For our recent date night, Hoku and I took ballroom lessons for Marriage Mondays, an event our home church was hosting. Being that one of our favorite shows to watch is Dancing with the stars, we were so excited to learn the proper steps to the foxtrot. As we both have had some dance experience, we didn’t think it would be as challenging as it was. We enjoyed our time, but what really intrigued me was how much ballroom dancing correlates to a Christ centered Marriage. I just wanted to share some encouraging reminders of how to have a healthy marriage!
First off, in Ballroom, the Male always takes Lead. The woman follows his lead. When turning, he gently guides her to where they should go and is always looking out for what problems can occur on the dance floor, just like real life! He protects her. The female also can gently give him warnings or a squeeze if they’re headed to a collision or problem that he can’t see. They both rely on one another and most importantly they trust each other.
When in hold, both Male and female dance very close and they equally give their partners support. What was most challenging for me, is that you must have lots of patience! I felt like I was learning the steps a little quicker than Hoku, while he was still getting used to the unique counts. Just like in marriage, I sometimes feel that I have discernment about things that he may not understand. Just like noted before, the female can gently warn her partner, but we still have to be patient, pray, and have faith that our husbands will gain understanding.
I’m sure there is much more relevant points, but we only had a two hour class LOL. I hope this was a great reminder and a blessing to your marriage as it was to mines❤️
It was such a pleasure to meet the owners of “Aloha for Jesus” this past weekend, at the Bloom conference, in Honolulu. I love supporting small kingdom minded businesses, especially when they’re owned by Mom’s?
Aloha for Jesus is a fresh new Christian apparel company! They have a passion to share the Love and light of Jesus with a Local-Hawaiian flare.
I really love the simplicity of the design and how bold and clearly the love and praise for Jesus is portrayed! They have both women and men tees that are extra soft and cool for this hot summer weather. They also have a variety of hats, totes and purses.
Check out their website at http://www.alohaforjesus.com and follow them on Instagram at @alohaforjesus
Shop Zoey Grace Summer Collection has arrived and will be released online very soon, just in time for the first official day of Summer this June.
I am honored to be a Brand Ambassador for Zoey Grace, a small online boutique that aims to empower women to be bold, brave, and beautiful in their walk with Christ. I wouldn’t represent anything less than what I thought was fashionable, yet tasteful.
In this collection, you’ll be sure to see lots of blush tones (Which is one of my favorite colors to wear!). Not to mention, the infamous lace honey punch romper, which is a staple piece for a date night or mommy’s night out!
Stay tuned and don’t forget to follow Shop Zoey Grace on Instagram for updates and promos. @shopzoeygrace
Here’s a sneak peek of the summer collection. Photography taken by the talented @sheenamariephotography
Happy Heart Day! When I was a little girl, I remember growing up always wishing that my birthday was on Valentine’s Day. I love the hearts, flowers, candy, and all the things that Valentine’s Day brings. I’d think to myself: “How cool would that be?! To have your Birthday associated with all that fun stuff?! I do not wish my birthday was on Valentine’s Day anymore, but, now I’m just thankful that I get a day to emphasize my LOVE for the men in my life. V-day is also the day before Hoku and I went on our first date. (You could say it is our dating anniversary). I get two back-to-back days of all that sweet-heart filled Mushy stuff!
We read it in scripture, we hear it in sermons, but I never could fully grasp the concept of how God could love and love us so unconditionally! He loves us NO MATTER WHAT! Once I became a mom, I have a better sense of the weight of His perfect love. We are His beloved! Even our love for our own children falls short in comparison to how much God loves you and I! It’s so crazy to fathom! I will always thank my boys for helping me to better understand God’s love! They teach me things everyday.
Whether your worldly expectations are met on Valentine’s Day or not, just remember how much you are valued and treasured by the One who has paid the ultimate sacrifice for us all! Happy Valentine’s Day. You are so loved!
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
What does your 2017 look like?
Instead of resolutions, Hoku and I usually pick one word and live by that word all year long. Last year, we chose to live intentionally: To be intentional in our growing relationship with Jesus, and to be more intentional with our friendships. There’s a big difference in having good intentions and actually living them out daily. We stuck with it all through 2016 and it has really shaped my character. For the first time, I feel proud of my self and the path our family is on. I still feel there is room for growth! We will be continuing to live by the word “intentional” on top of the goals we have set individually, in our marriage, with the boys, and as a family!
