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Mar 21

Beautiful Flowers

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Beautiful flowers were commonplace throughout each of the Hawaiian islands we visited.

Their beauty is captivating whether you normally enjoy flowers or not.

Their blooms are big and lush; their colors are vibrant.

Notice how the flowers grow in the field. They never work or spin yarn for clothes. But I say that not even Solomon in all his majesty was dressed like one of these flowers.” 1

As beautiful as these flowers are, the Scriptures reveal that God’s majestic love for us is personal.

Mar 20

Coffee!

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 in Emotional, Financial, How To, Values

While we were in Hawaii Amy and I bought some cool souvenirs for her, my daughter Shannon, my son Josh and my son’s girlfriend Tay.

One day Amy asked, “Don’t you want any souvenirs?”  Then, before I could answer Amy answered her own question, “Oh, yeah, food is your souvenir!”  Unfortunately, based on the size of my waistline, I may have those souvenirs for a while.

Truth be told, I did come home with souvenirs.  I brought home five different blends of different Hawaiian coffees from three different plantations.

On Oahu we tasted our favorite coffee was the Dole Plantation’s Waialua Coffee.

Mar 16

Our Whale Watching Photos

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Values

Whale watching — when we finally saw some — was amazing!

While we paid for a whale watching tour — which was educational — according to Hawaiian laws boats could not be closer to the whales than one hundred yards.  Fortunately, while watching from shore on Oahu we were that close, and closer at times.

One evening on Maui we saw two male humpback whales battling over a female.

The first whale rose up out of the water and fluke-slapped [his tail] seven times.  And, then again, fifteen times.  And, finally, eight more.  Then nothing; we guessed someone was declared the winner.  We could hear the sound of the flukes slapping the water from the shore!

Mar 16

Wacky Whale Watching Story

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 in Emotional, Social, Spiritual, Values

What does a whale-watching day look like to you?

Does it look like this?

Our first day in Hawaii was also one of the three days all year that whales are counted from the shores on Hawaii for research reasons.  How cool is that!  Whales were so close that they were expected to be visible from shore.

We tried to sign up for the whale-count, but the slots were filled.

Bummer, but the whales would still be out there.  We just had to go somewhere to try to see them.

Well, let me let Amy tell the rest of the story:

Mar 14

Dreaming Of A Whale Watching

Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Financial, Intellectual, Spiritual, Values

Amy’s dream vacation — and therefore my dream vacation — was to go to Hawaii.  Not just to go to Hawaii, but to go to Hawaii and see whales.  That meant, of course, that we would have to do many things that we had never done before. 

As many of you know a very kind and generous man gave us his frequent flier miles so our airfare to and from Hawaii was free.  Thus began our scramble to do our part to make the rest of the dream a reality.

Mar 13

We Didn’t Take This Picture

Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 in Relational, Social, Values

We have a thousand photos or so of our Hawaii trip; mostly photos taken by Amy and me, but a few others were taken by strangers, like this one.

This photo was taken on a black sand beach on the southwest end of Maui by a man who sat with a woman videotaping the sunset.

I have no idea who took this picture.
They had no idea who we were.

Life’s like that; we move through some days barely connecting with people.

Amy sat for hours Inches away from people who had been complete strangers.

Mar 12

The Best Sunrise Of My Life

Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 in Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual, Values

The Best Sunrise Of My Life

“Today, when I woke up I suddenly realized that the sun had not.  While I could have been exhausted from twenty-plus hours of airports and uncomfortable airplane seats, I had to get up.”

Saturday, February 25th I woke up in Hawaii.  Amy’s dream come true; and since it was #1 on her list, it was mine too.

So, as tears fill my eyes thinking about that I realized that Saturday, February 25th at 6:08am started the best morning of my life, ever!

Mar 5

Check The Surf

Each morning just before the dawn surfers wake up, grab their gear, paddle out and head out into the surf. There they look, listen, feel, notice, observe, calculate, analyze and determine based on all those factors what the surf will be like that day.

Water is a mighty force. The waves on the North Shore are among the mightiest. It’s important to acknowledge their power.

To fear the Lord means to acknowledge God’s great power, God’s complete authority over us, and all of creation, and God’s terrible hatred of the pollution of sin.