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Our happy 1 year old!

Yes that’s right! We have the most adorable 1 year old Nacanieli Ryan the world has ever met! His birthday was August 22 and he celebrated in style. Every where we went on campus he was sung to and loved and celebrated and we finished off the day at a joint birthday party with a good friend of ours at Old A’s beach. Naca is quite the little man, he really is a “gift given by God” and we all adore him.  Favorite things as a 1 year old? Escaping out the front door, waving first and then running off with at least one shoe in hand, dancing and music, playing with new friends (there are plenty and he’s loving it!), and most of all WATER!!! He loves going to the ocean 🙂 Our little island baby.


Our next up big boy, Maia, is having a great time in his new Kindergarten class, making friends, playing, praying, worshipping, learning and growing.  He’s also great at his homework, (let’s pray that lasts!). His teacher is Mrs. Michelle with helper Mr. Travis, who are both amazing people. He is full of information about his friends, mainly Caleb and Isaac, he is already reading the beginning sight words and counts to 100! He’s very proud of his accomplishments and is eager to continue to grow, we are so proud of his heart and his attitude.  He is our social boy, making friends every where, always thinking of others and quietly helping.  We can only imagine what this year will bring 🙂

Jr and Josh at their classroom on campus

These are two amazing boys! They are in a combined class here on campus with International Christian School (ICS) and are enjoying themselves.  We have a lot to look forward to this year, a class of 8 total (6 boys, 2 girls), multiple parent teachers, and a Christ centered, biblically based curriculum, with the sky as the limit for how much they learn and how well they grow.  I believe their favorite thing is that their only homework (thus far) is reading every night; with the exception of any unfinished class work.  So, not much is what it boils down to and I am glad!  I see them both growing as leaders, as learners and truly enjoying the freedom to run and play here in their new home.  Jr is looking forward to his 7th birthday coming up in a couple weeks, he’s such a blessing, full of life, with loads of energy and a tender heart.

My favorite place

I am loving all that God is doing, thankful for all His grace, and so blessed by His nearness.  I look forward every weekend to spending time at the beach, I remember being here before and not really enjoying going to the beach, I’m not a “lay in the sun and tan” kind of girl, nor do I necessarily enjoying swimming on my own. But now, yes now, I have a family to enjoy the beauty, the refreshing, the treasures, the peace, and the fun with.  It really is a joy to explore with the boys, see Tia back in his “natural habitat”(LOL), watch my sons enjoy island life and oh the joy of floating in the ocean 🙂 I love the togetherness, I love my family.

Yep, this is how it works 🙂

Last  and most certainly not least is Tia! No that’s not him in the above photo (hehehehe), but that is a bit of what he’s been up to! No bucket trucks on campus to hang telephone lines with, so they jumpstart this lift with an old truck! Ha!Ha! God is good! Tia’s always been an expert at improvising and his talent is just what you need working in YWAM! As much as his gift in telephones/cabling/etc. is a huge blessing here on campus, I am seeing how his vision, his insight and foresight, the way he works, and his connection with so many different people on campus is what God is using and shining through (just Tia being Tia!).  Love this guy, he also is a true blessing.

Me and the almost birthday boy

From the Rakadrudru family here in Kona, we say “Aloha!” and blessings in Christ!

“Be strong, all you people of the land,” declares the Lord, ” and work.  For I am with you,” declares the Lord Almighty. This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt.  And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear… The glory of this present house with be greater than the glory of the former house,” says the Lord Almighty.  “And in this place I will grant peace,” declares the Lord Almighty.  Haggai 2:4-5,9



About rakafam

Awesome family of 6, 5 guys and a mom! Called to serve Christ through missions, bringing the gospel to the nations, championing young people to reach their full potential in Christ.

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