Tuesday, October 18, 2016

May We Not Be Like Bedbugs

"Christians are like bedbugs. Don't trouble them. As you continue to crush them, they would increase in numbers as bugs. Instead give them all conveniences. In the comforts, they would flourish and start fighting among themselves, and be separated as sects, and in the end they will just disappear as insignificant insects."  ~ Rajagopalachariar (GG of India)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Best Ever

  • Three weeks ago: We got to have daily visits from local friends, attend friends' son birthday party at a park, swim at a friend's house, and go on our monthly prayer walk. Our prayer walks consist of just our family. We rotate turns of picking a street in our city (Micaiah picked this time), and then we just knock on doors, introduce ourselves, and pray for/with them. I usually last about an hour. Simple as that.
  • Two weeks ago: We had some friends over for dinner one night (and laughed out loud a lot) and our small group over for fellowship. Ricky also had to go to our storage unit and ,transfer our stuff to a smaller unit.
  • Last week: We got to meet a new couple and have them over for dinner (the lady is in a wheelchair too), and we had a dear friend come visit for a few days. We did art, played games, taught school, cooked, and went out to the Hot Springs :) Her trip happened to align with her escape from the hurricane! Also, some Marshallese friends wentt with us to church : )
  • Micaiah's mishaps: is daily practicing letter recognition (I want perfection before I attempt teaching this boy to read!); the kids were helping me transfer one day and when I safely made it in my wheelchair, he excitedly shouted, "BEST DAY EVER!!" (it was too cute); his favorite snake is the vipon (viper+python); and, kept calling the hurricane a volcano ;)
  • Aolani's antics: is really good at math, enjoys handwriting, and Bible-reading is her favorite part of her school; and, thought that ibexes was the real name and ibex is just the nickname ;)
Seashell cupholders (they each made one)
When you walk in our front door, this is the new set-up you see

The kids went swimming in our friends' little pool, and Mommy forgot to pack dry clothes ;)
Star-gazing ;)
Afternoon routine
Aolani braided her own hair for the first time :)
  • School verses: Micaiah -- James 5:8, 1 Corinthians 14:40, Proverbs 10:4 ; Aolani -- Jeremiah 29:11, and 2 other verses she already knows
  • Verses to memorize lately: 2 Corinthians 5:6-9

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Do Not Lose Heart

Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart... Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  ~ 2 Corinthians 4:1, 16
When I was memorizing the fourth chapter of second Corinthians, it's hard not to notice the same phrase repeated twice. Do not lose heart.

There are so many verses in the Bible from the Israelites going into battle to Paul commending us to persevere and not give up. God knows we are weak, finite beings and need much encouragement because life is hard for us.

I've been reminded several times lately about Derek Redmond's story in the '92 Olympics (video link) and how his dad pushed aside the guards to reach his son and help him finish the race. How our Father brushes aside the opposition to get to us and help us finish the race*. Together. We are not left alone, so

Do not lose heart.

*The race not being achieving salvation or getting to Heaven (that is solely a work of God alone); the race being reaching the end of your earthly days and still holding fast to the faith.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Building Life

  • Two weeks ago: On Labor Day we did just a little bit of school and got out our kiddie pool. A friend visited for a couple days, and we all went out-of-town for my annual bloodwork and doctor's appointment. Ricky worked in another county three days this week. We had another friend over for dinner and a game and stayed up way too late talking. Also, we had a great visit with my aunt and uncle -- swimming at their neighborhood pool and enjoying a cookout :)
  • Last week: The big happening was rearranging and organizing our main area living room. We were honored to give our large couch to a friend, and IKEA delivered some large items we had gotten. Ricky put together our new, smaller couch and bookshelves within a few days; they're filled up. I should take a picture of it. We, also, went to a free conference by Voice of the Martyrs with the kids, and we loved it! The kids did great. Then, we enjoyed small group (with Ricky as the only guy to show up!)
  • For those without Netflix (or with), check out VidAngel! It allows you to select filters (or not) for each movie you want to watch. And it's only $1/movie. Great selection -- better than Netflix or Redbox or any you can think of. We love it and highly recommend it!

visiting with my aunt and uncle

wearing both her babies
opening a new card game, Control, a friend of ours from college helped make (it's fun with a 5-15 minute game play!)

christening our new couch
and just today he made a duplo town :)
  • School verses: Micaiah -- Colossians 3:13, Hebrews 13:17 ; Aolani -- Psalm 1 is complete now, Genesis 1:1
  • Verses to memorize lately: 2 Corinthians 5:4-5

