Jan 31, 2012

where dreams come true and memories begin.

Once upon a time… as the sky bent low against a sober city backdrop on that special morning, cascades of rain poured in sheets from the heavens above. I breathed a sigh as I looked upon the bleak skyline. rain or shine this day was going to be a beautiful day. an enchanting day brimming with smiles and laughter but most importantly... memories.
with such happy thoughts in mind, the day began as usual, yet my heart stirred restlessly with excitement which could not be contained. {my dear parents endured patiently many a day filled with light chatter about this blissful day. ;)} thus after making preparations for the rainy weather, we made our way to {as you probably have already guessed} disneyland
once we arrived, we quickly huddled under the shelter of the Rain Forest Cafe {a very appropriate name at the time}. the minutes which elapsed slowly went by like hours. but alas! amidst the deluge that fell from the heavens, the sweet familiar face under a purple umbrella rounded the corner, beaming with excitement. after six long months the miles that separated us simply melted as though the rain was washing them away.
and we were finally together at last...


for the most part of the day, rain drizzled from the cloudy skies above thus the afternoon passed by leisurely as two dear friends lingered within the shops. finally, we settled down in the quaint little coffee shop on the corner of main street where it seemed so long ago I had been standing in the doorway of that place in August, scanning the sea of people for the dear face. the familiar, enticing aroma of old coffee surrounded us, whilst we sipped hot cocoa and nibbled on a sweet snickerdoodle, opening gifts found from antique shops and made from our hands. the latter part of the afternoon was spent peeking in shops throughout the park {purchasing a few lovelies here and there ;)}, and taking photographs to remember the wintry day at the magic kingdom...
owl necklace
happy place
the happiest place on earth.
carousel bokeh

being tangled fans of course, we had to stop by Rapunzel's little corner of the world to meet the princess herself...
tangled sign.
and at last I see the light
{and flynn as well ;)}
wishing well.
overall, the day was magical as Johanna and I frolicked in the rain hand-in-hand {like Dianna and Anne}. the day of course passed by much too quickly, but we were comforted to know that Wednesday held an event we were all very excited to attend. 

>>---to my dear, sweet old-fashion girl --->

only a week has passed since seeing you, yet I am already saddened that our time together has already slipped away. 'twill be a comfort to know that I shall see you again very soon {which is a promise, mind you}. you are such an amazing young lady and godly example that I am truly blessed - and honored - to call my friend, my true  friend and sister in Christ. how immensely blessed I was to see you again and in one of our favorite places. smile. it has been such a joy to watch our friendship strengthen {through thick and thin} even though we live so far away, and 'twill continue to be. everyday I am amazed - and thankful - of how under ordinary circumstances the Lord crossed our paths to form an extraordinary friendship. but know I am more happy to call you not only my friend, but my very dear sister.  
know you will always hold a very special place in my heart - you and your family - and I think of you often {and talk about you often...I think my family is sick of it. smile.

love you always m'dear, 
your lavender girl.   

be quite sure to visit dear Miss Johanna's lovely parlor of hers for a spot o' tea as well as her account of our magical day together. I know she shall be expecting you. wink.  

And they all lived happily ever after...

I hope in the near future I will have the blessed opportunity to meet one of you in person, dear reader! 

the girl who is happy to have returned to her garden.  

>>--- postscript ---> 
be sure to visit my garden on the morrow as I am revealing a very special event. wink. 


  1. Getting to see you, my dear, was truly a dream come true for me!

    Thank you for being my dear, darling lavender friend & sister.

    Love Always,
    -- your old-fashioned girl

  2. I knew, when you posted a while ago about visiting some place dear, that you were seeing your lovely Old Fashioned Girl! It is so fun to read about the time you spent together. I'm praying that your friendship will last forever.

    Thank you for giving me a glimpse of your lovely time spent together!


  3. Oh, how fun! What a special day and lovely pictures to document the wonderful memories you made! The banner pics are especially cute;)

    Love and blessings,

  4. I <3 Disneyland. I was just there this past Spring. It definitely is the happiest place on earth. =D

  5. Oooh, sounds like such a lovely time. I love the idea you used with the tag things for your blog name. ;)


  6. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! Disneyland is truly the happiest place on earth--I could live there, and I think about going back EVERY DAY. So glad you got to go. I love your outfits (especially the hat!--so cute.) Super jealous you got to meet Flynn and Rapunzel...there was an almost two hour wait when we were there in May. :-/ Adorable pictures!

  7. Awww! I am so glad you had fun! I know how special it is to have a true friend *wink* I'm so happy you're home back and safe.

    Love your,

  8. Dearest Grace,
    I am so happy that you got to spend time with dear Johanna at one of your favorite places! I have never been to Disneyland or Disneyworld. You'll have to tell me all about it in your next letter to me! I hope I will hear from you soon!


    P.S. I just watched Tangled a few days ago for like the "millionth" time. I LOVE that movie too!!!!!

  9. Oh! Looks like you have had allot of fun, but I am glad you are back! :) When you go on walks, I am always glad when you return to your little garden, so that we may come to visit again! I have never been to Disney land (world) if I did I must have been very small indeed. :) Love the Tangled scene! haha :D That must have been fun! :)

  10. This looks like such a magical trip! I've always wanted to visit Disneyland.
    Welcome back, Grace! :)

  11. Ohh... YES! I've been waiting for this post! You and Miss Johanna are absolutely gorgeous! You both are two of my top favorite bloggers! ♥ And you got to "meet" Rapunzel and Flynn!! :D I want to go to Disneyland sometime!
    Well, I'm off to go read Miss Johanna's post :D

  12. Cute pictures! I'm so glad you were able to meet again! :D Friends are such a blessing!

  13. Oh, how exciting! I hope you an amazing time!

  14. Looks like you and Johanna had a charming time! One day I will have to join you. ;)


  15. The last time I went, there was no Tangled cottage! I must visit again soon. Glad you had fun.

  16. What a sweet post! Isn't wonderful to spend time with dear friends?

  17. Oh, pictures! Always delightful! I miss you, my kindred spirit! We should try to video chat sometime... or maybe just chat on the phone... catch up quickly! :)

    P.S. My fashion blog party started today! :D

  18. so glad to see where you were able to go! i lvoe Tangled..favorite movie as of today. :)
    thanks for the pcitures.

  19. You went to Disney Land! yay!(: It looks so fun and magical and those are beautiful pictures!


  20. I LOVE these photos! Especially the Tangled ones(:
    xxo. Jazzie

  21. Lovely photos, dear! I am so glad that you two had such fun. I am jealous that you got to visit Rapunzel. :)

  22. You have a lovely blog!
    I've wanted to go to disney land or Disney world for a long time,but I haven't been able to yet.


  23. I think you two look really sweet together! So glad you had a lovely time! I really do hope you get to see each other soon, because it definitely looks like you've always been destined to become best friends! ;) <3

    eve @ essence of eve

    p.s. I know this is a bit of an old post (must have missed it on my dash *sad face*), but I HAD to leave a little note! :)

  24. Oh, you got to stand next to Flynn! LOL, I would have been totally freaking out! I'm glad you got to meet your dear friend! I know I'm always excited about seeing my friend, and she only lives a few miles away!

  25. TANGLED!

    that might be the one thing i zeroed in on here...=p