Outside of the family I was born into, some of the most important relationships I have in my life were formed in Hawaii. While I tend to cringe at the word “tribe,” if I were to use it, it would be in reference to this group of people. We were all part of a ministry called Home Port Hospitality House, a facet of Cadence International. We shared meals, laughter, and tears. We challenged one another to be more like Christ, watched families grow, and lived life together. However, over the years we also shared a lot of goodbyes as people PCSed (moved) to different bases. And now, I have friends in England, Singapore, Guam, and all throughout the United States. While we keep in touch quite often via technology – Facebook, FaceTime, WhatsApp – it is rare we get to see each other face to face. But when we do, it’s like it was just yesterday that we were all gathering together for our Friday Bible study. Continue reading “Like Yesterday”
Olivia is four and a half months old and my life looks so very different than before. From Hawaii to Idaho, TV appearances and fashion events to MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and play dates, being one of the leaders in bible study to the new girl at church, stilettos to strollers. (Nevermind, I still wear stilettos.) I was talking to someone the other day and she summed it up perfectly when she said, “The only things which haven’t changed in your life are Jesus and your husband. And even your husband is gone [traveling for work] more than he used to be.” Sometimes I struggle with the changes. I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t. I also know there is a season for everything (Hello, Ecclesiastes!) and I certainly don’t want to waste the one I am in. I know God is teaching me wonderful things and before I know it, the next season will be here and I’ll be looking longingly back on this one Continue reading “A Season For Everything”
I have been blessed with some amazing friendships, some of which were very unexpected. It’s always special when you realize a person you call a friend has become more like a member of your family. During my time in Hawaii, when I didn’t have any immediate blood relatives nearby, these relationships were even more critical. Continue reading “From Family to Friends”
I’m not sure if it’s the number of Nancy Drew novels I read as a child or my passion for solving things, but I’ve always wanted to be a detective. Last night I was able to live out this dream at Escape This Live, one of Boise’s versions of the current escape room trend.
If you’re not familiar with escape rooms, they are a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints, and strategy to break out of a locked room. This particular escape game was pirate-themed and involved several different types of padlocks, keys, and puzzles. I went with seven other ladies and we worked together like a well-oiled machine. We escaped with the second best time in the history of the room! Needless to say, it was a blast. The cost to play is $30 per person, but we found a Groupon which brought the admission down to $17.25.
I don’t want to give away any of the details of the room, but I will say I expected there to be more riddles or puzzles that required some depth of knowledge. Also, it seemed that once a clue was used to solve something its purpose was exhausted. It would have been fun to have a few items come back into play. But all things considered, it was a total blast and I’m looking forward to doing another. Rumor has it there’s a wizard-themed room opening soon!
I have a love hate relationship with Scentsy. I love when my house smells like a clean, fresh scent and not the curry I made the night before. I also love the soft glow of the light and the whole idea of wickless candles. I hate that so many of the scents give me headaches and when I do find a scent I like they always discontinue it. Always! Continue reading “Bring Back My Bar”
The thing I love most about Boise is the proximity to family. The second thing is celebrating Holidays with said family. I lived in Hawaii for nearly nine years and while I had many friends who became family, being across an ocean meant you only see your blood relatives once or twice a year. And rarely were those times around Holidays. I assumed when we moved to Boise we’d spend the major Holidays together – Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving. I had no idea we’d celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It was blast! We may not be 100% Irish, but we are certainly Irish enough to have a good time.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you are wearing green. As I prepared to write this blog post I came to the stark realization that I didn’t actually know much about the holiday. Insert Google search. Did you know St. Patrick’s Day is actually a day honoring the death of one of Ireland’s patron saints who shared Christianity in Ireland in the fifth century? I had no idea. I mean, I assumed it had something to do with a saint named Patrick and obviously knew it originated in Ireland but that represented the extent of my knowledge. And the shamrock, probably the most prominent image associated with the holiday, actually symbolizes the Holy Trinity: God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
I am sure I don’t have to tell you that St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many parts of the world with food, festivities and the color green. Lots and lots of green. We are spending the evening with our family eating corned beef hash, potatoes and various other tasty dishes. And, of course, we are dressed in green. Since this is Olivia’s first St. Patrick’s Day, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy an outfit specific to the event. I came across several adorable onesies in my search but this one stood out above the rest. I am one-half Chinese and the other half is a mix of Scotch, Irish, Dutch and English. I’m told it’s mostly Irish so I usually tell people I’m Chinese and Irish. Luke is a similar mix, sans Chinese, which makes our adorable daughter one-fourth Chinese and some mix of Irish. We’ll go with Irish-ish.
Irish or not, wishing everyone a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!