Hello friends, family, and strangers who randomly found this blog
I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving; stuffing yourselves full of turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and purple sweet potatoes...what? Yes, yes there are such a thing believe it or not. David and I volunteered to bring a thanksgiving dish to Art and Donna’s which was a Sweet Potato Crisp recipe compliments of Cris Walterhouse from last year. Well, I went to the store to pick up the ingredients and found the sweet potatoes. I brought them home to find that Hawaiians like their sweet potatoes purple, yes, purple. Although the dish tasted exactly the same, I was still very bothered by the fact that these potatoes were indeed purple. When the dish came out of the oven David and I both noted all the colors that went into the dish...green apples, red cranberries, brown granola, and purple potatoes...I’m not sure it brought the holiday spirit. But I shall try these purple potatoes yet again when mis familia comes out to visit here in a couple weeks. Mom, Dad, Trevor...be excited?
Well David and I got back from our mini vacation just a bit ago. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into; we went from paupers to princes in just 1 1/2 hours. We stayed at this beautiful resort called the Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel because of their kama aina rate (the Hawaiian drivers liscense rate), this made the Broadmoor look like a little motel (ok, a bit of an exaggeration) but seriously, it was gorgeous. We checked in and I’m not sure if it was because of my good looks, charming smile, or witty tongue but they upgraded us twice to an oceanview room with no charge (credit goes to God of course). David and I enjoyed their huge oceanview pool and beach as well as choke sunshine (reminder that choke means plenty...read blogs past for update on hawaiian/pidgeon vocab); we are just a slight tint of pink:) sidenote: Whenever David and I spend choke time in the sun, and go to church that evening or the next day our students always comment on how red we are. David and I look at each other realizing the truth has been revealed. We always thought that we were tan, but compared to most of our students we are either white or red...there’s really no hope of tan...ok Laura Losada...you win:). Ok back to the vacation. I did spot one sighting of whales, the whale season is approaching. Some came a bit early this year, but according to marine experts and my husband they will arrive Dec 1...like whales have calendars? We ate lots of food this weekend. For those of you who were concerned with us losing weight, no worries, we gained it all back:) But really, we had a wonderful Mainland restaurant dinner and our hotel package included a breakfast buffet, superb! So we are now back in Hilo sitting in our little living room in our apartment completely content. We recognize God’s blessing in allowing us to vacation and to spoil ourselves once in a while, but we also recognize God’s blessing in allowing us to live in an apartment 3 miles from church surrounded by people needing to hear the hope they can have in Jesus Christ and being so blessed to minister/befriend/train/ and teach students at HMC. Wow! God is good.
We hope that you too are content. And in that contentment, you are blessed! Let’s get out there and enjoy this Christmas season.
Roof over our heads
Food to eat
We’ve had some great interaction with one particular neighbor family, we just need to get a Bible that’s in their language into their hands
New vision for the YG
both have jobs
Paying off school loans, wisdom and insight....it would be great for a miracle:)
the YG, with changes we know some positive things will happen, but we also know it can be hard on some people
training for our next half marathon in March, my hubby can beat my dad
overall health and safety
ministry at church, in Hilo, and specifically our apartment
car #2 maybe? 4x4