Merry Christmas!

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Marks Family Highlights of 2016

  • Steve and Larissa served as pastors at Bluewater Mission Church in Honolulu, which included hosting many community gatherings in our home, Steve leading a Bluewater team to Indonesia, and both of us preaching a few sermons.
  • We took a separate trip to Indonesia with a performing arts team to perform theatre for a conference of over 1,000 ministry leaders from all over the world.
  • Larissa continued working as a spiritual director, and was grateful to guide people in their faith journey through one-on-one spiritual direction, group discussions, and an online community.
  • Aaron (7) enjoyed losing his first tooth (and 2nd, 3rd, and 4th), playing soccer, starting 2nd grade, and playing board games like Dominion and 7 Wonders.
  • Alexandra (4) loves preschool, learning to read, creating all kinds of artwork, and is currently obsessed with listening to the Moana soundtrack.
  • Aria (1) has been quick to learn new words, climb on furniture, laugh with her siblings, and rip up all the paper that she can find.
  • We are looking forward to 2017 with anticipation of new adventures and continued hope in Jesus.

Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau’oli Makahiki Hou
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I’m on The Huffington Post!

How to Get Free From Being Spiritually Stuck

Um, can I do a happy dance and spray champagne into the air?

Last week I became a contributing writer for Huffington Post!

Here’s my first published article: 10 Ways to Get Free From Being Spiritually Stuck

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I am excited about contributing to HuffPo, and hope you can join me there!



Happy 7th Birthday, Aaron

I write letters to my children on their birthdays. Here is last year’s letter to Aaron


Dear Aaron,

Happy 7th Birthday!

Well I’m not sure how it came to be that you are SEVEN now, but here we are. You are no longer my little kid; you’re a full-grown boy. This morning I said to you, “You’re seven. You were in my tummy once, and now you’re seven! You made me a mommy for the first time.” Your response with an eye-roll: “Yeah, Mom. I know.”

This year has been so much fun with you. You’ve done so many new things –  learned how to swim across the pool, joined a soccer team, lost your first tooth, started reading longer books by yourself.

You’re interested in cooking, very helpful with washing dishes, and getting good at strategy board games. You make up puns and jokes (this trait is from your Dad), and love to make people laugh. When you see your friends, you run off with a quick, “Bye, Mom!” and I’m left shaking my head at how much of a boy you’ve turned into.

You continue to have a fun-loving, laid-back personality. You ask lots of questions, trying to figure out how the world works. You care about others around you. Sometimes you think about how to be generous with your friends.

You love playing at the park, eating ice cream, playing with your sisters, reading your Plants vs. Zombies books, dancing to Thriller, playing 7 Wonders, and going to the beach.

This Mother’s Day, you gave me a ceramic rose that you made in school. I look at it, beautifully molded and painted by my little boy. And I am reminded what a gift it is to have you as my son.

I give you my blessing to become all of who you are uniquely created to be.

I love you and am so grateful you are part of my life.

Your Mom