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Posted by Valerie Anderson-Stallworth on February 17, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Weighed Down or Way Up? If you're not as close to God as you used to be, guess who moved? "Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us." Hebrews 12:1 Wheewww... What a last few whirlwind days. I've got to get myself more committed to this Blog. Having to find the time to shout out the last few days has been difficult, but I wouldn't trade the last week for anything. I took some time to reconnect with the most important man in my life, next to God of course, and the good thing about that is, that he doesn't mind that comparison. He whole heartedly agrees. Saturday, 2/13/2010. Rode off into the sunset with my knight in shining armour. I love a man who is flexible, and who realizes that sometimes plans are made to be changed. Our plans were to spend about 4/5 days in Pensacola/Mobile for Mardi Gras, but we began to watch the sever weather reports, and snow in Pensacola was not in or plans. 25 degrees in Mobile was most definitely not in our plans either, so we started watching the weather channel on Friday evening and noticed one bright spot on the US Map... Orlando. Well, Orlando, here we come! We cancelled all reservations in the panhandle and set our sights for Mardi Gras, Universal, Orlando. One weekend of sin is as good as the other, right? There was not a spot or blemish on the whole weekend. My sweetie is so sweet. We took our time getting it together Saturday morning, making sure we left the house in good shape and the kids had everything they would need. With Michelle and Nathan camping here, we didn't have to worry about Amber and Dela, they would be more than well taken care of. On Saturday night, Amber called to say that they "Did not miss us". I loved the fact that she took the time to call and tell us that. It gave me the fuel to forge ahead. 50 years old and still taking the time for the "getaway", is what keeps a relationship fresh and new. Made it to Orlando and opted for the simpler living at the Residence Inn instead of the Crowne Plaza. Don't ever make reservations at the Crowne that you don't intend to keep. Their new policy includes charging you one nights stay, if you don't cancel within 72 hours. The reservations were made closer than 24 hours out, so how can they charge us for not cancelling in 72 hours. Be careful when traveling these days. Everyone, including Priority Club, is trying to make sure they stay in the green. No matter how loyal of a customer you are. However, we didn't let that make a dent in our day. We landed in Residence Inn, Universal early afternoon, checked in, unpacked, and hit the road. The first stop in Orlando is always Shoe Land. One pair of red leather boots, 1 par of royal blue suede pumps, 1 pair of black pumps with pinstripes, and 1 pair of the new gladiator sandals later, I had to leave... Oh yeah, Willie did find a pair of Nike's to his liking. I had to let him get at least one pair. He was of course driving. We did so much running around on Saturday night that by the time we made it back to the hotel, all we could do was nap. We made the mistake of having dinner before returning to the room, and that was all she wrote. 10 years earlier, we would have made it back out to JJ Whispers or to City Walk to see what the night life had to offer. Tonight, our late night was a movie to order in the room, and finding the pillow at about 4 a.m. A great night, but no time to make it to the computer. Sunday, 2/14/2010. Happy Valentines Day Willie. I pray our love and life together continues to grow in God's glory. You for me, and me for you... Love you baby. Any how. We arose Sunday morning as if we'd had many, many, many, hours of sleep. Headed out to breakfast and just a little more shopping. Wanted to make sure I picked up t-shirts and King cake for all. T-shirts, check... King Cake, cinnamon with pecan nut rings, check... Ok, now to the fun. Back to the room to purchase the Universal Mardi Gras tickets on line... The trick to Universal is to get the after 5 tickets. You seem to miss all of those little ones running around, and seem to have small to no lines on the rides. Willie and I headed off to Universal Studios. First ride was the Terminator... Arnold is Arnold, is Arnold, is Arnold... "I"ll be back is I'll be back", in any language. From there we walked, walked, and walked. I really enjoy Universal, with or without the nieces and grandkids. This trip was different because we were able to do what we wanted to do as grown folk, without the added trips to the bathroom, and having little ones not big enough to ride the good rides. If you haven't done Disney without the kids, it's is never too late, and you are never to old to step back in time and just enjoy. That old Walt really had a plan that payed off for everyone. As the sun set down, we headed to the French Quarter where the aroma of New Orleans was all around. Most restaurants were shut down and street vendors were set up to serve the many street revelers. Jumbalaya, E'touffe, gumbo, funnel cakes, benet's. I may have mispelled many of these, but I sure remember what they taste and smell like. Oh Yeah, diet does begin today at noon. The stilt walker same out in their splendid costumes and Disney at night began to come alive. The Mardi Gras parade began at about 8pm. Not quite what you'd find in Mobile or New Orleans, but quite a site, and by then, the beads began to flow. 845ish, it was time for Kool and the Gang. No JT, but Kool was his usual self, and the did alllllll of their old tunes. Their sound is classic, and you could not feel the cold between the good music, the voodoo drinks, and all of the layers of clothes we had on. Still, the 50 degrees was a heck of a lot warmer than Mobile's 24. Another wonderful night had to finally come to an end. We crashed like the biggest babies who had been bathed and fed. Oh, I forgot to share that Disney has Starbucks available in their theme parks now. Not the Jarbucks that most places have, but a real Starbucks who can fix a mean Cafe Mocha, black and white, with vanilla. Yes, the diet will begin soon. Monday, 2/15/2010. Happy President's Day. Another glorious morning that the Lord has blessed us with. He is so abundantly good to me, and I love being His child. Father, I thank you for all of the wonderful things you have made, and for your guidance and agape love. Presidents Day morning, up for a quick breakfast, and shopping at Downtown Disney. Cirque De Solei is always a treat. One of these times we need to catch the Blue Man Group. I think the kids would love it also. We squeezed even more into Monday, Shopping, a show, a movie at the metroplex, and dinner. Now, we are really tired, and even thinking about heading home in the morning. Back to the room, again, so full of today, love, and each others good company. We have had such a wonderful opportunity to re-connect this weekend, and every couple, no matter how seasoned, should make time for each other. Time together is so important. A relationship needs to be nurtured, nurtured, and nurtured some more. I'm not saying that there won't be ups and downs, but that the downs will be much more manageable if you can communicate through them, and with each other. What a great weekend for self reflection. When my head hit the pillow Monday night, I was full... Tuesday 2/16/2010, we arose, had a quick breakfast, and one more shopping trip before hitting the road. If we had brought the girls with us, we wouldn't have had enough room for them to ride in the car... Too many bags and stuff. God is so good, that he allows us to make some little splurges on Him, and knowing that my Father owns all is such an amazing thing to me. Time to head home, revived, refreshed, and ready to work to make the world a better place for all. The conversation shared on the way back to Tampa was just what we needed to top off such a great Sweetheart Trip. Made it home safely, the house is still in tack, the family is all safe. Lord, I thank you for all you do for me and my family. We need you Lord now like we've never needed you before. Bless Monique, Ari, and Jason. Lord continue to put your loving arms around Michelle, Nathan, Maurice, and Michah, and Lord I ask a special blessing for Amber, Idela, and Willie. Father God, I have so many friends and family, I couldn't begin naming them all. I'd surely leave someone off. You have blessed them to come into my life, some for a season, and some for a reason. Please let your will be done in their lives, and if they don't know you Lord, show me how I can show them you light and your love. And when all is said and done Lord, thank you for being my sweetheart. Happy Valentines Day, Happy President's Day, and Happy Ash Wednesday.

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