Y is for…

A Verse Hid in Our HeartsY is for
“You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine.” Exodus 19:4,5

A Hymn to Impart“The God of Abraham Praise”

How Our Week Was Spent
My brother, Nate, is an excellent piano player and swimmer and reader. And he loves snorkeling. He is a skillful hockey player
and he can run very fast and now that he is 7 he is better at all of those things. Happy Birthday, Nathan! (Joel, 8 1/2).

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As Samuel grows up, I have noticed that he’s learning more and more amazing skills, including all sorts of things, like riding a skateboard, catching a ball, swimming, running, playing tennis, and a countless number of activities. The thing that I think stands out among all of those things is his love for his younger brother, Gideon. Every morning I see him lying in Mom and Dad’s bed hugging him and sometimes even singing him a song. Happy Birthday, Sam! Hope you enjoy being 5! (Titus, 10).

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Teacher’s Two-Cents
To Our Neighbors,
It’s the week after the party and two little boys are still basking in the glow of cupcakes and presents and a fun time with friends. And even though they may not realize it now, someday they are going to figure out that the real magic of the evening was in the people that were gathered together on their behalf. We are so blessed to live in this beautiful place surrounded by neighbors who care so much about our boys.
So this thank you is not just for taking time out of your day to celebrate and for the good food and gifts and even for indulging a proud mama by participating in some corny games. This thank you is for each of you who have provided meals, given lessons, offered rides, doled out treats, played games, babysat, repaired scooters, hosted hot-dog roasts and recitals, told stories, led hikes, been lifeguards, lit paths, chased bike thieves, cheered rink-side and at races, shared sunsets tolerated all our noise, looked out for, spoken kind words, saved recyclables and pennies, and even delivered newspapers morning after morning folded with the comics in front right where little eyes can find them. You are more than just good neighbors, you are OHANA.
The hardest part about moving to Hawaii was leaving the most wonderful family in the world behind. Thank you for filling that void and showing true ALOHA to five little boys and their eternally grateful parents. God bless you all. Tom and Julie.
The Birthday Boys

The Birthday Boys

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10 responses »

  1. Wonderful words for the OHANA in Hawaii. God indeed fills the void through His provision … our hearts overflow with gratefulness and joy in the times you share with all of your Kona ‘family’ . . . those 5 precious boys experiencing countless memories across the ocean . . . give them a physical hug from me . . . we miss the times with you as a mom and dad and Opa & Opa . . . But, we praise the Lord for your friends and neighbors who have embraced you as ‘family’, and you also have embraced . . . we are blessed by their sincere expressions of love to all of you . . . and rejoicing with deepest appreciation for OHANA in Kona!!!!

  2. This entry might be my favorite one ever. Fun to hear the older two boys celebrating their younger two brothers with such thankfulness. These kids have been blessed AND they are a blessing. Nice job, Julie!

  3. Well, I’m sniffling because you are on “Y”… boo hoo! 😉 This post just melts my heart! Love your boys’ tributes to their brothers! I am thankful for the special people the Lord has placed in your life in Hawaii, and I’m thankful for the special friend He’s placed in mine! Xxxx!

    • It’s true…Only 1 more post to go. But we still have quite a bit of school work to finish up, including getting ready for standardized testing. I’m super thankful as well for the friends I’ve made via this blog…especially you!

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