Sorry for the break in DIY's and house updates but a year ago yesterday, we left for a 4 month adventure living in Honolulu, Hawaii and I thought I'd take a stroll down memory lane. If you don't know us personally, I guess you can quit reading now but I promise it's not only pictures of my adorable girls...
My hubby got asked by his work to travel there for a project for 2 weeks at a time, every other 2 weeks for 6 months. That was going to be way too much travel for our family so he told them thanks, but no thanks unless they wanted us all to go. With the cost of airfare and lodging, and the chance to get the project done quicker, they took us up on his offer and we rented out our house, packed our bags and headed west. Really far west. I don't know if you know this, but Hawaii is really far away. Small islands...8 hour flight. 6 hour time difference. Monday Night Football is really Monday Mid-afternoon Football. (Not the same ring to it)
I shared lots of pictures on my personal Instagram (it really helped me to not feel so far away from home) but I wanted to relive some stories and share some pictures here. I'll have some cheap way to spruce up your house, again next week. Promise.
I can't believe a whole year has passed since this picture was taken. This was our first morning. We woke up at like 4 am because of the time difference and by 8 we were headed on our first of many walks to the nearest beach.
My mom came with us to help us get settled in because as soon as the weekend was over, hubs was off to work and I had to set up our apartment and kitchen and life and navigate a new city with streets that almost all contain the letter "k". It was a huge blessing to have her there.
I have about 784 'staring into the ocean' pictures of a combination of my three people. These pictures are my favorite. Hawaii really was a trip that constantly reminded me how small we are and how BIG God is. Not just the incredible sights but being so far away from home reminded me of this. Worshiping at a different church, hearing prayers in Japanese, not having our usual support system...There were so many times that I was reminded how small we are and I was so thankful for that reminder.
There were some tough parts and sad parts and ultimately, there's no place like home. But it was an amazing trip full of wonderful memories and lessons. We're so thankful for the experience and will always treasure it.
Ok, now to the part you might be more interested in. I made a free printable from one of the images I took on the trip. The verse that I included was one that I found again right when I needed it as a reminder to have joy in all circumstances. I know it sounds crazy to need that reminder in paradise but I did.
These are made to be printed on a regular letter sized sheet of paper. You could frame it in an 8x10 frame or put it on the wall with cute washi tape. Also, please PIN and share. Hope you enjoy!
Thanks for reading, friends!