Brent and I, and our sweet little ones are headed to Hawaii. We have been dreaming, and dreaming about going and we finally are doing it. Remember when I said I wanted (and needed) 2014 to be a year with adventure ?! I’ve been craving an adventure.. and not the day- to-day adventures, but the “lets hop on a plane and go somewhere” type of adventure. Which can be so hard with a 1 year old and a 2.5 year old but we are going after it and actually doing it and I couldn’t be more excited. If you are new here (hi! and welcome) Im Rachel, and this is my husband Brent. We actually met on Oahu in 2007, and sorta kinda dated while living there for 10 months. At the time, we worked / volunteered for a organization called “Surfing the Nations“. Which is not only an amazing organization, but a group of people that are going after what our hearts are about… people. Serving the hopeless and homeless and loving others. Its been 7 years since we left Oahu and STN. It seems like yesterday and forever all at the same time. I remember almost all my emotions of boarding the plane by myself, not knowing what to expect, except for an adventure of a lifetime, and it was. My life was so radically changed that year and it stands out in my mind more than most. A year of character building, new friendships, faith building, travel to places I had never heard of, falling in love, feelings of not understanding a lot of things that God was doing in and around me, and it was also a year that impacted the last 6 years of mine and Brent’s life. It is funny how in the midst of new seasons we often don’t understand the what and why we are there. All we know is that God’s plan for our lives is so much greater than our own. I hope to be journaling a lot and so excited to share whats to come. If you want to follow along our journey, you can find me on Instagram @rachelvanauken. much Aloha !