Friday, October 2, 2009

Lucy's Dream

My wonderful italian mother-in-law Lucy had a life long dream.

She dreamt of a place where water was the color of turquoise

...where the fragrance of flowers filled the air

and could be seen blooming everywhere

She dreamt of magnificent sunrises greeting her each morning.

...of a place where tropical foliage and palm trees met the blue sea.

She dreamt of country roads and mountains and palm trees...

Lucy had a dream that one day she and her husband would go to Hawaii.

In the summer of 2005 her dream came true.

Mike and our family,
along with

His brother Tony and his family

their youngest brother Rocky and his wife Mary and daughter Amanda
"we should all meet on the island of KAUAI."
We did all the things we thought Lucy should experience on her island adventure.

We went to a big Luau

We ate roast pig and drank alot of Mai Tais

We explored island caves...

We experienced the vast beauty of the island...

Saw the lovely views from Waimea Canyon

...spent plenty of time on the beautiful beaches...

Lucy said:
"This is all I ever dreamed of and more...look at this view from my room...let me just sit here all day and I'll be in heaven!"

Another day in paradise with family! It was a beautiful family reunion.

Amanda had a blast stringing leis with grandma Lucy.

Even Grandpa Nate got into the act. "Help us bury Amanda, Grandpa!"

"Awww, You're such a good sport!"

Lots of fun poolside. We stayed at the beautiful Hanalei Bay resort in Princeville.

Lots of scrabble competitions going on but no one can beat Gramps (he's the family champ at scrabble!)

Evening walks to see the sunset were fun

Uncle Tony took the troops kayaking but tell me once again,
"How exactly did Tony and Trace fall into the water?"

Lunch time break on the hiking expedition.

Finding a waterfall

Athena and Aunt Linda "woohoo"

All the girlies ready to party!

Grandpa Nate, Athena, Aria, Trace, Grandma Lucy and Dani

Grandma Lucy had her dream come true. She was able to experience the island of her dreams with her husband of 60 years and her loving family.
We were so happy to share the dream with you!

"I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after,
and changed my ideas.
They have gone through me
and through me,
like wine through water,
and altered the color of my mind." -Emily Bronte


menehune said...

oh, my eyes are tearing - such a wonderfully warm moment - week- time to share with family. Forever memories for a mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. And, at one of my most favorite places on Kauai, Hanlei Bay! I think that's what God had in mind when he created beautiful. Thanks for sharing your family memories. Hawaii is close to my heart and I can see it is yours as well. Aloha, menehune

Trekcapri said...

Hi Barb, what a beautiful tribute to Lucy. I love all your wonderful family photos and I love Lucy's beautiful quote "This is all I ever dreamed of and more...look at this view from my room...let me just sit here all day and I'll be in heaven!" I'm so glad that she was able to see and experience the beauty of the islands in 2005.

Many blessings to her and your family!

Annie said...

What a wonderful dream-come-true for Lucy! Love this travelogue and so many of the photos just make me smile. Your family is so beautiful!

Laurie said...

Oh, that looked like an amazing trip! Doesn't being in Hawaii make you slow down and relax? What a wonderful memory and amazing family time. The view from your window looked like heaven.

Anne said...

Wonderful story, Barb, thank you so much for sharing it with us. And so many lovely photos. The children are precious, everyone looks so happy and the scenery is idyllic...heaven indeed! Enjoy your weekend - I'll raise a cup of tea in your honour :)

girasoli said...

Beautiful photos! Love how you all made her dream come true. Wonderful memories for your whole family to cherish. Thanks for sharing.

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