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Old 02-16-2009, 10:19 AM   #1
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Micah's Wish Trip--MAY 15-21, 2009

Well here I go, my name is Tom and my wife & I are the parents of 8 kids.

One of these, our son Micah, had his 1st visit by his wish volunteers on Friday so I figured I’d start a pre-trip report here and see how things go. Our dates are not set yet, but probably Apr/May as Micah can’t tolerate the heat of summer.

I’ve read several and enjoyed them and found tons of useful information. Which is great as I work in project management professionally and as my wife put it she expects me to ‘type A’ our trip. My goal is to be a relaxed as possible but I doubt I’ll succeed

Quick Intros:

Tom—me, husband, dad, manager for large Japanese company near Atlanta. Never been to Disney anything (grew up in Midwest), as have none of our kids.

Jo—wife, greatest thing that has ever happened to me, stays home full-time and home schools all the kids, has been to WDW when she was a teen

A, 12 yr old son (sorry only use initials online for kids privacy), loves soccer & anything athletic
E, 10 yr old daughter, rapidly approaching 25 and the bubbly, outgoing type
C, 8yr old son, budding scientist, habit of trying to figure out how anything works, including studying pics of the the rides at WDW
Ch, 7 yr old son with Severe Hemophilia, one of our 2 medical special needs adoptions we have done.
Micah, our wish kid, I’ll put details below
R, 6yr old daughter, can’t figure out how to describe, I’ll try later
E, 2.5yr old daughter, daddy’s little girl and always will be, Micah’s best friend in the world
J, 8wks old little boy, came early just to be here for Christmas, coming along for the ride; will send the week in a sling sound asleep most likely.

Now for Micah’s story. Micah will be 7 in March. Micah was born with Cystic Fibrosis and spent his first 3 months of life in the hospital, with multiple bowel & liver/gallbladder surgeries during that time. After coming home, he was TPN dependent and struggling with the various complications that ultimately led to becoming a foster child. About 2 years ago now my wife & I started discussing another adoption (he is our 3rd) and considering the possible medical needs we were able/willing to consider. During this process Micah’s story presented itself and after praying, it was clear that he was supposed to be our son. It took almost a year of paperwork, bureaucracy and headaches but last year Micah joined our family. The last 11 months have been a blur of specialists, tests, 2 hospitalizations and more doctor visits than my other 7 combined have in a year. The goal being to make up for years of foster-care level medical coverage and get him to the best overall condition he can be in.

Micah is stabilizing at this point, however, his CF is taking a toll on his overall health and we are looking at needing a liver transplant in a few years if he is physically able. It was with his stabilizing some and not knowing what the future holds that we decided to help him get his wish while he can really enjoy it and make memories we will all keep. We contacted MAW a few weeks ago, and on Friday they came to our house to do paperwork and meet Micah. When asked his wish, his answer was simple “I want to meet Mickey”. They tried for some time to get more details/ideas, but all he wanted to discuss was Mickey mouse & his friends.

Needless to say, the volunteers were great, brought stuff for all the kids and left with the plan that we should hear a confirmation in about a week on his wish being approved so we can pick dates and start planning. Did I mention we are thinking of taking 8 kids to WDW—YIKEES!!!!!!

I’ll post more as soon as we hear back from them and start planning.

Tom

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Old 02-16-2009, 10:26 AM   #2
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Sounds great. Wow, 8 kids in WDW, and I though I had my hands full with 4 I'm sure you guys will have the best time ever!

I bet you can't wait to have your dates set. We are going for the first time in May!
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:28 AM   #3
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Great start!!!!



I think it is an awesome thing that you guys have done. I really can't speak words, honestly, of how in awe I am of parents that not only adopt children, but special needs children. What a blessing you are to Micah and what a blessing he is to your family, I am sure!

8 kids to Disney. Wow.

My guess is that they are very well behaved kids. I don't know why I think that. I just do.

Will your MAW chapter allow you guys to take a 3rd adult to help? That would probably be helpful.

I can't wait to hear more details. And I will post a link to your TR in the Wish Trippers page as soon as I get back from Disney next week!

Welcome to the Wish Trippers club. I hope that we are able to help you guys plan and get to know you guys as well!
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:41 AM   #4
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Welcome!!!! What an awesome family!!! Can't wait to hear more!
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Old 02-17-2009, 01:43 PM   #5
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I am new too but wanted to say welcome!
And I was worried about having 3 kids at Disney You will be fine I am sure! Sounds like you have a wonderful family!
I can't wait to hear more about them!
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Old 02-17-2009, 04:06 PM   #6
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Whoo hoo! you will have a blast! there was a huge family at gktw when were were there, something like 13?? Mandy will have to tell all about it when she is able.
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:03 PM   #7
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Great start to your report. I understand where you are coming from with one child needing so many doctors. I am glad he has caring parents!
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great start
we are also a foster to adopt family
Jason our wish child came to us at age 3m
MAW is allowing us to bring 2 PCA's because of the kids special needs
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Old 04-12-2009, 02:41 PM   #9
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YIPEE!!!!!

We finally got an update from MAW.

After almost 2 months of nothing but waiting (several form letters talking about how tight money was)......

We got an email this morning (EASTER) from our wish coordinator telling his trip as gotten approval and asking for updated dates so they can start making arrangements immediately!!

It seems like it has been so long with no activity I hadn't been here in weeks.

But now I have to start planning to do WDW with 8 kids......and a rookie trip at that.

HELP
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:06 PM   #10
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All right for getting the trip approved!!! I bet you can't wait to get dates.. Now you can start searching all over this website for descriptions of the rides and attractions. And just by reading others posts you end up getting so much information. I have never been and know so much about Disney. I can't wait for our first trip in May!
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:12 PM   #11
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you can do it

pm me if you need any help
Having great strollers was our biggest help along with Grandma and Grandpa to push
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:15 PM   #12
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WE GOT OUR DATES:

MAY 15-21!!!!!!


Four weeks from Friday we leave for ORLANDO!!!!!


PS: now I'm freaking out about getting ready & planning.....
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