i meant to share this last week with our hawaii posts, but didn’t get around to it in time. here are a few photos from an afternoon we spent at pearl harbor. both josh and i had family (my grandpa, his granddad and his uncle) who served in the pacific during world war II so we really wanted to go visit.
these sorts of places that are filled with so much history, it’s always kind of a roller coaster for me when we visit. i usually leave feeling overwhelmed, of course always leaving feeling incredibly thankful, but also just confused and sad with the world. i don’t think i can adequately express what gratitude i have for those from many countries who have given their lives, or risk their lives every day, for our freedoms. and also, the gratitude i feel for their families, because i don’t know how they do it. i don’t know how i’d do it. i don’t even know how to comprehend it. so thank you, a million times over, thank you.
we didn’t get tickets ahead of time because we weren’t sure when and if we’d make it there with the kids, so the day we did go, the USS arizona battleship tours were sold out. we got tickets to explore the USS missouri instead (where the surrender of the empire of japan that ended world war II took place) and went at our own pace without a tour. we got extra lucky though, because no one was really around and we practically had the entire thing to ourselves. they let you really get up and in there and explore almost every area of it, which our entire family appreciated. it was fascinating!
after our afternoon of exploring, our taxi ride back to the hotel was pretty quiet. the kids were winding down for the day and ready to sleep and i think josh and i were still processing everything we had seen and read at pearl harbor. we decided to take a detour over to waiola shave ice for a little pick me up. (delicious! and helped lift the mood!)
grateful for the chance to stand in a place full of so much incredible history. and again, so so thankful for those who have fought, and those who fight, and their brave families…. forever indebted.
ps. for those who’ve asked in past photos, my birkenstock sandals can be found here. my dress is by lauren moffatt, fedora hat from madewell and beach bag from here (30% off right now!) eleanor’s sweater is an oldie from mini rodini and samson’s fedora is from here. eleanor’s blue sunglasses are from the honest company.