Hawaii 2010

Our very last day we were delighted to see a huge pod of dolphins in the bay off the marina in Kona

Not sure why we even packed clothes…they wore these every single day!

Rylee and Nana stenciled their very own Hawaii aprons to bring home

Little buddy cousins Isaac and Audrey enjoyed countless hours of digging and grabbed snacks in between

Audrey fell head over heels in love with her Daddy these past two weeks

My dad trying to keep up with his son-in-law on the boogie boards

Kyler with his lei at the hula

Pretty sure the main reason my dad sprung for this convertible mustang was these two little boys (they dubbed it the “Supercar”)

We got a personal coffee tour from this darling man who planted 40,000 coffee plants in 1984 with his wife and now runs Bayview Coffee farm – incredible, pure Kona coffee

They let us try our hand at cracking mac nuts at the coffee farm…

And they handed us a bag and told us to pick as many oranges as we could eat!

Audrey giving Nana some love

Our last beach day, we hiked into Honomalino Bay, a  black sand beach nestled in a grove of coconut trees…..really no words for how lovely it was

Caleb loved piling coconut shells and palm fronds into forts!

For my parents/sister’s families last night there, we went out to the Kona Brewery for a tremendously fun dinner, Ruby got decked out in her baby bling, bracelet and all, for the occasion!

It was probably the most fun dining out experience we have ever had, honest, we hardly wanted to leave.

Our table was tucked in the back and we had room for a dance party!

Our fam on some lava where the Kona airport used to be….before it was bowled over by hot lava

Rylee and Auntie Stephie getting peeked at by a sea turtle at our favorite beach, Pu’uhonua o Honaunau, Rylee did not share in her mother’s snorkeling fear and would watch fish and turtles swim with me until she was plum tuckered out…I was totally amazed at her little 7 year old self.

My dad did an incredible job facilitating the “Gospel in the sand”…every day the kids learned a piece of God’s story experientially through sand stories, it was awesome.

The two most amazing parents anyone could have.  Their love for Jesus and for family inspire and bless our socks off.  Their willingness to share their timeshare with their kids and 6 grand kids ages 7 and under was beyond generous.  This was the trip of a lifetime for us.  Though a ton of work traveling with so many little ones, we cherished the absolute gift it was to all be together and share in such beauty.

Comments

kimberly

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful…there are no words. Thank you for sharing a smidgen of your trip with all of us. You all look AMAZING!

Danielle

What, I didn’t know you guys saw dolphins! So cool. We are definitely going through family withdrawals here not seeing you all every day. Can’t wait to do it again when Ruby can join in the cousin fun…and new baby Strovas too.

Jon Sween

Yesterday I spent the day driving around the city in tears of gratitude to God for the family he has given me. I am a blessed man to have three incredible daughters who love Jesus, two fantastic son-in-laws that I love deeply and six grandkids that are a delight to be with (and one on the way). Lets do something again in a few years to build family memories and pass on the Christian heritage that defines our family.

clanmckinnon

Family trips are so special…and in HAWAII?! Could it get any better? One of my fondest childhood memories is of a trip with all my aunts, uncles & cousins to Tahoe when I was 16 and I will always treasure it.
You are looking glowingly pregnant!

mom

Every time I look at these pics, I am so grateful to God for giving us this precious time together. I hope the memories linger for at least the older grandkids for a lifetime. Dad and I feel so blessed by the family God is making us into.

Steph

….and maybe a hubby for me next time, too 😉 I have tears in my eyes after reading what Karissa wrote about Mom and Dad and then reading what the two of them wrote. I am beyond blessed to be a part of this family. We are flawed and broken like everyone, but have the most amazing bonds and relationships with each other that I am incredibly grateful for. I am thrilled at the idea of more trips like this in future for our entire family! Thank you Mom & Dad for providing this experience and for being the best parents, friends, grandparents and examples of what it truly looks like to further the kingdom of God. Love you all.

Kelly Czech

Great pictures, really amazing. Thank God for this memory. kelly

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