Wednesday, April 27, 2011

we snuck off...to the BIG ISLAND!!!


It was early January.  Snow was flying.  The sharp frigid air was simply unbearable.  It was so cold you just wanted nothing but to stay under your electric blanket all day.  That was when the inspiration came.  We had to escape...had TO GET OUTTA DODGE...and once more we decided to gravitate to the warmth and beauty of our beloved Hawaii.  This time we were going to try a different island...The Big Island


It was with a little nervous energy that I booked our trip to that island.  It's really different than Maui.  The landscape is more harsh.  It's known for having rocky hard to get to beaches.  It's got the big volcanoes.  Oh and then news came of eruptions, tsunamis, earthquakes and radiation.  We almost changed our plans...many times, but we decided to brave it and I'm really glad we did.  Change is good. 




We got our toes ready.

 



Packed and planned and did the dreaded travel day.



And then it came into view...the beautiful blue against the harsh black lava landscape.







We made it...and no one got sick!!




And this was our sweet next day morning reward...paradise.  Glorious sunshine.  Birds singing soft and sweet.  Palm trees shaking their leaves.  It was glorious.







You would think with all God's goodness right in front of you it would be easy to relax.  To exhale and just enjoy every second.  BUT we were wound as tight as ever and it took us several days to finally get into our groove. 





For some reason we put pressure on ourselves when we vacation.  It's a BIG deal for us to go to Hawaii.  It's expensive and we had no idea what to do first.  We didn't know where anything was and I had dropped the ball with having a plan.  Usually I'm on it, but for some reason this time I was a little clueless.





They call it the Big Island for a reason. It's really big!  And really spread out.  There's a lot of driving between places and we were over our heads a bit.  Didn't help that I was pmsing...goodness!  And Honey had a ton of stuff going on inside his world.  We were a little off.  It took some time.





But we eventually started letting go.  We started to not care if we did this or that.  Started to not fuse over sticky sunscreen and gravely sand in uncomfortable places, and it was only then that the fun began and we actually started to flourish.  I took a LOT of pictures girls.  Hope you're ready to go to the Big Island with us:)





Have a blessed day.

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46 comments:

  1. Oh! I am so happy for you Becky! What a fun trip! I love all of your smiles! Outstanding. And those little toesies : ) CUTE! I love your girls!

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  2. great pics so far!! can't wait to see more :) that stinks about the whole pms thing, but so glad you guys got to get away. oh, and NICE legs, girl! wowza!

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  3. By far my favorite Hawaiian island.
    Can't wait to see all your snaps!

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  4. Ooooh, black sand beaches. A little less TOURISM!!! Love Hilo. Love the Big Island. Aloha and Kipa hou mai

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  5. We went to the Big Island last summer for 9 days...feel free to check out my posts about it if you'd like! We had the best time EVER and I'd go back in a heartbeat! Can't wait to read and see more about your exciting adventures!

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  6. Oh, wow. I am sooo jealous. First of all that you had the bravery to go--I don't know if I do, but secondly that you got the chance to relax!! :) So glad you were able to do that... Looks heavenly!

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  7. great great GREAT pics! Glad you were able to relax. your new about me pic is gorgeous!

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  8. How fuuuun! Can't wait to see more pics!

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  9. I was suppose to go to Hawaii when I was a little girl but plans fell through. It has always been a dream of mine to go. It looks so beautiful, so peaceful, so heavenly! Can't wait to see your pictures! Next time you go back, please remember to pack ME! :)

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  10. Well, Everyone sure LOOKS happy. And I am enjoying your photography skills. The yellow flower is mind blowing good. Love it!

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  11. Glad that you settled in to the flourishing part. Fun family memories.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  12. Oh I'm so excited for y'all.
    We love going to Maui in January.
    But this year we went to see family in Kansas instead. Not the same. We missed the Sand and scenery.
    Can't wait to see your pictures!
    Biz

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  13. Yeah, whatever, not jealous at all.

    Oh, is my sobbing bothering anyone?

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  14. I love it!!! And your music is fantastic. I feel like I'm there right now! :) (Listening to Hawaii song.) I want to leave too.... I badly need a vacation, so I'll live vicariously through YOURS!!! Keep those pictures coming girl.

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  15. Youre making me miss home! I head back to Maui at the end of May and I cant wait!! Its so hard to leave though. Next time you go I suggest Kauai as the next island you should try if you havent already. Its much smaller and more beautiful (in my opinion) than the big island.

