Disney World is our family’s place of sanctuary. It has been for years.
We love travelling, and at different times have enjoyed a variety of destinations: Europe (before kids and 9/11), California (while Kirsten’s grandmother was living), East Texas (while my grandmother was living). While we have always gone other places, for the last ten years or so Florida has been our family’s place of sanctuary and recharge. It is our place of selah. In Florida, we have fewer demands on our time and our attention. We unplug. We rest. We simply enjoy one another’s company.
We have celebrated triumphs, accomplishments, birthdays and anniversaries in Florida. We celebrated the successful conclusion to my Mom’s chemo there in 2011 (she rode in both a race car and a biplane). We have mourned losses and recuperated from tragedies in Florida. We have made friends and sunk roots. We have reconnected with long lost friends.
We have seen rockets and astronauts blast into space. We have hiked, kayaked, driven and flown. We have enjoyed both coasts. We have picked oranges. We have pet dolphins (some now famous). We have the autographs of princesses and amazing creatures. We have fond memories of attractions now gone, and are anxiously anticipating new attractions.
We are asked frequently why we don’t move to Florida. We love finding sanctuary in Florida, but we love living in Texas, and we love our family and friends in Texas. We will never leave. But after years of exploring the idea, we decided this year the time was right to own a second home in the Sunshine State. We purchased a townhome as close as we could get to Walt Disney World. We have stayed in many of Disney’s “on property” resort hotels, as well as many vacation rentals around the Disney World area. We invested a decade’s worth of experience in the decision and purchased a lovely townhome in a resort community just minutes from Disney World which we knew we would enjoy and would enjoy sharing with friends.
We are now well along in the process of renovating our new second home to be a vacation destination rivalling our favorite Disney resorts, yet with far greater room, which we can offer to guests at a fraction of resort hotel prices.
We have just returned home from a two week trip to apply the HGTV home renovation lessons we have learned over a decade’s worth of Florida trips. We look forward to this next chapter in our family’s time in the sunshine state, and invite you to visit our Kilimanjaro Cottage when you are planning your next Florida vacation.