Family by marriage

My husband is 28 years older than I am. I very, rarely admit the exact number of years he is my senior. It is obvious when we are together that there is, in fact, an age difference however, the exact number of years is rarely spoken out loud. When we married almost 15 years ago,… Continue reading Family by marriage

It’s Legal

August 1, 2018 At 8:41 a.m., I officially took my Father's last name! One June 30, 2018, my Dad and my Aunty honored my daughter and I with Hawaiian and Tahitian names. It is difficult to fully explain the emotional experience of being part of such a beautiful naming ceremony (see Our Hawaiian Names post… Continue reading It’s Legal

Heart Break

How do I protect someone's heart when I know the truth will hurt? My Mom was in town visiting. I'm sure she was curious about my time in Hawaii but wasn't pushing for details. She decided to extend her stay and rented a beach house. After dinner, while the kids played and with a glass… Continue reading Heart Break

See you soon

July 22, 2018 My Dad cried tonight. He wouldn't say good-bye only that he would see me soon. He held on tightly telling me my family loved me, my brothers, my Auntys, my Uncles and my cousins and finally that he loved me. This very tall, large Hawaiian man cried telling how much I meant… Continue reading See you soon

Tick Tock

July 17, 2018 My expectations were high for a month in Hawaii. I had planned on soaking up the sunshine, enjoying tropical drinks by the pool, time to reflect, to write, to reconnect with my husband and my daughter, and to get to know my Hawaiian family. After all, I had been through this process… Continue reading Tick Tock