Guest Story: William & the Secret Passage

Today's guest post comes from Emily, a stay-at-home mother of 4. In her past life, Emily enjoyed soccer, ultimate frisbee, fishing and camping. In her current life, she enjoys going to the beach, and rubbing the fact that she can any-ole-time-she-wants-to in our faces. She was kind enough to share this experience with her son, Will. Thanks, Emily!

We went to Disneyland on Friday afternoon. When we told William we were going he told me,
"I don't want to go to Disneyland!"
"Why not William? I thought you wanted to go."
"I don't want to go! I want our whole family to stay home."
I was so confused. What 4 year old doesn't want to go to Disneyland?

We met up with Clayton's cousin and his wife and kids. They have 3 boys and they were all in green T-shirts and so was William. So after our first ride on the Astro Orbiters, both Clayton and I assumed that one of the boys we saw had to be William.

But it wasn't. William was gone.

We were terrified. Everyone started looking, but he wasn't around the ride anywhere. I couldn't think very clearly, so I kept praying that William would stay where he was and that we could somehow be led to him. When I told a worker that he was gone, I had to ask Eliza what he was wearing because I just couldn't think clearly.

The worker started walking me towards the entrance of the park to report a missing child. As I made my way there, Nicole (Clayton's cousin's wife) came toward me holding William's hand. I was so relieved and gave William a big hug. He acted like it was no big deal. He took me to where he had been. He kept calling it a secret passage. It was a pathway in between some rocks that led around a small pond and then towards the Matterhorn.

Nicole said he was just standing there next to another worker. Apparently the worker had tried to talk to William, but William wouldn't answer him at all. "Because he was a stranger". So the worker just stood there with him until someone came. I am so grateful for that guy and that William was o.k.!

Nicole said that she and one of her sons had said a prayer, then just felt like they should go to the area where William was. I know that the Spirit could reach her better that me or Clayton because we were so worried. I'm very grateful we were all there together.

Long story, but so dramatic and scary. I think that's why William didn't want to go that day. I think he somehow felt something would be wrong. Just a hunch.

Next time we are bringing leashes!

Have you ever a lost a child? What did you do?

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  1. Love the before and afters...that brick is fantastic! was it under the paneling and wallpaper? I will check back to see more of your transformation!

    1. Thank you, Kate! We live in a 100 yr old house with 12" brick walls, interior and exterior.

  2. I love that Will wouldn't talk to the worker because he was a "stranger." You've taught him well, Emily! I also like how you prayed that he would stay where he was, and that you'd be led to him, somehow, and that sounds like that's exactly what happened!

    1. Emily13.4.12

      When I was about his age, my dad took me and my siblings and cousins to the zoo. After a long day, he was loading everyone in the car and noticed I wasn't there. Ask he rushed back to find me he had a clear vision of where I was right next to a fountain. He scooped me up and all was well.
      I was hoping for a similar experience. That's our policy: stay right where you are!

    2. That's a great policy! We should adopt it :).