I think it is the opinion of Zoey and I that home best suits the definition of the happiest place on earth but for the rest of the crew,Disneyland fit the bill.This past Sunday Mark and the kids,including boyfriends,except Danny who had to work,headed to Anaheim to rub elbows with Mickey and company.I suppose I would have to consider this the boys first trip.At least that they would remember.They were just little the last time we were there.Small fortune for a family our size.However in this case,the trip cost was off set courtesy of Miss Zoey.Tri-Counties Regional Center,where Zoey receives early intervention,has an incredible opportunity once a year to purchase up to 6 tickets at an extremely reduced rate.Even though Zoey was a no go for this year,hardly seems fair, we thought it was perfect timing for everyone else to spend a little much needed fun family time together.And fun it was.Besides some ominous looking clouds,which did yield a few showers,the day was a blast.Or so I heard.One day,Zoey will go and partake in the Magic Kingdom but this time it was not in the cards.We just need to get past this leukemia side track thing and then we can have a lifetime of Disneyland trips.A good time was had by all.Matt,Jessica's boyfriend,hails from Chicago, so he had never been and since Volleyball was not on the schedule we were glad he could tag along.We are so enjoying our time at home.Zoey adapts so well to changes in her life and in a heartbeat she is back to sleeping through the night and going down for naps like a dream.We are cherishing our week home.Time will pass too quickly.We are soaking in each other,the warmth of our own beds, not to mention a nice long hot shower.Boy do I miss that when I am at hotel CHLA.Lots to catch up on here.Tons of thankyou's to get to people that have once again out stretched their hands so graciously to our family as we continue on this journey.I have some blog "housework" to get to as well.Buttons to get posted of other amazing little girls fighting Zoey's same battle.As well as some pictures to post of some beautiful gifts we received this past week.My mailbox overflowith!!Hopefully I will get to that tomorrow.Again our hearts are full of gratitude and thanks to all of you who continue to stay with us and pray for us.Each and everyday we are humbled by the comments,emails and phone calls offering words of encouragement and support.We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the human spirit and we are continually reminded to give thanks for our many blessings found daily on this road we are on.
"Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others...for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received."