Coffee in Kauai From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee in Kauai

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy life to join me for a little break. Though I am physically back home, writing about these Kauai moments takes me back there, so would you join me as I share with you the moments and memories of Tuesday’s Kauai adventure. Grab your coffee and come on in.

The days go much better when they begin with Jesus, and the ocean singing to us as He painted the sunset definitely added to the peace in our souls. My prayer is that this quiet time with my husband will continue when we get home, despite the subtraction of the surroundings. I just feel as though I come closer to understanding him on a deeper level when we connect spiritually and I know we don’t need the beauty of Kauai to do just that.

Another Kauai Sunrise

quiet time in Kauai

After quiet time, we headed out for our second run, all of us. This time I went farther than I had on Sunday and George agreed to wait for me at a certain point as long as I would walk back. I must admit, when I met up with him, I wanted to keep running, but a promise is a promise. We came back to the condo, stretched and had breakfast. We talked about what we wanted to do that day and then packed the ice chests for another Kauai adventure, which was to a beach we had spotted on our run that we all wanted to go to, one that looked like it had good waves for boogie-boarding.

Before we left, George wanted to go across the street to these two thrift stores – their names are hilarious: “Dis and Dat,” and then “The Whatever Store.” He was checking to see if they had a backpack and an umbrella. He wanted the backpack to make it easier to bring things wherever we were going, and he needed the umbrella because the sun is so intense and after an hour, my fair-skinned honey wants shade.

Cheryl and her childlike joy

We went to “The Whatever Store” first and scored! We found an umbrella and something we weren’t necessarily looking for but it was a better deal: A chair for me to sit on, because honestly, I’m no spring chicken and sitting on the sand with no support for my back is not a good thing. They didn’t have a backpack but then we remembered, our last visit to WalMart, we had purchased a grocery bag –that’s an interesting tidbit, by the way; you have to purchase your grocery bags or take your purchases in your hands! We couldn’t believe it, especially since the price of everything is anywhere between 20 and 40% higher than back at home. For three tomatoes, we paid 5.99! Have you ever tried to stretch a tomato? 🙂

We packed the car — you would have thought we were leaving for an overnighter — and headed to the beach and got everything and everyone settled in for some fun and sun. Rodney and Cheryl went out in the water first. Let me tell you, there are no words to describe this woman of God that she is but I’ll try. Watching her jump up and over the waves to get out farther into the ocean is analogous to watching a toddler ride a bike for the first time on his or her own. Two words come to mind: Joyful determination! She does things with such childlike abandon!

Yes, her gift of encouragement, used mightily in her job as a fitness trainer, continues to shine ever so brightly in our Kauai adventures. They say you never really know someone until you travel with them. Well, she is who she says she is; a woman who loves God, her husband and her family. Her selflessness and willingness to serve humble me; her childlike joy refreshes me and I am determined to learn all that I can from her.

Her fearless joy beckoned me up and off my butt and I grabbed a boogie board and walked toward the water with an assertiveness I have never had in any ocean. I was going to really catch at least one wave this time and not merely get out there.

As I got farther out, my determination started to recede just a bit. The words from a stranger brought it back: “Turn around and ride it in. This will be your best Kauai souvenir.” I did just that and as I turned, I saw this wall of water coming closer to me, relentlessly, and just before it hit me, I looked to see a look of panic on Rodney and George’s faces. I could so read their expression; but I didn’t panic. I embraced it, knowing it would carry me to the shoreline, which is exactly what it did. Oh, I wish I had a picture to show you, but it is forever etched in the camera of my mind, as well as the expressions of surprise on Rodney and George’s faces!

I got pretty high up there, let me tell you! How exhilarating. I did that two more times, and started to head back in, feeling a bit shaky and tired. I didn’t move fast enough and another one came, harder and faster because of where I was, and sent me tumbling! It all happened so fast that before I knew it, I was back up and on the shoreline, exhilarated but tired!

A couple of hours later, a rainstorm hit and sent us packing and scurrying for shelter. By the time we got everything and everyone to the car, it had stopped. I bet we looked really silly to the natives!

Dinner at Dukes

We came back to the condo to unpack and clean up and after grocery shopping we went to George’s and my favorite restaurant in Kauai, Dukes! After dinner, we took a nice walk around the area and then headed back. As I got ready for bed that night, I couldn’t help but marvel at how full our days have been. I went to bed with a thankful heart for all the adventures that have reminded me that fear is a weapon of the enemy used to steal many things, but with and through Christ, we can do all things.

Join me tomorrow for more Coffee in Kauai, and don’t forget to tune in with us at Blog Talk Radio for our Destination? Joyful! ™ show, Unpacking the Junk one Piece at a Time where we will pick up where we left off in our Co-Dependency segment, what it is and what it isn’t and the boundaries that define it!

Blessings

Evinda

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