100 Posts

I like to celebrate milestones in our life and in our marriage, so why not on our website as well?  I noticed when I finished my last post that we have now written and published 100 posts (this one makes 101).

On average, we have written a post every 5.6 days.  January is the month of most writing with an average of 10 posts per month.  July might come in second place, but we have only been through 1 full July since having the site.

It is so nice to look back at the things we have done and what we were thinking. We hope to keep them coming by the hundreds.  Thanks for reading!  Enjoy all 100 of them!

Lifetime and Eternity

Ok, I hate to admit it, but I watched that show on Lifetime called Drop Dead Diva, and I kinda liked it.  It is about this cute model who dies, and when a gate keeper is trying to decide whether she should go to heaven or hell, the girl hits a button to make her go back to earth.  The twist is that she returns into the body of an overweight, not as cute, girl, Jane. Now, she has to pretend that she is Jane, who is smart and a lawyer.  It is actually a pretty cute and funny show.  The actress who plays Jane does a really good job of trying to be this self-centered model trapped in a plus-sized woman’s body.

When the girl first dies on the show, the gate keeper looks on a computer and can’t determine where she should go because she has done just as many good things as bad things, so there is this straight line across the computer screen.  I know I used to think that that’s how it worked: you do more good than bad, you go to heaven.  The only problem with that is, who decides what’s good enough and what’s bad enough?  If it’s us, well, we can always find someone worse than us.  And if it’s God, well, we could never reach the perfection of God.  Thankfully for us, that’s not how it works!  We do not work for our spot in heaven.  Grace is given to us by our Father.

In Bible, it says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

So, what the show really should have looked like is this.  The gatekeeper looks at the computer, and he doesn’t see “Was she good or bad?”  He turns on the screen, and looks: “Did she love Jesus?”

Birthday Fun

I had a wonderful birthday!

The celebrating started on Monday, when my mom and dad stopped in Bowling Green on their way back to Louisville from Atlanta.  They showed up at my door with a balloon and cupcakes.  It was so sweet…literally! The cupcakes were delicious.  We met Chad at Mariah’s for lunch and then came back to the house where they gave me some nice gifts.  It was a good visit, even though it was short.  I will see them again this weekend when I go to Louisville.

Tuesday (my actual birthday), Chad woke me up by bringing me breakfast in bed.  The menu was the same as last year, but this year he brought me two dozen pink and red roses.  They were beautiful, and it is the best way to be woken up.  During Chad’s lunch break, I met him at AT&T to get my birthday present, an iPhone.  Now I can have something to play with when Chad’s on his.

That evening, I had a couple girls over for a bible study.  My friend, Jaclyn, surprised me with a cookie cake.  She didn’t even know that I like them.  I thought that was very sweet.  We enjoyed our study and talking over cookie.

After the girls left, Chad pulled out a Blizzard ice cream cake that he had ordered for me.  It was Tagalong flavor.  Can you tell that I like sweets?  Even Quiznos sent me a coupon for a free cookie.  We decided to wait until after dinner to dig in.  Then, he surprised me with another gift, a makeup mirror.  I thought it was precious because he was able to remember that I have wanted one from a long time ago.  It was months ago that I told him how, if I don’t do my makeup in the closet, I have to move my full length mirror to another room or use a tiny little compact mirror.  He actually wrote it down, so he could remember to get it for me.  How sweet!

Next, Chad and I went to Red Lobster for dinner.  Chad doesn’t usually want to go there, so I took advantage of getting to choose.  He loved it, though.  He really likes the lobster pizza.  We came home and enjoyed the blizzard cake.  It was sooooooo good.  I really liked it.  The rest of the evening was spent just relaxing with my hubby.  It was a wonderful birthday!  Thanks, everybody!

Kine and Kaka in Hawaii

While in Hawaii, we discovered that our names in Hawaiian are Kaka (Chad) and Kine (Jennie).  Here are all the details about our trip!

On Friday, June 12th, Kaka and I, along with Kaka’s sister and brother-in-law, Ashley and Brock, left for vacation in Hawaii.  (I don’t know anyone else’s Hawaiian names).  We flew to Dallas, and after missing our connecting flight, got on standby for the next flight, which we eventually made it on.  It was kind of fun running through the airport trying to make our original flight.  We finally took the 7 and a half hour flight to Oahu.

We got there and headed for our hotel in Waikiki, where we met up with Kaka’s dad, Jerry, his step mom, Peggy, and her children, Laura and Brad.  Jerry and Peggy had already been there a week, and Laura and Brad had only been there for a day.  We didn’t do much that first day because we were pretty tired.  Hawaii is 5 hours behind our time, so we ended up going to bed at 7:30 that night.

The next day, we headed to our ship, The Pride of America, for our cruise to the Hawaiian islands.  On the way to the cruise, our driver let us stop by Da Kine Bail Bonds where Dog the Bounty Hunter works.

Here we are in our cute little cabin.

We spent 1-2 days on each of the islands we went to.  It was a lot of fun!  I’ll give you a recap of the things we did each day.

Sunday-Maui:

First, we went to the Iao Valley and saw the Iao Needle.


We went to a beach that I can’t remember the name of.  It was very pretty, but hot.  We didn’t want to get too gross because we were going to a luau that night and wouldn’t have time to go back to the ship.

