It is Monday morning and we are here!  We arrived late last evening…right at the point of darkness.  But,we were able to tell that we were indeed back in Paradise, and   we went out on the beach  We sat at a table by the beach, got something cool to drink, and listened to the band. We watched some of the old beach boys as they packed up their little stalls for the night.  Soon, we decided we were going to pack it up for the night, as well.

I asked Joy and Patty before we retired to tell me their wonderful discovery and surprising joy.  Answers following”

Joy…(discovery)…Rainbow in a raincloud.

Joy…( joy)………..Watching Patty’s face as she saw the islands for the first time.

Patty…(discovery)…the beauty of this Paradise

Patty…(joy )…sharing and laughing with friends

We, of course, had plenty of funny things to laugh about.  Really, there is fun and funny things everywhere you go….IF you want to look for it!

Tonja…(discovery)…It is NOT a good thing to fly all the way to Hawaii from Atlanta…with no stops.  Not good for the body or soul! 

Tonja….(joy)…recognizing, once again, the blessing of being able to travel to beautiful places on this planet.

Speaking of the plane…our plane was equipped with the personal TV for each seat.  So, I watched 3 movies…and had time to watch one more.  Here’s my reviews….

THE KING’S SPEECH…WOW!  This si a gentle movie that moves along like a glimpse into the lives of these people.  There is some harsh language….but the way it is used in this movie…all the ‘bad word’ mentality is removed.  At least for me.  EXCELLENT!

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT…just another Katherine Heigl comedy about the guy, a baby, love, and marriage.  Funny…good chick flick…mindless entertainment.

EAT  PRAY  LOVE…..this is a true story of a magazine editor who takes a year off to ‘find herself”.  Played by Julia Roberts, she travels to Rome for food, India for prayer, and Bali for love.  I had read the book and enjoyed it tremendously!  The movie did not do it justice.  It plodded along.  It was entertaining enough with beautiful scenery, but it never captured the feeling of the book!

Tonja…DISCOVER#2…some things are better read than seen!

Well, Joy and Patty just left to go to Pearl Harbor and tour there.  I just needed to rest a little more after the day I had yesterday.  So, I’ll meet up with them later.   I’ll post as I can.   Enjoy these pics of our Hotel and Beach.    ALOHA !




  1. Ahhhh. Thanks for cheering me up with these pictures as I sit here in the land of snow.

  2. What a wonderful time for friends to share!! And I'm glad it's in your Favorite Place—getting to show all the joys and charms of a familiar, wonderful thing is to see it again with fresh eyes and the pride of sharing something so special.

    And it was so odd and so easy, the way you casually put "they left for Pearl harbor" as if they'd gone to a movie while you rested. That is so foreign to the everyday, it's exponentially special, and it's breath-taking to think that you're sleeping just a short distance from such a world-altering place.

    I'm SO glad you're having such a relaxing, meaningful trip. Rest and enjoy, and bring home sand in your shoes and stories in your heart.

  3. I can "hear" the JOY in your words. I'm so happy you are able to return to a place you love. Have a wonderful time sweet friend.

    Gorgeous photos.


  4. Shirley Davis |

    Oh, I can feel the breeze on my face and smell that plumeria in the air. Wish I was with you all. I am praying for your fun and fellowship! Shirley

  5. Tonja, it looks like paradise. I have never been. I enjoyed each one of those movies. I have watched Eat, Pray, Love a second time and liked it a little more then the first time I saw it.
    Enjoy your vacation.

  6. I'm anxious to see what you'll make with your shells this year…

  7. Tonja, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you as Hawaii braces for the tsunami waves. I pray you will be out of harm's way, and will be waiting anxiously to hear from you.

  8. Hope you are surviving the Tsunami with out incidence! Your flight out sounded great. Which airlines were you on?

  9. Reading this after all that has happened over there, I'll bet you have some new discoveries and joys! So thankful you all are o.k.!

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