Monday, August 3, 2009


(this heart-shaped parchment clipart
designed by Anastasia Maksymenko, edit by me)

(clipart by FeaturePics, edit by me)
*I aspire to encourage those around me...*

There are so many scripture verses that are uplifting and encouraging. The following verse was and is dear to my heart. In 2005, during our son's challenging time with cancer chemotherapy treatments, this verse was one of great encouragement & hope, as well as it brought peace & comfort.

(clipart found on google search, edit by me)
Jeremiah 29:11 is such an encouraging verse for any situation.

Blessings & Aloha!
(I have mentioned this before, but would like to again. I sign off with "Blessings" for I pray that these are abundant in your life.
and "Aloha" because although Aloha means many things, "love & affection" are the sentiments I close with.

Aloha. 1. Aloha, love, affection, compassion, mercy, sympathy, pity, kindness, sentiment, grace, charity; greeting, salutation, regards; sweetheart, lover, lover, loved one; beloved, loving, kind, compassionate, charitable, lovable; to love, be fond of; to show kindness, mercy, pity, charity, affection; to venerate; to remember with affection; to greet, to hail. Greetings! Hello! Good-by! Farewell! Alas!


[Alo = presence, front, face] + [ = breath]

"The presence of (Divine) Breath."

****I missed last week's blog I hope you don't mind :o) I am slipping in some of our favorite KID PHOTOs of our 3 Hawaiian Sweethearts...Mr. B's sister made all the ti leaf skirts****

Our Hula honey, Keiki Wahine #1, aka "TheLuckiestMrs."

7 months old

Our Hula honey, Keiki Wahine #2, aka "LittleMiss".

7 months old
(this was a glossy photo from my wallet, so there is a slight reflection)

Our Ukelele Baby, Keiki Kane, aka "Heartbreaker".

7 months old
(with his Daddy's Kamaka Ukelele)

Oops! I'm also adding:
My brother (this is one, taken in Taiwan, that I happened to have. All his baby pics are at my dad's).

My sister (she is 9 months younger than our older daughter :o)
(this was taken at my parent's home in WI @ 3.5 yrs old, when we visited...and this hula cutie wasn't too sure about dressing up like this :o)

Thank you for stopping by and please leave a comment, before you continue on with the blog hop!

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Connie said...

I appreciate you visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. I know what you mean about checking out a new blog and sitting in fromt of it for a while to check out all the posts!
Yours is a beautiful blog and for being new at it, you have done much and have many followers!

Such beautiful pictures of beautiful children! I love the scripture from Jeremiah. We do need to trust the Lord.

I hope your week is filled with blessings and love.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures!!! Blessings and aloha to you as well :-)

Unknown said...

Just stopping by to say hello! Loved the post! Beautiful photos! Have a wonderful week!


Tim said...

These pics are too cute!

I just love coming here as it always bring back so many fond memories of our 6 trips to the islands.

We cannot wait to go back!

Love, Prayers, and Aloha!


Katie said...

Those pictures in the leaf skirts are just too precious. I love them and what a great memory. Plus your ukelele boy is pretty cute too. It's so fun to see them little after seeing their all grown up pics.

Myra @ My Blessed Life said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I love the cute photos of your children!

Pineapple Princess said...

You have such a beautiful family! You are super blessed!! :)

April said...

wow - for being new to blogging - you have quite a bit more traffic than I did already today :)

Thanks for stopping by. I love the Ukelele baby photo! That face is priceless!

This was my first week for "Make Me Laugh" I hope with time, it will become more popular. You are welcome to join at anytime!!

confused homemaker said...

Great photos & I love the words of encouragement on the parchment paper.

Kristen Sambs said...

Bing, I love how much you have gotten into this bogging thing...I have not reached this level yet.

I love looking at all the pics and stories you post, especially about the family (and pics of my sweet sailor).

Love you

Kristen Sambs said...

Bing, I love how much you have gotten into this bogging thing...I have not reached this level yet.

I love looking at all the pics and stories you post, especially about the family (and pics of my sweet sailor).

Love you

GypsyFox said...

What a GORGEOUS post!!!!!! I swear your blog makes me feel like doing something creative & going to Hawaii ;-) have a great one LOVE the baby pics!

Debbie Petras said...

