Day 4: Bliss

  
Mauna Kea on a Clear Day

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Day 1: Home

  
I first met these steps when they were an ugly dark brown.  We noticed a breathtaking mountain view and a panoramic ocean view before we entered the front door at the top of the stairs.  

All children learned to brave this steep incline. One of them rolled gracefully as we rushed to sibling’s soccer practice and I was faced with an expensive ER bill.  These steps gave them a sense of balance and surefootedness in their physical activities.

Forgetfulness forces me to work the gluteus as I tromp up and down up and down these almost perpendicular like stairs.  Grocery bags and babies (years back) upon my hip are like weights to promote a full body workout. How many times I wonder I’ve walked these steps? Almost 14 years not counting the inside stairs!  

This is home.

On The Go

March 7 On The Go

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Here is a road I frequently travel in my hometown and it is a connecting avenue to the many places that I visit from grocery stores, beaches, soccer fields, parks, visiting friends, restaurants, bakeries, specialty shops, it is a favorite amongst the jogging/running/biking community, and many much much more!

Happy Aloha Friday! Love and Blessings~
Mrs Halpern

Friends

March 6 Friends

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Growing up, I’ve always admired my twin cousins who were always together and I remember playing with them and having so much fun. As a twin mommy, I am able to see these two interact with each other in a lot of positive ways. Here is Malino practicing her braiding while Hulali is playing a computer game. They are very close in this picture as if they were still in my womb. They do have their moments of fighting and disagreements but witnessing moments like these are so very precious to me. I am thankful that I was able to capture this moment and they were not distracted by the click and flash of my camera.

Love and Blessings~
Mrs Halpern

Colorful

March 5 Colorful

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Candy Stores
Mom and Pop Shops
Shave Ice Shops
Ice Cream Shops
Crack Seed Stores
Chocolate Factories
Cookie Factories
Gelato Shops
Pastry Shops
Lunch Shops
Fish Stores and
Fancy Restaurants
Such a Grand Buffet!
Live Your Life in Color…

Love and Blessings~
Mrs Halpern

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