"For all of us, becoming indigenous to a place means living as if your children's future mattered, to take care of the land as if our lives, both material and spiritual, depended on it." - Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass
This weekend we went up to Idyllwild to celebrate my niece Lylah's 8th Birthday. Ronan had a blast hanging out with his cousins, exploring the woods, and spending time with his Uncle and Aunty. We all had fun exploring the quaint mountain town and taking in the beautiful scenery.
Explore. Enjoy. Learn.
is the Best Time!"
The many faces of Ronan Hakota...
The Birthday Girl!!!
Yesterday, I attended the graduation of my niece, Precious Meamoto TeMaari Manu, from Cal State Fullerton. I am so proud of all that she has accomplished and of the example that she is to my son, Ronan. She is a beautiful, strong, smart, and caring woman, who I know will go on to do many great things. She looked absolutely stunning covered in leis and wearing her korowai proudly.
At the same time, my dear friend, Monica's, daughter Toya graduated from Chinle High School in Arizona. While my sister, Erana, and I couldn't be there in person, we sent Toya a korowai to wear at her graduation ceremony. We are grateful for friends that we can have deep and meaningful cultural exchanges with and who support and inspire us daily.
We are so proud of these beautiful young indigenous women. It is so important that all women, but especially indigenous women, seek to become strong and educated individuals to help uplift our communities. These are our daughters, grand-daughters, nieces, sisters, and friends who will grow both in mind and spirit to be the our future leaders and children's examples. As a mother, I am so grateful that my son has strong women in his life to look up to.
I'm glad I have an amazing sister that said yes right away when I asked if she'd help me sell Lularoe.
Yesterday as a family we had a little pizza party lunch at Flippin Pizza Restaurant in Murrieta, CA. The food was really good and the ambiance had a very cool vibe to it. Ronan is a big fan of pizza, he loves picking off the pepperoni and eating it.
His face shows of all the slices he devoured. 😁🍕
Roaming the hallway of art.
Cheesing it up with Daddy.
My sweet son giving me kisses. 😍