February 2019 Conchshell Chronicles
With our Rio Café Ministry going strong, I find myself creating new recipes for fun, flavor and for taking care of my team. I love eating and sharing my food with people I love. All of my children are trying very hard to eat better and function as successful effective people in this world. We are all trying to eat “cleaner” and healthier. However, we were discussing how very “versatile” we all are in the the world of food and ever in search of the “best” burger, fries, salad with the most texture flavor & umpf factor, most scrumptious dessert, the next “star” mega vegetable of all... We are grateful to enjoy such freedom….and we try to “Live it up” and Level Up in every way possible. Life is short.
January 2019 Conchshell Chronicles
Problem: We can get caught up in obedience to the rules and forget about the relationship. It happens often in my family.
Another Problem: Relationships on our own terms often disintegrate. Selfish behavior usually turns good people away.
I am starting this New Year in a study of an obscure book of the Bible: Deuteronomy. It is a book that is rarely used in our Sunday morning church services, yet the one that Jesus most often quoted.
Deuteronomy is full of commandments.
But it is more filled with relationship.
As Moses recounts the journey from Egypt and into the Land, he reminds the people of God’s miracles, His kindness, and His desire for a true heart relationship with His people. “Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear (respect) me and keep My commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their son’s forever” (Deut 5:29).
December 2018 Conchshell Chronicles
I have been given the blessing of knowing Love from above, a Perfect Source and Place of reference from whom all blessings flow. I am blessed to have the love of three of the most significant men in my life…my own Father Ronald, Michael’s father, Pop (who is in heaven), and my husband who loves me and each one approves of me. I have received a great foundation of Love from parents who stayed together until my mom left forheaven. We have children that love us and respect us and for this we are constant in our gratitude, thanksgiving and deep appreciation.
Michael and I both have siblings that we love and are loved by. We take none of this for granted. We have a team that we get to work with at the Café’s we are responsible for that we love and enjoy and sense that they feel the same about us. There is deep gratitude for many of the relationships that we possess in this life and if you find yourself reading this ….you are one of those people that have come alongside of us on the journey and we are so grateful for you!!!
November 2018 Conchshell Chronicles
“Anxiety is the most common mental-health disorder in the United States, affecting nearly one-third of both adolescents and adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.” (New York Times, 11 Oct 2017)
Our current culture offers much to cause worry and anxiety. Just in 2018 we have experienced hurricanes, tornadoes, political unrest, uncivility and hatred because of your sex, color, and/or political views. Yet most of us desire to live in peace and tranquility, work our jobs, raise our children, and see our families and friends prosper.
October 2018 Conchshell Chronicles
Craig is the one who modeled Relational Discipleship to me from the first time I met him at my cousin’s home in Kihei in September 1981. He conveniently lived right next door. I was a very self-centered, arrogant, fun loving guy then, but Craig and his wife Kathy treated me as if I was an old friend. They invited me into their home, shared meals with me, and Craig picked me up every Wednesday night and took me to Bible study at Diane Daniel’s home. Once I was locked into this group, Craig told me to drive myself- he was picking up the next new guy….
Craig, along with his assistant Jake Spence, along with my cousin Kean Salzer, taught me the Bible. But they also taught me many life lessons just by being around them. As a new follower of Jesus, I had many bad habits, and my friends never played the Holy Spirit for me, but rather they patiently allowed THE Holy Spirit to speak to me.
I’ll tell you one of the first, and then the most recent.
September 2018 Conchshell Chronicles
Good Relationships take time, energy and lots of hard work. The really special ones take well thought out intention. Some relationships have a little more “magic” and natural mutual enjoyment, but humanness always has a way of creeping in and the amusement of relating to other humans gets tiring. Our bad behavior, Issues and attitudes has a way of hitting the forefront in especially close relationships.
In marriage, the constant challenge of becoming one is part of the relational battle. The person I love the most, who I know God gave to me as my greatest gift is at times my greatest frustration. I am normally a sane, calm, joyful and light hearted person, but I have had moments of extreme irrational crazy lady , so mad creative words spew … the action of slamming a door feels oh so fitting and other general unbecoming behavior emerge and my emotions get the best of me.
Then the awful wondering and contemplating how I can be that way and not pull myself out of the huge hole I just dug emotionally where I became a useless black hole of ugliness and ineffective lame behavior.
August 2018 Conchshell Chronicles
While we have many clients who are born on Utila, most come to this island from every European country, from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, with many Canadians, Americans, and Israelis, and a lot of English. It’s our seventh year here, and we now have friends scattered across the world, many of whom we still chat with on Facebook and Instagram.
One thing I notice: All of our guests come here for good coffee, delicious food, and cool breezes. Many come for something else: community.
July 2018 Conchshell Chronicles
Freedom is a precious thing. Our founders came up with a very unique system of government that allows everyone to the right to their own opinion, the voice to express it, and a community in which to live it.
We welcomed diversity of opinions and came up with a new governmental structure to promote unity of life with liberty of thought. Much of what motivated our founders in 1787 was found in the Bible. God’s value for all human life, His decrees to care for one another, His cries for justice for all, and His compassion for those who need help were all incorporated within the seven Articles and 10 Amendments (The Bill of Rights) of this new, unique, never-been-seen before structure of government, which took into consideration the basic evilness of mankind and therefore the division of power into three sovereign branches of government: Legislative, Judicial, and Executive.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
For 231 years, this document has provided the most favorable environment for human beings to live, work, think, and enjoy. Why do we have an immigration problem? Because everyone wants to come to America and enjoy our freedoms!