Aloha November and Great Moments from October

For me, October is usually a month that doesn’t stick around. With both my birthday and the twins’ birthday, fall intercession, the end of season island and state-wide championships for high school cross country, Halloween, wrapping up the twins’ U6 soccer season, from driving to and from Waimea for HYSA soccer games and kicking into high school soccer tryouts, and of course, the anticipation of the holiday season right around the corner…..it takes much more effort to find the time to relax and slow down.

Once Halloween was over, I had a bit of an emptiness in me and I really needed to shift my focus and look forward to the joy of entering the next season. I’m sure that I can rely on God’s promises to keep me from feeling lousy and empty. Here is an encouraging scripture that I came across on the K-LOVE Morning Show Facebook page:

“The Lord will continually guide you giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength.”-Isaiah 58:11

Every season is beautiful in its own ways and great moments come to an end much like how a water-main is suddenly shut off. Sometimes, it’s hard to be still when it’s quiet all of a sudden or when I’m really busy and then I’m not busy anymore. But I am able to accept the end of great moments when God shows up in a shining sunrise, an encouraging friend, an upbeat song, a good read, or even from a heartfelt ‘I love you’ whispered through little puckered lips wanting to be kissed. When I open up the bible, the word of God provides nourishment and strength which allows me to stop expecting more than what I already have.

“Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”-John 4:13,14

How foolish of me to be thirsting for more than I already can bare. I must respect this time to relax and enjoy the little moments that God has so blessed me with. It’s a peaceful and quiet place that blares and speaks volumes of love, warmth, security, and gratefulness.

November. Thanksgiving. What is a more better time to be grateful? It is now, today, and everyday. Being thankful is not reserved for Thanksgiving Day. It is something to be every single day of the year.

Here are some mini and big moments from mid October to the beginning of November:

An Amazing Tasteful Broke da Mouth Dinner with the Stevens at the new Full Moon Cafe

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A couple of memorable appetizers that we had at this dinner was the ehu and opakapaka sashimi.

2013 BIIF Cross Country at Kamehameha School

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Big Island Finishers: Carmen in 2nd and Mehana in 4th and Proud Mom & Aunty

The New Saddle Road

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Kaua’i STATES Cross Country 2013 at Island School

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State-Wide Finishing in 9th (Carmen) & 11th (Mehana) and a Proud Aunty/Mommy

Mini Shopping Fix at Kukui Grove Center

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A Hui Hou Kaua’i!

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Sunday Loco Moco Breakfast Service with my Hula Sisters

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Halloween 2013

20131104-154027.jpgLeopard, Pink Butterfly Princesses, and Minecraft’s Enderman

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Halloween at the Mizuba’s

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Black and White Night 2013

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AYSO End of Fall Season 2013
Pink Barbie Princesses

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Mehana’s After Practice Sunset

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Love and Blessings Always….:)

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

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

Accessorize Your Attitude

8-30-13

Day 30: A Beautiful Mess 30 Day Self Portrait Challenge

Title: Blue Lids

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I’m not a make-up artist but I did learn the basics in a modeling class twice. Once when I was 13 years old at Kaniu Kinimaka’s Modeling Agency and then again at 29 years old at Susan Page Modeling.

It was an exciting outlet for me and I’m really glad I did it! Of course it was a great opportunity to continue on my journey to be a print ad model but my heart was at my current job at the time as a preschool teacher and mother of two. With both children in extra curricular activities, I was still trying to figure out how even part time modeling was gonna fit in my calendar. Continue reading