Burning Out; Burning Bright

Burnt Out; Burning Bright

Contrary to evidence otherwise, I haven’t slipped out the back door of this blog never to appear again. Life just got incredibly full for awhile–the kind of full that results from blizzard after blizzard pushing plans this way and that until they all have to happen in a much more rapid succession than anyone planned. There have been great highs, unexpected lows–but mostly, it’s just been ridiculously busy.

Finally, I’m catching my breath.

As I write this, I’m sitting in a cottage on the east side of Oahu, the island on which I grew up. Trade winds are pushing their way through the Ti leaf plants and then past the curtains. The clouds are threatening rain, which, at this point, is a little like an adorable child trying (unsuccessfully) to be frightening. We love the fat, warm raindrops and the rainbows that come afterward. I love that someone is mowing their grass right now–how many days have passed since the last time I heard that sound?

This is the third year James has come home with me, and for the first time we aren’t skidding across the island, trying to cram in visits with friends and family. After the year of hospital stays, Lyme disease, huge projects, a gigantic office move (for James), and storm after storm, we made the decision to actually do in Hawaii what normal people do: relax.

I have big news to share with you in a few days, but for the time being I’ll be hanging out with my favorite people–my family–eating delicious things, hanging out on the beach, and generally remembering what it’s like to breathe again.

Love, Joy

P.S. Some of my favorite places on Oahu.

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  1. After seeing y’all get dealt so many blows over the past year, I’m so glad you finally have a chance to relax! I hope things continue to improve from here on out. : )

  2. Good for you!! Relax! Breathe! You’ve earned it after your crazy year! Love you and thinking of you!!

  3. Yay for some recovery time in Hawaii with family! I was thinking of you last weekend. We have been going through a blizzardy/busy time on our end too. Let’s hope the rest of the year is less eventful for both of us. šŸ™‚

  4. Stephanie Rita says:

    Whoohoo! Enjoy!! The way you described it makes me want to jump in a plane right now! šŸ™‚ -s

  5. Yup. We are having beautiful weather, just for you and James. Love having you two at home.

  6. Oh my gosh that’s PERFECT. So glad you two are getting some much deserved rest <3

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