|Our family tree, made by one of my brothers. I found this while snooping around my parents' house on our visit, and had to take a picture. I don't have this detailed of a record anywhere.|
I am still looking through our photos from the trip to Hawaii we made over Thanksgiving. As I was there, I took pictures of things that brought back memories of growing up there. I share them with you here. It's fun to think back on the places, times, people and events that helped shape me into the person I am today. I wonder what you might take pictures if you were to return to where you grew up....
|This is the kitchen. My mom always made our birthday cakes and she made me one this visit.|
|May Day is lei day in Hawai'i. I remember making leis for May day out of plumeria with the long lei needle.|
|That's the condo I grew up in. I made the little label for the doorbell when I was ten or something.|
|This is a collage of my church family growing up. My parents poured everything into these beautiful people, who gave even more back. There were painful times, but I learned so much being in this community, I wouldn't trade it.|
|This was the grocery store that was in my mom's family in Indiana.|
|My parents planted and grew this church, and then quietly left the ministry a few years ago. Dad and mom are the humblest and best example of Christ's love I can think of.|
I love this valley
|There's Mt. Ka'ala, highest point on O'ahu, right near where I grew up.|
That's the shell of a gecko egg in this crack of a coconut tree. Always there were eggs here, and I would look for them whenever I walked by. I was telling my nephew this and he found one, sure enough.
|We sucked the nectar of these flowers and ate it. Not sure if that's poisonous. Hope not. It's sweet.|
I always made sand turtles as a kid. Now Saraiah did!
These are slippers, not flip flops. They were pretty much the only shoes we wore, except when I got my trendy high top converse or the chinatown china doll shoes.
This is miso soup. It is a Japanese broth made with miso paste, which is often made with fermented soybeans. It's is salty and delicious. I had it for the first time in 2nd grade when I was in the hospital because of Pneumonia.