Aloha Beautiful Hawaii!
Saying goodbye to paradise was harder than I thought it was going to be. This next step of life is so exciting and wonderful, and trust me: I’m blessed, happy to be where I am physically, emotionally, and everything – this point in life is good.
Our life in Hawaii was extreme, we saw great times and faced challenges. We reunited there after deployments, but it’s also the place from which we had to say good bye. We spent sun kissed afternoons out on the water, luxurious days at Turtle Bay, fun evenings out and about… it’s where we said “I do,” and it’s where we found the apple of our eye – our sweet pooch JJ Duggan!
It’s also where I’ve battled some health issues, it’s where we suffered a great loss when we experienced our miscarriage, coping through a lonely and hard deployment that was tossed at us without much warning. But through it all, we came out on top, our marriage was bonded tighter and stronger – so we’ll take with us the happy sunny sweet tropical memories and get ready for a clean slate as we wipe away and move past some of life’s tougher trials.
I’m excited to be in New York and starting this next phase of our lives. We’re literally writing the first page of a new chapter. Matthew is out of the Marine Corps and he’s now a civilian, we’ve left Hawaii and moved to New York. We’re setting out on our own, together. Duggs was already established in the USMC and living in Hawaii when I came out and joined him – this is a step we’re taking together, going through it all hand in hand.
So yes, I’m stoked to be here in New York…
But I’m going to genuinely miss Hawaii. I just wanted to take a little post to reflect on the gorgeous aina paradise and really say Aloha.
Hawaii is the kind of place where everywhere you go, there’s an epic view and a breath-taking scene to just suck in and fill yourself with. The lush mountains, rainbows, flowers, the amazing bright blue oceans and the warm buttery sun bathing all of us. Hawaii really is this vibrant, happy, relaxed paradise and I am so incredibly blessed to have lived there and spent the time there I was able to.
When family and old friends came out to visit, we were able to have an awesome time with them in Hawaii – showing off our island home. I made some amazing friends and connections in Hawaii, Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay refreshed and renewed my faith and my love of Christ.
The military experience is one that we’ll always remember. Me as a spouse and Duggs as a dutiful member of the United States Marine Corps. His service is the whole reason we were ever in Hawaii. Even though the USMC liked to throw wrenches in our plans all the time, I have the utmost respect for the branch and the military in general. I’m grateful for the hard and brave work those dedicated men and women do, and I’m so proud to be married to a man as nobel as a Marine.
I tried to pick a couple photos to sum up my amazing Hawaiian experience, the wonderful times I’ve spent in paradise. And yeah, it was impossible. So thus… here’s a crazy montage of pics as a way for me to say Aloha!
I’ll miss Hawaii so very much. I hope that we’ll be able to visit again one day, and hopefully it won’t be too far in the future that we get to go back. Until then, I’ll take my mainland life one day at a time and find new beautiful sights to oooh and aaah over, I’ll discover new favorite places and I’m sure Duggs and I will forge tons of new memories and create lots of new adventures, all with stories to tell. But as we do, I take some little pieces of Hawaii with me always – the sea turtle tattoo I got on my first trip to the island, the wedding ring on my hand that will always make me think of Kailua’s soft sandy beach, and the thousands of memories forever etched into my heart.
Aloha Hawaii – I’ll love you always!
And to my readers, I thank you (as always) for reading! xoxo, hhr