Katie-bug woke up super excited today--as did we all! We met the instructor and the Make A Wish rep in 'downtown' Hanalei to start the day. An added bonus....the instructor was Bethany's coach, Russel. I can't remember his last name. He's an Aussie with a great accent.
Katie and Coach Russel.
The Make A Wish rep brought her daughter and the kids were presented with candy lei's. How fun is that?
Russel looked the kids over and decided they needed 'rash guards.' Those are the shirts made out of swimsuit fabric that I formerly thought were just to protect against sunburn. Nope...they are to protect your skin against the rash you get from the surfboard (kind of like a rug burn).
The surf shop gave each of the kids a rash guard! They were so excited! They looked adorable. The shop also gave each of us some very nice sunglasses which just seemed above and beyond...
After that, it was off to the beach and meeting Bethany. Her dad was there too. Kate became extremely shy and could barely look at Bethany. She told us later that all she could think was, "I can't believe I'm standing by Bethany Hamilton." So cute.
Sitting with Bethany and getting instructions from Russel about rip tides and how dangerous they are.
Bethany effortlessly shows us how its done.
It was an amazing day! We had so much fun! Jeff and the kids are all sunburned since they scorn suntan lotion. I...the whitey...put lotion on and don't have a sunburn--except for the spots I missed. HA!
We had a lot of time to talk to Bethany's dad and he was telling us how he and a few others from Bethany's foundation made a trip to Boston after the bombing to try to encourage those who had lost limbs. Most of them weren't quite ready to talk, so they left gift bags for them and talked to a few. He also invited us to their church after he found out we are Christians, so that will be fun tomorrow. Their church is in a tent! The kids think that is really cool--although were a bit bummed that it's not on the beach like in the movie. And Jordan asked if Carrie Underwood was going to lead the music. So cute.
Thanking God for this awesome trip and looking forward to spending Mother's Day in a tent church tomorrow!