A year ago I read Bob Goff’s “Love Does” book for the first time. I’m planning on reading it again this week. Bob Goff shows some amazing examples on how to love extravagantly. I discovered a newfound joy in helping others out of love. When you love someone you just do whatever it takes to show them that love. This book has given me a new perspective, not just with my family and friends, but, in how I show love and compassion to complete strangers. If you’re looking for a new read this new year, this book is a definite must!
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! I have been Praying a blessing over all of you this season! Thank you so much for supporting my blog. Your encouragement goes beyond words, and I am so grateful! Have a beautiful day Praising our King Jesus Christ!
Merry Christmas with Love,
Nalani and her boys?
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6 NIV
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! A time where we get the opportunity to bless others. A season to be kinder, but most of all, to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Some people may call me festive, but decorating my house for Christmas is more than just the decor and flocked tree. It’s a way of worship and glorifying Jesus!
It’s the busiest time of the year for my family. Birthday after Birthday on top of all the Christmas festivities. No matter how busy and tired I can get from this season, I will always make time to go above and beyond to make my home special for my boys. That way, they will grow up loving that Christmas spirit.
Every year I change our theme, and this year I chose to go with a Farmhouse lumber jack plaid, with the vintage red truck with tree on top! Being a mother of boys, I’ve become pretty obsessed with vintage trucks.
There’s something about that farmhouse feel that makes your home look elegant, yet cozy at the same time! I love how everything turned out! My talented husband hit a home run again and made a mantel/faux fireplace that we will probably leave up all year long. He also built a barnyard fence to protect our tree from the two rugrats we have here at home. It’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing! Winning!
I can’t believe Christmas is here! I’m not quite ready to put away our Christmas decor. I might just leave it up until February!
I’m a huge Chip and Joanna Gaines fan. I love them so much, but, I didn’t expect their book to impact me in so many different areas of my life! It was encouraging! They have a huge fan base and are extremely successful, despite the fact, that they started from a humble beginning. They have so much in common with both you and I! Their story is very relatable and it really inspires you to go after your dreams. Whether you’re a business owner, or have a goal you wish to embark on, The Magnolia story will show you that it’s not out of reach when you have God and take a leap of faith. You don’t have to be huge fans, watch their show on HGTV, or even know who they are to be moved by their unique story. What’s also great, if you’re not much of a big reader, you can buy the audio book on iTunes and guess what?… It’s their voices!!! How cool is that?! Inside the book there are a few bonus pages with photos that reference the stories they share. Loved putting that connection together with a visual.
Joanna Gaines is such a great role model for us women, especially in this generation where fame and sex appeal is so heavily influenced. I admire her love for God, her husband + children, and of course, her interior design skills! My dream is to visit the Magnolia Market in Waco Texas, in the near future!
This book is on high demand along with their new amazing Magazine, The Magnolia journal. If you can’t find it at your local target, you can order it on https://magnoliamarket.com/silos/
This prayer spoke to my heart. I love seeing daily reminders like this on my instagram feed. If you’re on instagram and want a boost of encouragement as a wife after God, follow https://www.instagram.com/unveiledwife/ Jennifer smith is the author of The Unveiled wife. She is devoted to inspire wives to have an extraordinary marriage with their husbands. Her ministry has been a huge blessing in my own life. Check her out!
Don’t let anything or anyone come between you and your husband.
Zoey Grace is an online specialty boutique owned by the lovely Rachel Chantavong. Her mission is to empower women to live boldly, bravely, and beautifully in the obedience of Christ.
Zoey means life, and the intent of the name is to live in the beautiful image that God created you to be. Grace is the matter in which your confidence is exuded towards others, and a reflection of His love and compassion that we all should reflect.
Each piece of clothing is thoughtfully chosen to ensure it reflects the latest style in a tasteful yet beautiful flare. Prices are prayerfully marked so that each piece is accessible to customers as well.
Wow! I don’t know about you, but I love to stay trendy and feel good in the representation of the motherhood journey I walk in. What I love even more, is to support Kingdom minded businesses that exemplify all that I embody.
How I became to know Rachel and her empowering boutique is a total God thing. Back in March of this year, Rachel contacted me through instagram. We had never met, but she felt prompted by The Holy Spirit to reach out to me, and invite me to model for her spring line. At this time I was slowly trying to adjust to my new life of being a mom of two. I was 3 months postpartum after my son Mateo, and have been starting to feel like myself again. As I was fighting off the post mommy blues, and losing the extra baby weight I collected during pregnancy. I thought this was a perfect opportunity to do something fun and self-motivating. Little did I know that God had something bigger planned than this one-time modeling venture. Continue reading “Shop Zoey Grace”…