Fall and a new bed!

15 Nov

Weird title, I know. Since we have been back from Israel, my eyes just cannot seem to soak up quick enough all the gorgeous fall colors everywhere!! My kids have grown weary of hearing me say, “Ooooh, look at that beautiful tree” or “Do you see all the beautiful colors??!!?? Look!!!” Ruby has told me several times, “Mo-om, our eyes are open. We see them.” And Mack, just yesterday when I told him it was so cold in the house that I was never coming out from under my blanket, said, “But who will drive us around to places and tell us to look at the trees?” Hahaha!! Made me laugh.
But, seriously, LOOK!!

IMG_8483.JPG

IMG_8493.JPG

IMG_8484.JPG

IMG_8492.JPG

I absolutely love fall. Gorgeous colors and beautiful reminders that God is an amazing Creator…creative beyond what our human minds can comprehend and yet orderly. Seasons are amazing.

IMG_8486.JPG

IMG_8485.JPG

IMG_8482.JPG
This tree above is in our front yard. It turns a little later than many others on our street. It’s nice to watch it change. This tree was tiny, tiny when we moved in here 11 years ago.

Now, about the new bed. Mack has his own room with a double bed and a cool trucks/cars comforter. He likes his room until bed time. Every night for MANY years he has gone to bed mad. He wants to sleep in his sisters’ room. They each have their own twin bed with matching duvets. Very girly and cute. Mack has often laid on a pallet on the floor of their room. He has recently decided he would rather sleep in the TWIN bed with one of the girls. I usually don’t care if he sleeps with them. I’m glad they like to be together. I remember sleeping with my sister and making memories. But we had kind of been making him sleep in his bed on school nights. However, every night he would say, “I don’t wanna sleep by myself!!!!” We would tell him that he has a great bed and would sleep better in his own bed. He would then say, “This is not fair. Molly has Ruby and you have dad, but I don’t have anyone.”
And he had a point.
He would even add, …plus I’m the baby, and I’m the one all by myself.”
We would find him like this:

IMG_8523.JPG

But now….

IMG_8520.JPG

IMG_8522.JPG

IMG_8521.JPG

Everyone is happy, happy, happy! They crack me up. I’m very thankful they get to spend so much time together all day and even at night. I know one day these sweet sleepovers will be old news. I’m going to roll with it for now!

Israel, Day 8

14 Nov

We went bright and early to The Garden Tomb. We saw Skull Hill. We listened to the guide explain the location of Calvary and the empty tomb.

IMG_8258.JPG

IMG_8266.JPG

IMG_8261.JPG

IMG_8260.JPG

IMG_8273.JPG

IMG_8270.JPG

IMG_8271.JPG

IMG_8268.JPG

IMG_8299.JPG

IMG_8305.JPG

IMG_8308.JPG
We had a special time of reflecting on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus! And many shared a word of testimony and praise to God.

We went to Bethlehem. It was here that Ruth came at the beginning of barley harvest, married Boaz and became the grandmother of King David. Bethlehem was the home of Jesse and his son, David who would be King of Israel. This is where Joseph came with Mary and where Jesus was born. This was where the shepherds heard the Angels proclaim the birth of the Messiah. And here is where Herod ordered that all male children 2 years and under were to be killed. We went to the Church of the Nativity in Manger Square.

IMG_8317.JPG

IMG_8319.JPG

IMG_8316.JPG

IMG_8324.JPG

IMG_8333.JPG

IMG_8331.JPG

IMG_8328.JPG

Bethlehem is surrounded by tall walls because it is a Palestinian area.

IMG_8337.JPG

IMG_8338.JPG

IMG_8342.JPG

IMG_8341.JPG

IMG_8346.JPG

IMG_8339.JPG

IMG_8352.JPG

IMG_8354.JPG

Then it was time to pack up and fly home! So sad!! Shalom, Jerusalem!

IMG_8361.JPG

I feel I’ve done a terrible job explaining our trip! There’s just soooo much. But at least for now I have pictures posted. If you ever get a chance to go to Israel, GO!!!

Israel, Day 7

14 Nov

Today we started in The City of David. We saw the ancient ruins of David’s house.

IMG_8022.JPG

IMG_8021.JPG

IMG_8024.JPG

IMG_8023.JPG

IMG_8030.JPG

IMG_8028.JPG

IMG_8027.JPG

IMG_8029.JPG

IMG_8034.JPG

IMG_8035.JPG

IMG_8036.JPG

IMG_8033.JPG

IMG_8043.JPG

IMG_8044.JPG

IMG_8049.JPG

We walked through part of Hezekiah’s tunnel to get to the Western Wall.

IMG_8052.JPG

IMG_8051.JPG

IMG_8055.JPG

IMG_8058.JPG

Here we walked on a 1st century road!

