Penny the Traveling Clothespin Doll shares her adventures at home and abroad.

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Welcome back to our Hawaii tour with Evangeline!   (Click here to see the first post Hawaii – Part One)  We are enjoying this stunningly beautiful tropical beach.  Oh, the blueness of the sky and water and the softness of the sand.  How fascinating to find this odd turtle fellow traveling along at his thoughtful pace.

Seeing all this sand makes me think of the “grains of sand” verse in Psalm 139.  Do you remember it?   Speaking of how tenderly God loves us, the Psalmist says:

“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!   If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand.”

 

 

On the Big Island of Hawaii, Evangeline took time to do a little lounging on the Punalu’u Black Sand Beach.  What a funny idea, black sand!  So much of Hawaii is lava related!

 

 

More black lava is evident in this cove below.

 

 

Mike and Chip are exploring and trying to identify fascinating new water items.

 

 

Just think of the beautiful mind that created and formed these unique and colorful discoveries.  Our amazing Creator!

 

 

Could these be mulberry drupe shells?  and “ha ‘uke ‘uke”, a helmet or shingle urchin?  Fascinating!

A wee bit wind-blown is Evangeline here as she is out sightseeing on a cloudy day.  Such expanse of moody ocean.

 

 

Now she is relaxing in a quiet display of water-related finds just her size.

 

 

 

Evangeline highly recommends this great bake shop from waaa-aaay down south.

 

 

Yummy, yummy, yummy!!  Such sweet and sticky deliciousness.

 

 

A bit of memorabilia to bring home in remembrance of that visit.  Now don’t get any coffee stains or frosting on Chip’s new hat, Evangeline!!

 

 

A unique bit of Hawaiian history was shared at this Kona Coffee Living History Farm.

Back in the late 1800s and early 1900s many Japanese emigrated to Hawaii and became industrious farmers of coffee.  One farm was this 6 acre Uchida Coffee Farm purchased by a Japanese family in 1913 and through two world wars it kept producing large amounts of coffee beans and macadamia nuts.  This farm has been preserved to display what their lifestyle in that period must have been like.

 

 

Hello there Mr. Burro!  I learned that coffee doesn’t come from “beans” at all but from the pit inside a fruit like a cherry!

 

My craft-loving side was tickled by this sewing machine in the Japanese home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evangeline wanted to perch in this display of native fruits bought locally.  A pineapple, of course, some stubby bananas, and hairy strawberries among others.  Juicy and sweet!

 

 

From the Big Island of Hawaii, our friends traveled on to Maui.

March is a good time to do a bit of Whale Watching, as the humpback whales are wintering here at the Hawaiian Islands and when summer comes, they head up to Alaska.  On the tour boat, our friends saw lots of whales in the water, and what a thrill to hear their song humming so deeply.  Psalm 148:1,7 says “Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above…  Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths.” And so they do in song!

 

Then a trip on the famous Road to Hana.  An ad proclaims: “There are few words that can describe the beauty of this drive with its cliffs cloaked in green and lush valleys bursting with waterfalls. Curves hug the coast and gaze over an ocean.”   Rustic and jungle-like sometimes, and not for the faint of heart!

 

 

Another highlight was to see the Giant Banyan Tree in Lahaina town.  This huge landmark, covering nearly two-thirds of an acre, was imported from India and planted in Maui back in 1873.  It was a memorial to the 50th anniversary of the first American Protestant mission to Lahaina. It stands 60 feet high and boasts over 16 major trunks that spread out in all directions creating a shady place to congregate beneath.  Quite a landmark, I say!  (This is a borrowed photo).

 

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The Haleakala mountain volcano is unforgettable.  This “House of the Sun” is a sacred place of many legends in original Hawaiian folklore.  The mountain was formed by layers of lava increasing over the years.  This information sign explains the forming of the giant crater.

 

 

 

Here we are up above the clouds.  Magnificent!

 

 

An incredible view.

 

 

And some time was enjoyed splashing in the waves before it is time to say good bye to the Pacific Ocean.

 

 

Toward the end of the trip, a visit was made to the famous Mama’s Fish House.

 

 

Is your mouth watering for fresh local caught fish?

They say the menu lists the name of the fisherman who caught the fish and where he caught it.  Did I see octapus on the menu as well?

 

 

Outside the restaurant you can stroll down to the ocean, and enjoy the sunset view.

 

 

 

Here are Evangeline’s friends that so kindly included her on their trip to explore the Hawaiian Islands.  She had a great time and sends you all a Big THANK YOU!! for your hospitality. It was a good project for me to look up all these places and facts to flesh out this post.  I’ve learned a lot about Hawaii!   What a marvelous place.

 

 

 

Farewell, fair land of tropical beauty.

 

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels;
    praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon;
    praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens
    and you waters above the skies.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for at his command they were created,
and he established them for ever and ever—
    he issued a decree that will never pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
    stormy winds that do his bidding,
you mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
    small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
    you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
    old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his splendor is above the earth and the heavens…

 

 

 

And speaking of the Pacific Ocean, on the way home, our friends took Evangeline to the Big Basin Redwoods State Park in California.  The tour guide made friends with li’l Evangeline.  Imagine being a little clothespin doll among the giant redwood trees. Awesome.

 

 

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Postscript:   After Evangeline’s Hawaii visit in March, the news came that there was a giant volcanic eruption in one of the very places they visited.  The Kilauea Volcano was pouring out lava near Leilani Estates on the Big Island of Hawaii.  There 1,500 residents were ordered to evacuate their homes in May of 2018.  We were praying for their safety.  Quite a topic of interest after our friends were just there!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

In March of this year, the clothespin doll, Evangeline, had a lovely chance to travel with our friends and do some exploring in the beautiful Hawaiian Islands.  Would you like to come along on her journey of favorite memories from there?

