Saturday, October 26, 2013

Our Hawaiian Journey Begins!

All photos © jwj
The Hubs and I are on our way to the island of Oahu, in beautiful Hawaii...but not just for a vacation this time!  He will be working for an airline at Honolulu International Airport...we get to LIVE in PARADISE!
Okay, don't hate! I know all of you want to be put into my luggage so you can enjoy, the best I can do for you is to take you there in photos and words.

The house in Idaho is sold, and we made the decision to put the majority of our household goods into storage. We sold a lot of larger items on, and donated many, many items to a local charity thrift shop; we also gave several items of furniture, lamps and a microwave to a family that lost everything in a house fire. A total of sixteen boxes are taking the slow boat to Oahu via the US mail. (And believe it or not, it was not as expensive as we first budgeted for!)

So, this journey that we are's not just about living in paradise...that's only a perk. It's about living the life God has given us. We believe that He has directed our path to move to Hawaii.
We are not rich or in Hawaii will be a lesson in strict budgeting!

Things that make me smile about this move:

- Our favorite place, Bellows Air Force Station is there!! Many of the photos in the collage above were taken there.  The white, fine sand beaches, the gentle waves, and the relaxing "resort" feel are calling our names!  We have reservations for 4 nights when we arrive, so that'll be our "home base" while looking for housing.
- Thankfully, the Hubs military retirement pay supplements our income. Thank you, Sweetheart for serving our country for 26 years!
- There are LOTS of military bases for us to use our military benefits: to purchase food, gas, furniture, and other household goods for less money and tax-free.
- We've lived on Oahu for 5 months previously, so we kinda know our way around the island.
-The adventure of it all! Although we moved around with the military, this is our first "off the mainland" move all by ourselves. It's been kind of fun looking at apartments and other housing on

Things that will be a BIG adjustment for us:

- Housing: Monthly rent will be nearly double of what our mortgage in Idaho was.
- Living space will be about HALF the size we've had. (roughly 800-900 square feet for an apartment)
- Utilities are much higher.  We need to learn to shut the electronics off when they are not being used!
- Food, and gasoline are MUCH higher...can you say $8.00 for a box of cereal, and $4.00+ for a gallon of milk or a gallon of gas for the car?

What I'm personally looking forward to:
After having a "full house" of 3 adults, one little girl, and one dog, I think I'm looking forward to some quieter times. Helping our oldest daughter raise her daughter for 2-1/2 years was a blessing! Now, it's time for mom and dad to have some alone time, and learn to be empty-nesters.And of course, there's the beach!
Aloha and...

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