Magic in Details – A Lesson at Disney Magic Kingdom


Two weeks ago my family traveled to Florida in an RV with my parents. I shared our adventure with those who follow me on Instagram. We stopped and ate at handful of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, caught up with family and friends, and visited a few theme parks; one of which was Disney Magic Kingdom.

I was there a number of times, as a child, with my husband while we were dating, and also when my kids were younger. While being there was familiar, it felt as though I was experiencing it for the first time. Not only that, I was able to see through the eyes of my children, who were in awe of what surrounded them at every turn.

The little things were not lost on me.

From the moment we entered the park, until the time we left, our senses were stimulated. The sounds lifted our spirits and put a spring in our step, the sights engaged our imagination, and the smells made our mouths water even though our tummies were full. I couldn’t help but stare the character and the beauty of the architecture around me.

The magic is in the details.

The first ride we went on was the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. At the moment we stepped on the queue our experience began. The materials mimicked the timber and stones that you might find in a mine. When I looked down I saw gems in the floor, hidden in plain site and when I looked up I saw lanterns and wood beams that “supported the structure”. I couldn’t help but notice the great care taken in its design.

Everything was done well.

It was like this everywhere. High and in the shadows, in places where people were not likely to look, design details were carried through. The story unfolded not just in front or above me, but behind me too.

As I floated on one of the magical rides I wondered, what am I not doing well because I think others won’t see or care?

Sometimes I do things half way just to get them done because when there are check marks on my to-do list I feel good. Knowing they’re necessary, I rush through the mundane chores with little joy, on a quest to be dubbed productive. I begrudge the cooking, cleaning, and organizing because I don’t think it matter to others… at least not to those outside of my home.

Many times, I forfeit opportunities to live creatively behind closed doors. I wait for work or a school committee to go the extra mile.

Pride and misplaced priorities are nasty things.

After reading Notes From a Blue Bike, The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider I began to rethink the way I do life. I want to do the simple well. I want to invest in the people in my life and create margin for relationships. I want to be FAITHFUL in the little things.

What if cleaning up after dinner was not just another chore but extra time for our family to finish our dinner conversation?

What if I didn’t shoo my kid’s friends away because it is time to make dinner? We could hand them an apron, invite them to help, and offer to feed them.

What if the DYI projects I do for the office could be seen throughout my house?

The details create magic in my home.

Infusing the mundane with joy leads to grateful hearts. It’s the stuff I do when I think no one is looking that builds my home. The little things, done well, consistently over time, create a family culture that makes my husband and children feel nurtured and safe. This atmosphere makes others feel welcomed.

While I do not have a team of designers and engineers working full time to make my home as perfect as Disney, I do have what God has placed on the inside of me – creativity, a need for relationship, a willingness to slow down, and the desire to live life intentionally. It’s up to me to decide what to do with them.

By the way, today I am linking up with Simply Beth for Three Word Wednesday.

A Great Way to Encourage Kids Savings Accounts

kids savings accounts

A friend of mine recently shared with me one of the ways she encourages her children to save. Much like a 401(k) employer-contribution program, my friend's method involves matching the money her kids are willing to put away in accounts for future purchases. I love this idea for so many reasons. Right now my kids are little, earning very little. They get a dollar or two here and there for doing chores. Sometimes when grandma comes to visit she’ll give the $5 for making good grades. After … [Continue Reading...]

Making and Keeping Friends

making and keeping friends

One of my little ones had a little trouble navigating the choppy waters of friendships at school last year. It broke my heart to see her cry about girls that were her friend one day and not the next. It didn't seem fair, that at such a young age, making and keeping friends was so hard. I wasn't ready for this. When she was younger it was easier. While talking to my daughter it occurred to me that I hadn’t spend much time talking to her about how to choose good friends. I also realized that … [Continue Reading...]

5 Easy Steps to Fine Tune Your Family Mission Statement

mission statement

I am doing a series over at Circles of Faith called Life on Purpose. In my first post, I talked about how my husband and I we started the process of creating a family mission statement. Equipped with oversized sheets of paper, magic markers, and pens, we discussed and wrote down our passions, our core values. We didn’t craft our official mission statement right away. Instead we took the idea of living on a mission a bit further by talking about family culture and what we wanted out family … [Continue Reading...]

Scripture Memory and Prayer Cards for Kids – Friendship


It’s time to go back to school and my kids are looking forward to seeing their friends again. They’ve spent a handful of time with some of them these last few months, but for the most part it’s been difficult to connect because everyone’s travel and camp schedules have been different. Once they get to school they’ll be reunited with old friends, be re-acquainted with others, and even meet new kids. I want to equip my children to make good choices when it comes to friendships so I am teaching … [Continue Reading...]

Back to School Clothes – 4 Steps to a Creating a Budget for Kids

back to school clothing budget_650

  Buying back to school clothes creates the perfect opportunity to teach your kids about working with a budget. In many parts of the country, kids are already back to school, but not in New Jersey. We still have a few more weeks to enjoy long days at the pool and summer nights eating ice cream and catching fireflies. In just a few short weeks I will be back to packing lunches and shuttling kids back-and-forth to sports practice. One of the things I’ll need to do to prepare for the … [Continue Reading...]

Sings Over Me

sing over me

When my daughter Ava was itty-bitty, Target ran a commercial advertising its wedding registry. A catchy tune played as images of wedded bliss, which included stylish kitchen and bath items, danced across the screen. The melody got stuck in my head and I couldn’t help but sing it to Ava while I changed her diaper and got her ready for bed. I love to be with you I love you love you love you love you love you I do I love to be with you You know I love you I do When my son was just as … [Continue Reading...]