Sunday, April 5, 2009

Ocean Front Property

We got checked into our cabin at Bellows Air Force Station on the Eastern shore of O'ahu on Friday afternoon. All day long we were very excited about getting to the beach. We were told that we had an "ocean-front cabin" reserved and were pleasantly surprised.

Bellows Cabin

Bellows Beach

Sheryl and Angie (Sara's mom and sister) were scheduled to fly in to Honolulu on Friday evening. They were using standby passes from Eddie (Sara's dad) and the flights ended up being oversold. They were unable to get on any of the flights to Honolulu, but hopped a flight to Maui. From Maui, they flew to Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines late Friday night (we booked them tickets online for only $28). We met them at the Bellows Gate at 1:00am to get them on base.

After about 4 hours of sleep, we woke up early on Saturday morning. After seeing the sunrise on Saturday morning, even after the jet-lag wears off, I'm still going to wake up early.

Saturday's Sunrise

On Saturday morning, out-numbered and out-voted, guess who chauffeured the luxury rental car (a white Toyota Corolla) to the famous Aloha Stadium Flea Market. After 3 hours at the flea market, I could not take it any longer and we left.

Shopping at Aloha Stadium Flea Market

Sunday's Sunrise

This being Sara's final day prior to surgery, she opted to relax at the cabin and lay on the beach for a few hours. Angie and Sheryl went to the beach for a few hours, and my mom and I toured the North Shore. We ate garlic prawns, bought fresh fruit from a local, watched surfers at Sunset Beach and the Banzai Pipeline, and then had some Shave Ice from Matsumoto's in Hale'iwa.

Fruit Stand Lady

Dumb Tourist

Sara has to be at the hospital at 5:30am on Monday morning. Her surgery should start about 7:30am (2:30am Japan Time/12:30 pm Texas Time). We will be staying at the hospital on Monday night and should be home by Tuesday afternoon.

We are confident about the success of the surgery tomorrow, but ask that you would pray for the surgeon (Dr. Smith) who will be operating on her and pray for Baby Sullivan's protection during surgery.

Thanks again.

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
--Hebrews 4:16


Julie said...

LOVE IT! My dad was stationed at Hickam when I was a child and we spent MANY weekends at Bellows (and it is where we stay when on vacay there with my family)... such awesome memories! We will be praying for you three tomorrow - get lots of rest and update us when you can!

Montgomery said...

Love you guys! We're praying! Brad, I do believe you've become a blogger! :) Miss you.

Natalie said...

I am praying for Sara's surgery today. Praying for a successful surgery and for protection for the baby!

Tam said...

Praying for you all today during the surgery. Matsumoto...lucky. Love that place! Praying for all the details of today and that the babe is extra protected. Glad your families got to come over.

Love Tamara Phillips

jennifer.pate said...

I am so happy you and your families are enjoying the beauties of Hawaii. It is such a wonderful place with a very supportive military family. I will keep Sara and precious Baby Sully in my prayers!!!!!! God Bless!
Lots of love,
Jennifer Comer Pate

Kyle said...

I and many others in Peru are praying for you both and the baby today. Just today I was teaching in my Bible class about the disciples asking why a man was born blind. Jesus replied that it was neither because of his sin or that of his parents, but so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. (John 9) May God's power be seen in this. To Him be the glory.

Kyle Boyes