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    Hi! This is the photography and lifestyle blog of Sheena Bean of Photography In the Light. I am a lifestyle photographer based in Kauai, Hawaii. I moved here with my family in January of 2015. My husband is the youth pastor at Lihue Missionary Church and we are raising three little world changers, Noakea, Banyan, and Avenlea Wren. This is His story, our story, and little snippets of life on a 562 square mile rock in the middle of the Pacific.

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The Bean Family Chronicles | Stream-side Shenanigans

The boys ask me at least 4 or 5 times a day to take them to play down in the stream.  It’s just a 5 minute walk from the house, but the mosquito factor is formidable and unless you’re in the water, you’re basically a blood bank.  Saying “yes,” when I want to say “no,” is one of the biggest challenges for me when it comes to parenting boys.  They always want to go adventuring, get dirty, and otherwise do things that this crafty homebody would rather obtain from.  Unless it involves the ocean, my outdoor exploits involve way too many mosquito bites to be anything desirable.

This little stream and waterfall (ill save that for another post) are just a short distance from the house and when the four boys came in with their cute faces begging me to take them down there, I took advantage of Avenlea napping and Auntie Meghann’s willingness to hang at home to be a “cool mom” and go venturing into mosquito land with the boys.  The path to the stream is a little precarious, but after convincing Banyan that he wasn’t going to slide down to his impending doom, we walked down and the boys had a fun hour of splashing, sliding, and taunting one another to do more dangerous things than the other one.

Also….these are unedited SOOC pictures.  I’m over editing blog post pictures.  Too time consuming.

The Bean Family Chronicles | Waimea Canyon and Kalalau Lookout

Grandma and Auntie Meghann are here.  Lots of adventuring this week.  Lots of pictures to go through.

For now, these are unedited and fresh out of the camera for your viewing pleasure.  No internet in the

new place means no editing and no fancy posts for now.  Just pictures.  Are words really even

necessary with scenery like this?

June 4, 2015 - 2:11 am

Susan Russell - beautiful photography!

The Bean Family Chronicles | Kapahi

A couple weeks ago, we spent the afternoon on a friends property up in the country.  It’s only about 20 minutes from where we live right now, but it’s a total slice of Eden.  Between the pond to paddle around, the acres of lawn to play in, and the ponies to ride, our kids are convinced that it’s the best place on earth….


This little thing thinks she’s one of the boys and has no qualms about getting just as wet, dirty, and messy as they do.  Keeping her out of the water requires constant vigilance.

He’ll sit by himself for an hour sometimes, just tossing pebbles and wandering around the shoreline.

She’s kinda obsessed with daddy right now….

If daddy isn’t around, biggest brother totally takes the cake.  The level of excitement when he gets home from school is unmatched.

Our friends who live on the property have twin 7 year old boys….this basically means we only see Noakea when he gets hungry.

I wont say whether Mr. Bean is afraid of horses……

To a normal person, an afternoon in a hammock in Kauai is a perfect way to laze away the time.  When you’re 4 years old and in timeout, however, it might as well be prison.

The Bean Family Chronicles : The Believers Share Their Possessions, or Living With Open Hands

“All the believers were one in heart and mind.  No one claimed that any of their possessions were their own, but they shared everything they had.”

Acts 4:32

It’s been awhile.  I know.  I’ve started writing 3 or 4 times, but felt words insufficient for what I needed to say.  Many things have happened since the last time I posted an update of our faith journey.  Many, many mountain tops.  A few valleys too. Much to say about all that, but God has been faithful.  A house sold, a car sold, a going away party, extravagant generosity of friends.  Our family, humbled by the outpouring of love from our brothers and sisters in Christ.  I’ve wanted to share all of this, but every time I sat down to write, it felt like it wasn’t time to share.  Until now.

I’m sitting on a futon couch in a two bedroom home that sits halfway between the mountains and the ocean on the island on Oahu.  Small, even by Hawaii standards, this little apartment is nestled down a side street just a few blocks away from the bustling vacation headquarters of Waikiki. With the verdantly green Ko’olau Mountains a few miles in one direction and the clear blue waters of the Pacific ocean equally distant the other way, this cozy home is ideally located right in the heart of Honolulu.   Our friends, Keali’i and Juanita (names have been changed, as they wish to remain anonymous), live here with their two children.

