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!

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

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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….:)

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

Mid-Week Wednesday

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Day 7: A Beautiful Mess 30 day Self Portrait Challenge

Title: Random Selfie

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Urban Autographing Back To School Forms

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Casual Wednesday Work Day

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A Rainbow a Day From Monday to Wednesday

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Saw My Friend Tammie (College Classmates and Smoke Meat Connection)

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Our View of the Bay

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Beautiful Day!

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Wednesday Highlight: Yummy malasada from one of my students. Oh that hit the spot!

Lily is in this nippy-nappy phase and it’s getting the girls nervous being around her. She seems to like their swingy dresses and skirts and shiny footwear. The girls might be making Lily nervous with all their screeching and fast jumpy movements. So I try to have them settle down when she gets into the habit of nipping.

Casey suggested putting her on her back with a palm over her stomach and chest with a firm “no.” That works but I get irritated doing that over and over again. Another thing that works: take her outside and play with her where there’s lots of open space to run and play with her chew toys. This nipping phase needs to be nipped in the bud dontcha think so? She enjoys being outside and don’t we all?

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Shooting Star

Day 5: A Beautiful Mess 30 day Self Portrait Challenge

Title: Early Bird Buddies

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One of the great things about having a puppy is waking up early in the dark morning hours to let her out to relieve herself. I could look at it as a disadvantage to not getting enough sleep but I’ve always wanted to be a morning person. When I take her out, I’m greeted by the peaceful and quiet pre-dawn of the morning.

On this particular morning, the stars were out and I had time to stargaze. Continue reading

Awwww…..How cuuuute!

Day2: A Beautiful Mess 30 day Self Portrait Challenge

Title: Awwww…How Cuuuuute!

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I was resting after a 4 hour work day and driving the kids to haircut appointments and afternoon practice. I heard Casey walk through the door and down the hallway and I bolted up, opened the door, and….”awwww-how cuuuute!”

He was cradling an 8week old bundle of marshmallowy, pungent smelly, cotton-bally, white as lilies bundle of cuteness in his arms! “Happy Anniversary to us!”, he said Continue reading

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

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

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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