Sunday, January 13, 2013

{honeymoon continued}

Welcome back!  Here we are on our next adventure.  On one of the days we took the Jeep out and went to find some more beaches.  The first one we found was somewhat tucked away from the walked through some trees and then it opened up to the ocean.  Such a beautiful way to walk up to the ocean! 

Once we got some swimming in and a picnic lunch, we were back in the Jeep to find another spot.  We did this a lot which was fun since we weren't always sure where we were going!  Next stop was driving down a loooong dirt road that seemed like a dead end.  Both sides of the road were covered in lava rock and nothing else was around.  But there was a nice surprise at the end!  We went walking long the ocean for quite awhile and it just went on and on.  John wanted to keep seeing what was around the next bend so we did a bit of walking.  Saw some goats along the way. Actually, a lot of goats.  About twenty or so just wandering around.  A little out of place?  I thought so too, haha. 

                           There were a couple large blowholes around which were really neat to watch.  Got a bit close at times but I think this little guy got it worse ;)  

John has such a wonderful way of seeing the beauty is things and capturing them with the camera.  On our way to Lahaina Town one night, he pulled over and got some shots of this volcano.  Love these! 


This marina below was across from a small town we drove to for supper one night.  It was only about five minutes from our condo but the area had a completely different feel to it.  

This photo below has a good story behind it.  It was our last night in Maui and John surprised me by taking us out to dinner but keeping the restaurant and place a secret.  So we drove up to this small parking lot and I found the car amusing so I commented on it.  I say this because it made us not even aware of a certain sign in the background.  A somewhat important sign.  We found a path that led down to the beach and got to walk around for awhile since our reservations weren't for another half hour or so.  Once we got back to the Jeep to go for supper, we realized a locked chain going across the exit of the parking lot.  It was then we were aware of the sign below.  Parking lot closed at 7:00 and we had pulled in only a few minutes before that.  And of course there was absolutely no other way to get out.  LARGE rocks filled some areas and fences around the rest.  The sign said we would have to call someone and get the vehicle towed...the next day.  Thankfully we were finally able to get a hold of a local hotel employee and he graciously came down and let us out. Smile on his face, not mad at all.  Hawaii people are very friendly...even when you park in lots that are clearly closing soon :) 

 Our restaurant was right on the board walk and open air seating again.  

The food was amazing.  We loved trying new entrees...especially fresh seafood! 

   When we finished the meal our waiter asked if we wanted any dessert.  We were honestly really full so we said we were fine.  John went to restroom a little bit later and the waiter came back to clear our table.  He said "You guys are on your honeymoon aren't you?"  We got that a lot :)  But then he came back before we left and said a special dessert was on the house so we found room for it!

It was a beautiful evening and a wonderful last night in Hawaii.  

Sunday, November 4, 2012

{a special marriage}

This post is dedicated to my Mom and Dad who would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary today.  For those of you who don't know, my Dad passed away from cancer about a year and a half ago.  I am so thankful for the example my parents gave to me and my siblings and to those around them.  No marriage is perfect but they displayed a love and commitment to each other through good times and hard times.

Watching my parents go through my Dad's cancer for ten plus years was an amazing experience for me. They stuck together through a very tough time and showed how the Lord can bless you through those trials.  The last year or so of my Dad's life became harder for him to be mobile and do a lot of the things he was used to doing.  I was blessed to still be at home during this time and witness a wife care for, love and support her husband beyond the emotional and "good feelings" of a relationship.  I was able to witness a husband who loved and appreciated his wife so unconditionally.  And who always had a smile for you, which I know encouraged my Mom.  I will always remember that special bond they shared.

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!  Love you both so much! 

My Dad looked very different at the end due to medications, but he still had his big heart and love for life.  

This one makes me smile.

Saturday, November 3, 2012


After we said "I do", John and I were blessed to go on our honeymoon right away!  We left for the Cities on Sunday and stayed over night: hotel  #1.  Monday we flew out and the first stop was Seattle.  On our way there, one of the stewardesses found out it was our honeymoon and offered us a special gift.  Thank you, Air Alaska!

We arrived in Seattle and got to spend a couple hours there before our connecting flight.

The next stop...HAWAII!  We had about a five hour flight there but it went really good!  As we got closer  they served traditional Hawaiian Mai Tais.  SO good!

We arrived in Hawaii late that night so we had booked a hotel a few minutes from the airport: hotel #2.  The next morning brought our first real glimpse of such a beautiful place.  We checked out and got a cab to Kealia Resort, about 20 mins away: hotel/condo #3.  It was a quieter spot and our condo was about ten feet from the beach and ocean - looking out and seeing the blue water and hearing ocean waves all day long is one of my favorite memories.  

Once we got settled in there we realized we needed food and water.  We also realized the closest store was about five miles away.  So call a cab, right?  Yes, great idea.  But when the cab actually never shows up, this poses a problem.  There we are sitting in this nice condo, on the beach, in Hawaii, and we have no food or water.  The next thing I know, John is in the kitchen getting out a pot and preparing to boil water so we could have something to drink. Haha did I mention we were in a nice condo, on the beach, in Hawaii?  Thankfully we were able to get our rental Jeep the next day!                                                                                         

We loved our stay at Kealia Resort and wouldn't mind going back again!  Once we had the Jeep we were free to explore around the island.  We had a farmers market close to the condo, the best little restaurant that had AMAZING hazelnut milkshakes with actual chunks of hazelnut and a beach to relax on.  Not to mention gorgeous sunset walks!

One night we were able to drive to a Luau and enjoy a great show, a large feast and even a special dance to recognize the newlyweds attending :) 


Newlyweds! The sun was so bright when taking the picture I thought "hey I'm wearing sunglasses so I can just close my eyes and no one will ever see".  Fail.  

This was hands down our favorite restaurant we tried.  The upstairs to it where we ate was like being on ship.  It was open air at night right over the water.  Absolutely wonderful.


We'll call this post good for now.  More to come so stay tuned!