God Makes Things New

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There is a different feeling in me this time around on New Years Eve. I am usually anxious and rushing around trying to get things done and organized before tomorrow. Or before 12am. But there is none of that…it is a feeling of peace. Is this the peace that I’ve longed for and prayed for? I have no unsettling or uncertain feelings. Is it because the bills are finally being paid off and I’m finally getting my finances organized? That’s still in the works. Is my laundry all caught up? No. The laundry is as constant as Lily’s shedding fur finding the corners and edges of the hallway. Did I go to the rubbish dump today? No. I can do that on Thursday.

My worries and priorities constantly change every year. Healing is evident as we make changes and let go of past hurts and sorrows. Forgiveness is the key to letting go. If forgiveness is not made in the heart, then all sorts of ungodly traits can take root and become overgrown, which in turn may block the view of obvious blessings from nature, from the people that are in my life, or from unexpected moments and encounters. I guess I’ve learned to accept the good and the bad with a grace that I can’t really explain. I refuse to be moved by things that attempt to take root in my heart in an unhealthy way. Let not my thoughts be entertained by self pity and wasteful drama. My overly dramatic traits have taken the back seat as I reflect on why my heart feels so calm and collected at the moment. As I write this, I am on my bed and the twins are using the back board as a jungle gym singing Lorde’s Royal. I just had to put in a slight glare as Hulali’s heels whap at the small of my lower back. Am I numb? Or am I well rested from being on Christmas vacation? No. No. Am I aging? Yes. Gracefully? Hopefully lol.

I’ve seen my children change and mature in ways that made my heart skip and sink at the same time. I’m so happy that they are growing and achieving milestones but at the same time I am sad that time has no patience for any human being.

The people I’ve known and the people I’ve just met do add flavor to my life. How can I learn new things when I’m around the same kind of people? Each person in my life has contributed to who I am today whether it was a good or a bad encounter. We can learn from each other in many different ways. And yet in some way, it can totally change my direction to my future.

My happiness thrives on the many unexpected moments that I encounter every single day. I love those moments. I love the moments that God has intricately planned for me that all I can really say is nothing but, “Thank You Lord.” Or “God, I love you.” Or “Praise God!” Or even: “Forgive me Lord.” Or “Lord help meeee!” God uses each and every moment of my life to seek Him and to use His grace in it. He doesn’t even need any words. God wants me to be in constant awe of Him.

Revelation 21:4,5
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things have passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write these down for these words are trustworthy and true.”

As each year brings new joys and sorrows, my heart shall be set on God’s promises. In everything that we encounter, God has the power to make everything new. Love every moment you have with each person. If you look for good things, you’ll find it. If you look for bad things, you’ll probably find that too. It’s a person’s choice to choose which one to magnify. Enjoy the time given to you with each person. You never know when it’s someone’s last hour and you never know when someone’s gonna change. You just don’t know.

Time with people continues to be important to me. People I know, people in my family, and people whom I meet through people I know. I guess I’m a people person. But as much as I am a people person, my alone time is just as important to me as well. Achieving balance continues to be something I want to achieve as well. I’m NOT even gonna label that as my New Years Resolution!!! But it is something I long to obtain.

Here’s to a new year. Aloha 2013. Thank you for being good to me. Thank you Lord for the memories. Welcome 2014!!!
Love and Blessings always…
Mrs. Halpern

December Memories 2013

Behind the Scenes at the Craft Fair

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Lily and Me

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Happy 27th Cassie!!!

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Winterball 2013

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Happy 83rd to My Aunty

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Taking a Break at the Playground

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Hula Ministry Christmas Party

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Mehana’s Soccer Games Rain or Shine

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Mommies and Children
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Antipasto with the Coleman’s

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My How Urban Has Grown!

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Christmas 2013

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Good Times with the Kloningers

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Cleaning Up For the New Year-Rainy Town

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Out with the old and in with the new! Welcome 2014-we have been waiting for you!

Thanksgiving Memories 2013

Morning Run

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To Nana’s House-Volcano

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We also met up with Greg and Gail again from Earth Matters Farm and they always bring over some homemade kale chips. They are devoured by all in a matter of minutes-SECONDS! Here is the kale chip recipe that I promised to post in my previous blog:

Gail’s Kale Chips
Ingredients:
1-1/2 to 2lbs kale (despined)
Olive Oil
A pinch of Cajun seasoning
A pinch of salt
1/4-1/3 cup Nutritional Yeast

Directions:
Depending on oven type, preheat oven to 355-365 degrees.
Dry leaves completely by air drying or dabbing gently with paper towel or a clean towel.

Place kale in a large bowl.
Drizzle a little amount of olive oil on leaves tablespoon by tablespoon and turn leaves until oil is well matted. Do not drench the leaves. Add Cajun seasoning, salt, and nutritional yeast and turn leaves.

Line baking pans with parchment paper and place leaves side by side rather than overlapping.

Bake 15 minutes or until leaves are crisp. You might need to do several test batches before getting it right.

As always I find myself full of dinner to completely enjoy the many tasteful desserts that were served. However, I look forward to breakfast the day after when I can savor each morsel without feeling forced to finish a whole piece of pie. Paired with a favorite tea or coffee, breakfast is the best time time to enjoy Thanksgiving dessert!

