August 31, 2008

Psalm 42

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(note: this is a fresh water stream emptying into the ocean)

As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for Thee, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
While they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"
These things I remember, and I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God,
With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.

Wailua Falls1

Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence.
O my God, my soul is in despair within me;
Therefore I remember Thee from the land of the Jordan,
And the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep at the sound of Thy waterfalls;
All Thy breakers and Thy waves have rolled over me.
The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime;
And His song will be with me in the night,
A prayer to the God of my life.

Wailua Falls2

I will say to God my rock, "Why hast Thou forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?"
As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me,
While they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"
Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance, and my God.

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August 30, 2008

I'm not kidding...

These critters -- all varieties of them -- were EVERYWHERE on Kauai.

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August 29, 2008

Just Another Day in Paradise...

the last day, to be precise. As this posts, we're hopping on our red-eye flight back home. This vacation has been beyond wonderful. But, to be going back home --so refreshed-- is really good, too.

Moala a Bay1

Moala a Bay2

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August 28, 2008

The Making of a Post...

By: The Big Dude. aka Engineer Extraordinaire.



It's complicated, I tell ya.

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August 27, 2008

What they're looking at...

Alternative Title: Why the Big Dude loves where we live...


CHEERLEADER CAMP!!! 4 weekends each summer...
Me: sighing, while rolling my eyes.
It's a good thing my self-esteem is pretty healthy.

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August 26, 2008

Where in the World...?

OMGosh!!! It's quite possible I've been spoiled forevermore. I'll never waterski in a more wonderful, beautiful, perfect place, ever...

notice: the palm shadows on the Wailua River water

First up: The Big Dude

That's the ocean on the other side of that bridge, but this is a fresh water river.

My turn:


"Memories to last a lifetime"?!? That rental car guy had NO idea...

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Where in the World...?

Sunrise in Kapaa from our room (oh yeah, cause we're still on Cali time!)

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Kapaa sunrise2

And we're hitting the road in our rental car (NOT the "make-memories-for-a-lifetime" convertible that the nice rental man tried to upsell us to. Poor sales dude. He didn't know I already had that "convertible" money set aside for a waterski ride... priorities, People, priorities...)


See the Big Dude? He's the driver. Always. I like being a professional passenger! And see me? I'm the one with the camera. :-) And see the beautiful blue sky thru our sunroof? And the beautiful leis we got at the airport? Vacationing is sooo much fun.

note: My photo uploader plug-in is malfunctioning. Thus, the funky photo sizes. Hope I can fix that soon...

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Mystery Hint (total giveaway?)...





What ARE they looking at?

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August 25, 2008

Where in the World...?

clue #4: If this doesn't give it all away, then the next set will for sure...

So many dangers!

Waimea Canyon1

Good thing the Big Dude was wearing a bright shirt!
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Waimea Canyon4

Waimea Canyon2

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Where in the World...?

clue #3: It has rained on us both days we've been here. And it's been sunny, too. It's incredibly beautiful, no matter the weather...


See me? Don't I look happy and relaxed?!? Oh. You can't tell from my shadow? Trust me. I'm happy and relaxed and don't even mind that I'm getting wet.

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Where in the World...?

next clue: Here's the fancy place where we had lunch yesterday. Berry yogurt sundae, mmmm....


Prettiest dang setting I've ever seen for a Costco...

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Where in the World ...

are Susan and the Big Dude? (why not have two mysteries at once???)

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clue: these things (all sizes, all varieties) are ALL over the place, roaming free...

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Mystery Image...

Alternative Title: The Intricacies Involved in an Engineer Creating a Blog Post...


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August 24, 2008


Fall. Winter. Spring. Summer

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven --
A time to give birth, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to tear down, and a time to build up.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search, and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time for war, and a time for peace.

What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils?
I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.
He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.
I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one's lifetime;
moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor -- it is the gift of God.
I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-14

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August 22, 2008


The Big Dude tells me the other day: "Boys are just REALLY competitive. If they don't win, they're going to accuse the other guy of cheating."


And that's all I've got to say 'bout that. (read in your best inner Forrest Gump voice)

postscript added: The Big Dude just raised his eyebrow and said, "Hmmm, short on pictures today?"
And in my head I said, "Shyeah. Cause it makes a more powerful impact by standing out as different than what I normally do."

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August 20, 2008

The Day Has Come.

The axe has dropped.




Or more specifically, the scissors have snipped.


Nope. No "after" pictures to post. Y'know how dogs are sometimes a little embarrassed after their coat has been shaved?
Yeah. It's a little bit like that.

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August 19, 2008

Last two - A Beautiful Mama...

with a beautiful Mama's heart. Waiting expectantly...



What an honor it was to have the privilege to take these photos.

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