While I was hooked up to IV’s having chemo drugs infused into my body, a dream was planted in my heart. I would sit with my mom at my side and think of better days ahead. Like a day that we would return to Blake’s home and one of our favorite places on earth and finally get to have our kids experience it with us. Now here we are over a year later with cancer in our rearview, making the dream a sweet reality.
Sweet for so many reasons:
- we are surrounded by family (not just Blake’s but my parents got to come along too)
- we escaped the cold and replaced our thick socks with slippers
- the Authentic Hawaiian and Asians foods are bringing such joy to my husband’s face
- the kids are having experiences that we have been longing for them to have
- Need I even say it, this is paradise.
This morning I lay in bed in the early morning hours with a chorus of chickens “singing” in the background (there are a lot of wild chickens here) reminded that God is Faithful. He was faithful in the struggle but he is also faithful in the rainbow, the promise that He wants good things for us. Hours later as we were driving home to the North Shore from a refreshing day at Kailua Beach, I looked out the window to see this. Coincidence? Not a chance.
Will you follow our rainbow over the next two weeks as I journal in word and photos?
Day 1: Aloha
Day 1: Aloha
Day 2: Honu
Day 3: Ohana
Day 4: Waimea
Day 5: Maui
Day 6: Banyan Trees
Day 7: Sunsets
Day 8: Mahalo
Day 9: Hana ho!
Day 10: Spam Musubi
Day 11: Haleakala
Day 12: Keikis
Day 13: Aloha
[…] Yesterday I mentioned my chemo sidekick, a.k.a. my mom. I remember several times while I was hooked up to IV’s, she promised me that there would be better days ahead. We dreamed about a really special trip we would take to one of our favorite places on earth once we were on the other side of my treatment. In March 2013, we made that dream a reality with an unbelievable, “pinch me I must be dreaming” trip to the islands of Oahu and Maui. I was in such awe of God’s Grace on that trip that I just couldn’t help but blog about it every day while we were there in a series called Rainbows. […]