Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sunshine Award

A great big Thank You to Caroline! I've been super emotional the past two days and this was just what I needed to wake up to this morning. Start off the day nice and light!

1. Night Owl or Early Bird?
I'm a Night Owl, it's true, but I would much rather be an Early Bird! I always feel so accomplished when I wake up early and get things done, as opposed to staying up late and waking up exhausted the next day.

2. How many languages do you speak?
Just one! I have a few words from three or four other languages that are a regular part of my vocabulary, but nothing even close to fluency. I would, however, love to learn French for my next trip to Europe.
3. Where were you born?
Absolutely thrilled to be able to say I was born in Paradise: Hawaii!! Although I only lived there for the first two years of my life, my tie to the place of my birth is very strong. My parents both moved to Hawaii with their extended families in grade school. Hawaii is where, by the grace of God, they met, fell in love, married, and began building a family. If given the chance, I would love to move my family to Hawaii for even a few years. There's no place like home!
4. What are you most thankful for in 2013?
The first thing I think of is, of course, Baby Aaron! But, really, I'm more thankful for the way the Lord strengthened my faith and marriage as we went through treatment. He brought us this pregnancy in His way and in His time. God's way is always so  much better than mine!

5. What is something you have never done, but would love to try?
Gosh! Although pretty tame compared to R, I feel like I've lived a very rich and (creatively) adventurous life! As for goals or unfinished projects, I would like to finally finish my degree, learn to surf, and learn to play more than one song on guitar. I would also like to attend culinary school and design school, just for fun!
6. Warm or cold weather?
Another hard one! I don't like to be sweaty but I don't like to be freezing, either. 72* year round sounds just lovely. Of course, Honolulu is pretty much 85* year round. I'll take it!
7. Youngest, Middle, Oldest or Only child?
I'm the oldest child and have one sibling. Although we were at each others throats a good amount of the time growing up, I'm so glad to say my sister and I are now best friends.
8. Do you have any nieces or nephews?
I have one adorable niece! Baby M was born this past February and is totally awesome.
9. Music or TV/Movies?
Goodness! I was a music major in college and still love to sing. I prefer music when I'm feeling emotional - whether fragile or full of joy. Music also makes the long car rides so much fun! But I fall asleep watching cartoons every night and have quite a movie collection. I would say that music stimulates/comforts me and TV/Movies help put me to sleep.
10. Beach or Mountains?
ARGH! Why must we make all these decisions?! I love the beach AND the mountains. Again, Hawaii has both!! Obviously, we need to move...

Hee! Thank you so much for something light today! And now, I have some questions for you:
  1. Sweet or savory?
  2. What is your favorite season and why?
  3. Favorite Bible verse or inspirational quote?
  4. Favorite outdoor activity?
  5. Favorite indoor activity?
  6. Any book recommendations?
  7. Do you dye your hair? If so, why and do you remember your natural hair color?
  8. Any tattoos? If so, what is the significance behind them?
  9. What has been the most significant moment/realization of your journey to parenthood this year?
  10. What are you hoping to find under the tree this Christmas?
Now, maybe it's just me, but I love providing you all with my answers to these questions, too! So, here we go:
1. Sweet or savory?
Sweet, all the way!

2. What is your favorite season and why?
 I love autumn! I think it's all of the years living without "real" seasons in Florida. The cold sneaking in during October always makes me smile!

3. Favorite Bible verse or inspirational quote?
 Ephesians 3:20 (MSG): God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
4. Favorite outdoor activity?
Gardening! Honestly, I absolutely love planting, whether it's bulbs in the Fall, pansies in Winter, or veggies in Spring/Summer. Add in the fact that Little K wants to be out there helping and I'm a happy momma!

5. Favorite indoor activity?
Reading by the fire in Fall/Winter. I feel like I'm sitting in an old photograph!

6. Any book recommendations? (Provide links, if possible!)
My favorite prolific writer is Anne McCaffrey. She writes Sci-Fi with very strong female characters. I especially love her Talent Series. (Link is to first of five books.)
For Christian allegory, I highly recommend Robin Hardy. I've read The Annals of Lystra original trilogy and the Strieker Saga original trilogy. Both are fantastic!

7. Do you dye your hair? If so, why and do you remember your natural hair color?
I've been dying my hair since high school! Originally, it was just for fun but my paternal grandmother went gray VERY early and guess who got her genes? I dye my hair every 4 weeks. I'm naturally very dark brown and dye my roots to match my natural color.

8. Any tattoos? If so, what is the significance behind them?
I have several tattoos. My favorite is a large cluster of plumeria with leaves on my left hip. The leaves are for my parents and the three flowers represent me, my sister, and Little K. Once I'm done breastfeeding, I will be adding two buds: one for Baby M and another for Aaron.

9. What has been the most significant moment/realization of your journey to parenthood this year?
Going into our IUI cycle and knowing that, whatever the outcome, it would be God's plan for us and I would be okay. The peace that came with leaving everything in the Lord's hand was overwhelming and brought incredible comfort. Even now, I'm daily leaving my worries in His hand and love watching how creative our God is as He meets our needs!

10. What are you hoping to find under the tree this Christmas?
Honestly, this diaper bag! R and I do stockings plus one gift for each other and this is the only thing I've asked for. 

Some nominations for those of you who regularly comment (minus Caroline and Erika since ya'll are already taken care of!): 

JustMe at Bits and Pieces
Mrs. Lost at Where is That Bird?
Sara-Lynn at Wild Island Love
Gypsy Mama at The Gypsy Mama

If I've forgotten you, please post anyway!!

Now, I know some of you may have already received this or are, like, about to give birth. This isn't to stress you out! Hopefully, you enjoy the freedom of an easy, fun post. Comment back here so we can go see your answers!

1 comment:

  1. Yep, I'm registered for that same diaper bag, only the bright blue one. I gave it a test drive in Buy Buy Baby-- the straps are SO comfy!! I did not know about your Hawaiian heritage- so cool!!