Friends….I was not planning on doing this.  I was going to stay calm and quiet.  I was going to wait until after-the-fact to tell you about this… Luke Swanson, Surf

But here’s the deal:  Luke has his State surf contest tomorrow (Thursday.)  And I’m not gonna lie:

I’m a nervous wreck.

Luke is fine–full of confidence and trusting God with his results.
Deep down, so am I.

But I’m anxious, and I’m not sure why.
Maybe it’s the thousands of hours and dollars we have poured into his surfing this year.
Maybe it’s the fact that I already booked our MONTH in Cali this summer for his National Contest, which is dependent on him doing well at States.
Maybe it’s the too-many-Recess-Peanut-Butter Eggs I’ve had over the past few days.

But I’m not quite myself.

And here’s the deal.  I am aware that every single kid at this contest is amazing.  They’re all good.  They all want to win, and I would guess that most of their momma’s feel just like I do.

But this is my blog, and Luke…well, he’s an extraordinary young man, in every sense of the word, and…
I’m wondering if you would pray for him?  

Luke Swanson, pray/surf

We think he has the chance to do really, REALLY well at States.  It’s just that to get to the finals, he literally has to go through his FIRST HEAT, and advance (by being in the top three out of six,) to ANOTHER HEAT, THEN ANOTHER, THEN ANOTHER, then onto FINALS (there might even be one more “another” in there.) There are a LOT of heats he has to do well in to get to the end goal.  No room for a bad heat, or bad luck…

Two weeks ago,  Luke had the contest of his lifetime at Ali’i Beach here in Haleiwa.  The waves were huge, and he showed what he can do. He won his FIRST HEAT.  Then won his SEMI-FINAL heat.  Then went into the finals against the really tough competition, and WON FINALS!  It was epic.  It boosted his confidence and showed what he has in him.  We were all so stoked for States.  But the closer it gets…my stomach is in knots and I just want it to be over with!! :)

Luke grom surf

This is the good news: Luke JUST TURNED TEN, so he will be in this same age division for TWO MORE YEARS!  That is fantastic, because much of his competitors will be moving up…which means the next two years look really good for Luke.

It also means that IF somehow things don’t go well at State tomorrow, it’s not the end of the world.  He has TWO more years to make up for it.
But it doesn’t stop him (or me, clearly!) from wanting it to go really well.

This is what Luke has said he is praying for:
1.  That the waves would be good. (small waves make it really hard to show his abilities, and then it comes down to luck, which isn’t cool.)
2.  That he would surf his best.
3.  That he would not be afraid (or intimidated, etc.)
4.  That God would place him exactly where He wants him to be.

We know that there are bigger problems in the world, and praying for surf sometimes seems really shallow, but I think you know us well enough to understand.  So…
Would you pray for Luke?
And maybe for him mom?  haha.

grommom and luke
Thank you!

Like I said, I wasn’t even planning to tell you about the State contest until it was over, but then I remembered—Your’e kind of like family now.  And that’s what families do.



PS  IF you don’t hear from me for a few days, you’ll know why…haha–Just kidding!  I have an amazing lineup ready to post.  A fantastic GIVEAWAY, and a healthy, yummy, family favorite recipe…So win or lose, I’ll be back soon! :)


The Faithful, Quiet, Great Things you do.

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Do you ever wonder if any of it it really makes a difference?  Those things you do…when no one is watching, and no one is asking, and only you know what you do.  Whether you’re at work, or in the home, another long day, or middle of the night, do you wonder? This is for […]

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Happy Easter {w/ a little giveaway}

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Easter According to Levi

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Easter in Hawaii: Light Tropical Cheesecake Cups. + some fun Easter Links From Around the Web

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Our Anniversary…and a Marriage VLOG

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Fourteen of my Favorite Daily Short-Cuts.

April 11, 2014

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Eating “Clean,” Vegan, Paleo…and all the rest: Where I Fall in the Spectrum. {And my favorite recipe for Energy Balls.}

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The Anger-Lecture Habit in Parenting: It’s Ugly, Let’s Change it.

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An Anniversary, A Threenager, and a Big Fat Lip. (+ more.) A Weekend List.

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Homeschool Confessions: The Good, the Bad, and the Slightly Awkward

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Risk, Pain, and Purpose.

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Homeschool Updates. {Part I: Curriculum.}

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Salted, Caramelized Banana Ice Cream

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On Finding your Personal Passion

March 24, 2014
finding passion

Hi, it’s VLOG time around here! The topic of finding passion has been on my mind for some time.  I wanted to start with a little intro which applies to anyone at ANY STAGE of life!  This is an encouragement to continue to develop yourself as a person–to pursue hobbies, chase dreams, and find the […]

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Surf Contests Own Me.

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Complaining but not complaining

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Green (Banana and Kale) Muffins. Happy St. Patty’s Day!

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Hawaiian-Style Home: DIY Starfish and Shell Decorations

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Diet and Body Image: How Changing my Thinking Changed my Life. {a VLOG}

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March 10, 2014

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Simple Lemon Raspberry Bars

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Today: The World Premier of Beyond Sight, the Movie

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Of one Sea + Josiah Swanson Collaboration T-shirts: GIVEAWAY!

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When the Grandparents took FIVE teenage cousins to Washington DC.

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Diet, exercise, and Body Image: My Story {A VLOG}

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Easy Coconut Rice with Papaya and Pistachios

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8 things I can’t live without

February 26, 2014
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It’s just a list.  It’s quick.  (It’s my husband’s birthday, there’s a few things I ought to do?)  The photos are at the bottom.  Have fun, and then share something of your own too, ok? EIGHT THINGS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT (Or I really wouldn’t want to–) 1.  Instagram.  What a perfect, albeit completely useless […]

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A Chore System, and Money Management for Kids: A Video.

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