Title #1 Everything happens for a reason. Thats right. I firmly believe in that. Everything happens for a reason. Let me take you back to August of 2003. 6:23pm. I just left work and I was at a stop light and once the light turned green, I proceeded. Thats when I was hit head on by a motorist who ran their red light. It was a life changing moment. At that moment, it was very hard to see any good coming out of the accident. After months of doctor visits, shots, therapy, meds, etc I can say I FINALLY feel better. I received a settlement from the other insurance company in January of 2006. The amount was nothing compared to the pain and suffering I went through, but it got a lot of bills caught up since I was off work for 5 months. Paying off the over-due bills was nice BUT I wanted to do something fun with some of the money. After all, my DH and 3 boys suffered right along with me. Many hours they had to wait on me, make their own breakfast, lunch or dinner, and lots of housework that I normally do, they had to chip in. It was tough but we got through it even stronger than before. So with the remaining money, I wanted to take a once and a lifetime trip to WDW. My DH fought me on this tooth and nail! He did not want to go. He didnt want to talk about it. He didnt want to listen to me about it. After I had said that I was going with or without him, he decided he better go with us BUT lets make one thing clear, he is NOT going to have fun. So we took our first family trip to WDW in March 2006. We stayed at the POR, stayed 4 nights and 5 days- visiting 1 park per day with the DDP. (YeahI really thought that was a trip in a lifetime. Knowing what I know now, my trip of a lifetime wouldnt be less than 14 days!) We had a GREAT time! All my planning was so worth it. We hadnt even left Orlando yet and the boys asked Can we come back next year? and I smiledwishinghoping, right along with them but I knew it wouldnt happen. This was the 1 time only trip and there was NO way DH would ever agree to this again. BUT then my DH said Maybe in 2008! WHAT? Did I just hear that right? 2008? I just continued to smile. You know that smilethe I told you so smile. I didnt want to say those words so I just smiled. Smiled, because now I have 2 years to plan the next trip. Here's us back in 2006: Looking back, the last trip was thrown togethereven though I thought I knew a lot going into it, its not until I have spent MANY (and I mean MANY) hours on these disboards that I now feel knowledgeable. (Sound familiar?) That takes me back to my beliefEverything happens for a reason. If I never would have had that accident, I never would have the opportunity to learn that I have a passion for all things Disney. (well, not all things! I dont have a passion for that new DDP but theres a whole other thread for that discussion) I didnt want to immediately bring up the 2008 trip but shortly after that trip, we went to a party and my DH talked about the trip and how much fun he had. He then said, it would be even more fun to get another family to go with us. We have a very close family so I asked my sister if she would be interested. She then suggested that we ask ALL of our brothers and sisters. (Mom and Dad had 2 sons and 4 daughters) So we did, and everyone said yes! A total of 36 people! In March of 2007, I began the massive undertaking of planning a trip of this size. Every month, I send out a newsletter keeping everyone updated. From planning, tips, suggestions, ideasthe newsletter has it in there. That way, no one can say you didnt tell me that or the I didnt want to do that So far, its worked out great. So through that newsletter, we have decided the important details: We leave for this magical trip on June 20th and return on June 29th. (Not every family member will stay the entire time) We decided to stay at the POP Century (even though DH loved POR and wanted to go back) We will be driving non-stop from Indiana (estimated time- 16 hours) Most decided to get the DDP Most decided to add the Water and More option since itll be June and the kids love water! 11 months have gone by since we first asked everyone if they wanted to go, like I wrote earlier, everyone said yes. In the last month, a couple of family members werent sure if they would be able to go, after all, Disney is expensive. With the news of the economy plan, it looks like everyone will be going. Ahhh, yes . Everything happens for a reason. We will be celebrating a lot of various occasions on this trip. My mom and dad will be celebrating their 45th wedding Anniversary! Bro and SIL are on the 20th year of marriage. Other bro and SIL AND my DH and I are celebrating 10 years of marriage this year. Sis and BIL will be married for 5 years in May and other Sis and BIL will make it to their first year in July. My niece will turn 18 on our first day there! I have 3 nieces graduating from high school a few weeks before the trip. Even though I might have just confused you all, know that we have a lot to be thankful for. We have a wonderful family! Up next: the list of 36 characters that will be on this trip!