You can now find me blogging about life in Hawaii and upcycling furniture at Island Gypsy Hawaii.
Hope to see you over there!
*photo taken by Jennifer Poppy
Well, we’ve been on Maui for seven weeks now…can you believe it? I realize that the blog has been left to sit by its lonely self over the last several weeks but during this time of transition I’ve felt the need to retreat from writing posts. Not from writing…just writing on the blog. I have about a thousand stories to tell about our adventures on the island, the divine appointments for ministry here and the many characters we’ve met along the way. But it all seems too personal for the world wide web. The stories may end up in a book or something one day. But for now we’re soaking in God, the sun rays, loving on people and settling into our new life on the island.
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Like three weeks ago…
And if you ever want to look “high maintenance” show up at the airport, Maui-bound, with two kids and four carry-on bags, four personal items, one carseat, one tent, six checked bags and two pillow pets. Of course that was all of our worldly possessions, but the folks at the airport didn’t know it.
But we are helping each other stand up & stay steady on the descent of a hill.
Kind of like right now...with two days to go before our world turns upside down.
This past Sunday at church a young girl was baptized. Before she went into the makeshift “baptistry” in our warehouse church building, the pastor had a few words to share with her. Words about her destiny with the Lord…that He had one for her…that she would accomplish much for His Kingdom, through His power and love. And he prayed that he could witness the fulfillment of that destiny for her life now and over the years.
Words that brought tears of joy to my eyes because it was no coincidence that that same morning was when Greg and I would be sharing our testimony of how the Lord is sending us from Texas to Hawaii in just a few short days.
One, the very beginning of the journey with the obedient and powerful act of being baptized. And for us the beginning of the journey to fulfill the Lord’s call to ”go” and make disciples in the nations.
(Of course we’ve been doing that here, in my hometown, but now it’s time to go).
*Photo taken by my Granddaddy in a beautiful Hawaiian dress…1980s :)
(Note: I typed a long post, only to have 90% of it not publish. Bummer! Since it’s late & I’m tired, here’s a snapshot of what I said).
When it comes to friends, I feel like I hit the jackpot. However, there was a brief season in life where it was tough to find those kind of friends that you can be super close to – completely connect with – and be “couple friends” (aka both sets of spouses get along well & are true friends).
Then these people showed up in our lives about three years ago. We’ve laughed together, prayed together, played together, camped together, dreamt together, babysat for eachother, danced together, worshiped together, worked together and more laughing together.
Goodness…Collin and Ashley even got pregnant together (they’re just about a month apart in their due date).
note: we’re obviously drinking virgin pina coladas since those two are pregnant!
Our kiddos even love each other, although two of them are missing from this pic. Our boys call them their “best friends.”
A couple of weeks ago these friends surprised us with an aloha party and boy were we blessed by the friends and family that came!
We even got to celebrate Bryan’s 8th birthday later that evening.
He really grew some hair overnight :)
Not everyone was as big of a fan of the wig…
But others made up for that lack of enthusiasm.
It’s gonna be hard when we really say good-bye and leave the Lone Star State. But hopefully the allure of the island will draw our friends out to see us…somewhere over the rainbow.