awed at every turn. Her world will never be the same--and she is very grateful for that. She says it with her words, her eyes and every single breath she takes.

This face was worth all the wait--the saving--the sweating--the work. :) Priceless! She just say the princesses arrive on the upper deck!
 

We packed up our bags and put them outside our door--for pick-up to head home--and then scurried down the hallway--in a HUGE hurry-to catch the Mickey “See ya Real Soon” show. Her little hand in mine--she said, “Mom. You’re the best Mom in the whole world!” Clearly she was delighted that I would take her to see the Characters one more time. Daddy thought it was too late--ok it was late--but this was a once in a lifetime trip (or so we thought before we went--now we dream of another voyage with Disney) and I didn’t want her to miss a thing. So--we went--Daddy hung back at the room and relaxed.

When we got there--the Characters were signing Autographs again--we had brought our book--and she was delighted to meet Daisy for the first time--and we both had to say “See Ya Later” to Mickey--and thank him for a magical voyage. And then she insisted on seeing Princess Belle one more time. Where we were blessed with another special moment--as Belle said to her “Don’t worry Izabella--we’ll see you again soon!” We both stopped and looked at her and I said, ‘Izabella, how did she remember your name? Wow! You must be very special!”

Indeed she is--every where we went--the staff at the pool, the wait staff, the stateroom hostess--EVERYWHERE--they referred to her as PRINCESS. Even if she didn’t have her crown on. You can recognize a true princess even if she doesn’t have a crown on--just by the way she carries herself, and by the way she treats people. If you’re a true princess--it shows all over you from the inside out. Daddy and I knew she was royalty when we met her--and everyday she proves this is so.

One of the moments in this video--that I un-wittingly caught on video--was how Chip and Dale treated our little princess. If you watch close--you’ll see how he treats her with such tender, loving, gentle care--and then does something that chokes me up just thinking about it--while on bended knee--HE KISSED her little hand. Watch her face light up as she looks to me after!

This is also evident at the Princess Gathering in the Grand Atrium of the ship. She is wearing Belle’s Christmas Ball Gown--on loan from one of the other little girls waiting in line ahead of us. The minute she put that dress on--she stepped into princess mode--and never fell out. Watch her as the princesses arrive--and as she plays with the other princesses as they wait the arrival of the princesses. Her hands--and her facial expressions. She often looks down at her lap--as if to remind herself--she really is a princess--lifts her head--and kicks into princess style with the hand movements and facial expressions and kind words of encouragement and direction. It’s a treasure to watch in real life--and on video.  And Ahhhh...the magic of sharing this magical boat with other little girls that have the same journey she did! Little Jasmine happens to be a travel buddy of a family in our local group of families that adopted from China! God is so good! The companionship of the America world Families--was a treasure. 






Another magical moment--that was NON-Disney--was our trip to the ocean in Cocoa Beach. I spent 10 years in California--so I was familiar with the ocean--they had never been. So watching them experience the sand, the beach and all the treasures of the sea--was so SWEET. This section of the video always brings a tear to my heart--as I think of how far we’ve come. When I see the pictures of MY family on the beach--I think of how far I’ve come since the days on the beaches of California--single and wanting a family to share it with. Last week on the shores of Florida--I realized that dream too. And sharing it with them is a HUGE treasure. If you listen to the words of the Disney song playing--”I see the Light-from the Disney Movie Tangled” it describes exactly what I was thinking when we were there--parts of it even make me wonder if this isn’t exactly what Izabella was thinking too--on the days after she met us in China and on that sandy beach last week.

I See the Light Lyrics

From Tangled (Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi)
 
All those days

Watching from the windows

All those years
Outside looking in


All that time

Never even knowing

Just how blind I’ve been
Now I’m here


Blinking in the starlight

Now I’m here

Suddenly I see

Standing here

It’s oh, so clear

I’m where I’m meant to be

And at last, I see the light

And it’s like the fog has lifted

And at last, I see the light

And it’s like the sky is new

And it’s warm and real and bright

And the world has somehow shifted


All at once

Everything looks different

Now that I see you
All those days

Chasing down a daydream


All those years

Living in a blur

All that time

Never truly seeing

Things the way they were

Now she’s here

Shining in the starlight

Now she’s here

Suddenly I know


If she’s here

It’s crystal clear

I’m where I’m meant to go

And at last, I see the light

And it’s like the fog has lifted

And at last, I see the light

And it’s like the sky is new

And it’s warm and real and bright

And the world has somehow shifted

All at once

Everything is different

Now that I see you



Now that I see you

After The Cast of Disney Characters headed up the stairs to bed--and the Golden Shine-y papers floated down on us in celebration of an amazing voyage--she looked up at me and said, “Mommy. That was SO FUN!” I said, ‘Oh Yes it was. Thank you for such a great trip Izabella. I had so much fun too.” She said, “NO! THANK-YOU Mom!” How can a 4-year old understand that kind of gratitude.

Sooo many wonderful moments--I will treasure--all because I shared them with my sweet daughter Izabella and the man that made her a reality in our life. But none as treasured as her! She’s a treasure beyond my imagination.

I only hope someday she understands--how grateful I am--to call her my daughter! That my words of gratitude--although seem silly to her right now-are the truth of my heart. She made this trip so magical.

And every Disney Crew Member--clearly made this a magical trip--and very special to this tender, very special little girl.

Thank-you God. Thank-you. 







Mommy! I Danced with Donald!