Dream Bigger.

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One Thanksgiving our family sat around the table and at the time when we would all normally share what we were thankful for, Rob changed it up and asked everyone to share their dreams. The kids shared about finishing college, getting jobs, finding love etc.. When they finished, Rob shook his head. “Nope, those are not dreams. Those are all things that are already within your grasp and almost inevitably will happen. I want to hear dreams that most certainly will involve God working on your behalf. Dreams that that you don’t conceive any way of them happening without God. Now start over.” Wow! That threw us for a loop. Everyone sat thinking about this new dream level. Madison Kamalei was the first to speak. She had just started singing on the worship team and taking vocal lessons. She said, “I don’t know how this would ever happen because I have never heard any vision or direction for it, but if our church worship band ever went on tour it is my dream that I would be able to go.” Everyone else also shared some equally amazing far-reaching dreams and dinner was over. We took a million family photos that day and laughed together until we cried. As wonder-filled as it was, it was to be our last time together as a family. As unlikely as it would seem, Rob unexpectedly died of a heart attack a few short days later. Our family’s grief and the remaining holidays took all of our capacity to survive. The following April, we came to Rob’s birthday. He would have been 53. Madison Kamalei came into the study with tears in her eyes. “Mom, I just got an email. The Elevate Life Worship Team is going on tour this summer and I have asked to be a part of it!” God whispered a reminder of that Thanksgiving dinner conversation to my ear. I reminisced with Madison Kamalei about that day and asked her if she remembered the dream in her heart that she shared with her daddy. She burst out crying and said, “He gave me the BEST gift for his birthday!” Her dreams are coming true and we celebrate a father who would intentionally lead us to reach for the MORE that God has for us and always reminds us that God is able to do “exceedingly, abundantly more than we ask or think.” #askmore #moretour #elevateyourthinking

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Home in the Islands

May 1, 2016:   Happy Lei Day May 1st! As I watch this video, I am so grateful to have had a soulmate who stole me away to the islands in my early twenties. We played in the sand, opened Christmas presents on the beach, went snorkeling and scuba diving, rode ouriggers, surfboards, canoes and paddleboards, ate the fish we and our friends caught, raised our babies in relaxed sunny days and had the most incredible life. As magical as it was, it is merely a small glimpse of the paradise that awaits. My soulmate has gone ahead of me (ahead of all of us) and is enjoying the delight of what God has prepared for those who love him. I am so thankful for the reminder of Hawaii, that our God is a good good father who prepares beauty for us. ‪#‎seeyousoonenough‬ ‪#‎hawaii‬ ‪#‎paradise‬

 

April 23, 2000 – A Sunday to Remember

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Sunday. A magnificent day. This is Rob’s first day as a Senior Pastor. Speaking the word of God with a Hawaiian ocean backdrop was just one of the amazing events of the day.

That Sunday, April 23, 2000 was also Rob’s 38th birthday.

And Easter Sunday. Wow, what a day.

Rob’s family flew in from the Mainland for the occasion. Then, his mother asked her son to baptize her on this momentous day. A glorious morning, indeed.

As the son was baptizing his mother, with rich emotion, the Spirit of God moved his 8 year old daughter, Morgan, to also climb in the water to be baptized –Easter dress and all. Oh, what a day!!!! 🙏🏼🌟🎉.

I don’t know what your Sunday is looking like but God has a way of making ordinary days absolutely extraordinary!!! #gloriousdaysahead #mooredivinefingerprint

Peter Pan and Tiger Lily

At Lowe’s today, I bought some stunning tigerlilys.

