Until Then

Daughters / A Shiny Life

These girls.

My life.

My everything.

There will come a time when they won’t want to be around me. 

But until then, I’m going to keep their bellies and hearts full, push them to do their best, and try my hardest to show them the world.

Photo by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

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A Tricky Thing

This past weekend my family and I celebrated our 7-year-old’s birthday at Aulani. We swam, met some characters, and ate a ton. It was a nice little getaway from what was a really tough week.

Last Monday our 9-year-old dog Mei passed away. It all came about so fast. One day she was doing fine and the next day she just wasn’t. I cried for about three days. Every time I come home and don’t see her nose pressed against the window I get a little teary. At night the house is just that much quieter without her nails (which we didn’t cut as often as we should have) clacking away on the wooden floor. I miss her a lot. We all do.

Being able to escape to Aulani helped to ease the sadness, if only for a couple of days. Grief is a tricky thing. I know losing an animal is different from losing a child, but Mei was a part of our family for such a long time that she was almost like my daughter.


I just need some time.

Photos by Marcus Hoapili and Disney PhotoPass Photographer

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