Friday, March 24, 2017

Big Island Bees

Today a girlfriend and I were talking about beekeeping and it reminded me of the beautiful apiary that Nathaniel and I visited when we were Hawaii.

 Everything about their facility was lovely; from the incredible bouquets of fresh flowers to the colors of their bee boxes.

They had a lovely viewing area where you could watch the bees hard at work.

I brought this lovely jar of Hawaiian honey home with me. The honey is as delicious as the label is beautiful! These pretty little jars got me excited about creating a label for my honey.

They had so many varieties of honey to try. I sampled Organic Ohia-Lehua Blossom; organic Wilelaiki Blossom; and Macadamia Nut Blossom. Yummy!

They had a lovely collection of vintage literature on bees.

Erin, I thought you would like this darling little whicker hive.  

I could have taken a bazillion photos of the flowers alone.

Nathaniel spent the better part of an hour chatting with a beekeeper who worked at the facility.

The walls were adorned with vintage prints of flowers and  photographs of people keeping bees throughout history.

The artist who owned the facility created the most interesting pieces of art by placing sculptures in enclosures with bees and letting them cover the pieces with comb.

This little gecko was feasting on  flies in the window.

All in all it was a lovely place to visit on a date with my hubby. If you would like to know more about  Big Island Bees, click on the link.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Deeper Things: Light

A tiny sliver of light streamed across my deck and into  kitchen window this morning. I found myself mesmerized by it and what it promised.... summer, warmth,  and long unstructured days.
The feeling reminded me of times in my life when I have found my self gasping for air, longing for the "light" at the end of a long dark tunnel.  Times when I have found myself drowning under the weight of obligations and expectations all the while longing for spontaneity, quiet and adventure.

A couple months ago I felt exceptionally low; crying into my dishes,...crying into my children's cereal. I felt foggy minded, apathetic and had little desire to get dressed, leave the house or even  brush my hair.  I find I am more prone to such feelings when I have neglected to exercise, when I am not eating properly,  but most of all, when I forget to connect with my heavenly father. When I don't spend time with Him, I find myself trying to stuff the void with chocolate, shopping and mindless television. I begin to struggle with self control and become impatient with my children; seeing them more as burdens than gifts. It's like an avalanche that picks up momentum as time passes. Before I know it, I have gained five pounds, overspent, wasted valuable time, and the tainted the atmosphere of my home with my discontent and irritability. Thankfully, somewhere along the way, I am reminded that the Joy of the Lord is my strength, that He is my sustainer.  I draw near,  relinquish my sadness, disappointment, brokenness, discontent and He fills the void with His peace and joy... and I  find myself thinking for the thousandth time, "why do I keep forgetting how life giving and sustaining God's presence is"? It's like forgetting the incredible endorphin high I get after trail running in the woods and instead, stuff my face with chips while watching a re-run of "Keeping up with the Kardashians". In the moment it feels good, but afterwards I suffer the consequences of bloat and weight gain, not to mention brain rot. It takes effort to be disciplined; to put on running shoes and brave the cold air when my couch is calling and the chips are only an arms' reach away. It takes discipline to nurture the spiritual aspect of myself, especially when I feel tugged in every direction, but when I do, it has a beautiful ripple effect on everything I do and say and think.


Pictures from spring of 2013 in the meadow behind our home.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Double Chocolate Chocolate Macaroon Tart

photo from "Oh How She Glows"

I made this incredible Double Dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Tart with Levi this morning. It is  decadent, rich and an ever so satisfying dessert. When a friend brought this tart over awhile back, I was shocked to discover that  not only vegan but also gluten-free and grain-free. I am not familiar with "healthy baking" and was thoroughly impressed at how tasty it was. Sweets often give me headaches and sit like rocks in my tummy but this satisfied my craving for dark chocolate like nothing else and didn't give me a headache!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Currently: February

to Sara Groves, Cademon's Call & Audrey Assad

excited about keeping bees this spring.

