May 2013

What May Means To Me
It’s Almost Summer!!!

May means that summer is just around the corner. Even in rainy Hilo, I can already see the change of seasons as the days become longer and the sun hits harder….that is, when it is sunny! May 5th is a good cause for celebration as Casey and I anticipate our anniversary of years of togetherness. May 5th is also an ethnic celebration from the Japanese culture called Boys Day. We also celebrate a Mexican tradition called Cinco de Mayo. But my most favorite one to celebrate is of course the first one that I mentioned. On our 18th anniversary together, we will be honoring the union of two beautiful people in marriage. Casey will be catering the wedding and I have the honor of greeting the guests at the gift and sign-in table.
May also means that spring sports are gonna end soon. Mehana will be participating in the Big Island Interscholastic Track Meet at HPA and then she will compete in the statewide track meet in Mililani, O’ahu. Urban will end HYSA and will probably begin the tail end of the select soccer season and continue basketball in casual mode.
The children will be wrapping up the school year as well. Mehana will be done with 10th grade and the elementary school will cram all the year-end activities such as water fun day where several types of water slides are set up for the children to enjoy, the Fund Run where the children are encouraged to collect donations for a healthy run, the school Ho’olaule’a (this is what would be known as a May Day-only that this celebration is not held on May 1st but more toward the end of the year). But just the thought of the school year ending always gets me in a bittersweet bind. I am so impressed by all that the children have accomplished in this school year and when we move on into summer I am reminded that they are indeed growing rapidly much like how the seasons change. The twins had a fabulous Kindergarten experience and Urban has memories from 5th grade that will last a lifetime.
The twins will showcase their first ever ballet recital in their age group. After their performance, we plan to drive over to the west side in support of our dear friends’ wedding. Two weddings in one month! What a blessing!
I get to dive into summer break at the end of May. Not sure what I have planned for this summer but I know it will be enjoyable and fun as last years. Much more memories in the making-stay tuned!

Psalm 136 Give thanks to the Lord for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
As the seasons of life change right before my eyes I can be confident that His love remains the same for always and forever. I will remain thankful throughout the many seasons that pass.

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An Outfit for Every Season
Get Dressed!

In my introduction of my blog in Great Life Moments, I mentioned that as a mother, I wear many hats. I’m out and about in different places in every season of the year. Here are the many hats that I wear:
Soccer Mom, Track and Field Mom, Cross Country Mom, Church Mom, Taxi Driver, Dishwasher, Cook, Baker, Housekeeper, the Errand Girl, the Family Referee, Teacher, Nurse, Wifey, Friend….I could go on and on….also, I am suddenly a celebrity in the eyes of my children at awards ceremonies, school performances and recitals and meets and games!!! All clad in comfortable clothing, mainly jeans and a t-shirt with flats, shoes or flip flops or a breezy sundress with slippers or wedges, making an appearance between all four children is a juggling act on its own.

Furthermore, there may be changes in circumstances whether it be caused by personal or environmental factors such as the scheduling of practices, games, and recitals, work related or health issues, or financial grievances. I’m so thankful that I have a wide array of support in the community that I live in. I have support coming from each and every area of my life from my family of family, my personal close friends, moms of athletes, spiritual support, coworkers-even people who I meet for the first time are there to offer support and they don’t even know it!!! …which is just utterly AMAZING to me. And this answers the commonly asked question: “Myra, how do you do it?!” After welcoming the twins into this world, it was time to throw my pride out the window and start asking for help without feeling bad about it. Did you ever hear the saying: ” It takes a village to raise a child”? It’s true. We are all here to help others and provide support and love the people that God has put in our lives and to love Him. I am surrounded by many positive people who provide encouragement and strength and guidance to keep me going in my non-stop taxi driving and hat changing world.

Now enough about the hats. There is one special thing that hangs on a hook in the kitchen. It is leopard printed with a brown halter tie, waste tie, and pockets for my rags and spoons and spatulas. Did you guess what it is? Yes! It’s my apron. But this is no ordinary apron. This apron actually works just as good as a supermom cape! I’m always soooo tired and exhausted and it takes a lot for me to muster up the energy to get dinner going or to pick up that laundry or to get my hand crane out to demolish the tent cities in our living room built by (hmmm-you know whozits) and drive my bulldozer through. So I reach for the apron….pull the already tied neck tie over my head….fasten the waste tie in a bow…and put my hair up in a ponytail bun….aaaaand-TA-TADA-DAAAAAAH!!!! It’s baggy eyed overwhelmed Mrs. Halpern! NOPE! It’s checking facebook and Pinterest and email junky Mrs. Halpern! It’s Mrs. Halpern taking a beauty nap?! NOPE!!!! IT’S MRS. HALPERN IN HER LEOPARD APRON DOING CHOOOORES AND COOKING DINNER!!!!!!

With this apron, things just magically fall into place. Everything is within reach and I have all the materials and or ingredients that I need to fulfill my duties. It’s okay that my 15 year old tells me that she needs some cookies or a potluck dish the night before the event. It’s okay that my hubby’s birthday falls in the middle of a work week. It’s okay that my son suddenly announces in the morning that he is not eating school lunch. It’s okay because I got my lucky apron….okay now I’m exaggerating hahaha! The message I’m trying to get across is “it’s okay.” “It’ll be okay when life throws you a curve ball.”

Furthermore, there is something else that works even better than the leopard printed apron. And just like leopard print ensembles worn by Shirley Maclaine, Jacqueline Kennedy, or Debbie Harry, this other something is nothing new. It boasts something far more reliable and sufficient and eternal. It is God’s full body armor. The armor of God allows me to take up a different mindset and perception of the situations that I encounter in my daily life (especially the curve balls). It allows me to accept the challenges and face them head-on and all the while protecting myself from unhealthy reactions to these challenges. Dressing up in God’s full armor can assist anyone on getting through even the most difficult of days. Chin up, stand tall and look up. Take time to clothe yourself with this free ensemble of the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. Suit up and be strong in the Lord. Even when it feels like this wardrobe is just not cutting it you’d be surprised by how far it can take you. Keep in mind that this wardrobe does not include a mask. This suit of armor is used to fend off evil and magnify God’s glory rather than conceal a certain identity. It is not a means to score or get credit or entice. It is the opportunity to use something valuable that has been given so freely. God’s grace is free but we don’t deserve it and it is a gift. Be thankful always and trust in The Lord.

Do you have every article of God’s armor in your closet? If so, use it. No one can tell if you reuse it. It won’t stink or stain. It’ll be fresh every time you put it on. Plus it’s not fake-it’s REAL! If you don’t have it, then it’s time to go shopping and it won’t cost you a thing. It’ll just cost you a heart for God and a belief in Jesus Christ. The best thing is that it’ll last forever.

As we practice the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle), the armor of God can reduce heartache, stress, worry, disappointments or whatever needs to be reduced in your life. Let go and let God. Perhaps, it might fade but with prayer and supplication, the different parts of your suit of armor will be cleansed of filth and be renewed and boast bold and brighter than ever-kind of like a car whose paint became dull and then restored after hours of washing, polishing and waxing. Sometimes, a part of the wardrobe may get lost in the laundry too but it’s okay. God still loves me when I live out of a laundry basket but when I need a key piece to wear with a certain ensemble, I will take that time to find that piece even if it means being late for work! But then….I am surprised that I actually make it on time anyway…Thank You Lord! Take time to find that key piece of armor. Suit up, be alert, and pray fervently. It’s the perfect go to outfit for everyone.

Ephesians 6:10-18
New International Version (NIV)
The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

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Copyright 2013 Myra Halpern
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