Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Settling in with Aloha

It's such a nice feeling for me to feel settled in, and grounded where I belong. Our little ohana has moved around so much the last 8 years since Micah and I got married, that we've never had a chance to feel truly settled in. I just love it here in Hilo, and am making myself at home!

We've spent the past few weekends hitting up yard sales, building and painting bookshelves, and putting the finishing touches on our home organization and decor. We aren't fancy by any means, but you don't have to be fancy to feel at home!

I love my living room curtains. They cost me 11 dollars to make, and 2 hours to sew. This was my very first time making a ruffle on anything!
Then one night while I was perusing the home-decor aisles at ROSS, I spotted these Rainbow-Hibiscus Lanterns! Perfect! When I plug them in at night, they light up my life!
Micah built bookshelves from the neighbors discarded house-lumber. They were gutting their home and had lots to spare! I love having all our favorite books in the living room to look at and read. Odin helped me paint, although most of the paint ended up in his cute, little curls.
One thing we haven't been able to experience as we've moved from place to place is the warmth and security of having a Ward Family. It's been wonderful now to get to know the Sisters and Brothers at church better, and feel a love and kinship with them that will be long lasting. I love arriving at church to find radiating, smiling faces, eager to give a hug, a kiss on the cheek, and a warm aloha. Here in Hawaii we don't just shake hands and say hi, we pull our family-friends in for a heart-warming embrace. This is a greeting you just don't forget, and one of the wonderful things I love about my ward-family.

I also love that the older local ladies are always happy to see our kids. They pat my kids heads and stuff M&M's in their mouths during Sacrament meeting. I love that the congregation sings "Aloha Oe" and places leis around the necks of those who leave the ward. The families are warm and friendly, and eager to make new friends. I never feel "hauole" at church, like I sometimes do in other settings. In the gospel we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, and that makes us equals, whatever our backgrounds.
Our Bishop has put us to work already. Micah is serving as 2nd Counselor in the Bishopric, and I am the Camp Specialist for the Young Womens Program. These are volunteer positions that we are eager to fulfill. I'm truly excited to be more involved in our ward, even busy, busy, busy as we are.
Micah shaved off his beard. This was the first time I've seen him without it since I met him 8+ years ago. It was really weird for me at first. I went through several stages of grief for the loss of the beard, but have quickly adapted. Afterall, the man I fell in love with is more than just a hairy face, he's also a beautiful soul. (you know I'm being melodramatic) I love his shaven face! He is more handsome to me than ever before!

This is the last picture we took before the beard went away. I will love it always.

So, we are officially settling in, with lots of love and aloha! When I think back to last year when we first got to this island, I am so grateful for the changes that have taken place in our family. It's hard to sum up in a blog the tremendous mental, emotional, and spiritual growth we've all been through. I guess most of the personal things a person goes through in this life are often best kept in the heart, and only God knows what we need in life to be truly happy. It all started with a jump into the unknown, and faith that everything would turn out for the best. I am looking forward to many, many years ahead on this beautiful island.

5 comments:

Cassie said...

That is so great about your husbands new calling. He looks great clean shaven! Younger. Although he didn't look old with the hair...
I like my husband with facial hair but he is the Elders Quorum President and keeps a clean shave too. Both are nice.
Love the way you are fixing up your home. It brings me great joy to decorate myself on a dime. I think it's better than having all the money I need to go out and buy things. I would rather get creative and see what I can come up with.
YOU look great too!

Da Denninghoff's said...

I love Micah's new look. Very handsome. Is that okay for me to say Sally?

Sallyseashell said...

Thanks Cassie! It feels great to decorate the way I want, even on a small budget! I find so many fun things at yard sales and clearance sales that fit my style!
Junaita, you can anything you want! xoxox

Zen Mama said...

Big fat love.

Sallyseashell said...

Big fat awesome thanks for the big fat love!