Archive | February, 2013

Our Way Back Home

21 Feb

We finished out the last couple of days of our vacation. We went sailing and traveled around the east shore of Oahu. We had some good memories there since we traveled that exact same road 5 years ago with my grandparents. We got pics in front of the China Man’s Hat Island, just like 5 years ago.
The next day we just wanted to relax so we did! Although I did try snorkeling for the first time and I loved it. It is so beautiful and so relaxing!! I saw a sea turtle, a monk seal, and so many pretty tropical fish.
I am so thankful for our little quiet place in Hawaii that we were able to relax and process all that was changing in our lives.
I know right now that there is a lady that cannot imagine life without her husband. There are kids who can’t imagine life without their dad, and there are grand kids who can’t imagine life without Papa. We don’t fall into any of those categories, but oh how I’ve prayed for those who do. We fall into the cant imagine life without our Pastor, mentor, Friend, and fellow laborer for Christ.
He sure made a difference in our lives, and we will honor his life by continuing to follow the Biblical principles that he taught us. Preacher always told us to follow Christ and not him, and so that is what we will do, although we will not forget the man who spent his life pointing us to the Saviour! We love you, Preacher!! I know you are enjoying Heaven!!!

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From Hawaiian Paradise to Heavenly Paradise

12 Feb

While we were enjoying our vacation, we got some terrible news. My Preacher of 17 years had a massive stroke. He was only 59 years old. After a few days lying unresponsive in a hospital bed, he went home to be with the One he served.
I am so thankful to have called him Pastor. He taught me so much about the Bible. I will always treasure high school Bible class. He made the Bible come alive! I remember him taking us to sing at other churches. I’ll never forget him making us sing “Teenager In Love” for Bro. Fugate! I had the privilege of working for him for 11 years! He proved time and time again what a great leader he was!
My husband got saved and was called to preach under his preaching. We were married by him, and he ordained my husband.
He was just like family. I loved every moment I got to spend with him and Mrs. Fox.
Right now we can not fathom life without him. He has always been there when we needed him. He has always been an encouragement. I know he is not sad and he is in Heaven, but for those lucky enough to call him dad, husband, grandpa, Preacher, and friend, he will be greatly missed!

Day 4 – Hawaiian Memories

7 Feb

Today, we took my parents out for the day on our rented Ford Mustang convertible. We have enjoyed riding around with the top down! My hair is not enjoying it as much as the rest of me though! We went to a Giant flea market at Aloha Stadium. They had a ton of souvenirs at cheap prices! Then we went into Honolulu. We walked by the harbor and ate lunch at Red Lobster. We also visited the Ala Moana Mall. It was neat to see a mall Hawaiian style. There was a live show going on, and everything was outdoors.
We came back and went for a long walk along the ocean. We snapped a ton of pics, and stayed long enough to catch the sunset.
Now we are preparing for a two day trip to Maui in the morning. I’m super excited!!

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Day 3 – Hawaiian Memories

7 Feb

Today we traveled to the west most tip of Oahu. You cannot drive around this point so we drove to it on the south side of the island, and then drove through the middle part of the island over to the north shore and did the same thing. We were struck by the beauty of God’s creation! I wondered how anyone could believe this just happened. There is no way a painting masterpiece could compare with this beauty, and yet, people would be horrified if you said that it had been made without an artist hand.
The west end of the island is a combo of clear blue waters, combined with huge breathtaking mountains. One mountain towering up as soon as the other one is starting to plunge down. You will pass rocky shorelines that change into pristine beaches. We saw quaint little towns and roadside stands. When we traveled through the middle of the island, we saw a huge military post, as well as fertile farmland. We stopped at the Dole Plantation and had their pineapple whip ice cream. We went on a train ride to see giant pineapple fields, as well as other plants like bread fruit, plumeria, sugar cane, and chocolate. We also saw coffee growing and stopped at a roadside stand to try a cup of Hawaiian Joe!
We returned to our room and went swimming with my dad, brother, niece and nephew. We had a great day!

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Day 1 – Hawaiian Memories

5 Feb

Today was our first full day in paradise, and there are a few things I want to remember.

We had a very early morning because we are not used to the five hour time difference. We got at 8 am at home which is 3 am here. We went to Ohana Baptist Church for an 8:15 am service and enjoyed hearing the pastor preach. Two statements really stuck with me. “If you were under investigation for being a Christian, would they have enough evidence to convict you.” Wow! This is convicting to me. Can others see from all areas of my life that I am a Christian? Can they tell by the way I dress, by the things I do, by the way I act, and by the things I say? The other statement was this. “The what, where, when, and how doesn’t matter only the Who.” Since we do not know where God is leading us, or what he will have us do, it is good to remember that those things don’t matter as long as we remember Who we’re doing it for.
We also drove through Honolulu and went to the International Market with my dad and grandma. We drove through Chinatown and Waikiki. We watched the Super Bowl with my parents and brother’s families.
We are enjoying our room. Our bedroom is overlooking the beautiful mountains, and the living room overlooks beautiful gardens and the ocean! Our tub is huge and I’m wondering how to get it home! The breeze that flows through at night is heavenly. We don’t have the window or screens shut and guess what? No bugs! This truly is as close to paradise as I could imagine.

Day 2 – Hawaiian Memories

5 Feb

Today we went for a 6 am swim in the pool and hot tub, followed by a dip in the lagoon in front of our motel. My nephew came, too! We saw a sea turtle! Later we walked down to another beach to look for seals. We didn’t see one, but we got some pretty pics, and we saw some fish and crabs. We toured the gardens of the JW Marriott, and saw hammerhead sharks and Hawaii’s state fish. We went to turtle bay and saw several sea turtles and a seal! We also saw several mongooses.
We visited my parents for a bit and then we drove around the mountains. We saw several Hawaiian people in a poorer neighborhood and I couldn’t help but see the need for Christ’ message to be taken to them. I remembered something the Pastor said to us on our way out on Sunday morning. He said, “Thank you for not taking a vacation from God.” The thought made me extra glad to go to church, as well as, making sure I have a personal walk with him each day.
Now it is 7:30 pm Hawaiian time and I have run out of dream. I am typing this while Mr. Wonderful is watching American Pickers. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s adventures!