Merry Christmas! It snowed an hour from here. Welcome to Hawaii, Santa...


The next door neighbor's chair gives a good perspective of the massive size of these waves.
Here's a link to the news report on the snowfall and subsequent road closing on the Mauna Kea volcano.

Tom says that our kids from Minnesota, brought the white Christmas with them.  On top of that Tom and I, alone at home preparing Christmas Eve dinner while the kids all went to the beach, saw some of the biggest waves we've seen so far!

The pool in our yard is located in front of these white chaise lounges.
In our travels, Mother Nature seems to gift us with something wonderful on Christmas, a treasure she seems to pull out of a hat, a treasure she knows we'll love.

It almost appears to be a waterfall.
Isn't that what the holidays are all about?  Appreciating God's wonders, the birth and life of a son. the birth and life of those we love and the myriad gifts we receive when we put aside the presents, the shopping, the laborious tasks in preparation of the next celebration with those with love.


The wave as it builds momentum.
This year, the gifts we receive are that of our grown children, their spouses and our precious grandchildren right here beside us.  In the past two years, they've been with us in our grateful hearts and today and over these next many days we see their smiling faces, taking a hug, a glance and a moment, always to be remembered, always to be treasured.

What a beautiful break in this wave.
Oh sure, its not all sweetness filled with perfection. But then, who's family is?  For us, we all get along even with our varying views on life, politics and even child rearing.  But, we choose to keep those staunch opinions to ourselves for other places and other times in order to bask in harmony and lightness.  Time and life are too short.

Our yard in the second house, so close to the surf.
Yes, the questions are asked, "Will we settle down in the US anytime soon?  When, where and if we will we ever settle down."  At this point we have no clear answers other than the one we cling to when ever we're asked,  "Health providing, we'll carry on."

The aquamarine color of the wave as it breaks near the shore is breathtaking.
Who's to argue with happiness?  I remember as a child, longing to see happiness reflected in the faces of those I loved and that wish continues today for all of our loved ones.

We were curious as to this shape in the left side of the upper portion of this wave.  Do any of our readers have an idea as to what this could be?
Today, we reflect on our joy in these photos we took last night on Christmas Eve shortly before sunset.  It bespeaks the magnificence of this magical world we live in with all its ills, political unrest and waning bounty that Mother Nature tries so desperately to gallantly protect.

The variation in the colors by the sea are amazing.
We sign off today wishing each and everyone of our readers, our family and friends the utmost of hope, passion and contentment in the holiday season and year to come.  God bless.
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Photo from one year ago today, December 25, 2013:
This lovely female impala came to visit us on Christmas Eve while we were in Marloth Park last year.  For details, please click here.

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