IMG_8098.JPG

IMG_8071.JPG

IMG_8069.JPG

IMG_8256.JPG

IMG_8104.JPG

IMG_8106.JPG

IMG_8101.JPG

IMG_8102.JPG

Then, we made our way to the steps leading up to the gates that would take pilgrims closer to the Temple. I was so glad that I got to see and walk upon these steps. These aren’t THE 15 steps that led up to the actual Temple…we didn’t go to the Temple Mount…Muslims have a shrine there today…not a site worth seeing in my opinion. But the steps reminded me of all my ladies from summer Bible Study. We took a journey and paralleled our lives with those pilgrims that would make the trek up to Jerusalem. It’s a truth etched in my heart and mind forever….Set Your Heart on Pilgrimage!!

IMG_8119.JPG

IMG_8112.JPG

IMG_8111.JPG

IMG_8122.JPG

NOW, Bless the Lord, all you servants of The Lord, who serve by night in the house of The Lord!
Lift up your hands in sanctuary and bless the Lord.
May The Lord bless you from Zion, He who made heaven and earth.
PSALM 134

IMG_8125.JPG

Then on to the Wailing Wall.

IMG_8149.JPG

IMG_8151.JPG

IMG_8134.JPG

IMG_8147.JPG

IMG_8131.JPG

IMG_8150.JPG

IMG_8130.JPG

IMG_8135.JPG

IMG_8154.JPG

IMG_8157.JPG

IMG_8156.JPG

IMG_8158.JPG

We went to the pool of Bethesda (house of mercy). It has been partly excavated and is about 60 feet below the present ground level.

IMG_8172.JPG

IMG_8171.JPG

We walked through town and ended at the House of Caiaphas, the high priest. This day was full of much reflection…(Mt. 26:57-63)

IMG_8187.JPG

IMG_8184.JPG

IMG_8180.JPG

IMG_8176.JPG

IMG_8190.JPG

IMG_8193.JPG

IMG_8195.JPG

IMG_8197.JPG

IMG_8203.JPG

IMG_8210.JPG

IMG_8206.JPG

IMG_8213.JPG

IMG_8222.JPG

IMG_8223.JPG

IMG_8218.JPG

IMG_8217.JPG

IMG_8225.JPG

IMG_8238.JPG

IMG_8233.JPG

IMG_8234.JPG

IMG_8249.JPG

IMG_8248.JPG

IMG_8251.JPG

IMG_8246.JPG

IMG_8252.JPG

We went back to our rooms that night, knowing tomorrow we had a full morning and then would be saying goodbye to Israel. Though I was ready to see the kids by then, I would definitely be leaving a part of my heart in this special place!

Israel, Day 6

14 Nov

MASADA, DEAD SEA SCROLLS and The DEAD SEA! This was a full day. I enjoyed learning more about Masada…you should google it and read about what happened there if you don’t know. Very interesting!
Masada is located in the wilderness of Judea about 2 and a half miles from the western shore of The Dead Sea and about 15 miles north of Sodom. It was the location of one of three of Herod’s fortress cities and later it became the place where Jewish zealots went to escape Roman persecution. You will have to read about it to find out what happened to the 960 Jews!
On our way….

IMG_7867.JPG

IMG_7869.JPG

IMG_7859.JPG

IMG_7871.JPG

IMG_7882.JPG

IMG_7877.JPG

IMG_7879.JPG

IMG_7885.JPG

Inside the building and on the cable car to the top!

IMG_7887.JPG

IMG_7888.JPG

IMG_7890.JPG

IMG_7889.JPG

IMG_7898.JPG

IMG_7902.JPG

IMG_7897.JPG

IMG_7904.JPG

IMG_7909.JPG

IMG_7912.JPG

IMG_7914.JPG

IMG_7911.JPG

IMG_7917.JPG

IMG_7915.JPG

IMG_7918.JPG

IMG_7919.JPG

IMG_7928.JPG

IMG_7926.JPG

IMG_7921.JPG

IMG_7924.JPG

IMG_7932.JPG

IMG_7931.JPG

IMG_7929.JPG

IMG_7933.JPG

IMG_7945.JPG

IMG_7963.JPG

IMG_7951.JPG

IMG_7942.JPG

IMG_7960.JPG

IMG_7966.JPG

IMG_7964.JPG

IMG_7965.JPG

IMG_7986.JPG

IMG_7972.JPG

IMG_7988.JPG

IMG_7968.JPG

IMG_7991.JPG

IMG_8004.JPG

IMG_7999.JPG

IMG_7998.JPGk

What a fun day we had! Not only did we enjoy the trip itself, but we made some great friends. This was a fun bunch! I’m so glad the Lord allowed our paths to cross!
More of Jerusalem tomorrow!

Israel, Day 5

13 Nov

JERUSALEM!

IMG_7739.JPG

IMG_7727.JPG

IMG_7711.JPG

There are no words for how beautiful Jerusalem is! I am beyond grateful that I was able to visit this amazing place! I learned so much…information overload, for sure!

