Even though Shanna, Liam, and Abigail weren’t able to join us (we missed them EVERY day!), we enjoyed a wonderful visit with the rest of our family in Hawaii. It was a first for the grandkids, and we were so glad to have them here with us! When they arrived, we greeted them with leis and lots of hugs...so excited for the week ahead!
Sterling and I worked in the mission office during the day while the four families spent time venturing out on excursions like Pearl Harbor, the North Shore, the Laie Temple, or staying at the hotel, playing on the beach and in the pool. Each afternoon we left the office an hour or two early to avoid rush-hour traffic, and we all met up for dinner, dessert, and visiting.
Tuesday afternoon and evening were spent together at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The weather was perfect...a little overcast and cooler temperatures, and we stayed for the night show, which was excellent! It made for a long day, especially for the little ones, but it's one of those things you have to do when you're on Oahu.
Our mission president gave us permission to take Friday off, so we packed our bags (for the first time in over seven months!) and drove to the kids' hotel (about a 45-minute drive) and stayed with them from Thursday evening until Sunday evening. It was awesome…every minute of it!
Highlights for me were watching our grandkids play on the beach while I visited with their parents, playing cards and cuddling with grandkids, and attending church together two Sundays in a row. Aside from the few tears as they left for the airport, being together was pure joy!
I’m so grateful for the opportunity we had to spend time with family and for them to experience a little bit of our mission as well as God’s creations here in Hawaii.