to track my macros before each meal, rather than adding them up at the end of the day


to remind myself that IT IS POSSIBLE to achieve my fitness goals

about the quote "Don't give up what you want most in life for something you "think" you want now".

sautéed cabbage, zucchini and baked chicken breast

the scent of the tiger lilies (my favorite)

for another digital SLR (can't decide which one)

to catch up on project life (I am still in 2016)

a black dress top from Winners, jeans from H&M and leaf earrings from Spring

about long days spent on our back deck

time for journaling and prayer at 6:30am... unless my children wake up needy and cranky at 6:15..

for MORE grace and patience for my children

to meal prep two days a week

how to say "no" to snacking after dinner.... its SOOOOO hard!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Hawaii Part 1

Regardless of where I go, I  always find myself thankful to return home.
That being said, we had an INCREDIBLE time in Hawaii!!!

I have been longing to post pictures from our trip since we arrived home a week ago, but I had to get my house in order, donate a couple garbage bags of stuff to the thrift store and get decent night of sleep. After living out of suit cases for two weeks, I have been reminded, once again,  that we have too much stuff and that it is time for another purge.  

Our flight to and from Hawaii was easy peasy. I was SO relieved! I had emotionally and mentally prepared for the worst. Things didn't get tricky until after we arrived in Hawaii and our girls came down with yucky colds -sore throats, ear aches and fevers, know you- the works.

Amelia was feeling pretty crummy when I snapped this photo of her.

Thankfully, they recovered within a couple days of lounging by the pool - aided by heaps of  oranges and passion fruit.

Even when they were running a fever they didn't miss an opportunity to catch a gecko.

I spent the first day of our vacation unpacking, soaking in the hot tub, and taking photos of the grounds and foliage.

This pool was FANTASTIC for the kiddos.

Levi didn't waste any time finding some dirt to play "monster trucks".

I love this photo of my dad enjoying a nice cup of coffee one morning.

All of the children LOVED the hot tub but I think my nephew Sam loved it the most.

One of my favorite memories,  was journaling with the girls on the deck during Levi's nap time. We brought good quality cardstock, a palate of watercolors and heaps of paintbrushes. The goal was to paint something we had done that day and then journal about it. I loved seeing what the girls chose to document.

Nate brought some poke home one day after grocery shopping. I thought it looked revolting but it was DELICIOUS!

It felt so good to run around barefoot, clad in only a tunic or bathing suit. In some ways, this vacation made me feel a bit like a child.  I ate lots of ice cream bars, sat in the hot tub until my fingers got wrinkly and did hardly any chores.

Meanwhile, Nathaniel caught hundreds of lizards, terrorized the local chickens, climbed coconut trees and did crazy stuff like this.....

and this....

Our first adventure was a trip to what we called "the airport beach". It had a naturally protected cove  pool where the children could swim as well as tidal pools full of creatures.

About every 20 minutes or so a HUGE aircraft would pass overhead. It never got old.

We also attempted a small hike with some cranky children. Everything looks serene in these photos but there were a lot of tears and piggy backs.

When he didn't have the energy to drag our children on an adventure we just took it easy at the house. My dad has the right idea. Relaxation at its finest!

These folks spent hours hunting for gold dust day geckos.

Amelia was distraught after an anole bit her.

The culprit. He looks like a cranky fellow doesn't he?

My dad was just as excited about holding geckos as the children were.
This smile epitomizes his heart and zest for life.

One day we took a LONG bumpy road to a beach that we had read about in a guide book.  Although the drive sucked, it was worth every bump.  I loved the gritty white sand, the steep beach and the frothy surf. We sat in the shade of coconut trees and spent the afternoon watching surfers get thrashed. It was magical.

Another day we went to a lovely local market in Waimea Valley with my brother and his family. We enjoyed lots of yummy food, friendly locals and beautiful landscapes.

to be continued....