#ORLANDOSTRONG

The City Beautiful.  I have lived here for almost five years.  It has become my home.

NEVER thought I’d say I live in the city which is now home to what is the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.  The largest terror attack since 9/11/01.

What a statement.  What a week for Orlando.

Three tragedies in a week.  Christina Grimmie, PULSE, Lane Graves.

I will be honest and I’m sad to say that I had never heard of Christina Grimmie until the morning the news broke of her death. I’m not a regular watcher of The Voice so I had never heard her sing.
Boy have I missed out. I have watched videos, read testimonies of her by people who loved her, and read things she has said and done.
This girl was freakishly talented. But let us remember her mostly as a woman of faith who lived her life for much more than what she was famous for. A true gem and angel that we may say was “g
one to soon” but lived a very full life even though it was short.
May God bless you and may you use that voice now alongside Him.
Prayers to her family and friends and all the fans who loved her.

I have been to Pulse, I have friends who went there often.  It wasn’t just an LGBT locale.  It was an EVERYBODY locale.  To meet friends were whatever reason and just have a great time.

The Grand Floridian Resort is one of mine and my friends favorite places to visit.  We have walked that beach.  I’ve watched the fireworks sitting in the sand.

Since I live in Orlando and because I’m a performer, this definitely hits home.  Because I worked with people who were at Pulse that night, this definitely hits home. I work at the place where that precious child lost his lif13394061_1791913917708185_8764437538350421761_ne, so that also hits home. It ALL hits home.

When does this mess stop? Can it ever be stopped?  All three of these events could have been prevented if people were aware and paying attention.  I don’t blame anyone for not stopping any of these.  I just challenge people to be aware of your surroundings at ALL times.  Read signs, do what they say or don’t say because they are there for a reason. Watch people.  Know who is around your proximity.  IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING.  That means tell somebody about it that can help it.  Fred Rogers said that his mother told him to “find the helpers.”  My challenge is for you to BE THE HELPERS.  Help stop future tragedies.

Because I love my faith and it is the foundation of my existence I also feel the need to put this out there.
I do so, because it has been posted on their social media that they were coming to Orlando to cause a stink.  Today is has been confirmed that they WILL NOT be coming here.  Praise Jesus!
Please KNOW and UNDERSTAND that groups like Westboro Baptist Church are NOT an accurate representation of ALL Christian institutions. As a Christian and someone who has been brought up in a Christian home and family, these people are NUTS. They in no way represent what Christianity is about! No church I’ve ever attended has taught hatred. Jesus called Christians to LOVE!! Because He LOVED, on every person he met no matter who they were. These people show nothing but HATRED and it disgusts me.

I now kindly ask that you pray not only for the families and friends who were affected by those lost this past week, but pray also for those of us who are mentally affected and grieving over the overwhelming sense of loss that is felt by these three horrific events.

Love often. Encourage often. Hug often. Support often. Don’t let anyone in your life not know that you love and care for them.

Stay safe out there my loves!!
Many blessings!!

Caleb 🙂

Romans 5:8
John 13:34
2 Timothy 1:7

Exploring Animal Kingdom – Part Two – Dinoland – The MIX

Dinoland is one of the most interactive and fun places in Animal Kingdom if you ask me.  There are so many fun things to do and see… and EAT!!  Some yummy in my tummy moments for sure up in there.

In today’s episode of The MIX, Matt and I explore some of the fun that is to be found there.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Dinoland?

Exploring Animal Kingdom – Part One – Everest – The MIX

So I super love animals and all of the fun attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  My friend Matt joined me there recently in his first appearance on The MIX.  We HAD to start the day off by riding one of my favorite roller coasters ever… EXPEDITION EVEREST!!  So much fun!!

One of these days I am going to figure out a way to actually video the entire experience, but this gives you a pretty good idea without me completely losing my camera.

What is your favorite thing to do at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?  Have you tried any of the new nighttime offerings?

Enjoy!

A Visit to Sprinkles – The MIX

If you know me, you know I enjoy sweets from time to time.  A Sprinkles cupcake store opened up in Disney Springs recently so I went to check out this cupcake ATM that everyone has been talking about.  Take a look at what happened on the latest episode of The MIX

 

Breakfast With the Wettstains – The MIX

One of my favorite things to do at Disney World is eat!  Some of the best restaurants around in my opinion are at Disney.  Chef’s Mickey’s is by far one of the most fun.  Here is a look at my morning there recently with my friends the Wettstains.

Welcome Summer 2016

FullSizeRenderToday is June 7, 2016.  It isn’t officially summer yet, but it definitely feels like it.  The sad thing is, it’s not even as hot as it probably is going to be.

As I sit here in my parent’s house… It’s hard to call it their home, because it isn’t.  The home that was ours is now gone.  But that’s another story.  I digress.

As I sit here I am grateful.  Mama has a board sitting on the buffet here in the dining room that says “Thankful for Family.” I can’t help but reflect on the past year.

Since last summer when I switched my blog format over to GIOTV a lot has happened.  I was in school, then not in school.  Now I am in school again.  My Paw-Paw passed away.  I have performed on one of the biggest stages in the world.  I went to the Kennedy Center Honors.  I moved and parted ways with two people who I lived with for three years.  I miss them.  A person from my past returned and we now share an apartment together.  Traveling is a passion and I was able to visit three places I had never been.  Star Wars has become a major part of my life (in a good way).  People I love dearly have moved closer to me.  Babies have been born in my family.  Sickness has scared us.  I lost my street rat.  I took Mama to NYC and she LOVED it!  Two beloved co-workers passed.  New people have come into my life who have made me better, kept me sane and grounded.  I am about to open a beautiful new show in a role I never thought I would get.  Jack Leon graduated college.  I could go on and on.

The point is, me, my family, and my friends have had so many ups and downs in the past year.  I am still here.  That’s what I am grateful for.  I am grateful for being here, and for the people that are in my life for being here.  I am grateful that the ones we lost were here and their memory is still here.

I am grateful.

NC Wedding Week Five Years Later – The MIX

Happy Monday everyone!!

Today begins Season Three of The MIX.  Five years ago my best friends John Michael and Lindsay got married in North Carolina.  Of course I covered it on a Four Part episode of Gray In Oz The Video Blogs.  On Saturday May 28, MOST of us got together for their five year anniversary and had a blast at Disney World.

For those of you who have known me for a long time know that my dream is to be a television host and journalist. So for years I have made and edited videos. I go in and out of doing them regularly because of time and work etc… Over the past couple weeks I have gathered some footage to begin a new season of my latest endeavor a video blog called THE MIX.

Be on the lookout for a whole round of videos coming your way HAHA

This week a new one every day!!

After that I’m gonna try to post a new one every Monday!!  When I am able to I will try to do some live episodes as well!!

Enjoy this new episode of The MIX and be on the lookout for MORE!!