Oh, I love those photos of the children and am so glad you included them.

The Scriptures of encouragement on parchment were awesome. I think you have the gift of encouragement. Even from the short time I've followed your blog, I can see that. And I love that about you. :)

So glad I stopped by to visit on this blog hop. Aloha back to you and many blessings too.

HeatherOz said...

I really loved your post! I think I will have to use the words from the "Encourage" sign in scrapbook page or something. And I'm so glad you added some pictures! Those are such great photos! Darling little hawaiian babies!

Unknown said...

Hi - you are so precious!

Thank you for always leaving such encouraging comments for me to find.

I truly appreciate every single one.

I loved the photos and your verse today! You have such a beautiful family!

Love and blessings Jill

Valerie said...

Excellent reminders and sweet photo's. God has used you today to help remind me of His Word and His promises.

Life with Old One is getting tough. I worry so much about the choices he is making and if he is taking too many steps away from the Father. He wants so much to be independent and yet has no concept of responsibility and how that fits into the picture! Sometimes being a parent is so hard. I don't care much for spiritual battles, but I know that make us stronger (if we let them)

Have a wonderful day!

Christi S said...

I'm right there with you on that Bible verse! It is one of my favorites as well. I had no idea that your son had had cancer....what an ordeal and test of faith that must have been!! Thank you so much for your kind words about my made my day! :)

anythinggoeshere said...

Look at those little cuties and such sweet sentiments. You have a lovely and inspiring blog. Happy Wednesday!

Tina said...

Thank you for the beautiful words...I realy needed that today!

Loved the darn cute!

Thanks for always coming by to say hi....


xinex said...

Your keikis are so beautiful, and so are the scriptures!....Christine

xinex said...

It's me again! I forgot to answer your questions. I have been traveling for about the last 10 years now. I bought the coin bracelet with the coins already attached.....Christine

SnoWhite said...

very cool! Thanks for sharing these thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Those are the cutest little skirts ever! Love your encourage "poem" too!

ceb said...

Hey mom! this post was so cute and i love the encourage quotes... in fact, that was just what i needed to read after a longggg day of class where i was super tired! (and it's only been the first week back! :) i love you so much and you always have encouraged us with love our entire lives! oh and i also love your previous post with your polish pottery. you truly have so many pieces. haha!

Alisha Harris said...

Great verse! Glad you chose that one, it really sums up life. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

momstheword said...

What beautiful children you have. Love the picture of your sis too, she looks a little concerned, lol!

I can't imagine how difficult it must have been to have a child with cancer. I am sure that the Lord was very near to you. He is such a comfort and is so faithful. I am so glad that you son is well!

That verse is my husband's lifeverse, and I have always loved it as well.

Thank you for your sweet comments, my friend. Glad I could make you laugh!

Mama Byrd said...

Hi, Thanks for stopping by on blog hop day. I love your pictures, how adorable. I hope to see more of your blog, I am following. I haven't been blogging that long, I think I started in Dec. It is fun and contagious!

Be blessed,


Melissa Lester said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I have enjoyed visiting you here. You are so talented. I looked around a bit and was so impressed with your sketches. The drawing of the man and dog was so neat, and I was amazed when I clicked on one of the photos for a close-up to see that you had used their names. That is so clever and special! And that mug you made for your husband was so sweet. I appreciate your thoughtfulness for details, like putting the mushy terms on his side of the mug. So glad I stopped by! Now I'll be a follower of yours too!

Sarah said...

You encouraged me today! Thank you for sharing your heart, His words.

Keep writing, the world is reading.

Blessings from Costa Rica,
Sarah Dawn

Kim said...

Look at you - this will be your 30th comment! Way to go! And what awesome pictures - those skirts are amazing!

Tammy said...

Thank you. I enjoyed reading all three, but the scripture verse was truly touching.

Great pics.

2003beachbunch said...

Thanks for hopping by my blog. And also for your families service as well. Military life most definitely has its ups and downs so I respect anyone who can do it! Love your blog. (The Hawaiian pics are ADORABLE!) We have friends currently stationed there and are hoping to visit before they leave! I'll have to take a look at your sketches....wish I was talented with that :-)

Krissy Lynnae said...

love the photos. You blog looks great and I am glad to see you got the scrolling marquee up.

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