Thursday, February 16, 2012

the happiest place on earth

last february we left our frozen tundra for a vacation in southern california. mostly disneyland.

on this day last year we were waiting in line at the "it's a small world" ride.
the ride was colorful and wonder filled.
it was a bit long and still for elijah, but he loved the music and cheerful little kiddos of the world!

i loved it, too. that was my first trip to the iconic theme park. truly, patrick and i felt like young children.
our faces ached from the wide smiles we wore. that small world ride was our first in the park.
over the next few days, we only fell more in love. kids, disneyland is all it appears to be,
maybe more than you've dreamed. it was for me anyway. i miss it.

i miss the leisurely pace.
i miss the delightful atmosphere of cheery tunes and the smell of sweetness in the air.
i never could pin down the smell. a mixture of fresh flowers, vanilla and magic, i think.
what a grand place. the happiest place on earth.

i want to live in the happiest place on earth.

while i can't live in at disneyland (which i totally would if i could!),
i think i can have the happiest place on earth. right here.
on my icy little downtown street.

it's possible if i want it to be.
do you believe that?
i'm aiming for it.

our soul waits for the lord;
    he is our help and our shield.

for our heart is glad in him,
    because we trust in his holy name.
let your steadfast love, o lord, be upon us,
    even as we hope in you.

{psalm 33:20-22 esv}


  1. Oh I have been dreaming up grand vacations this week. I couldn't desire the presence of Mary Poppins any more than I already do.

    Isn't it fabulous that Heaven will be far more grand than Disney?

    I can hardly wait!

    Until then... making home the next best thing.


  2. The Best is Yet to Come. Heaven will be our eternal home with Jesus!

  3. all our days can be happy if we're rooted in Jesus! and i am so thankful, too, that this messy but good earth is not our final home... that is always encouraging to me and helps me to be happy in the meantime. : )

  4. We were there at the same time!!!!!!!

  5. At first glance I thought you just returned from CA. I gasped out loud thinking I missed you. I'm rooting for happy days all the time..I will actually settle for ya!

  6. I often forget how fortunate I am to live so close to such a magical place. And while I love going to such a place I'm the most happy at home. The sights, the sounds, the smells...happy is what you make it, so yes I believe.

  7. When we lived in O.C., Luke and I went every week while Kevin was at work. It was so great having passes. We'd stay a few hours and then head out.

  8. I bet we were probably there at the same time! My hubby and I went there this week last year to celebrate our anniversary :) What a small world indeed... xoxo

  9. i love the ending....our heart is glad in Him. we can be happy in the frozen tundras of february because of HIM. beautiful, just like you. happy weekend, hannah!
    <3 <3 <3

  10. We are getting the itch to go back...we have been twice with Elisabeth...I imagine it is easier to take 1 kiddo instead of 3 might need to grab the grandparents for backup : )

  11. don't hate me...i don't love disneyland. i was 17 the first time i went and i felt the giddiness of a young child. when i returned with my own littles i experienced the same as i watched them experience magic. now that they are older the romance with d.l. has worn off. i think paying for 5 people is what made it loose it's appeal. AND yes, i think the happiest place on earth can be my home, is often my home. maybe that too is why d.l. has lost it's appeal... i have something free and far more appealing and fascinating in these 4 people i reside with everyday.

  12. So glad you got to go!! I love Disneyland... grew up going. So fun! Such great memories. I'm glad you got to make some, too!! :)

    Yes, I do think we can make our own happy places. If we choose to! I'm definitely trying as well!

  13. We just went to Disneyland last weekend and LOVED it too! Even though we live real close, we keep it a once or twice a year event to keep it all special :) And yes...I agree! Our attitude about right where God has us, can be the magic of it all...I guess that's what truly being content means. Thanks for sharing, Hannah!

  14. Absolutely- contentment is our choice, and God can give us that joy in any place or circumstance! But Disney is magic for sure. I went to Disney World a few years ago and was absolutely giddy!

  15. what a great picture! id love to swap buttons if you'd like!

  16. I totally believe that you can make your home the happiest place on earth. I'm cheering you on!

  17. So true, home can be our happy place. I would love to visit Disneyland though. Always love your blog xo

  18. Truly, there is no place like Disneyland. I grew up less than a half hour away from the Magic Kingdom and have been to the Big D more times than I can count. We're taking our boys to Walt Disney World for the first time later this spring and I am pretty sure I'm more excited than they are. But yes, there is NO place like home. I totally get you!

  19. Disneyland truly is a magical place. I grew up not far from there. I live about 2 1/2 hours from Disneyland now and haven't been in years. So fun to see it through the eyes of a child. I think that the happiest place on earth is what we make it to be. Our hometown, or house. Thanks for the sweet post. Blessings to you.