family

My loves.

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hang loose

My nieces and nephew the day they learned to surf…

Jaclyn

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Claire

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Grace

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Drew

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(A few photos of photos of Drew & Jaclyn surfing)…

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the simple things

This is an action-packed vacation… time for some down time. Ten blocks and two tea cups. Plenty of entertainment for an hour.
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Oahu

Maui is now behind us, and we have arrived on Oahu. Our house and views…

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love my kids

I sat on the sand with the kids and relished in a moment of staring out to sea and watching the sun set. Then I noticed Sydney was building a sand castle and was humming the tune to ‘Yuletide Carol’ and Noah had taken a fistful of sand and was taking a bite out of it. Love my kids.

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where we are & what we see

The map below shows you where we are on Maui. We are at Napili Bay on the northwest shore…

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And today one of these swam almost right up to us…

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a definite favorite

Today was one of my favorites. Jason, Noah, Sydney and I rested, played, hung out at the beach… it was relaxing and refreshing. I’ve enjoyed nothing more than to watch Noah act like a complete crazy man and cover himself with sand. And to see Sydney squeal with delight when the waves crash on the shore and cover her feet. It was a peaceful day near the water.

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FYI…

Having Internet difficulties. Doing the best I can. Will post more when we get home if I can’t figure this out. Life is tough in Maui!

I have seen you

Yesterday morning as the sun was rising, Jason and I sat out on the balcony and read from the book of Job. We couldn’t help it; the expanse of the sea reminded us of God’s majesty and endless beauty. The last chapters of the book describe in vivid detail how He created all things, knows where everything resides, cares for all, commands all… all of nature obeys Him.

In the final chapter Job expresses his understanding of these things, ‘I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you’ (chap 42). Though Job experienced much more loss and heartache than I can comprehend (as he lost nearly everything he had, including his children), I would echo his words regarding what we’ve been through, and continue to endure, with Sydney. I HAVE SEEN YOU.

I have a very difficult time loosening my grip on my kids. I can’t control their every move, their ultimate safety… or my recent realization: their bodies. I have no say and no vote for what my little girl’s body is doing, even as I write this. I can’t bump up the level of nutrients she takes in, make sure she gets more rest, or even strap her to a chair to keep her safe. Her body is running its course, and it obeys only one voice: the voice of the One who created it.

I love Sydney Jane so much it makes me ache… but I know God loves her even more. He made her, for goodness’ sakes! And during this whole process, I’ve been reminded of how much He loves me, too. He has very obviously carried us with His word, His promises, and people who love us. Sydney will most likely pull through this, and all glory is due my Lord because of that. But in the midst of all the doctor visits, needles, treatment, hospital stay, and all the uncertainty… I knew I would give Him glory despite the outcome, because I KNOW He loves us. I have an extremely limited view of this life and all it entails, but He is very aware and He is sovereign.

I will praise you, Lord, through good and bad. I have seen You.

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