The Night When Christmas Came Early (16)

"It is easy to...wring our hands and bemoan all of the bad things that happen in this world. It is much harder to...pick up the shovel and go to work. It is my experience that miracles are real and living things. They are built with sweat and toil and hard work from the foundation up … Continue reading The Night When Christmas Came Early (16)

A Magical Kingdom, Part 2 (14)

"Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy." -Placard at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World THE WORLD OF YESTERDAY We were four days into our daughter's Wish Trip and on our final day at a Disney Park. Up until this point, Pierson had been positively reluctant to meet any … Continue reading A Magical Kingdom, Part 2 (14)

Are Children with Epilepsy Healthy?

"The sad truth is that this type conversation for those within the epilepsy community is normative. People do not understand the risks, losses, and cost-versus-benefit weigh outs that occur on a daily basis for individuals battling epilepsy. They see seizures as an annoyance, not a life-altering - let alone life-threatening - disorder."

Sea World (10)

"Our partners' help is not limited help...They always find ways to support us...No corporate supporter has ever left Give Kids the World." "No one can know the goodness that is set in motion by your participation and support...Every act of kindness, every service and dollar donated, sets off its own series of unseen ripples."  - Henri … Continue reading Sea World (10)

Epcot, Take Two (8)

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26 ESV We re-entered Epcot in the evening with a beautiful fairy. (Pixie dust had transformed Mercy into Tinker Bell at the … Continue reading Epcot, Take Two (8)

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo! (7)

"Yes, salagadoola means Mechicka booleroo But the thing -a- mabob that does the job Is bibbidi-bobbidi-boo"   - Lyrics to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo Little known fact: I played Cinderella in my sixth grade elementary school play. (The fact that sixth grade was still considered elementary school gives you a clue as to my age.) I lit … Continue reading Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo! (7)

Epcot, Take One (6)

"I see life differently from someone who has not seen life's dark side. Moments are precious, every moment, and because of what I have experienced, I know and appreciate this." - Henri Landwirth, Founder of GKTW Village On our way out of the Village that first morning, we stopped by the Gingerbread House to borrow children's videos for … Continue reading Epcot, Take One (6)

When Epilepsy Vacations with You (5)

"Crying is how your heart speaks, when your lips can't explain the pain you feel."

First Night on a Wish Vacation (4)

"To watch those you love in pain is unbearable...parents of suffering children prayed that God spare their children and give them the burden to carry instead. Please God...let it be me, not my children!" - Henri Landwirth, Gift of Life Loving parents of all children understand the heart expressed in this quote. Parents of ill … Continue reading First Night on a Wish Vacation (4)

Give Kids the World Village (3)

"There is a certain injustice when the innocent suffer, especially children, which touches something deep and profound in all of us. I have learned firsthand that many of life's most painful questions have no rational answers. It is impossible to rationalize why one child is afflicted with a life threatening disease and another is not. … Continue reading Give Kids the World Village (3)