Matt's Corner

189/365: Aloha :)


fresh pineapple & steaming mugs (or seven) of Kona coffee for breakfast, yes please :)
I heart you Kona coffee
I really, really heart you... 



This trip marks our third visit to Hawaii—it goes without saying, but we LOVE it here!

the aquamarine of the ocean, the surf, the sand, the 75 degree ocean water, the slower pace, the diversity, the cuisine, the tropical climate…


we totally dig “the aloha,” 
which is hard to describe, but it’s the lifestyle, the friendliness, the kindness…


the ocean is everywhere… 
morning walks with the love of my life don’t get any better than this…



naps in the sunshine are commonplace here; 
will be taking a page from this guy’s book, yes indeed…


the yummiest second breakfast ;) a girl could get...
 @ the Moana Surfrider with Shawn & Tracy…


out on the veranda, ensconced in the elegance of classic Victorian architecture...
 the sound of the ocean lapping on the shores…



We spent the afternoon driving the island.  A lot, a lot of driving… 
It felt like a crime to be cruising in a car instead of playing at the beach, but this is a necessary evil when one is considering moving to an island...  
Nevertheless, in true Matt & Danielle fashion, we made a time of it—rocking out to the Beach Boys with the windows down… bantering over which way the ipad was telling us to go ;)


Prior to today, we were thinking of taking up residence on the leeward (West) side of the island… specifically, the up-and-coming city of Kapolei… mostly because we could afford decent sized home there… 
It was nice, reminded me of California and its beach towns.  Yea buddy…   


But then (insert drumroll music please) we drove across the beautiful Pali Freeway (Ahem, yes, this freeway is in fact beautiful) till we intersected the Nuuani Pali precipice and the Windward coast unfolded…
Oh my, did the Windward coast unfold—to a region so green and lovely that it could be an island sibling of Tahiti.  It was instantaneous love… ;) 
Thirty seconds in, I turned to Matt, “Now this feels like an island paradise.” 
As we descended slowly down the serpentine freeway, we tried to take it all in—the dramatic ocean views, the rugged mountains, the lush valleys… our excitement perceptibly growing. 


The towns, with their old Hawaii feel, did not disappoint.  Funky little Kailua is lined with million-dollar houses next to tarpaper shacks, antiques shops and bed-and-breakfasts… The incredibly scenic Kaneohe Bay is spiked with islets and lined with gold-sand beach parks…  


That scenery… and that genuine, old Hawaiian, beach-town feel, did us in…


We never went back to the Leeward side. 

We weren’t sure what we could afford on the Windward (east) side, if anything?!?   

Allow me to expand on that last statement, to share with you my latest valuable life lesson. 

The bullet points are this:
è Do not treasure treasure.
è Super-abundance can lead to loss.


You see, the hubby & I have been having some fun ongoing discussion about life…
About what is most important to us?  About what distracts us from those most important things? 
When we moved to California five years ago there were things I thought I wanted… things I think the Lord allowed us to have so that I would, in turn, learn that those things don’t satisfy.  And not only do they not satisfy, they can also entangle…    




And so, though this lesson is new, though my progress is slow, though I have moments of relapse and must remind myself of my bullet point lessons, I am ready…
Ready, for the things I thought were the good things to be replaced by the things that actually are the good things
Ready, to trade in some of the supposed “good life” things—things like cars, houses and material things—for actual good things….
Ready, to live simpler; to shed the distraction and maintenance that “much” requires…




Ready, to stop accumulating an overabundance of earthly treasure.
Ready, to send my treasure on ahead to heaven...