A lot happens in a one summer! — Let’s have coffee and talk about it!
Hey Friends! Well – wow, that June-July-August came and went, didn’t it? 😮
I hope you had a good one…
I’m grabbing something hot and pumpkin-y (obviously)…what will you be having? You might laugh, but I really do imagine we’re having coffee as I write these, so hope you don’t mind playing along!
So, grab a comfy chair and let’s catch up!
First we have to just sit for a second and agree…Wow, there’s a lot of big things happening in the world. I don’t think we have many words but we can agree it’s a hard time, and pretty sure we can agree the division is just no fun. 😔 Yet, we also have to remember that nothing is a surprise to God, and He placed us on this earth in this time…So, we can pray for the things that seem beyond us, and do our best to love and care for those in our little corners of the world. ❤️
Though only a summer went by since our last Coffee Date, it’s incredible how much happens when you look back over a season. Here’s a quick recap and some photos from our last few months…
SUMMER with my whole crew…
The whole family was together, for what may be…the last summer. 😭 I hate to sound dramatic, but after Josiah graduates from college next spring, he is hoping to find a job and spend his next season in California being an independent man. You know, just what we raised him to do (gulp.) He loves loves loves Hawaii, and hopes to settle here long-term. but he realizes that for a season it is probably going to be best to plant himself on the mainland. That’s just his thoughts for now, but because of that I extra-cherished time with the whole crew so much.
And they’re off!
Josiah and Jonah are back at Westmont now. They were delayed ten days because Jonah got a positive Covid test the day before they were scheduled to travel, but now they’re settled in and so very happy! ❤️ I’m missing them, but we also needed to get back into a routine around here, so there is that. 🤷♀️ (or so I tell myself!)
If you missed it, these two joined me for a Q and A podcast episode last week that covered a lot of fun subjects.
side note: *I shared a few words in that ^^ episode about Jonah’s Covid experience and where my family has landed with vaccines (especially in light of my husband being a hospital doctor taking care of Covid patients.) Then, after lots of requests, Dave has agreed to join me for an episode just to answer questions sent in to him. (there are some really good questions!) We’ll work on that soon so stay tuned for a Q and A with Dr. Dave in the near future.
I’m getting a dining room!
Over the summer we knocked out our kitchen wall/sliding door and framed in the once-covered lanai to add an actual dining room to our home! Yippee… this has been my dream since we moved here ten years ago! We’ve never had an indoor dining area in this house and while it’s lovely to be able to eat outside most of the year, when it’s Christmas day and there are hurricane winds and rain, (which seems to happen every year!) even a Hawaiian covered lanai is not very comfortable. (There’s something just wrong about eating Christmas dinner at a kitchen counter, right?) I am so excited!
Here’s a quick not-very-professinoal-collage showing…
Left to right…(top to bottom)…
A. Before (or just after they poured concrete in the new addition area.)
B. How our kitchen has looked for the past few months — 😂 #tinykitchen
C. Mid-remodel, Luke showing us the new dining room, from outside towards the kitchen.
D. The new framed in room looking from the kitchen side out! Getting closer…
Sorry if I’m not great at capturing the scene, but hopefully by my next Coffee Date post 🙏🏼 , I’ll have some “after” photos that will make more sense.
After a year which seemed like we did not go –ANYWHERE 😉 this summer took me off the island three times.
1. Dave and I made a trip to Oregon after his precious mom passed away. She had suffered from Alzheimers for the past five years and was very ready to be with Jesus, but oh it is still just hard to let someone go who has been such an incredible blessing. She and Dave’s dad had been married over 65 years!! (#goals).
Here’s a favorite photo of Dave with his folks just a couple years ago.
And Dave last summer looking out over the McMinnville country property his parents used to live on. (His sister lives there now ❤️)
2. Back in June, Dave and I met up with Luke (who had already been traveling between Mexico and California for a month) in San Clemente for US Champs. (My folks joined us too, which always adds to the fun.) He made it through a few rounds but did not make finals this year. Surf contests are a roller coaster. That I do know. 😉 (We still had fun! And we couldn’t be more proud of Luke.)
pictures taken by my sweet and talented friend Nicole from Maui.
And then — just last week, I traveled on my own for a quick 3 days for my oldest brother Lance’s wedding. It was a lovely small ceremony right in Gig Harbor on the most beautiful day. (Professional photos will be much better!)
It was all such a reminder of God’s kindness and grace in the middle of hard times, in the world and in many families, too. (And…I love my new sister-in-law!)
Also, time at my parents home in Gig Harbor is always a treat…
SCHOOL (and Golf, and Surf…) updates-
LEVI: We settled on homeschooling Levi again after all. (long story. But God is good. This IG post shares a little of the honest heart behind it.) He’s in 6th grade this year and seriously — I LOVE this stage so so so much. Also: Character Training is no joke. 😉
Also: Levi is officially obsessed with golf.
(Though we’re happy he hasn’t thrown in his surf-towel yet either. 😉 )
Contests were back on for a minute this summer. Hoping they get to hold more this fall. 🙏🏼
Luke is a senior this year, and taking his first dual-enrollment college class through Liberty University. So far it’s going great. He plans to keep traveling and surfing professionally after high school, which means it does not look like he’ll be taking the traditional college route like his brothers after high school. This is a huge decision, but we’ve seen it coming and we are excited for Luke. (It’s unfortunate that there is not a college-route to being a pro surfer the way there is for most sports, but — thank God for online college!)
Love these photos by @wherediegoes
Of course, find more great photos and fun videos on his Instagram account.
And me…? Have I mentioned!?….I’m writing another book! 🤓
I will be working with Zondervan and I am over the moon excited!!
I love the topic so much (it’s parenting-related, but I’ll tell you more specifics soon enough. 😉) But writing a book is no joke, (obviously!) and my prayer request would be for: focus, inspiration, confidence in what I want to say, and TIME to get the writing done. (Thank you so much.)
Meanwhile I’m pretty excited about Turtle Bay Resort’s grand-reopening (It’s STUNNING) as I can get back to my favorite neighborhood “office” for serious writing…or at least deep thoughts as I try to write!
There is always more but I’m feeling like I have hogged the conversation! Let’s get a refill and now… it’s your turn!
Hit COMMENT BELOW and share anything you’d tell me over coffee! And if you do, I’ll enter your name into a drawing to win one of 2 $20 Starbucks cards! I’ll choose winners on Friday, September 17th and email you directly!
Much love to all of you!!
PS Keep an eye out THIS WEEK as I’ll be opening the doors to my Raising Tech-Smart Kids Mini-Course from Wednesday until Friday only! (September 15-17!!)
(I’ve only offered this on its own one time before!) Check out what’s in the course here, and mark your calendars!!