 

 

In one of the guest houses the host, who was a champion wind surfer, provided this beautiful Hawaiian bouquet as a warm welcome to his visitors.  Notice the uniquely formed Bird of Paradise flower and the pretty pincushion protea.

 

 

Don and Chip spent time relaxing with their feet up, admiring the brightly colored Hawaiian pineapple socks my Dad sent with them for their trip.  They were also admiring the effect of those socks against the amazing tropical scenery.

 

 

The Hawaiian State Flower is the yellow hibiscus that is native to these islands.

 

 

On the Island of Oahu, our friends visited the Dole Plantation – in celebration of pineapples!  Hawaii has built up a large pineapple industry even though I learned that pineapples are not native there, but come from South America originally.

 

 

Don and Chip enjoying the inside of a cool pineapple.

 

 

Yum, Yum!!

Below are windsurfers on Oahu Island.

 

Oahu is home to the State Capital, Honolulu.

Also of interest is Pearl Harbor, a powerful place to visit in remembrance of its history to our nation.  It was a very moving experience for our friends who were able to be there.  Awesome.

 

Below, Evangeline, got her picture taken at Hanauma Bay at the south end of Oahu.

 

 

The land of sand and palm trees.  So unlike our home in New York!

 

 

The North Shore is the legendary birthplace of big wave surfing.  I don’t think Evangeline was keen to try it this time.  “Have fun, guys!” says she.

 

 

Ker-splash, and away they go!

 

It is amazing to see God’s handiwork expressing His personality in so many ways.  Some places He designed to be rugged, powerful and mighty.  Some gentle, quiet and peaceful.  Some places are colorful, bright and joyful.

He is present in all places, and delights to have our company.  “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”  Revelation 3:20

“If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” John 14:23

 

 

Part Two coming soon…

 


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Happy Independence Day!!

 

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In our upstairs hallway hangs this old flag and a historic picture called “The Declaration of Independence.”

 

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It was hard to get a clear picture, so here is a close up of our print of

the painting done by John Trumbull in 1817.

 

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I was interested to find in this little old book about the American flag that I previously had our flag hanging wrong, with the blue field of stars on the right, but it properly belongs on the left when hung on the wall like this.  I’m glad that I now have that corrected.

 

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The page below was interesting, “A Mighty Nation on Whose Flag the Sun Never Sets.”

What a fascinating thought.

 

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Today, I give thanks for the many noble heros who helped to found our country and of the courage and faith that they displayed.

 

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To celebrate our national holiday, our family gathered last night to watch Kirk Cameron’s DVD called “Monumental”.

Sadly, most of our American history is no longer taught in schools, but my siblings and I always loved Early American history and read lots of books based in that era.

 

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In this DVD, I enjoyed the interview with David Barton, who has an astounding collection of papers, letters and books that shed much light on the beginnings of our country and its government.

 

Here is a video clip I found on YouTube that shares a bit of the main focus of Kirk Cameron’s tour of Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The Matrix of Liberty is a huge granite statue in Plymouth that we had never heard of before, but what a testimony it is to the Pilgrim’s purpose for establishing themselves here on our shores so long ago amid so much suffering.  They had a vision for a country where people would be free to worship God.

 

 

I recently read the biography of Francis Scott Key, who wrote our national anthem.  The last verse is one that is seldom recorded, but it is so beautiful.

The Star Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wiped out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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“Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!”

“In God is our trust.”

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Happy Independence Day!

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Farmer Andy and his sister Fanny are enjoying the harvest season.  They are resting here beside a John Deere tractor with a lovely painting in the background by Kathy Brown.  She and her husband, Bill, are busy this summer with the Fellowship of Christian Farmers ministry, sharing the bead story.  Many people are hurting and ready to hear that the blood of Jesus can cleanse and give us new life in Him.

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“Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields;
for they are white (ripe) already to harvest. 
And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal:
that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.  John 4:35, 36
 

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“The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few:
pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,
that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”  Luke 10:2
 
 
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Introducing Penny’s cousin Evangeline!!

Evangeline was privileged to travel with Rachel to Yosemite National Park in California recently.

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Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains just across the state from San Francisco.

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Pier 39, in San Francisco, has been “owned” by these sea lions since 1990.  After a large earthquake, they took up residence here and refuse to be sent away.  I think they like being a tourist attraction.

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 Evangeline saw the San Francisco City Hall from her perch on a double decker bus, very impressive!

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She was glad to have Rachel along for the walking tour of Chinatown.

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A lovely clear day and a grand view of the Golden Gate bridge.

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Running on the sand in bare feet, what a delight.

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Yosemite National Park – wow, the size of those trees is immense!

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The giant sequoia trees are not as tall as the redwoods up north, but the trunks are wider!

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The famous Bridalveil Falls off in the distance.

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Wading in Mirror Lake.

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A campground nestled in among the giant trees.

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These trees make full-sized people look as tiny as clothespin dolls!

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Many of these trees were growing long before the birth of Jesus.

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“Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty,

give unto the Lord glory and strength.

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name;

worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

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The voice of the Lord is upon the waters:

the God of glory thundereth:

The Lord is upon many waters.

The voice of the Lord is powerful;

the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

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The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars:

yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.

He maketh them also to skip like a calf;

Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

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The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.

The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness;

The Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve,

and discovereth the forests:

and in His temple doth every one speak of His glory.

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The Lord sitteth upon the flood;

yea; the Lord sitteth King forever.

The Lord will give strength unto His people;

the Lord will bless His people with peace.”

–Psalm 29–

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May God bless you all!!

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