We just got back this week from Maui, our favorite vacation spot! My sister got to join us this time, as well as the kiddos of course. It was such a relaxing time and our oceanfront condo was just PERFECT! We stayed a little to the north of where we have stayed in the past, and this was a very serene, quiet location.
Here’s just a few pictures from the trip! Liam’s highlight (which you will see below) was going to the Maui Ocean Center. He spent hours running back and forth between massive tanks squealing with delight at all the sharks, rays, eels, and everything you can imagine!
And now for the other part of this post… My sister spent some time in Alaska before meeting up with us in Maui, and while in Maui she decided that the Lord was leading her to move to Alaska for a time. So today we said goodbye to her and her filled-to-the-brim Honda Civic as she drove off to her future. To say that I am sad about this would be the understatement of the year. But at the same time, I feel that this will be a good time in her life and that the Lord has good things ahead for her. Nonetheless, it will still take me awhile to get used to the pit in my stomach about when I think about how far away she will be. Not to mention that my younger brother & his wife recently moved to Boston! So now we’re QUITE spread out!
At times it seems that these past 3 years have been riddled with trial after trial, but I just have a good feeling that my family is entering into a new season. I have hope for the future and I keep feeling reminded of this verse: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
And here is the song that is my encouragement at the moment: