Gratitude Challenge - Day 7 Photograph

As part of the Gratitude Challenge, I was technically supposed to post this picture to my social network on Day 7, (I'm way past that!) but the important thing is that I've gotten it out here now, right? I took this photograph during our amazing family vacation to Hawaii three years ago. It inspires gratitude in me on several levels.

For starters, all my life I've wanted to see Hawaii. I secretly think I was supposed to have been raised there. My mom claims my father passed on a job opportunity when my siblings and I were really little, and instead of the Hawaii job, he selected the Midwest. But that's okay, because I wouldn't know all the incredible people I know right now if he hadn't done that. (Guess that makes for gratitude point number two!)

Another reason this picture inspires gratitude in me, is because I'm NOT a professional photographer by any stretch of the imagination. But I carted my tripod and camera over treacherous terrain, set it up and messed around with the shutter speeds until I achieved this awesome effect of the waterfall.

I'm grateful that when we took the trip, our kids were old enough to always remember it. I'm grateful that we took the time to travel on Maui's stunning Road to Hana, and used the detailed guidebook of island secrets our friends suggested. I'm grateful we were all healthy and fit enough to traverse the top-secret hazardous trail of slippery rocks, which ultimately led to the discovery of this incredibly beautiful hidden waterfall.

When I look at this photograph, it brings back all the memories of that remarkable trip…

• Standing on black volcanic rock and witnessing the formation of the earth as glowing hot lava seared its path through the rain forest, dropping with a steaming hiss into the Pacific Ocean.

• Hiking over that same black volcanic rock in total darkness, with only the stars (& our GPS unit) to guide us back.

• Daily rainbows.

• Exotic flowers and plants.

• Fresh pineapple and delicious Hawaiian cuisine.

• And the most beautiful views we've ever seen.
We had some of our most memorable family vacation moments on this trip. Some great, and in all honesty, some not so great—but we can laugh about those moments now. And finally, I'm grateful for this picture because it also represents a hope that one day, we'll get to go back there and experience it all once again.

Now, on another note…

I'd like to give a great big thank you to Amy of Moving On From the Drama for blessing me with the Lemonade Stand Award for my gratitude attitude!

The rules for this award are:

*Put the Lemonade logo on your blog or within your post.
*Nominate at least 10 blogs with great attitude or gratitude.
*Link the nominees within your post.
*Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
*Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

Here are the ten blogs I'm nominating for their own Gratitude Attitudes:

3 Little Ones
A Walk in My Shoes
All in an Iowa Mom's Day
At Home with Heather
Baby Steps
Diary of a New Mom
Everyday Mama Drama
Holli's Ramblings
Megan Rebekah Blogs…and Writes
On My Way to Barnes and Noble

And another thank you goes out to The Girl Next Door Grows Up for presenting me with the One Lovely Blog Award. She has a "lovely" sense of humor and you should check out her blog for a good chuckle when you have a chance.

This lovely award is to be given to up to 15 blogs you have newly discovered and, of course, think are just lovely. I'm encouraging aspiring writers to visit the following writing-related blogs. I get "lovely" encouragement and inspiration from them all:

Alice's CWIM Blog
Writer Mama
Mridu Khullar
Daily Blog Tips
Nathan Bransford Literary Agent
Newbie Blog
The Wealthy Freelancer
The Well-fed Writer
There Are No Rules


Lauren said...

Spectacular picture, Holly.

I also took that drive to Hana when I was in my early twenties and single. At one point, had to wait for either a flock of sheep or cows (can't remember which one) to cross the road. Back then, the road was unpaved. I still remember the trip and the glorious scenic prize that stood at the end of the road.

Mom2Miles said...

Great photo, Holly. And yes, the pineapple in Hawaii is to die for isn't it? Thank you so much for nominating me for an award! Now I have a bunch more blogs to check out, too. :)

Jackie at 3littleones said...

i love that photo!!! thanks so much for the award :) Have a happy thanksgiving!

Naomi de la Torre said...

Congrats on your awards! You have a really great blog and totally deserve them. I'm going to check out the ones you awarded too. It's alwasy fun to read new blogs, esp. ones that come recommended by great writers.

Heidi Willis said...

beautiful photo! That kind is hard to take - where the water is smooth and the rocks crisp...

Having carried my own tripod places no tripod should go, I appreciate this even more!

Mridu Khullar said...

Thank you so much for the award, Holly. Through you, I'm now discovering other bloggers as well.

Naomi de la Torre said...

PS I spent some time checking out a lot of the blogs on your list here and they are awesome! THanks for the tips. And thanks for all your fantastic comments on my bloggie. I appreciate you! Have a super week.

Name: Holly Bowne said...

Thanks for all the compliments on my photo here! I appreciate it.

And it's my pleasure, Naomi. I'm glad you've found my blog links helpful.