It just got a bit dusty here for me as well... Update... Update. ************************* Well, we arrived home yesterday from Emma's "Make-a-Wish" trip and I believe Dickens described it the finest when he wrote, "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times." It was definitely not easy; and all of us, including Emma, at some point questioned whether it was a good "wish" after all. Make-a-Wish was excellent in planning every necessity for Emma, such as a hospital bed, wheelchair, etc - but getting her there, and keeping her comfortable was the unpredictable challenge. Beginning just a couple of days before departure, Emma's right ankle began hurting, and she could no longer walk at all - we've been told it's another tumor. During the trip, her ankle swelled & hurt horribly - any little bump in the wheelchair would make her scream and cry. Her only comfort was more medication, which meant knocking her out much of the day. We ordered room service, and watched movies - and everyday about 3pm until dinner she would attempt a few hours of activity outside her stateroom. It was difficult to find things to do that didn't involve swimming, walking, or even sitting for long periods...so we got creative. Two afternoons, the girls (Bella & Emma) went to the Bippity Boppity Boutique. Its a salon for little girls to get made into princesses - something that teens are too old for; however Bella and Emma just went with it! One day they were made into pirates, and the other day they were done as princesses. They insisted that we dress up for dinner to match them, and so, of course, we did! We laughed and played along with every bit of it - We learned to be very flexible -one afternoon, Emma wanted to try to play putt-putt - that just did not work with a wheelchair, it was very frustrating for her BUT there happened to be ping pong tables she could be pulled up to! It was on the top deck, and so windy that it was impossible to play the right way, but she was really excited to find something she could do so we just got silly! We started sending her 3-5 balls at a time, and she was just hitting them everywhere! Emma laughed so much, she absolutely loved making us chase those ping pong balls! We had many gelato/ice cream dates, took pictures with a few characters, and tried on every possible hat in the Disney store. On our final night, Emma dressed in her Cinderella ball gown that Make-a-Wish had given her. We took a few pictures before dinner, and during these poses, this little toddler came up to Em and said, "You look so beautiful." Emma just sparkled, she didn't have to feel like it was pity because children speak their truths and it made her feel really wonderful. I'm thankful for that sweet child. I'm thankful for crazy winds and ping pong balls. I'm thankful for Disney hats. I'm thankful that even though our good times were limited, that we did have some good times. After all, laughter is the best medicine. **************************" Thank you all for your continued prayers, shares and donations.