But it hasn't been all sadness, these last few months - there were two weddings in the family! In addition to Steph and Kyle's wedding last March, a nephew and niece were married. The next generation takes shape and life's promised hope comes. All are occasions for family to gather and support each other. That's truly what life is all about.
|Typical... family and friends!|
Tomorrow, our homeschooling year will begin. It will be my 16th year teaching. (Two have graduated, and two are still with me!) What a journey this has been. I'm so excited to get started. There is something about the smell of new books and sharp pencils! I've been longing to return to the comfort of schedule. I've loved the freedom of summer, but every season is just long enough...
We are also arriving at the first anniversary of our community house. God has taught us so many lessons on living and loving as a family. I am so grateful! I know God has a plan to use this house for His glory. Lord, help me not be in the way!
So, what are the lessons I've learned during this season? The "what ifs" of life are not the worst thing in the world. I've lived through a lot of what ifs this year: "'What if my daughter settles down on the mainland?", "What if Jean passes before Bob?", "What if there is conflict among those in our community?" God is big enough for the "what ifs". They don't take Him by surprise. In every "what if" situation, God has shown us a new part of His character and provision.
There's the feeling in the air that we are turning a page. Only God knows what is ahead for us. I take comfort in knowing He is there and will take care of the details.
|Shooting in Paauilo - red-neck moments...|
|Family is expanding - Mr. & Mrs. Kauhane|
|New beach adventure on the Island of Hawaii|
|Cousins at the stables - cowgirls at heart!|
|Rock jumping at Kealakekua - not far from that "little grass shack"|
|Kealakekua sunset - perfect camping spot!|
|Cousins fishing off the rocks.|
|More sunset views at Kealakekua|
|Rigging the poles on Uncle Kevin's boat off of Kawaihae|