I struggle with this desire to be perfect. I hold these expectations for myself that are far from obtainable. These expectations put on my shoulders by the worlds' standards oftentimes leave me feeling like a failure. A failure to look a certain way. A failure at being a certain type of mother. A failure at… Continue reading I Am a Failure…or Am I?
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
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
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
It's tempting to just give up or feel discouraged when we are in the dark. But, it's important to remember God does His best work when we are in the dark.
It's been a pretty emotional couple of days here in Hawaii. Saturday morning at 8:08 (which just so happens to be our area code), Hawaii was woken to the Emergency Alert System blasting our cell-phones with a terrifying alert! Road alerts were flashing the warning. Sirens were blaring. The news announced the bomb threat. Twitter, Facebook...you… Continue reading A 2nd Chance at Life: Hawaii’s Ballistic Missile Warning
Wellness Wednesday Being wonderstruck.... Wonderstruck can be defined as experiencing a sudden feeling of awed delight or wonder. This past Sunday, my pastor John Burgess gave a great sermon about being wonderstruck. It's left me thinking all week about things in life that no-longer leave me feeling "wonderstruck." The things I once found jaw-dropping and yet… Continue reading Finding That Wonderstruck Feeling Through Serving Others
Wellness Wednesday Sadly, I haven't had much "wellness" being played out in my own life the past few weeks. With Halloween, the funeral, wrapping up basketball season, Thanksgiving and just being a mom, it was a whirlwind of a month! I cringe as I say this, but, we visited the big golden "M" (McDonald's) more times than… Continue reading Back in Action: Jumping Back into Fitness in the Wake of Chaos
Flash. That's how the last few weeks have gone by. In a flash! You may have noticed, I have been MIA for the past 2 weeks. My father-in-law passed away and we traveled back to the mainland for the funeral and to be with family. Not only did this time fly by, it was also… Continue reading What I Learned Through Experiencing Loss: Using the Hard Times to Create Better Times