Monday, September 10, 2012

A New Season

So I was complaining about my "trials of life" to a friend of mine when she told me, "I am so sorry Heather you are going through these things, you know, we all have some serious trials." She then proceeded to share with me hers.  I had no idea she had suffered many years of her life with such pain.

This sweet friend, reminded me (I seem to constantly need reminding), that everyone is given difficulties in life.  And sometimes these trials are pretty darn tough.  I absolutely don't want someone else's tribulations and there are times, I absolutely don't want mine.  However, I know the difficult things I have, I can handle.  And how grateful I am for those people who have been there through mine.

As we wiggle and squirm, attempting to bear our heavy burdens, we have the opportunity to become stronger in every way.  We learn to depend on our loving Father in Heaven who knows of our pain and will open doors as we place our faith in Him.

And it is possible to still feel happy, content and faithful during these difficult times. 

Take today for instance.  The oppressive heat is gone.  A light breeze passes through my open window. The leaves shift ever so slightly showing a slight change in their color, reminding me that a new season isn't far away.  I feel happy. I am content.  I have faith.

We are all given new seasons throughout our lives.  We have opportunities to grow and become beautiful. Other times, our seasons shifts and we may crumble a bit, lose our color and wilt.  In these moments we may feel cold, lost and alone.  But we are always given a new season. Here we can become beautiful once again.  And we always stronger.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Hawaii With Aunt Lisa

Our children are very blessed to have their Aunt Lisa.  She takes each one of our kids on an adventure of their choosing when they turn 12.  Ethan finally hit the 12 year old mark this year and the planning began.  The first question is always:
Where do you want to go? 
As always, they can pick anywhere in the U.S.  Ethan narrowed his choices to the Grand Canyon and Hawaii. 
After much thought, Hawaii was chosen.  Aunt Lisa then takes over, planning the ultimate experience.
Remember Sommer  (Sommer went back due to a complication)and Calvin's big trips?  Amazing...
A few days after school was out, they began their adventure to Hawaii.
 Their first stop was Oahu.  Upon arrival, they were greeted with fresh leis (which Ethan said smelled amazing)!

 They explored every nook and cranny of this Island, touring, Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, beaches, waterfalls, snorkeling and even parasailing (scroll down for awesome pictures)! LUCKY!

They spent some time on the North Shore, visiting BYU-H (I went there for a semester and LOVED it), the L.D.S. temple and a day at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

 Aunt Lisa knows how to pack in the fun...and tire out teenagers!

 After a few days on Oahu, they flew to the big Island of Hawaii and saw plenty of volcanoes, turtles, toured caves and purchased a ukulele!

 More sleep was necessary due to the huge amount of FUN that was had!

 They even spent time at the Kona temple!
 Ethan brought home a ton of stuff...but he loved his stash of foreign candy!  His siblings and neighbors gathered 'round as he talked about his trip and shared his loot!
 The highlight according to both Lisa and Ethan, was the Parasailing adventure!

 Thank you Lisa for making amazing memories for Ethan.  We love you!