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Unconditional Love

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy, love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things; believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails.”  1 Corinthians 13.4-8

This beautiful couple showed me and my siblings how it looks like to love one another.  Unconditionally.

Today, as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, and knowing what it’s all about, I can’t help but think of my parents who were more than just attracted to each other.  As they grew in their marriage, they learned to go beyond feelings and took the next step of loving each other unconditionally.  They learned how to think of each other and serve one another.  There is no such thing as a perfect marriage as we all get selfish.

But year after year, I witnessed their marriage beautifully blossom.  Especially, sometime after my Dad had a severe stroke. Whereas Dad had always been the provider and leader of the home, now he needed my mom to care for him in every way (big and small).  Man, did my mom step it up.  It was then I personally saw the diamond of God’s love shining in their marriage from a whole new angle.  As they both learned to continue to show unconditional love to each other.

Their new “norm” could’ve broken their marriage.  Instead, it made their marriage stronger and continued to grow for 64 years!  Despite the difficulty of my Dad having to recover from his stroke, my Mom and Dad were a picture of unconditional love between a husband and a wife.   What a beautiful display of God’s love and common grace to all men and women!

In sickness and in health, till death do us part.  They truly lived it.  My hope and prayer is to emulate their example in my marriage.  So blessed and thankful for my parents as I have lived to see what  true romantic Valentines really look like!

 

 

Stab In the Back

Simply put.  It’s been 2 years since I no longer feel a stabbing pain on my left scapula. EVERY SINGLE DAY I felt like someone was stabbing my back since 2007.  Talk about having someone really stab me in the back!

Also, my high blood pressure eventually normalized as I noticed even taking Felodipine and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, I continued to have fluctuating high blood pressure and a shooting pain on my left eye that felt like it would explode any minute.  So my head also felt like exploding.  And, yes, I felt these symptoms everyday as well. Eventually, more symptoms disappeared.

I was so excited to scream it to the whole world the first time I no longer felt it on a chronic basis as I’ve felt hostage for so MANY years!  But I’ve learned to wait for my symptoms to go away as it takes time for my condition to be reversed.

These resulted sometime after my amalgams and permanent retainer were removed as I felt another level of healing.  And this was done in a series of visits as my body would not have been able to handle toxic removal all at the same time.  I later learned it’s because amalgams has mercury in them and a permanent retainer has nickel in it.  Both VERY LETHAL to the human body.  As I mentioned in another post, they were acting like a battery in my mouth!

I haven’t even mentioned that I still had root canals in my mouth at the time I had the mercury and nickel removed!  As I didn’t learn until later that my root canals had moderate acute and chronic inflammation and fragments of viable reactive bone.  My Bio-Dentist was emphatic on the removal of “root cadaver canal” teeth (as he referred to them) due to its potential and actual impact for some on general systemic health. Which I obviously exhibited with my Fibromyalgia condition.

An excerpt from an article written by The Center for Natural Dentistry says, “We have found that fatigue, regardless of the underlying disease, is primarily associated with hypersensitivity to inorganic mercury and nickel.”

Mercury and Nickel Allergy: Risk Factors in Fatigue and Autoimmunity

Now, I don’t know if having root canals alone can cause so much health problems.  And it’s true that there are others who have root canals and seem to be doing okay.  So, with that said, this is a personal decision.  I agreed to get all this dental work done because my body was already failing me.  Fibromyalgia is also a systemic issue, so that alone convinced me that it needed immediate attention.

So this past Thanksgiving, Christmas and as 2014 almost comes to a close, I couldn’t help but reflect and be sooo THANKFUL my body continues to heal as each layer is addressed.  I feel like a soldier no longer dodging bullets and stepping on land mines but I am bruised and injured and needing time to continue to heal.

Humbled and grateful I can be a wife and a mother again as I was truly losing my identity.  And getting a second chance in life.  I am slowly getting my life back even if it’s one year at a time.

We finally have a cart!

Our on-line store is totally old school.  And it has worked for a couple of years.  But it is getting difficult to manage.

So, thank goodness for our new store through Square you can now place your order on your own.  It’s really easy and simple to use!

Just simply go to our Store/Buy Online page and shop away!  A simple explanation on pre-orders is also on our Store   🙂

Any questions?  Please leave your message on the Contact Us page and we will get back to you the next business day which is January 12, 2016.  As our Customer Service is closed during the holidays.  And we are preparing for a better and stronger 2016!

Much Aloha!  ❤

Reflecting on Thanksgiving!

I have soooo much to be thankful for!  My husband who has been so supportive and loving all these years and for celebrating 25 years with him, my children who all continue to give me so much love and give me true satisfaction being a mom, my family, friends, provisions, a church home we love, women from our church I have the opportunity to mentor and a small home business I didn’t even know I would end up having.   And the list just goes on and on!

