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!

Afternoon At The Park

8-21-13

Day 21: A Beautiful Mess 30 Day Self Portrait Challenge

Title: Cookie Monster

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My friend Gina invited me to the park for an afternoon play date for the kids. She’s a busy RN, and mother of an 8 year old boy and we hardly get to see each other. We also met up with our other friend Shelly and her son who is the same age as the twins. I needed a brief respite from puppy duty so I got the twins ready and drove down to the park. Continue reading

Puppies, Pals, & Play Dates

8-11-13

Day 11: A Beautiful Mess 30 Day Self Portrait Challenge

Title: Random Sunday Selfie

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My sister who owns a 10 week old Jack Russel mix (Pixie) had called me early in the morning to schedule a puppy play date. We met at 3PM and I also invited my friend who has a 6 month old male boxer (Gunner).

It was interesting to see how the puppies had to slowly get used to their new social environment. They were surprised to discover each other as they kept pulling back and finding comfort in their owners. When we decided to let them loose, Continue reading

Saturday Starbucks Fix

8-10-13

Day 10: A Beautiful Mess 30 day Self Portrait Challenge

Title: Iced Cafe Latte with Peppermint and Whip Cream

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The twins had their first soccer game of the season today on a wet and sloshy green terrain. The occasional drizzle & downpour was refreshing in the muggy sun-peeking through the clouds weather.

Back Home Relaxing and Cooling Off

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Rainy Day Sight to See

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Lyndis’ 41st

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Last Blast in July was more than OK

Summer Break Milestones:

After a fun-filled and adventurous trip to O’ahu and meeting up with family, we returned home and discovered that Malino was not in need of the comfort she once had from pacifying on her ring and middle finger. I guess she was having such a great time spending time with her cousins from Texas that she forgot about it.

Urban was enjoying his time with his dad as well on the rental boards at Waikiki and he finished the select season with his team as they were granted the Sportsmanship Award for the Volcano Tournament.

Hulali and Malino are still on training wheels but they have mastered the hula hoop shaking their little hips around and around to keep that big ring from falling to the ground. Fall AYSO season has begun and the girls are getting to know their dad and his coaching demeanor.

Mehana finished 3 PIPES (Pacific Internship Program of Exploring Science) Manowai o Hanakahi camps held in Big Island forests, mountains, caves, marine life, and natural reserves.
She has kept up her running but was forced to rest after knee pain from overuse and an ankle sprain from a soccer game. She is back on the asphalt as Cross Country practice began on Tuesday.

Casey and I had a date night/catering job at the OK Farms 20th Anniversary Deck Party. OK Farms is located on Amauulu Road and specializes in coffee, citrus, mac nut, and heart of palm. According to Ala Keolanui, wife of OK Farms proprietor, what started out as just a little party 20 years ago, this get together has grown numbering in about 300 people. This appreciation event boasted awesome views of Wailuku River and with hot and muggy and a little bit of rainy weather, it didn’t stop the feeling good attendees from getting up on the grassy terrain of a dance floor. Entertainment consisted of Hawaiian music, Tahitian dance and Hilo’s Vizion 20/20 and included a wide array of local made pupus, Hawaiian food, salads, and an open bar on deck and Ka’u Coffee samplers. Children had many an opportunity to take advantage of the jumping castle and water slide inflatables.

Many a laughter, many a smile
A part with friends -goodbye July!

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Source: http://www.okfarmshawaii.com
http://stem.uhh.hawaii.edu/Manowai.php

Copyright 2013 Myra Halpern
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A First For Me

My friend invited me to a Bon Dance. I have never been to one and the reason why is because I thought that I needed to know and learn a bunch of dance moves first and I thought I had to be Buddhist. I didn’t express these concerns to my friend but I figured that since she invited me then it was okay to just go. My son and her son are friends and she had ‘the gang’ so I thought it would be a good idea to have Urban spend time with them. Continue reading