|WDW, Jan 2017|
Vivien's passion for "Dickey Mouse" and the "Hot Dog Dance" skews our fandom scale slightly, but Justin and I have been fans ever since our delayed Honeymoon in 2012. It was his first trip (my 4th) and it happened during what those in the Northeast will recall as Superstorm Sandy. Sandy actually delayed our return home by one day so we spent our extra time in Disney sitting through their DVC membership schpiel so we could get the $50 gift cards to spend shopping at Disney Springs (still called Downtown Disney at that time). Needless to say, we walked out of the pitch as the proud owners of a piece of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge! There's a sucker born every minute, right?
Since 2012, we've used our DVC points in many different places in the world..
|Vero Beach, FL, 2016|
This past January, we used the points to take Vivien to Disney World for a week. She was almost 2 and we brought Grams along for reinforcement. While she enjoyed all of the rides and attractions, she was a bit intimidated that her favorite cartoon characters had jumped off of her TV screen and became 10 times bigger in real life.
Our trip came just after we began the process to adopt Jenny. In a way, we felt a bit guilty taking a trip to the most magical place in the world without her. See, even then she felt as much a part of this family as if she'd been born to us. We thought of her often on that trip: "I wonder if she'd like this ride", or "Next time, we'll be doing this with Jenny!"
That's how many of our thoughts have been lately. "Next time, we'll be doing this with Jenny!" Just last week we went to the Farm Fair (a new Etter family tradition, by the way. Apparently Vivien loves cows and pig races!) This annual event in our county is a time-marker. With lots of prayer, next year, Jenny will be coming with us.
The same was true a few evenings later as we went to the Thunder game. We even picked up an extra foam finger for Jenny, with the hope that she'll be proudly waving it with us this time next year.
With every day, every outing, and every event that passes, we're reminding ourselves that our family is incomplete right now as we wait for our special addition. Next time, Jenny will be here to share this moment. We're working hard to get there. And it'll be so worth it once we do!