Walking through the flower section made me think of people’s use of flowers. Immediately, it sprang to mind that people put flowers on graves..which made me think of Rob. Rewind that thought. Easter’s symbolic flower seems to be the lily, which has always represented Resurrection to me. So if you come to my house and see the magnificent lilies flanking the entry door, they usher in the peace of heaven to me..not the grave. ‪#‎rejoiceinthelilies‬ ‪#‎heavenisourhome‬ ‪#‎peterpanandtigerlily‬ ‪#‎hewillnevergetoldtome‬

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Card Sharks

September 2, 2015: Top: Little Rob playing cards with his daddy, Dallas Stanley & granpappy, Dallas Versaille. Bottom: Big Rob playing cards with his  his daddy, Dallas Stanley and his son Jordan Dallas.   #familycardsharks #appledoesntfallfar #legacy

Truck Love Runs Deep

Truck love. Men in our family have it. This is Rob at age 20. He loved locking in the hubs and going four-wheeling, pulling stranded cars out of flooded arroyos in Arizona and camping in the desert.

At age 18, I was so impressed by the fact he owned a big truck. It made me feel like I was dating a real manly man 💪🏼 . He would be proud of the fact that both of his sons have/had trucks before age 18. The legend lives on. ‪#‎trucklove‬ ‪#‎fordtrucks‬ ‪#‎nissantitan‬

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Coat of Many Colors

Today as people are busily shopping for gifts to add to the lives of their loved ones, I am tackling the task of going thru some of Rob’s things he left behind when he returned to heaven. This jacket made my heart so joyful because it represents two great men in Rob’s life. 12363081_10207319636296902_9192278228094186296_oOne of them, Pastor Mark Hsi, gave Rob this jacket in Hawaii in 1990. Mark, who owned Telos Construction at the time, and Rob, who was a VP, would meet EVERY morning to pray together in Aina Haina Shopping Center over the business, their day and their lives. Uncle Markie Sir! helped us usher in our first child; Rob coached him thru the pursuit of his wife Rebecca; they raised their kids with ours and joined in the journey of homeschooling. Mark and Rob spent so many hours with Jesus together and both were raised up to become pastors. This fleece-lined windbreaker was Rob’s Hawaiian winter coat, but to me–it is a coat of many colors.

In the pocket was a receipt from Elevate Cafe in Frisco, Texas, one of Rob’s favorite places to hang out. He had a “Pastor Keith” that day for his Monday Mighty Man day of fasting for our Pastor and our church and our family.

As I emptied the pocket of that old jacket, I smiled with the beautiful memories of a very rich man. He would be so excited to know that this jacket is going to a homeless shelter to warm another man who may not know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Although the mantle of this Mighty Man of mine will rest peacefully over its next wearer…the memories will forever remain in my heart. ❤️❤️ #thankfulforafaithfulman #rejoicingintheday #happyheart

Put On Your Red Shoes and Dance The Blues

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Sometimes you “just gotta put on your red shoes and dance the blues.” Not every day feels great, but when I act AS IF, things do get better. ‪#‎yourfeelingsarentsfacts‬ ‪#‎actyourwayintoadifferentfeeling‬ ‪#‎leadyouremotions‬ ‪#‎youchooseyourlife‬ #youshouldbedancing

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Thinking Out Loud

 

Him: When my legs don’t work like they used to before
And I can’t sweep you off of your feet
Will your mouth still remember the taste of my love?
Will your eyes still smile from your cheeks?

Me: And, darling, I will be loving you ’til we’re 70
And, baby, my heart could still fall as hard at 23
And I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe just the touch of a hand
Well, me—I fall in love with you every single day
And I just wanna tell you I am

So, honey, now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Place your head on my beating heart
I’m thinking out loud
Maybe we found love right where we are

When my hair’s all but gone and my memory fades
And the crowds don’t remember my name
When my hands don’t play the strings the same way (mmm…)
I know you will still love me the same

‘Cause, honey, your soul could never grow old, it’s evergreen
And, baby, your smile’s forever in my mind and memory
I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe it’s all part of a plan
Well, I’ll just keep on making the same mistakes
Hoping that you’ll understand

That, baby, now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Place your head on my beating heart
I’m Thinking out loud. ⭕️⭕️⭕️⭕️⭕️⭕️

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