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!
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.
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.