Where I Am

March 3 Where I Am

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I am at a place in my life where I’ve accepted who I am as a mother of four and a wife to my best friend. I have many a dreams to uncover and fulfill but my ultimate goal is to take care of this dream that already came true for me.

From a very young age and being a part of a dysfunctional family, I asked for mercy and hoped for a family like the ones I saw on TV like Growing Pains, Family Ties, and The Cosby Show. I was oblivious to a higher power but noticed the Jesus tapestries and cross on the walls of my childhood home and even had a short season of Religious Education in elementary school. It was like I kept wishing on a star or sometimes Santa Claus came into mind! But I was in need of a Savior whom I succumbed to in the perilous postpartum battle after the birth of the twins.

My dream came true when I had my first child and I married my husband. That was the start of my family. Five years later we had a son and five years later we had twin girls who are pictured above. Now it took me a while to realize that I was granted this as I let the hardships of marriage and motherhood get to me. There was an enlightening feeling when I finally realized that this family that I was entrusted to was in fact my prayer being answered in my moments of despair as a young child.

Now it does sound like a fairy tale that I just made up but it is far from it when life is real and circumstances pop out out of nowhere. My husband and I bicker and we disagree. I sometimes yell at my children when the message that I am trying to get across isn’t heard clear from the same people who are able to hear a chip bag open from another room and my impatience can get the best of me like a whiny 2 year old waiting to be fed. Sometimes I feel the need to let everyone in my house know how I truly feel during our morning rush to school, dinner dilemmas, or unfinished chores.

Doesn’t sound pretty but it is all worth it as I take a moment to notice how quickly my teenager has grown as she is now physically looking eye to eye to me and my preteen son’s pants are ‘high waters’ (pidgeon slang for pants that are too small that it exposes the ankles). I have conquered the first five years with the twins in which the first 3 years was almost unbearable and driving me to the point of insanity. As my husband and I approach our 16th year of marriage and 19th year together, I can only express gratitude for meeting this wonderful fellow and through the years we have learned a lot about each other and, believe it or not, even after so many years, we learn new things about each other. Sometimes it can be scary or surprising as time changes us both but that is something that married couples must be open to.

So where I am now is a good place. I am thankful that I have overcome the worse. Now I observe and I see and I take advantage of the moments and time where it is possible to pick flowers, to smell the roses, to appreciate this place where I call home, to take each breath with gratitude, to wake up in awe of the rising sun, to marvel at the blessings of a passing storm. All my gratitude and praise I give to my Savior: Jesus Christ. He was with me all along even when I didn’t know of Him. I thank God for each and every moment that I am given. This is where I am.

“I am with you wherever, where you go is where I am.”-Matthew West’s ‘More’

Love and Blessings~
Mrs Halpern

Look Down

March 2: Look Down

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My 6 year old is looking up at me. This picture was taken from the top of the stairs outside of our front door. Urban and Casey were getting ready for a rubbish dump run and the girls were jumping rope. With camera in the palm of my hands, I stopped her and said, “Hey look up!”

I love looking down at the girls when I get knee hugs and I’m thankful that God chose me to be their mom and that they have someone to look up to. Right now, I look eye to eye with my teenager and my preteen son is getting there. They grow up soooo fast! And I love each and every one of them…

Love and Blessings on this beautiful rainy Sunday,
Mrs Halpern

A 6 Year Old Pair

Happy Birthday!!!

20131005-125335.jpgToday I celebrate in joy for Hulali’s and Malino’s 6th year of life. They will always be my babies in my heart. All my children will always be my babies. Being a mother of 6 year old twins and four children has led me to appreciate this journey in my life. I might not show appreciation for what I have at times due to lack of patience or sleep but God shows His mercies always at the right time. Children have a way of bringing out the best in us and even the worst! They are a new creation everyday as they are still learning about their surroundings. They are true gifts from God. Find the time to seek God in our children. God will show up in their actions and in what they say.

Knee Hug

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“Happy Birthday!”, I tell a squinting, sleepy eyed Malino. “Is this the fifth day of October?”, she asked in a groggy morning voice. “Yes,” I tell her. Then she smiled, stretched out her arms and hugged me where I was resting on the couch and she crawled in the blanket and cuddled next to me.

Before I could tell Hulali happy birthday, she had let Lily out of her crate, she put her leash on and took her outside. After Malino had made her way into the blanket to cuddle, Hulali and Lily stormed up the stairs through the kitchen door. Hulali gladly announced Lily’s outdoor accomplishments. I said, “Happy Birthday Hulali!” “What did you get us?”, she asked.

After giving a brief lesson about manners, I quickly went into the other room to put their presents together. They each received some polka dotted butterfly wings for their Halloween costume, some princess head bands and purses. They had found some See’s lollipops that their Aunty had given them and I didn’t feel like telling them that they had to eat breakfast first. Happy birthday girls! Lollipops for breakfast!

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20131005-125136.jpgYou know they’re growing up when:
-Malino stops sucking on her fingers.
-They are able to fix their own snack.
-They are able to dress themselves.
-They carry their own backpacks.
-They don’t want me to walk them to their class.

“But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.”-1 Timothy 2:15
Thank You Lord for Hulali & Malino…
By Mrs. Halpern 2013

Quick Chicken and Kale Soup

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor. Home remedies shared here are recipes that have worked for my family and I. Everyone is different. Please check with your doctor first.