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Kayla Mueller's Story

I have to share a must-read story and/or video about Kayla Mueller, an American Christian who was held hostage by ISIS in Syria: CLICK HERE.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Precious Moments and Memories

  • Three weeks ago Ricky's mom came for 10 days! :) We still did school, but the kids also got to go to parks, the library, the pool, and shopping. We also had our annual dentist appointments, went to the theater to see Pete's Dragon, and visited the Hot Springs!
  • Our church had their annual pool party. When we returned, Micaiah wanted to give his life to Jesus (outside, where God could hear him better ;) He sat on my lap in the dark while we talked (Aolani helped ;). We were glad that Nonna was visiting and could share this special moment!
  • Two weeks ago Nonna took the kids on a road trip for a few days. Meanwhile, I went to court with Ricky for half-a-day three days (I mostly read my kindle), we went on a date and saw Ben-Hur, and we had a little surprise party for a friend who turned 30. Nonna left the day after returning with the kids, and my mom came to visit for a few days that same day. We had a housework day and pizza/movie night, and we went out the other day to IKEA and visit an old family friend with dementia (kids first time in a nursing home). The next day we had small group at our house after going to church (Micaiah had his first communion) and my mom left.
  • Micaiah refused to go into the girls' bathroom with Aolani and Nonna because "then I'll be voting for Hillary Cwinton!!"
  • Aolani picked out a sweet black baby doll and excitedly told us, "Look! She has dark skin, dark eyes, and dark hair just like me!" ;)

Micaiah loves puzzles and completed this ages 8+ puzzle after a few days :)
They've both grown so much in their love of the water

with Nonna
showing us his first lego toy (Star Wars) that's not a duplo
Hibiscus tea party

dressing up after watching Princess and the Frog

with Grandma
  • School verses: Micaiah -- Colossians 3:15, Ephesians 4:25 ; Aolani -- Psalm 1
  • Verses to memorize lately: 2 Corinthians 5:3

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Provoking the Kids

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.  ~ Ephesians 6:4
This verse has not been very comforting to me but more frustrating and perplexing. I mean I try to bring my kids up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, but I seem to upset them and cause them to get angry frequently. I don't want to provoke them, but the latter exasperates them.


But, the other day it hit me. Maybe Paul wasn't talking about immediate cause and effect but over time, decades even.

I've seen this to be true.

Instead of feeding their sense of entitlement and selfishness which will likely lead to anger and bitterness later on in their lives, what if I consistently disciplined and taught the ways of the Lord? What if I gave them quality time versus giving in to their constant demands for stuff?

God-willing, the fruit will come eventually just not right away.

A-Round We Go

  • I'm going to just share about the two weeks in mid-August (not last week) now.
  • My brother and his family came to visit for a couple days, and all the kids had a blast (we did too)! Our nephew, Isaac, just started walking :) We mostly hung out and eat here, but we did go to a restaurant once, splash pad, park, and nature walk.
  • We went to a neighbor's birthday party at a skating rink which was the kids first time skating (we all got to go on it -- wheelchair allowed!) Then, we went to the neighbors' house for dinner the next weekend, and they made a delicious Symptometry dinner for us!
  • Ricky had the Olympics on every moment he was home the whole time :)
  • We went on our monthly prayer walk and had another missions committee meeting. Our small group started back meeting from summer break; however, I stayed home in need of Mommy-alone time ;)
  • Micaiah's mishaps: has begun the new (annoying) bad habit of shirt-biting and even biting holes in the top neck part; and, told us one day that the neighbor "is sweeping... that's when you go to bed" ;) 
with SIL Lindsay and  nephew Isaac
Aced her first math test 
 at a neighbor/friend's birthday party (her first time skating)
 Science experiment -- steering boats with a magnet
  • School verses: Micaiah -- 2 Corinthians 9:7, ; Aolani -- Psalm 1
  • Verses to memorize lately: 2 Corinthians 5:1-2