The Christmas season is well upon us. And as usual, I haven’t started my shopping yet or my Christmas cards. I always tell myself that I need to get started at least in July…o_O Never happens! I’ll let you know when it does haha!

As I I write this, Mehana is having the time of her life with the Hilo Sunrise Athletics running club. She ran a cross country race this morning at the Foot Locker West Regionals at Walnut, CA. She came in 51st out of 104 in her heat. There are over a thousand participants and about 14 different races. I watched a bit on the website early this morning and I take it that it was a hilly course with steep inclines and switch backs. Also, the runners start out fast paced and they don’t slow down.

The younger kids spent the night at Nana’s house last night to help her decorate her tree today. It’s almost time to go pick them up. I look into my bag of Pepperidge Farm Milano mint chocolate cookies and there’s two more layers full. Mm-hm…cookies last long when the kids are not home! πŸ˜‰

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Love and Blessings Always…
By Mrs. Halpern

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. πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ˜€

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.

SautΓ© 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! πŸ™‚

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

First Day of School for the 16 year old

Day 6: A Beautiful Mess 30 day Self Portrait Challenge

Title: Mehana: 11th Grade Junior

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August 2013 New School Year

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It was back to chaos this morning. It wasn’t as smooth as yesterday but between waking up a little later, working dirty jobs for the puppy, breakfast, getting ready for school, and taking pictures, we still managed to leave the driveway at 7:29 am. God is Good!

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Fancy-Fancy

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I am so thankful that Tropical Storm Flossie decided to make its brief appearance in a gentle manner. I spent part of the day peeling off the X’d out windows. Some peeled off easily than others. We have a new window design on the ones that decided to stay stubbornly attached. I’ll call it “The Flossie Edition”.

I decided to make use of the candles that I had splurged on. We set up a candle lit dinner with Kalua Pork Nachos, guacamole, and salsa.

Turning out the lights and being oh so careful not to trip over or step on some toys in minimal lighting, I made my way to the table and sat down for Hulali’s blessing upon dinner. “Dear Heavenly Father Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for this food and I hope it is good. Amen.”

Simple dinner. Fancy lighting. Cool breeze coming through the window. Everyone is home. What a great way to close my summer vacation! I am already having a good feeling about my first work day for the next school year. Goodbye Summer! It was a pleasure having you again!

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The X Files

“THERE ARE SO MANY X’s ALL AROUND OUR HOUSE!” Malino exclaimed and pointed at the duct-taped windows of our house.

As we were winding down from a dinner party at Nana’s house in Volcano, we watched a brief update of Tropical Storm Flossie on her television. We could barely hear the words of the newscaster but we did have a clear view of the spinning pinwheel of the storm heading to the Big Island.

On our way home from dinner, we made a stop at Wally’s World to purchase some duct tape and Casey, in the zone, began taping all of the windows of our house. As I was googling information about storm preparedness, Continue reading

Great Life Moments

Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything…

The purpose of this website is to share the many moments in my life that matter the most to me. I am a wife to a very busy, handsome, and awesome chef and we have 4 beautiful children: an 18 year old female college athelete in Track, a 13 year old son who likes to play computer games and soccer, and 8 year old twins who are aspiring soccer players. Besides being a mom, I tutor 3rd graders part-time and serve at a local homestyle Japanese restaurant.  I’ve also recently added on a new adventure in teaching a seasonal afterschool art class for Kindergarteners.

I wear many hats and I’ve come to know that one of the greatest dreams that came true for me is having a family. As I write this, I am amazed that I am living my ultimate dream. I have many hobbies such as taking my children to practice and watching them grow in their talents (and simply just watching them grow), admiring the beauty of nature around me, reading, writing, meeting new people and experimenting with different recipes.

One of my hobbies is photography. I do not own a fancy camera yet and I do not have a degree in photography but I just love capturing the beauty of life in which God surrounds me with in nature, family, food, and people. The photos shared here are not professional. I am a mom and wife aiming to preserve the memories in everyday life in my family and share my spiritual values as a tool for my children to use as they come across the mountains and valleys of life.

Sometimes life can become routine or too busy but it is easy for me to seek God’s awesome goodness. Scriptures from the bible allows me to open my heart to God’s teachings and guidance in everyday moments whether good or bad. 2Timothy1:16,17 says: “ All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Take note that I am not striving for perfection but a heart to keep embracing the journey set before me.

What I choose to share here will be more of my highs in life than my lows. Everyone goes through their ups and downs but I prefer to magnify the good things. So as much as I share the beauty that captures my heart, I just want to let you know that ‘life’ does indeed happen. If you’re concerned or simply want to drop an encouraging note or if you feel the need to critique or suggest anything I invite you to do so anytime.

I know that I am not guaranteed tomorrow, therefore, I believe that everyday I wake up is a true gift from God, let alone every breath that I am given. With that said, I hope to bring you joy and happiness through the photos that I share on this website as well as share a profound connection to the beauty that we can sometimes take for granted in our busy, schedule-filled lives.

This can also serve as my public online life journal and may be something that my children, and grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and so forth….can enjoy referring to in the future.

Enjoy, love, laugh, cry, roll your eyes—whatever emotion that these photos bring you to I will accept.

Aloha!

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