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This week, the twins were feverish and nauseous. Perhaps the weekend was just too much fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ When they are feverish, they’re inactive, and they have little appetite. Here are some little things that I offer the children when they’re under the weather:

Ginger Ale
Crackers
None acidic fruit
Yogurt
Soup
Warm water or tea

Hulali had a fever on Monday, missed school on Tuesday and returned on Wednesday. Then Malino had a fever on Wednesday, missed school on Thursday and returned to school today. This must be life with twins! This must be life with siblings and germs but it’s okay because sharing is caring! ๐Ÿ˜€

Nothing is more comforting than a bowl of hot chicken soup. When taste buds malfunction, when an intestinal eruption may occur, or when dealing with stuffy head cold symptoms, chicken soup has healing properties that may help shorten the lifespan of viruses or infections or even offer an immune booster for the other family members who remain healthy.

Here is my recipe for:
Quick Chicken Soup with Kale

Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
8 pieces boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 onion (chopped)
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 finger ginger sliced into thin pieces
2 cans chicken broth or 1-32oz box
2 cans beef broth or 1-32oz box
or
8 cups of homemade broth
3 bunches dino kale (chopped)
1 tsp. Turmeric root or powder

Directions:
Rinse chicken and pat dry. Season thighs with olive oil, salt, and pepper (your desired amount). Let sit for 10m.

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Pour olive oil to cover bottom of pan and heat on medium high heat.

Sautรฉ onion, garlic, and ginger for about 1 minute.

Brown chicken with onion, garlic & ginger until cooked on the outside.

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Transfer browned chicken to a large pot with chicken drippings, onion, garlic, and ginger. Turn on the fire (gas stove) to high heat and add chicken broth.

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Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium/low. Simmer for about 30-40 minutes or until chicken is cooked all the way through. Check and stir from time to time.

In the meantime, wash and prepare kale.

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After simmering, take out each thigh, place on a cutting board and shred it using two forks. Put shredded chicken into soup and stir.

Add kale to soup, stir, and let simmer for about 5 minutes.

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Stir in turmeric root or powder, and turn off the flame.

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There can be many variations to this recipe. I had some leftover lasagna noodles so I sliced it thin as a side of starch and added it to the soup to make it into a chicken noodle soup. Chicken soup leftovers become more tasty and flavorful than its freshly cooked past. The tastes of each ingredient intermingle as they cool off in your fridge overnight. Thus, creating a one-of-kind flavor packed healing and goodness to the soul.

Variations:
Just add your favorite veggies. I made the soup a second time after Malino got sick. Instead of using kale, I switched to potatoes and carrots. These veggies (chopped) may be added in with the browned chicken and seasonings and boiled and simmered from there.
Also, a little bit of rice may be added in place of noodles. Crackers always add a nice crunch and the children love to dip it in the broth. We had Krusteaz box corn bread with the second batch of soup.

With much rest, lots of love, and some honest to goodness natural healing ingredients, and a little bit of patience to allow a foreign organism to take its course through the body, fever symptoms are likely to be weakened. Zap’em with some good old chicken soup! ….and don’t forget to GIVE THANKS! ๐Ÿ™‚

I would love to hear your different variations to this simple recipe. What are your favorite vegetables or flavorings in your chicken soup? And what is your idea of a side that compliments chicken soup?

Happy Aloha Friday!
Love and Blessings Always…

By Mrs.Halpern 2013

Saying Farewell to September

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After finally adjusting to morning routines, I then approach Fall Intercession. During this brief rest from work and homework woes, I hope to attack the clutter that has been added to our usual clutter after abandoning it when Lily came into our lives. Maybe plan a day at the beach and coffee or lunch with a friend…or even just relaxing and doing absolutely nuh-thing but read a book all day or something…haha(dreaming)!…or perhaps just do something spontaneously? Yes. That’s always fun!

Some September highlights:
My friend Ala planned a surprise party for her husband’s 50th birthday at the Wainaku Executive Center. We’ve known Troy for quite some time now. He coached our son when he was in U6 and U12 soccer and is the current assistant coach for the high school soccer team that Mehana plays for. He and Casey work together as far as supplying the restaurant with his farm products or providing manpower for catering. Ala is my schoolmate. We went to Continue reading

Week In Review

Saturday 9-14-13
Despite the strategy of pacing themselves in the first two miles, Mehana and Carmen took off in the beginning of the third mile to finish in the top ten. Nana, Casey, and the girls made it to the race while I drove to Waimea for Urbans first HYSA game. The twins’ game ended at about 10 so I told myself, “If I leave now, Urban will be there on time to warm up.” He had to be there at 11:20am. I had to take Casey’s truck since my check engine light is on and it seems like the automatic shifter is acting up or hopefully it’s not the transmission. Well what would I expect from a 12 year old vehicle anyway?

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As we continued on our trip to Waimea, Urban needed to make a pit stop at Tex Drive In. So while I waited for him in the truck, I thought I should check my email to make sure that 11:20 was the exact time he needed to be there.

:-0 The ‘GAME’ actually began at 11:20! I had incorrectly read it the evening before! I gasped, Continue reading

A Beautiful Mess Thank You

Happy Aloha Friday!
Thank you to A Beautiful Mess. What a unique photo challenge! It helped me get my blog posts rolling and it was sort of like a one month introduction of who I am. One thing I do know is that after spilling my thoughts out of my cluttered mind into a journal, I do feel like a million bucks. Even though my writing isn’t worth a million bucks, the main advantage is that I am happy and comfortable in my own skin. Continue reading

Aloha Thursday

8-29-13

Day 29: A Beautiful Mess 30 Day Self Portrait Challenge

Title: Mandatory Break

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I was scheduled to begin work at 10:30am. At about 9:45, the nurse from school called to say that Malino has a headache and is crying. She had no fever. No tummy ache. The nurse let me talk to Malino on the phone, but once I said, “Hi Malino,” her voice cracked and she sounded inconsolable. So I told the health nurse that I’ll get ready and leave soon. Continue reading