cloud nine

581904_10151510211473529_273086374_nThe view you are looking at is my favorite on all of the island of Oahu, Hawaii.  After a short hike, a few heart-pounding uphill moments, and a climb atop a deserted bunker- you find yourself here- catching your breath not because of the hike, but because of the beauty.  Looking out- Lani Kai beach (in my opinion, the best on the island and a must see if you visit Oahu) and the clear turquoise Pacific.  Heaven. While living on the island I visited this spot often; when a friend came to visit, when I wanted a quick hike, when I missed home.  If you have ever been somewhere that you felt as though it wrapped you up, reminded you how very blessed you are and gave you a sense of calm- you understand.  This is my spot.  

Tuesday we arrived home from our eleven day stay on the island.   Before our trip began I made a “bucket list” of things to do, places I was anxious to take Adelynn and Josh.  The list grew longer and longer, but this hike was always at the top of my list.  In our three and a half years together I have probably told Josh about it a dozen times, and he sweetly pretends to be just as entranced every time.  When we arrived at the bottom of the hike I was overwhelmed with memories. The last time I had been here was my last night in Hawaii.. right before I moved.  Josh and I had just met, and during that sunset hike the clouds in the sky perfectly resembled a heart.  All at once I felt like it was paradise telling me that even though this adventure was ending, something greater was about to begin. 


When we got to the top of the mountain everything was just as I remembered it.  Heaven.  The only difference was that this time, the man that I love was on one knee beside me, ring in hand, asking me to spend forever with him.

We are so excited to be engaged!engaged




5 thoughts on “cloud nine

  1. Congratulations to two of my favorite people! What a pleasure it has been to watch this unfold over the last few years. A true example of what the gift of love is all about. Cannot wait to get the wedding planning started but better yet, can’t wait to see what forever together has in store for you guys! Love you lots!

  2. This brought tears to my eyes! I cannot wait to congratulate you in person and squeeze both of you guys! I know how much you love this spot in Hawaii and I am so thankful you took me there because it is beautiful! Josh absolutely could not have done better! I am so happy you found someone to spend your forever with! Josh & you are perfect for each other! Completely over the moon for you two! Love, love, love you two so much!

  3. Shannon, this might be the most romantic story I’ve ever heard! Josh must be very special to have planned this to happen at your favorite spot in the world. I’m very happy for you and your family, and excited to see the upcoming blog posts while you plan your wedding. Hugs!

  4. You should be a Writer, your words paint beautiful pictures that flow through my heart like a river. I am so happy for you. Best wishes…may you always feel the joy in your heart that you do right now.

  5. You have touched my heart with your words. You always have had a talent for putting and bringing words to life. I love you dear daughter and feel so blessed that you are so happy in your life. Can”t wait to get home to hug you! I love you.

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