I Got A Name

I Got A Name

A few weeks ago, I shared on Facebook that if people can’t really remember my name, 9 times out of 10, they mix it up with Steve (the other one being Todd).  I guess because they’re both one syllable and they start with an s they’re easy to confuse (not sure about the Todd thing though). Just to be clear, I’m totally not judging as I have made many a name error in my life.  Just this last week, I…

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It Was 20 Years Ago Today!

It Was 20 Years Ago Today!

Well, not exactly today, but sometime around this time anyway.  20 years ago, I graduated from high school.  Frankly, it doesn’t seem like 20 years has passed since I was in high school, but the numbers truly don’t lie.  Actually, being that it took me almost 18 to get to that point, the first 18 seemed much longer than the last 20.  I guess it is true that time speeds up the older you get.  Heck, can you believe we’re…

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Some Prayers are Harder Than Others to Pray

Some Prayers are Harder Than Others to Pray

About a month and a half ago, I started substitute teaching in a few private schools on Oahu.  I have been averaging around one or two days a week and thus far, it’s been really fun.  I enjoy being able to meet and teach students when their regular teacher is absent.  Up until last week, I had been fortunate enough to teach subjects that I have, at a minimum, a basic understanding of: PE, hula, environmental science and physics.  But…

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Four Parks in Three Days

Four Parks in Three Days

Happy New Year everyone!  I know, I know.  We’re practically halfway through the year and this is my first post of the year.  Don’t worry, I made a resolution to blog more consistently this year and you have to start somewhere right? So, what happened over the last few months?  In one word: plenty!  I’ll try to fill you in as time permits, but tonight we’re talking about the trip we took in February.  Last year sometime, my parents thought…

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I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

13 years ago, less than a week after my father passed away, my grandfather suffered a massive stroke while he and my grandmother were in Las Vegas.  Thinking that this may be the last chance we would have to say good-bye, almost all of our family flew into Nevada to be at his bedside.  Timing wise, this couldn’t have happened at a worse time.  My dad just died, my brother was still in Washington state and my mom, step-dad and…

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A Time to Remember

A Time to Remember

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.  A time to cry and a time to laugh.  A time to grieve and a time to dance.”  -Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 Ever since our girls were born, Keao and I joined the parents club.  In addition to being part of the married club, we had now ventured into different waters.  We were completely overjoyed at being parents because for us, this club wasn’t so easy to join. …

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Happy Thanksgiving, Part 2: Accidents Will Happen

Happy Thanksgiving, Part 2: Accidents Will Happen

How was your Thanksgiving?  Our family had a great time in Waipahu celebrating with Keao’s family.  This year, I was in charge of bringing the turkey so I decided to try a different recipe.  Rather than do a wet brine, I tried a dry brine (although technically I heard it’s more accurately a salt-cure).  I’m not going to lie, I was a little skeptical because I couldn’t imagine how a coating of salt and seasoning could make the turkey moist…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Recently Keao and I noticed that our 3 year-old, Slugger, loves to perform.  She started preschool last month and because of that her repertoire of songs has grown considerably.  Of course, she doesn’t like to perform without an audience.  Before she starts singing, she always makes sure someone is watching.  In fact, if you’re not watching, she will get your attention and exclaim, “watch me Daddy!”  After she is sure she has your complete, undivided attention, the show will start. …

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Regrets, I’ve Had A Few

Regrets, I’ve Had A Few

When I was a senior in high school, I tried out for the varsity baseball team. Despite not having played any kind of organized baseball since Little League, I figured I was a good enough athlete to make a go at it. When the day of the tryout arrived, I stared nervously at the other students that were trying out as well.  Many of them had played baseball for a while and looking around, clearly I was at a disadvantage. …

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All You Need Is Love

All You Need Is Love

Over the past 7 years, I have been blessed to be a part of many weddings.  I have probably officiated close to a hundred weddings and wedding vow renewals.  From experience, I can tell you that being a part of someone’s special day never gets old.  I love to hear how couples met or when they fell in love because those are the moments that define our lives. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet and marry an incredible couple. …

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