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Tap Dancing on Egg Shells

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” – Robert Burns

Our family has been anticipating a trip to Disneyworld for a few years now, as a graduation gift to Morgan.  The actual planning began in February, with the help of Kingdom Concierge.  They created a time line for each stage.  There were some “must dos” on Morgan’s list, including breakfast with Cinderella, which had to be reserved six months ahead.  Fast passes to popular rides and events were chosen two months before going.  This was done to cut down on waiting times, so we could enjoy more of what the four parks have to offer.  From maps to apps, there is a lot to navigate.  Add autism to that mix, and we are talking NINJA – PLANNING.  As Morgan would say, “Too many choices!”.  But I knew the lack of stress, and extra smiles, on the vacation end would be worth it.  Mom mission accomplished. Or so I thought.

One week beforehand, Hurricane Irma entered the picture.  Flights, hotel reservations, Fast-Passes,… needed to be shifted a day, and re-booked, to be safe.  DONE.  Two days before traveling, while Disneyworld was shut down for the storm, all of our plans suddenly disappeared from the app.  I spoke to our travel agent on Monday, one day prior to departure.  We thought it was a computer glitch, but it turned out some human there had made an error, and canceled our whole vacation.   Since Disney was still closed, running on a skeleton crew, our agent would have to call, and hopefully be able to rebook our hotel package, with Morgan’s expected Nemo suite, in time for us to check in.

Meanwhile, our daughter was totally unaware of all the chaos.  All she knew was “Number 12” on her calendar said airplane to Disney.  The morning of our flight, my husband and I woke up, poured some coffee, and pulled out our morning devotional to get our breath.  We sighed, and even laughed, as we read the words pictured below.  We said our prayers, and boarded the plane, now trusting the outcome to “His hands”.  We landed, and received a text to get in touch with our agent ASAP.  She had been on the phone, holding for six hours, because they needed our approval for booking.  All that mattered to Morgan was back in place, including her requested Fantasmic Fast Pass for that evening. 🙂

Jesus Always Sept 12

We realize all of this was just a thread of inconvenience, compared to what people were going through in the storm.  Life can be an eggshell walk for all of us at times.  I plan to keep trusting and tap dancing on those egg shells, because life is about so much more than just getting by.

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Until Next time,

Know The Hope!

Tammy

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“Dancing Like David”

In May, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center celebrated it’s 50th anniversary with a visit from Timothy Shriver.  Morgan and I were very honored to be present.  We entered the Wyatt Center Rotunda, planning to locate a seat in the back, near an exit.  You never know when “Elvis” will be ready to leave the building. 😉 However, as friends of VKC, we were directed to reserved seats in the first three rows.  We chose the third row and were welcomed by some familiar faces.  So far so good.  I sent up a prayer and breathed a deep breath.

I showed Morgan the schedule listed on the program, but when she saw the stage, she immediately assumed there would be a Play with music and dancing.  She replied “Let’s Put On a Show!”  I told her people would be talking, then there would be treats afterward, and maybe we could arrange a dance later.  As the crowd hushed, and the program began, something wonderfully unexpected happened.  She looked at me, folded her hands, and placed them in her lap.  At this point, I had to fight my urge to get up and do my own Happy Dance! 😉

Rose Morgan enjoying a sweet gift from VKC

We loved hearing Timothy Shriver speak.  He truly understands the gifts individuals with disAbilities have to offer.  His book, Fully Alive, is about his search for what matters most, and the role his Aunt Rosemary played in leading the Kennedy family.  Things did get a little tense for me at the beginning of his talk, when he referred to the saying “Dance like nobody’s watching”.  I was concerned, if he didn’t move on to another topic quickly, Morgan might accept his invitation. 😉

Thankfully all went well.  Later in the program, when she needed to create her own entertainment, Morgan quietly pulled out her IPad.  With the help of friends, and a couple of chocolate chip cookies, we were even able to stay for a signed copy of the book.

Morgan and Tim  

Tammy Morgan Tim

Thank you VKC for a sweet day!  Whenever we take a little leap of faith together, and Morgan shows me she can handle a new adventure, my heart Dances like David!

Until Next Time,

Know The Hope!

Tammy and Morgan Vice

P.S. Morgan’s book, 52 Blue Mondays, is now available on Amazon.com and other book outlets.

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