Two weeks ago we celebrated Lauren’s 5th birthday at Disney world thanks to the great people at Make-A-Wish Connecticut and Give kids the world. We visited 9 parks in 6 days and walked over 70 miles. I was apprehensive in the beginning about her using her wish to go to Disney. After experiencing it I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

One moment in particular will be forever ingrained in my memory. Lauren was able to receive a princess makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. There were dozens of people packed into this room, kids and parents were whirling around getting done up. You could smell the food cooking at Cinderella’s Castle. When it was her turn, Lauren took a seat in the far corner to be transformed into a princess. As the stylist painted her nails and braided her hair, Lauren sat and the most beautiful smile beamed across her face. She lit the room. I’ve seen Lauren happy, but not like this. I’ve always called her princess but this day she WAS a princess.

All four us were touched by the magic of Disney. Words cannot explain how important it was for all of us the share that experience, together.

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