That night, we went to a luau in Old Lahaina.  It was beautiful there, right on the beach.  We received leis as we arrived, and we had all the food and drinks we wanted.

We got to see them take the pig out of the ground, and they later served it in the buffet.  I had low expectations for the food because I just didn’t know what to expect.  I knew they would have pork and spam (yuck!), but I didn’t know if I would like anything else.  To my surprise, I really liked a lot of the food.  I was glad because it really made the luau one of my favorite things.  They also had a show with dancers as they shared the history of Hawaii.

Monday-still in Maui:

Jerry drove us up to a lookout of the Haleakala crater.  We went 10,000 feet in elevation on winding roads.  It was not a very fun drive, but I think Brad had it worst.  He road on a cooler in between 2 seats in the van.  These pictures are on the way up to the crater.

When we got to the top, it was pretty cold and windy, so Laura and I covered up with our beach towels.  There was a wedding going on while we were there.  It was very pretty, but it looked like the bride was going to lose her veil at any moment.

After the crater, we had a picnic at a beach.  Jerry, Brock, and Kaka went to walk around a little town while the rest of us tried to lay out.  It was very windy and we kept getting pelted with sand.  We had to move 3 times before we found a tolerable spot.  Peggy’s hat flew off and went pretty far down the beach before Ashley caught up with it.  Once we got settled, it was nice and very pretty.  If you look close in this first picture, you can see the sand blowing.


Tuesday-Hilo (on the Big Island):

The first place we visited was Punalu’u Beach, a black sand beach-very cool!  It was really neat to see all this sand created from volcano lava and some of the rocks that looked like flowing lava.  It’s something you don’t see many places in this world.  This was also the first place we saw a sea turtle.  It looked very ill and almost dead except for when it blinked.

Next, we went to Volcano National Park and saw Kīlauea Volcano from afar.  You could see the gases coming up from this active volcano.  Naturally, we couldn’t get that close for safety reasons.  We also went in a lava tube, through which lava used to flow.  It looked a lot like a cave.

Next, we saw Rainbow Falls-pretty.

Wednesday-Kona (on the Big Island):

All Kaka and I did this day was go to Turtle Bay where we went snorkeling.  It was very cool… and free. One of the crew told us about this place that you could see lots, and we only had to pay for our snorkel equipment.  Turtles would swim right up to the shore.  There were lots of pretty fish, even prettier than in Jamaica.

Thursday-Kauai:

Went to Waimea Canyon.  It’s not what you would picture when you think of Hawaii.  There is a waterfall in the distance that you can see.

Went to Poipu Beach to see Spouting Horn, a lava tube that shoots water into the air whenever a wave comes in.  This area of Hawaii was beautiful!  I thought this was the most gorgeous area we saw.  Spouting Horn was pretty cool too, and we saw more sea turtles swimming near the rocks.

Next, we went to the Kauai Coffee Company.  I don’t like coffee, but it was so beautiful there and smelled great.  They gave away free samples of the different types of coffee to try.

Friday-still in Kauai:

This was our last full day on the cruise.  We were still in Kauai, but we didn’t have a car, so we didn’t get off the ship.  There weren’t anymore places that we really wanted to see, so we went to the pool, drank some fruity drinks served in pineapples, ate lunch, played BINGO, went to an art auction (hoping to win a raffle), and played water volleyball.  The water volleyball was so much fun!  Kaka, Brock, Ashley, Brad, and I all played with others against the crew.  We were awesome and won.  It was a blast.

That evening, the shipped sailed past the beautiful Napali coastline.  It was very pretty at sunset, and there had been a rainbow earlier.  It was nice to look at, but also fun because it was very windy on the deck of the ship.  I had a hard time keeping my dress down and my hair out of my face.

Saturday-Back to Honolulu:

Disembarked the ship and went back to our hotel in Waikiki.  We walked around and checked out the shops and the International Market Place.

Later that night, we took our family picture on the beach and said goodbye to Laura and Brad, who headed home.

Sunday-Waikiki:

We took a bus to Pearl Harbor to the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial.  It was very beautiful there, and it was interesting that the memorial was built right over the ship.  Most of the men are still there where they died, and the ship still leaks oil to this day.

When we got back, we had lunch at Duke’s and tried the famous hula pie.  It was good, but I’m not a huge fan of Macadamia nuts (which are very high in calories).

Later that afternoon, we went to Waikiki beach, which was only two blocks away, to lay out and swim.  You could see Diamond Head from the beach.  The ocean was great.  You could go out very far and still touch the bottom.  The water was super clear and the waves were kind of big.  We wished we knew how to surf or at least had a boogie board.

Monday- Waikiki:

Our last day 🙁

We did our last minute shopping and headed to the airport to go home.

After the long flight, we were so glad to be back.  It took quite a while to get back on the Bowling Green schedule.  Hawaii is 5 hours earlier than us.  So, when we got back, we couldn’t fall asleep until 2, 3, or 4 in the morning.  I think we are finally getting back on track.

We had such a great time, but it’s good to be home.  I really hope to go back again.  It sounds like my parents are up for a trip, so maybe there will be another visit in the future.