Hau’oli Makahiki Hou

Happy New Year! Holy moly, 2014 went by so fast.  I swear, the older I get, the faster time goes by. I started the year off spending the day with my favorite people, my family.

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As I reflect on last year, I realize that I set a lot of goals for myself, and I am proud to say that I accomplished most of them.  Blogging more was one of my goals last year, which I failed miserably at.  Obvs.  Hee hee.  Which prompted me to give the blog a new look for the new year.  Tadah!

 This year, I want to simplify, get back to the basics.  I want to get down to the things that are most important in every aspect of my life- body, mind, and spirit.  I’m getting in declutter mode, from the food that I eat, the relationships I cultivate, the stuff I buy, to my schedule, and most importantly, my faith.

I look around my house and I think, “Whoa, where did all this stuff come from?”

“Oh, wait, I know…I love finding treasures at thrift stores, and I can’t pass up getting an incredible deal on something that could be useful, even though I don’t need it!”

I look at my busy family schedule and think, “Why do I let myself get so exhausted with all the things we have to do and places we have to go?”

“Oh, yup, I almost forgot, I have a complex about not having a social life because I am a stay at home mom.” TMI?!?

The list goes on and on.  I know its not going to be easy…letting go of a lot of things that I am used to, but I feel like its really important for me to re-evaluate what my Enough is.

Here are some inspiring quotes(scalped from the inter web) and more of my photos from yesterday’s adventure:

Say no to the good, so you can say yes to the best.

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.

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Collect moments, not things.IMG_9931 Make it simple, but significant.

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Live less out of habit and more out of intent.

So fill your heart with what is important and be done with all the rest.

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Less is more!

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House of the Sun

If there is ever a time that I feel closest to God, it is in nature or with my family.  This is why spending quality time with my family outside is my euphoria.

One of my favorite places to watch the sunset on Maui is at the tippity-top of Haleakala.  We usually pack a picnic dinner and stuff the car with blankets and our warmest clothes for layering on the way up.haleakalaAbove the clouds, Haleakala boasts the most spectacular views on Maui.  You can see four surrounding islands, sometimes five, from the summit.

This time we were early enough to check out the crater before the sun set.  M thought it was pretty awesome that we have our very own dormant volcano.

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I had to share Little Man’s best dino face….

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It was fah-ree-zing!  My car thermometer dropped down to the 40s!!!  There was about a 30 degree change.  Thankfully it wasn’t too windy.  No chapped cheeks this time 🙂

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Aaahhhh! Those sunset lined clouds…Ooooh!

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As you can see, we weren’t the only ones with this great idea.  And a great idea, it was.
maksilvs…M posing with a Silversword (‘Ahinahina) in bloom.  Can you believe this lovely indigenous plant only blooms once in its life and then dies? It can live to be over 90 years old.

Visiting Haleakala is always well worth the trip.  I hope it isn’t too long before we are back.

If you want to check out Haleakala a little more click here.

A Sunset Story

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Last night I saw one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever witnessed.

We had been driving down the right road at the right time.  It had just rained for three days straight; a rare occurrence for Maui.  The sky was dark and sweet coldness was in the air.  I saw it coming.  I saw the clouds breaking.  Wet reflections everywhere.  I longed for my real camera. I had a feeling that it could be one of those moments.  Why didn’t I have it on me, ready for action?  My hubs offered to pull the car over, a demonstration of his love for me.  We would be late for our dinner reservation.  I leapt out of our water beaded car.  And there it was.  I watched it unfold before my eyes.  Soaking. it. all. in. The silhouettes.  The changing colors that lit up the entire sky.  The tourists, ecstatic for the hope of sunshine.

Smiling.

Breathless.

Glory.

I have witnessed hundreds of amazing sunsets in my life, but this one truly took my breath away.  I felt the heaviness of it, like a thick down comforter on a chilly night.  I was enveloped in the weight of it.

It’s no coincidence that today I read about God’s glory.  Kabod, it comes from the root word heaviness.  It takes the word heaviness to a-whole-nother level for me.  This is what I couldn’t exactly put my finger on.  The heaviness, the weight, the breathlessness, the glory, the beauty.  My heart stilled in awe and jumping for joy at once.  A feeling that I often find hard to explain in real words.

I am reminded of one of my favorite snippets of scripture:

Psalm 19:1-3

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.

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I love this quote I found a while back, on Pinterest:

”May we be consumed with the Creator of all things rather than with things created.”