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Adoption: Dreams Really Do Come True

Written by Alissa Kay

Written by Alissa Kay

We all have hopes & dreams and one of my lifelong dreams came true 4 years ago; when I became a mom for the first time. Tying into that, I have always dreamed of going to Disney World with my kids.

My dad’s favorite vacation spot was and still is Disney World. We took many family vacations over the years and made so many magical memories. Like riding “It’s a Small World” over and over again during the fireworks (I wasn’t a fan of the loud booms). I’ve always dreamed of taking my kids there.  When we were waiting to adopt, I had pictures in our profile book from our most recent trip to Disney World and mentioned that I couldn’t wait to bring our kids, (should we be so lucky to become parents). In 2008, we went with our family (all adults). And yup, it was still so fun!  Soon it will be my turn to take my family of four!

I’ve been noticing a lot of Disney commercials recently and seeing the happy, perfect families makes me so excited! I want my kids to experience the magic Disney World has to offer.  I can’t wait to see the smiles on my kids’ faces when they see Cinderella’s castle or when they meet Mickey Mouse for the first time. Or how their faces will light up when they ride Dumbo the flying elephant. Their smiles might be as big as the smile that spread across my face when we learned we had been chosen to adopt and again, when I laid my eyes on each of my babies for the first time. Adopting my kids made so many of my dreams come true. I’m hoping we can make some of their dreams come true too!

Next month, we will be in Disney World!! I’ve been waiting for this for years! The good news is, we’re going back again in February for another Disney World vacation with even more extended family. This trip coming up will just be a teaser, but I’m still so excited. My sister had a baby last month, so when preschool is out for Matt, we’re taking a road trip to Georgia to meet our newest niece. Since we’ll already be down south, we’re taking a day to do Disney! We’ve decided to hit up Magic Kingdom, I think it’ll be perfect for our young kids. I’m hoping we can be that “perfect” family. The ones that are smiling from ear to ear, laughing and just enjoying life! And well, I’m sure there might be tears, dirty faces & tantrums… but I’ll still be happy to be taking a family vacation with my kids to the happiest place on earth; the same place where I made so many memories growing up.

When my first child was placed in my arms, I knew life would be good; I just didn’t know it could be *this* good. Dreams really do come true!

About the author

Alissa Kay

Alissa was born and raised in the Midwest and currently calls Wisconsin home. She’s happily married to her college sweetheart and she’s living out her dreams of being a stay-at-home mom. Although, let’s be real, she’s hardly ever home. She’s the mom to 3 kids who all came to her via adoption. A boy (8) and 2 girls (6 and almost 4!). The kids keep her plenty busy, but when she has free time she enjoys a night out with friends or curling up with a good book.

3 Comments

  • Alissa! So exciting. We’ve taking our oldest twice and will be going again February. Our youngest two have not been to Disney World yet. The plus side is we also will be going on the Disney Cruise. 🙂 You will have a blast.

    • I’m so excited! We’re going again in February too! Maybe we’ll see you guys there??And that time, we’ll do more than just Magic Kingdom! My kids are just slightly spoiled… but since we don’t have family nearby, it’s fun to do vacations with family! It’s all about making memories…

  • How fun! We love Disney in my family too and have done many extended family trips with my parents, siblings, etc. when were all adults which is very fun, Disney isn’t just for kids. 🙂
    We went in January 2012 with my two kids for the first time and they still talk about it. Have a great trip!