Though my Dad passed away early this year, I can be thankful of how God is truly healing the pain.  It still hurts to not have him around anymore. And my nephew who also passed away just several months ago.   So losing two loved ones in one year has been really difficult.  But time really heals and I am so thankful for all the great memories and I will always have them in my heart  ❤ 🙂

And each Thanksgiving has become a marker for me since 2008 as how my life is returning one year at a time.  I’m reminded to be thankful despite the condition and to not waste the opportunity to live!  Fibromyalgia really took over my life and I was honestly ready to die or came to a point of accepting my life was just always going to be spent very sick in bed.  But God is so good to give me my life back again.  Even if I have to wait one year at a time.

Lastly, I am most thankful for God who has shown me the meaning of true love as He sent His one and only son to die on the cross so that we can have a personal relationship with Him–what sacrificial love!  I am also thankful that in hardship, I have personally experienced mercy and grace. And seen Christ heal and provide firsthand.

Enjoy your day today with loved ones as you reflect on thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Day!  ❤

Support Small Business

#SmallBizSat is tomorrow Saturday, Nov 28. Get ready to show your love for the businesses that make your community special. Get up, get out, and #ShopSmall.

LIRIO’s real, pure & simple is participating on Small Business Saturday sponsored by American Express. We are currently taking pre-orders! And SALE price:

Buy 3 or more:

  • 2 oz is $3/bar (Reg price:  $3.84)
  • 3 oz is $4/bag (Reg price:  $4.84)

Buy 2 or more:

  • 11.5 oz is $12.00 for WAIANAE (Reg price:  $13.89)
  • 11.5 oz is $13.00 for KILAUEA (Reg price:  $14.89)

Shipping is USPS Flat Rate in the US only.  Please place your order on the Order Form at the Store/Buy Online page.

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Mahalo for your support!

Happy Birthday to my Dad!

Today, I remember my Dad.  As he would’ve turned 85 years old!

Time really heals all wounds.  But I am finding that there will still be times when it hurts really bad because I miss him so much! It hasn’t been a year so it’s still fresh but God’s abundant grace and mercy have been truly my anchor.  Jesus Christ is my rock and my redeemer.  And continues to give me peace and comfort because He is in control.

“In whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?” Job 12.10

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.  I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it abundantly.”  John 10.10

I continue to look to Christ as I miss my Dad.  And know He has made everything beautiful in its time.

New Things to Come!

Aloha!

As you’ve noticed, I haven’t been able to blog lately.  As I’ve been busy with other aspects of our small business.  A lot has happened since I last blogged. Our small batch business is growing!  And continually moving forward in my healing journey 🙂

We are also in the process of improving our website.  Including our on-line store so that ordering process will be easier!  So, look out for our new website soon as we unveil it in the near future 🙂

Mahalo Nui’loa for your continued support!  ❤

My Father

I’m speechless.  I was ready to blog about my Dad for Father’s Day.  But all I can say is I miss him.  It’s only been about 5 months since we said goodbye to the most loving, thoughtful, caring, strong, giving, talented, handsome father with the biggest heart  ❤

He will always be alive in my heart ❤

Celebrating you on Father’s Day, Dad!  🙂

Father’s Day

I’m speechless.  I was ready to blog about my Dad for Father’s Day.  But all I can say is I miss him.  It’s only been about 5 months since we said goodbye to the most loving, thoughtful, caring, strong, giving, talented, handsome father with the biggest heart  ❤

He will always be alive in my heart ❤

Celebrating you on Father’s Day, Dad!  🙂

Celebrating My Mother!

My Mother continues to be an inspiration to me as she has showed me for so many years what it looks like to sacrificially give of myself to my children.   I think of her often when I feel inadequate as a mother and I am reminded of her strength, determination, focus, hard working and caring ways to us as she happily cared for all of us and nurtured us growing up.

Happy Mother’s Day my dear mother!  Your children loves you soooo much!  I love you!  ❤

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And a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there…enjoy!  😀

65 Years Strong

Today my parents have been married for 65 years.

Though my Dad passed away 3 months ago, their marriage continues to be alive in our hearts. There is not a day I don’t think of my parents as an example of showing unconditional love to each other.

Their marriage was far from perfect yet filled with so much hope and love which they truly exemplified in their lives.

Marriage is a commitment which pictures God’s grace and mercy.  And they believe in that truth and lived it out.  Thankful to have personally witnessed it in their lives.  Because they followed the original design of marriage, they have been blessed above and beyond!  And their children continue to benefit from their blessings as we personally see it being passed down from generation to generation.

Through good times and bad times, in sickness and in health, till death do us part.  My parents truly showed me and my siblings how our marriage vows should be lived out.

So thankful and blessed to have them in our lives.  Happy 65 years together Mom and Dad!  ❤

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Come and Get Your island RAW granola Now Available at All Down To Earth Stores in Oahu!

We are so excited to announce that Lirio’s island RAW granola is finally available at all 4 Down To Earth stores in Oahu, Hawaii!  And we could not have done it without you!

Please come and get your favorite flavor/s or package/s at any of the following fine Down To Earth locations.

2525 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI

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201 Hamakua Drive, Kailua, HI

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98-129 Kaonohi Street, Aiea, HI

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4460 Kapolei Parkway, Suite 320, Kapolei, HI
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A BIG MAHALO to all of you!!!  😀