Plan B: Drive the whole way to Orlando. It's 11 hours total, and I actually think I'll like it this way better. We'll gain the whole day on Sunday to browse the Downtown Disney area that has shops and places to eat, and then we'll be able to check into the Grand Floridian at 3:00 that afternoon. I went to Mousesavers and found a discount code for the Best Western Lake Buena Vista. It's in the Downtown Disney area, but not operated by Disney (read: lower prices). Since it's just for one night, it's perfect.
Of course, I'll be the most excited when I'm able to check in here:
As I mentioned before, I ordered some books for the trip. I've also set aside the last few magazines I've gotten in mail so I can read them in the car (that took willpower!). Here are the new books:
This is the third installment in the "Abram's Daughters" series by Beverly Lewis. I love Amish fiction, and this is a really good series. There are 5 or 6 books in this storyline, so I'm working my way through.
I saw this book featured on Lindsey's blog (Langhans Family) and made a mental note to read it. It's about the calling of being a "housewife" for lack of a better phrase. I'm looking forward to it!
Yay! The Gosselin's new book finally came out. I'm excited to read more about their story, even though I've seen every special and watched every episode on TV. I think it might give more spiritual insight than is featured on the show, so I'm excited to read this!
This book was recommended to me by a girl I knew way back when in Missouri. I knew her and her now husband when my dad pastored Lynwood. They now have 4 boys, and she homeschools. She encouraged me to read this book about raising children to love the Lord. I'm so interested in what this book has to say. Thanks, Joni!
I just noticed that out of all of the books that I'm about to delve into, only one is fiction! That's kind of rare for me, but it will help me accomplish some goals on my 101 list. Speaking of, I completed a goal today by watching the documentary The Business of Being Born. I must say, it was really interesting, and surprisingly not offensive. I have never felt led to have a home- or drug-free birth, but I like to learn more about topics that I'm not familiar with. This documentary basically confirmed what I've always felt:
It seems that in having a child there are two basic options: If you want a personalized, caring, and sensitive experience, you have to use a midwife/doula and go drug-free. If you want pain relief, you have to go through the typical healthcare system and experience the hustle and bustle of a hopsital.
I, for one, would like some middle ground. I'd love a personal, loving, and caring experience where I'm not just a number and the doctor acts like having a baby is no big deal because they see it all the time. However, I'd also like to have pain relief. I told Kurt that my ideal scenario is to have a doctor that cares like a midwife, and have my children in an environment where pain relief is available but I'm not "herded" through it. Sigh. Overall, I really think I'll have a positive experience in the hospital where I'm delivering, and I don't want to go in with negative thinking. But if there are any people reading who are OB/GYN's in training, work on your bedside manner, open a calm, soothing birth center, and then call me :o)
I think I've covered just about the most random topics....but that's how my brain works, especially when I'm up late! Have a great day :o)