Thursday, November 21, 2013

You do it.

Usually I mull over something seemingly small and keep it to myself. However, this time I'll share: August had been under the weather on Monday and the following 2 days after had a fever. It was miserable for him (and us). After a visit with the pediatrician I felt like, "well, give it time he'll get better soon." Returning from the doc, August napped on my lap. I've been reading, "Miracle Work: A Down-to-Earth Guide for Supernatural People" by Jordan Seng and was on the chapter - You Do It. So, I did. Silently within myself my words were literally, "Dear God, please heal August of this fever. In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen." When he woke, his 102F temp was down to normal.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sailing Bluewater

We left Honolulu July 29th and today, 2 months later, marks the beginning of building our home in NorCal. God is so good to us and is faithful to keep me through all the ebb and flow in life. (Holla Bluewater Mission friends)

It's lovely to have the privilege of attending the weddings of Elora & Teddy, Jessi & Brent and most recently Renee & Matt.

And a blessing to have stayed with my parents in Naperville, Illinois for a number of weeks as well as Shannon's home in Willits, California while our apartment logistics were getting squared away.

All this to say that we have experienced and abundance of love and support and wish to express gratitude to all our dear friends and family for their patience and generosity. 

Now I am very happy to unpack. And take a deep breath. And perhaps shed a tear as I reflect on my Lord's ultimate gentle and leading hand as we've made some leaps and bounds across the pacific and the nation to reach this destination. He is my Rock, my Salvation, my Protector, my Father who never fails to love us. My faith is anchored in Him.

Hold on, my heart, in your believing---
Only the steadfast wins the crown;
He who, when stormy winds are heaving,
Parts with his anchor, will go down;
But he who Jesus holds through all,
Will stand, though Heaven and earth should fall.
Hold on! An end will come to sorrow;
Hope from the dust will conquering rise;
The storm foretells a summer's morrow;
The Cross points on to Paradise;
The Father reigns! So cease all doubt;
Hold on, my heart. Hold on, hold out.

-oct 7 Streams in the Desert

I'm delighted to be still and know Truth. Faith. Hope. Love.....God.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Welcome to the world.

I haven't posted since attending my cousin, Rebecca's wedding in India. While I was there I was entering my second trimester of my first baby. Since that voyage and returning home to Honolulu, I moved across town. My husband and I moved in with another couple from church who were expecting their first child as well. Several people think its crazy that we moved into a larger, shared space. However, I plead the 5th that I had pregnant brain and I didn't want to go through this alone. We all do not have family here in Hawaii so rely on our church family. We are such different couples but since having our babies I'm glad we were together. If I were by myself all day with a crying baby I think I may have fallen into a lonely, possibly depressed state for awhile considering minor postpartum and recovering from an emergency C-section. The other couple's baby had to flown to the mainland for emergency heart surgery. The surgery was a complete success and their baby is recovered well and is back on track. Through the final trimester the two of us mom's had each other to talk about concerns, curiosities and share in all the prayers and praise reports. The journey up to this point had been dreadfully challenging to say the least and I don't regret one bit moving in with each other. We won't be in this shared/community environment for too long. People ask how do we survive together? My thoughts are:

-I had to stop comparing myself to some I know on the mainland, buying houses, decorating a baby room, etc. and look around me. I dare say the majority of people making their lives in Hawaii are in shared living spaces.

-We choose to trust each other in our home to be respectful and as clean as we are capable of the kitchen and common spaces.

-We help each other and aim to be continuously flexible to needs.

-And we communicate reasonably with sober judgement and thinking and listening.

It has been a joy and a blessing entering a new season of life together. We went from four to six! I adore my baby August and absolutely enjoy that he has a playmate, baby Emery.