Friday, April 23, 2010

Homesick Blues

"Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not that one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk- and to act"
- Andre Malraux

I got that quote from one of my favorite blogs.

Husband and I are now in Utah.... a place I said I would NEVER live. We're trying it out here not because I want to but because my husband wants to. Everyday I think of home and wish I were back on my island.
So often my homesick-ness stops me dead in my tracks....
stops me from moving forward....
stops me from doing EVERYTHING...
Sometimes sending me into complete depressed mode.
Sometimes making me utterly bitter;
Longing for HOME.

Even though there are some days that are really good, I still only think of getting home; especially when the high temp here is expected to be 54 degrees today.

We left Alabama in a hurry. I'm glad to have done so. My husband is happy as well. Our journey here has been quite an event. As a couple, we have drawn closer because all we have is each other and a few choice friends along the way. We have made great strides together in terms of personal growth. That has been the upside of this adventure.

It's only been 8-months since I left Hawai'i. The longest I've ever gone without returning to the islands has been 13 and a half months. May the Lord see fit that I return home for good... sometime soon!

Reverting back to the quote that I opened this post with, I am involved in several different projects.... all of which require a huge amount of courage to begin and see through to fruition. God willing... I will be able to successfully pull them off.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Photo Blog: Thanksgiving Point, Utah

This past weekend I was able to visit the Botanical Gardens at Thanksgiving Point. I was thoroughly impressed with the beautiful surroundings. As soon as you exit the ticketing area and onto the path that leads to the main gardens, the sound of rushing water enters the ear canal. For me, that is always a comforting sound. Some of the flowers were in bloom. I can imagine what it will be like in a few weeks when nearly all of the tulips are in full bloom and all the other flowers also.

I hope you enjoy these beautiful pictures. I took them with my camera phone. I'm amazed at how good the pictures come out. I should have taken my "real" camera with me but I didn't think we'd be able to leisurely stroll around the grounds. Absolutely gorgeous!

Water rushing over pebbles and stones and river rock is not only beautiful but the sound... priceless!
Waterfalls are so beautiful! The way it erodes away the rock and makes it smooth is such an amazing feat. Sea Glass starts out as a regular piece of glass that is dropped into the ocean and is worn away by the ocean, the tides, and the abrasive sand. God's world is so perfect!

Friday, April 09, 2010

An Ode to My Sister-In-Law

I admire you!

You are a such a beautiful woman. Physically attractive. Gorgeous! Spiritually devoted to our Creator.

I love the way you kindly raise my nieces and nephew. They are such intelligent creatures, truly sent from a loving Father and Mother in Heaven!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Photo Blog: Highway 40/ Colorado

My husband and I made it to our destination. Except for the drama that binds us to my in-laws, we made it here unscathed. I am always so extremely humbled when I make it somewhere after traveling over thousands of miles in one piece. I have to say that Highway 40, through northern Colorado, has got to be one of the most beautiful drives I've ever done. I'm really glad that our GPS took us through those mountains.

We hit the highway at about 5 in the morning. We caught a gorgeous sunrise. Everything was so calm and peaceful. The wildlife, like deer and moose, were out foraging for food. Because we were way off the interstate, traffic was non-existent. There weren't any cars or trucks for miles and miles. It was very peaceful to ride in such an idyllic setting. My mind became very aware of the universe and the eternal-ness of life. So often we get caught up doing big things that have little consequence on the state of our soul and conversely do little things that have big impact on our peace of mind.

I offer these pictures as a small glimpse into the beauty of Highway 40. It was taken with my phone. I wish I could have stopped every thirty minutes to take photo's with my real camera but we really needed to make up some time. The world, the universe is so beautiful. I thank my creator for the natural wonders that are around me. Thank you for allowing me to witness the magic.