“Joyfully you’ll pull up buckets of water from the wells of salvation. And as you do it, you’ll say, “Give thanks to GOD. Call out his name. Ask him anything! Shout to the nations, tell them what he’s done, spread the news of his great reputation!”
Isaiah 12:3-4 MSG (emphasis mine)
I have always felt the desire to start a blog but never quite knew how or when to start it. A lot has happened in my life, and I want to share my stories and the lessons I have learned with anyone who wants to listen and a blog seems like the best way to do that. I won’t always be sharing serious life lessons, but also stories of our adventures here on Maui!! However, it just feels right to start off with a serious life lesson since that’s what made me finally start this blog, so here you go:
This year marks quite a few milestones for me and my family: February marked one year since my dad passed away, at the end of April I turn 30, in June my husband turns 40, and in September our oldest daughter will be 10!
All these milestones got me thinking: life doesn’t seem to be slowing down, in fact, it seems to be flying by faster than ever. Then I started to wonder what I’ve done with the time I’ve been given and what do I want to do with the time I have left…
When my dad first passed away a friend shared the analogy of grief being like the waves of the ocean: big and overwhelming at first, but eventually getting smaller and less frequent. I was pregnant at the time of his passing so I couldn’t seem to handle those big tidal waves of grief and so I tried to keep myself distracted. Distractions come easy when you have kids, but I found myself using an unhealthy distraction as well: social media… Living on a tiny island in the middle of the pacific ocean, social media is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. But in that season of grief, I used it as a way to check out and numb my mind. At first it was a coping mechanism that I told myself was temporary, but before I knew it almost an entire year had passed, and I decided I didn’t want to waste any more time, so I signed offline for a while and began reading the bible and journaling whenever I felt like just “checking out.” I read various blogs, devotions, and books and began unpacking my heart of all the emotions I had stuffed deep down so that I couldn’t feel them, and filled it back up with the truth of God’s word and the wisdom from other believers. (Aside from the bible, Kate Merrick’s book And Still She Laughs, provided the most healing. Maybe I will share more about it in another post soon, but if you are grieving a loss of any kind, I cannot recommend her book enough!! You can find out more about it here). I am still limiting my time on social media which is a big part of why I felt the need to start this blog so that our friends and families on the mainland could see what we are up to.
So welcome, and mahalo for sticking around and reading this post: my very first post!! There were a lot of doubts, questions, and fears that went into sharing this, so the fact that you took the time to read it means a lot to me. Please feel free to leave me a comment below and let me know what you think. Also let me know what part of my story you’d like to hear about next!