08 August 2014 – JANE’S DAY
As we battened down the hatches last night in preparation for Hurricane Iselle, it became apparent that we were not going to be able to make our annual pilgrimage to North Short to honor Jane’s life on the second anniversary of her passing (Mom’s Day or Jane’s Day). Last year we went down to the beach where we scattered her ashes. We said prayer, threw leis into the ocean and took time to reflect on the impact that she had on our lives. Since we can’t go to the beach today, we will shoot for a break between the storms, hopefully tomorrow.
This has been an incredible year. Samuel completed his first year at Corban University in Salem, Oregon. Sam is still working to be a secondary education teacher and his desire to come back to Hawaii to teach at Trinity Christian School. Gabriel did three different drama production, he is quite the actor, played Volleyball and managed to get a stellar grade on his senior thesis. Gabriel will be attending Biola in the fall. He was accepted in to the Cinema and Media Arts program. Gabriel is exceptionally creative and very talented. He has produced various videos, some for school, and some for fun. You can look up, “Gabriel Arney Trinity” to see “Snapshot-A Glimpse of Life at Trinity Christian School” a video he create for the school’s Spring Gala fundraiser. I can tell you how proud I am of these two young men, and how proud Jane would be of them. They are a true testament to Jane’s love and commitment as their mother!
I will be taking Gabe and Sam to college shortly and will return home an empty nester. I am often asked “are you ready for it?” I would love to say, “yes’ but the truth is, I am often shortsighted and do not realize the impact that certain events will have on me. I am not sure how I will handle it, but I can assure that I will not handle it alone. God has been with us every step of the way and He is true to His Word: He will not leave me, nor forsake me, I am in good hands. I also have a few good friends that have stood beside me through the passing of Jane and through the past two years. I meet with Jon weekly for accountability, encouragement and to share life. Brian is my dive partner, brother in life and friend. Between these two godly men, I am consistently reminded of God’s love for me. Upon my return from vacation and dropping the young men off at college. I have a few projects to work on and I am planning on going on a mission’s trip later this year. Did I mention that I will be doing a lot of spearfishing? 🙂