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  16. Um, can I have your life? I want to travel like you do! ; ) Can't wait to see more and more!

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  17. Ohhhh....I'm so envious! I LOVE Hawaii. I've been to the big Island and it's great, isn't it? So different....parts are so tropical, then other parts look like Texas Hill Country. Did I mentioned, I just LOVE Hawaii. Can't wait to see more pictures. I've added myself as your newest follower and hope you drop in and see me soon. Happy Spring...or, ALOHA!!!

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  18. Oh my goodness... You got to go to Hawaii...again!! Lucky you:) Can't wait to hear all about it (even though I am sooo jealous!

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  19. I love your new profile pic. By far the best one yet!
    I love seeing holiday photos. It allows me to travel the world without leaving home.
    xx

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  20. sounds like a great trip Becky! I can't wait to see all of your photos.

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  21. what a great way to head off the winter blahs!!! the best vacations are filled with rest and relaxing when your wound up tight. perfect.
    I LOVE your latest painting for the missionary family!!!

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  22. We were there last February and loved it. Doug's son got married there so we had fun telling everyone that we HAD to go to Hawaii!
    XO, Cheryl

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  23. Oh, it does my heart GOOD to see you and those beauty full girls! Been thinking of you on your big hoorah. :) Show me more!!

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  24. Sunscreen____check Sunglasses______check I'm ready.

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  25. Never in my life have I wanted to go to Hawaii but you make me want to go!

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  26. What a great idea! Going to HI! That would be a huge trip for me! Glad you all had a wonderful time.
    I like your header!

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  27. Fun! I'm glad you guys had a good time. The Big Island is one of the places I really want to take the kids to. Excited to see all your pics. :)

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  28. Oh Becky..Hawaii!!!!
    Your photos are a m a z i n g!!!!
    Just perfect and it looks like you had a gorgeous time there!!
    I'm ready for the photos!!!!
    And the stories that come with them!!

    Deborah xoxo

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  29. Very cool! Looking forward to more pics and info! Take care, Laura

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  30. Oh Beckie, lucky you. So glad you got in your groove and enjoyed family!

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  31. What beautiful photos of your trip to Hawaii. Please keep them coming. I have never been there and will never be able to go. So I truy enjoyed looking at Hawaii through your eyes.

    Mary

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  32. How fun!!! Totally loving all of your pictures, too!!

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  33. I've been there! It was amazing! Looks like everyone is having a blast!
    Love your Hawaiian music!

    Megan

    (http://1funkywoman.blogspot.com)

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  34. Ahhh the music just made my BP go down 20 points! Sounds like it was heavenly!!

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  35. Yay! I've never been to Hawaii, but have cousins who lived there and a great uncle that gave his life for his country there. :o)

    Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures and SO HAPPY you all had a great time!

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  36. Never been to Hawaii but it's on my bucket list! These special family vacations you are taking will be wonderful memories that your girls will talk about even into their old age. (not sure what old age is, just know it's WAY older than me! he he)

    Flourish is such a beautiful word and it describes who you are well Becky. You always encourage others to flourish with how real you are and how you keep on keepin on no matter what. Thank Y♥U for that!

    ♥Lee Ann

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  37. it's been severl years since we traveled there but i will never forget the beauty. what a wonderful place for you and your sweet family to flourish!

    i love thie pics~

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  38. You should definitely come to Costa Rica!

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  39. Thanks for letting me vacation vicariously through your post--I planned a Big Island family vacation for 2011, but we were unable to see it to fruition. It has been a dream of mine to visit there for many years. Thanks for the lovely pics! Looking forward to hearing more....

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  40. I've been wondering how it went! Can't wait to see all the pics :) and I love the ones I've seen already! Glad you guys got in your groove and everything turned out great.

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  41. I'm so excited! We have several friends on the Big Island but we've never been there! It looks gorgeous!

    Um, are those your long, tan, skinny legs? Please tell me that's a picture of a postcard.

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  42. Oh. I am sooo glad I found your blog tonight. I have something new to read!! This blog is lovely. I live in Iowa and can't wait to get to our farmland. :)

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  43. So nice to know that you were enjoying some sunshine along with me! The pictures are gorgeous Becky and I will come along for the ride ~ as always. xo

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  44. I love your view by the way. I could so sit and write looking at that..and talk to God. I LOVE the picture of you at the end...can't wait to see all of the others. You have new cuffs and I love the flourish one. Now my daughter..the one with 3 kiddos wants one. So I will be ordering some in the future! You know I really just enjoy coming here...happy happy friday
    xo

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