Coming Home… One year in Hawaii

We stood in anticipation in the days ahead. Ready to end in the same way we started. The waiting, like shivering barefoot and dripping wet in line for the high dive jump. We just knew it would be something to see, something big. Ideas of grandeur.

We set tired, swollen feet on this island soil one year ago. We tore off in quivering adventure, uncertain of every step we took, yet confident we were headed in the direction He chose for us. It was all new territory here. Each new step, a step in a foreign land of sorts. We planned to mark our one year anniversary of island life in island style of course. Adventurous or breezy, but something to commemorate the day. Something to be remembered.

Coming Home

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Night Snorkeling with Manta Rays; A Hawaii Adventure

Monstrous waves crashed the boat up and down as though our purchase had been tickets for an unsteady carnival ride.

I peered out over the back of the boat, just a net draped across the rear. It was the middle of the Pacific at sunset and the ocean was anxious. I glanced at the passengers on the boat that were clearly green, imagining how they must be dreading the rest of the ride and feeling grateful that my stomach had not joined theirs. It was 25 minutes to reach our destination. Instructions and wet suits were distributed. The sun set before us and the ocean and air blended into a nearly unified black. The time had come to get in.

Night snorkeling with Manta Rays

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Beauty From Ashes: We Are Made New

 

Where the Rich Black Lava Meets the Sea

Where the Rich Black Lava Meets the Sea

I never envisioned myself living in Hawaii. Vacationing there wasn’t even of interest. It seemed too expensive. Too far. Out of reach.

I had visited the Caribbean numerous times and loved it. Great memories took place there. I have always loved the ocean. But, the gulf coast of Florida was where I set my sights. The sweet smell of the ocean. Breezes that cool even scorching temperatures. Carefree living. I wanted that life. I prayed for that life. But, the call never came.

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Our Move from Ohio to Hawaii

Our move to Hawaii happened in the blink of an eye. Three offers from a company that weren’t what we wanted. Three times we turned them down. And then God spoke to our hearts. We were scared. He had sent us the lifeboat, but we kept right on waiting for a ship to come. We knew where He wanted us, so we called back and accepted the last offer. Life moved really quickly from there. Eight weeks after accepting the position we were living in Hawaii.

Taking a Break at the Kona Inn One Week After Arriving

Taking a Break at the Kona Inn One Week After Arriving

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