Living in Hawaii has been such a blessing! The constant sunny days, the beautiful beaches, the turquoise water, the smells of plumeria and coconuts filling the air...what could be better, right? It might sound like a dream-and some days, it really is. However, even paradise has its downsides. Volcanos erupting, a ballistic missile warning, hurricanes, tropical storms,… Continue reading Being a Brave Mom in the Midst of Crisis
It doesn’t matter how many times I hear this song or even who sings it...for years, God has used this as the song to speak to my heart the most. It doesn't matter what mood I'm in-happy, angry, sad, depressed, excited... It has me sobbing every single time. It puts things into perspective for me.… Continue reading How Great Thou Art
Lemon Blueberry Summer Treat Ingredients: Lemon Yogurt Graham Crackers Blueberries Instructions: Spoon some lemon yogurt into the bottom of a glass or bowl (doesn't need to be fancy. But, it can be made to look fancy if you use some cute glasses). Crumble up some graham crackers and add a little on top of the… Continue reading Lemon Blueberry Summer Treat
We just returned from a trip to Disney World. While we were there, we met my---I mean my daughters---favorite Disney Princess-Ariel! She was INCREDIBLE! My Little Ladybug told Ariel that she had been at her birthday once when she turned 3. Ariel picked right up on that and told her how she "knew she looked… Continue reading The Ultimate Little Mermaid Birthday Party
It's in these stressful seasons that we grow the most. I'm excited, not only for each of these special events, but to see how God uses them to make me grow as a person!
Today was one of those days that I knew going into it, was going to be a "make or break" kind of day!We had a lot riding on today: We were expecting to hear if my husband was chosento advance to Master Chief. We have been house hunting and put an offer in on a… Continue reading When Things Don’t Go Your Way
Recently my church joined 537 other churches around the world to host Night to Shine. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On one night, February 9, 2018, 537 churches from around the world came together to host Night to… Continue reading Night to Shine: How I Grew Through Serving the Special Needs Community
Deployment...one of the toughest words a military spouse can hear. So many emotions come up when I hear that word: loneliness, stress, loss, fear, sadness, exhaustion... I pride myself on typically being an uplifting and positive person. However, this can be a struggle at times when I'm faced with the extremely difficult task of staying… Continue reading Deployment: A Submariner Wife’s Perspective
If you know me and follow my blog regularly, you know I am typically a very happy and positive person. My posts 9/10 times are about finding happiness and spreading that joy to others. Well, unfortunately, I have hit that place of deployment where I am starting to feel like I'm losing my zest. I'm… Continue reading Monster Mom Attacks: Rekindling the Relationship with My Son During a Stressful Deployment
Cee's Which Way Photo Challenge Daily Word Prompt: uncompromising "This Which Way challenge is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, steps, signs, etc. we move from one place to another on." There are many paths we take in our journey through life. Oftentimes, the best path to take may not be clear to… Continue reading The Many Paths We Take (A Hawaiian Hikers Journey/Photo Challenge)
I tend to focus on how tired I feel or I let myself feel guilty for not doing all of the fun activities on my Pinterest Boards. But, when it comes down to it, they don't need the "extras." They just need a present me.
Hiking/Photo Challenge Photo Challenge: Out of this world There is nothing more "out of this world" than finding an abandoned outhouse in the middle of a bamboo forest in Hawaii...with an astronaut on it! Today, I co-lead a hike to Lululmahu Falls here on Oahu, HI. It was literally DOWNPOURING once we arrived at the trailhead. However,… Continue reading Out of This World Weird
I woke up this morning to the news that Billy Graham passed away. For some reason, I haven't been able to get it off of my mind ever since. No, I've never met him. No, I've never really followed him or studied him. And, yet, I can feel the loss. It's almost embarrassing to admit… Continue reading Following in the Footsteps of Billy Graham
What's the first thing you notice about a person when you see them? Is it the color of their eyes? Maybe it's their outfit or the way they style their hair? For me, it's the smile. Sometimes, it's the lack thereof. I think a person's face (particularly their smile) can say so much about the person… Continue reading Smile: Make Life Beautiful Again
Christmas in July: a poem https://adventuresofabusymom.com/2017/07/03/christmas-in-july-a-poem/ — Read on adventuresofabusymom.com/2017/07/03/christmas-in-july-a-poem/
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I wanted to repost this 🙂
In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, I wanted to share a quick and easy teacher gift idea with you today!
My sister is a 1st grade teacher and because of this, I have a BIG RESPECT for all teachers! Too often, their hard work goes un-noticed!
I always enjoy coming up with a creative gift to thank my kids’ teachers. However, this Teacher Appreciation Week, time was an issue so I had to settle for simple gift cards instead. I still wanted to make it special so I decided on making a fun gift card holder to go with the gift cards.
I found these adorable little buckets and shredded paper in the party section of the store. I love how the grocery bag looking filler paired with the bucket gave it a kind of “rustic” look.
I used a chalk board paint pen to write “Thanks” on the little…
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3 Line Tale Challenge: Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt... There is surprisingly a lot of power in a simple phone call. A phone call can lift your spirits by announcing good news and yet, it may also carry with it the burden of painful news. Yes. A simple phone call can change… Continue reading The Power Of A Simple Phone Call (A 3 Line Tale)