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Building Up My Kids First

My SIL read some of this blog post out loud to us:
"...I’m often told that, even if the schools are now explicitly encouraging third graders to become cross dressing homosexuals, we should still send our children into such a hellish spiritual minefield so that they can be lights in the darkness. Jesus calls us to be missionaries, I’m reminded, and so it would be wrong to “withdrawal from the world.” We must minister to the lost, show them Christ, lead the way, etc. 
That is all true, of course. But there’s one problem: Jesus gave that commission to adults. My children, on the other hand, are not adults. They aren’t ready to be missionaries. By the time they’re 5 years old, they will not be equipped to charge headfirst into battle and fight the good fight, even as they’re attacked at every turn by the LGBT lobby and some of their teachers and many of their peers and the federal government. They will not be strong enough to withstand the constant, unrelenting stream of lies and falsehoods that will assault their innocent, unformed minds every second of the day. They must be molded and shaped and made strong in the truth first. That takes time. I can’t get it all done by the time they finish potty training, for God’s sake. And to send them into war before they’ve been sufficiently trained and armed is foolish. It’s a suicide mission..."
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~ "There’s No Way I’ll Send My Kids To Public School To Be Brainwashed By The LGBT Lobby", by Matt Walsh

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Shoot Off!

  • Big highlights from past two weeks -- The big event from Ricky's dad's and brother's short visit was swimming at Lake James beach area (while I stayed home to organize our file cabinet!) before relaxing for pizza/movie night. Ricky and I had a Jason Bourne movie date one night :) Last Saturday we got to visit my grandparents for the day, which was a joy for us and included a little dollar store shopping trip for the kids with GGma!
  • We started school the first of this month -- Pre-K and 1st grade. They are both doing wonderfully for their age! I offer a small treat/incentive for focusing and completing each subject ;) It takes Micaiah 45 minutes and Aolani 2 hours each day right now.
  • In response to something Micaiah tells us, Aolani will frequently look at me say, "That made no sense!"
  • "Micaiah do you listen the first time you are asked?" my Grandma questions him. He answers without hesitation, "No." At least he's honest!
Painting ice
Sleeping on the air mattress, waiting for Grandpa and Uncle Robby 
First day of school -- yay for the freedom to school at home!
Decorating her school binder covers
Icing the pineapple cake with GGma Oliver
  • Micaiah is now beginning to memorize verses, too (they are the same ones Aolani knows, so I will just reference hers): Proverbs 4:20, Hebrews 11:1. School verses for the next several weeks: Psalm 1
  • Verses to memorize lately: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Thursday, August 4, 2016


My hands are slowing down, Typing is harder and taking longer. I know there are ways around it, but I just don't have the resources (especially time) to pursue that right now.

Schooling has begun. I need more rest. We're going to bed earlier.

I know. A bunch of excuses. But something's gotta give.

I am by no means shutting down the blog, but the posts will be less frequent -- maybe a few a month? I don't know right now.

Thanks for reading and understanding!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Summer Relishment

  • A lot has been happening... summer! Last week we finished swim lessons; the kids loved them! Besides our normal, Aolani had her first spiritual birthday (pizza/movie night, homemade ice-cream, gift bracelet to support the Yezidi women in northern Iraq); Ricky had job testing one day in SC; we had two friends over for dinner and games; Ricky had to do continuing education in SC on Saturday making for a long day (the kids had a pajama day, Micaiah napped all day on the couch from some feverish sickness that made him vomit once and not eat just this one day, and Aolani and I cleaned, cooked, played, did science, watched a movie...); we had some out-of-town friends briefly stop by Sunday morning before church, and then we crashed!
  • I'll begin schooling on Monday, August 1st. Our past three weeks of summer break have included: daily prayer and cleaning, art, baking, science experiments (they love them!), reading, games, gifts, puzzles, and lots of free play ;)
  • So far this week, we had Ricky's guys' night here, went to the free summer movie at the theater yesterday morning, had some friends and his Scottish in-laws come to stay the night for a short visit (yay for the air mattress which allows us to sleep 5 guests total ;), and are preparing for Ricky's dad and brother to arrive tomorrow for a weekend visit.
  • Micaiah's mishaps: revealed to us,  "I have fighting dreams because I like to fight. Boys do that"; commented, "That's difficultish..."; and told us, "I'm allergic to hot!"
  • Aolani's antics: says she can now doggie paddle, hold her breath underwater, and float on her back and tummy; and, can now tie a bow beautifully :)
 I took away mandatory nap time, and this is the frequent result ;)
 playing a board game with a neighbor
 The day he got sick -- asleep on the couch by 11am, hmmm...
taught her to play checkers, and she loves it!
showing off her bling
  • Summer verse for this week: Psalm 63:1 ~ O God, You are my God. Earnestly I seek You. My soul thirsts for You. My body longs for You. In this dry and weary land where there is no water.
  • Verse to memorize this week: 2 Corinthians 4:15  All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.