Before flying over to Kauai, we knew we would need to spend a few days on Oahu to ship some goods over to Kauai and to attempt to find a car to purchase.  As you could imagine, finding an affordable place to stay on one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world is no easy task.  After scouring travel websites and reading page after page of craigslist ads, we were feeling pretty defeated in the whole “where are we gonna stay” conundrum.  A couple weeks before we were set to leave North Carolina, we had a random meeting at church one Sunday with a man visiting his daughter.  The visitor was an army chaplain who was stationed on Oahu.  We “coincidentally” sat beside each other at Sunday morning service and upon hearing our story, he offered us the use of his home and car while we were on Oahu.  We were, of course, absolutely blown away by this strangers generosity and extravagant offer.  Unfortunately, a handful of events conspired and at the last minute, he regrettably informed us that we wouldn’t be able to use his home and car as planned. Disappointed and stuck in a position of really needing a place to stay, we started praying that God would somehow provide a place for us to stay on Oahu.

On Sunday, January 25th, we boarded a military plane headed from Virginia Beach, VA to Long Beach, CA.  Arriving in California, we spent a couple days in SoCal meeting with friends and trying to help the kids adjust to the time change.  The night before we were slated to fly to Oahu, I received a Facebook message from my friend Juanita asking if we had found a place to say.  I told her, no, that we hadn’t and within moments she replied offering us a place to stay at their home.  Thankful and excited at the prospect of spending a few days with a sweet friend and her family, we accepted the offer and jumped on board a plane the next morning.  Arriving on Oahu after a 6 hour flight we secured a rental car and drove the 20 minutes to our friends house.

After squeezing our rental van into a parking space that allowed us barely enough room to open the sliding van doors, I unlocked the door to the grey cinderblock built bottom floor apartment; one of eight tenements packed into a tiny city building.  Opening the door, I felt my eyes tear up.  Somehow, within the 500 square feet that this family of four shared, were two bedrooms, one bathroom, a tiny kitchen and a small living room.  The sacrifice this family was making to allow our family of five to crowd this tiny home for the week hit me like a ton of bricks and I started weeping in thanksgiving.  If anybody had legitimate reason to graciously decline our request for housing, they had reason.  Four people living in 500 square feet would be hard enough, but to allow five more in……I was just floored.  In offering to let us stay for as long as we needed, they had agreed to let their children sleep in their room and to give up their space and privacy to help us in our time of need.

 The last 3 days we have spent living in this little crowded home have been absolutely delightful.  Hearing Keali’i and Juanita’s passion for sharing the gospel, living simply, and being a light in the community they are in has been a refreshing spring of encouragement.  Seeing the way they take the command in Acts 4:32 literally has challenged and convicted us.  I am so thankful that God brought us to this tiny home this week so we could be reminded of what it looks like to be the kind of people who daily live in light of the gospel.

This afternoon, we will board a plane for our final flight to Kauai.  I don’t know yet where we will live, what we will drive, or how we are going to get settled in our new home.  Amidst all the unknowns, though, one thing remains.  God is good.  He has been faithful through this journey in ways that have left us astounded and amazed at His goodness and provision.  I can’t wait to see how He continues to pave the way for us and can’t wait to praise His name for being our all-knowing, all-sufficent Father!

January 31, 2015 - 1:38 am

Alyson - How amazing!! Im so thankful God is continuing to provide. So faithful!!!!

January 31, 2015 - 7:00 am

Virginia - I am in awe of how God has provided for every detail of your journey. Looking forward to seeing the great adventure God has in store for you.

January 31, 2015 - 2:17 pm

Deborah Walsh - Thank you for taking the time to document your journey to Hawaii and sharing how God is faithful. As Believers, we are “…a chosen generation, a royal Priesthood, an holy nation, a people set a liberty, that ye should show forth the virtues of him that hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light…are now the people of God…have now obtained mercy…have your conversation honest among the Gentiles…by your good works which they shall see, glorify God on the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:9-12, Geneva Bible).
Faith pleases God because faith allows God to do His work through us. Romans 1:17 states, “…the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
Your documented journey and personal stories shared with me exemplify Ephesians 3:20: “Unto him therefore that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”
Now, as the third epistle of John reminds us, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (KJV). THIS IS ALSO MY PRAYER FOR YOU.

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