IMG_7714.JPG

IMG_7718.JPG

IMG_7710.JPG

IMG_7706.JPG

IMG_7750.JPG

IMG_7746.JPG

IMG_7751.JPG

IMG_7759.JPG

IMG_7767.JPG

IMG_7762.JPG

IMG_7753.JPG

IMG_7771.JPG

IMG_7769.JPG

IMG_7770.JPG

IMG_7772.JPG

The Garden of Gethsemane was where we spent Sunday morning. Josh and I were able to pray together in the garden. Wow.
(John 18:1, Luje 22:39, Matthew 26:36-56, Matthew 26:47-56, John 18:1-13)

IMG_7785.JPG

IMG_7779.JPG

IMG_7783.JPG

IMG_7780.JPG

IMG_7787.JPG

IMG_7782.JPG

IMG_7791.JPG

IMG_7781.JPG

IMG_7796.JPG

IMG_7792.JPG

IMG_7797.JPG

IMG_7795.JPGk

We stopped in an olive wood store and met some very kind people! They watch Pastor Johnny on satellite TV! Very cool.

IMG_7801.JPG

IMG_7798.JPG

IMG_7800.JPG

IMG_7805.JPG

IMG_7810.JPG

IMG_7812.JPG

IMG_7811.JPG

IMG_7805-0.JPG

We then stopped by The Israel Museum where we saw a model of Ancient Jerusalem at the time of the Second Temple. This was an amazing model!!!!

IMG_7818.JPG

IMG_7814.JPG

IMG_7813.JPG

IMG_7820.JPG

IMG_7827.JPG

IMG_7821.JPG

IMG_7824.JPG

IMG_7829.JPG

IMG_7838.JPG

IMG_7836.JPG

IMG_7834.JPG

IMG_7833.JPG

IMG_7841.JPG

IMG_7843.JPG

IMG_7845.JPG

IMG_7844.JPG

IMG_7848.JPG

IMG_7849.JPG

IMG_7852.JPG

IMG_7846.JPG

What an amazing day!

IMG_7857.JPG

Israel Trip, Day 4

11 Nov

We woke up and made our way to the Mount where Jesus preached the Beatitudes. It was beautiful!! (Matthew 5-7)

IMG_7556.JPG

<img src="https://dorminyanecdotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/img_7540.jpg" alt="IMG_

IMG_7557.JPG

IMG_7549.JPG

IMG_7566.JPG

IMG_7568.JPG

Then, we headed for Tabgha, one of the six cities located along the northwestern shoreline. It’s two miles from Capernaum. (Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-14)

IMG_7577.JPG

IMG_7578.JPG

IMG_7582.JPG

IMG_7580.JPG

And then to Capernaum! It is about 21/2 miles from where the Jordan River enters the Sea of Galiliee! This city became the center of Jesus’ ministry for the last 18-30 months of his life on earth. (Matthew 4:13-17, Matthew 18-23, 9:9-13, Matthew 8:5,14, Luke 4:31-33, Matthew 9:18-26, Matthew 9:20-22, John 4:46-54)

IMG_7590.JPG

IMG_7596.JPG

IMG_7589.JPG

IMG_7600.JPG

IMG_7607.JPG

IMG_7622.JPG

IMG_7605.JPG

IMG_7603.JPG

IMG_7606.JPG

IMG_7615.JPG

IMG_7617.JPG

IMG_7630.JPG

IMG_7631.JPG
We made our way to Beth-Shean, inhabited as early as 3,000 BC. Today it is one of the largest archaeological excavation projects underway in Israel. (Judges 1:27, I Samuel 31:8-13)

IMG_7641.JPG

IMG_7639.JPG

IMG_7636.JPG

IMG_7640.JPG

IMG_7650.JPG

IMG_7646.JPG

IMG_7661.JPG

IMG_7644.JPG

IMG_7679.JPG

IMG_7674.JPG

IMG_7669.JPG

IMG_7671.JPG

We made our way that evening to Jerusalem! Over the summer I studied The Psalms of Ascent (Psalm 120-134) by Beth Moore with the ladies in Sunday School, so every time Yuval, our tour guide, said we were going UP to Jerusalem, I would elbow Josh. He was over it by the end of the trip, but just the reminder that we are all on a journey UP to the Promised Land!!! I was about to burst with excitement to go UP to Jerusalem. Our first sight of Jerusalem was at night in the rain, but it was still amazing!

IMG_7678.JPG

IMG_7682.JPG

IMG_7681.JPG

IMG_7552.JPG
Above is the Mount of Beatitudes again…my pictures are out of order. And though this isn’t overly thorough, I’m just glad I’m getting my pictures onto the blog! Day 5 is a coming!

Israel Trip, Day 3

10 Nov

IMG_7430.JPG

IMG_7432.JPG
This was one of my favorite mornings! I mean, The Sea of Galilee! It was beautiful. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times the story of Peter walking on water has been used in my personal walk with The Lord…the reminders to keep my eyes on Him and take that first step of faithful obedience.

IMG_7435.JPG

IMG_7436.JPG

IMG_7433.JPG

IMG_7449.JPG

IMG_7453.JPG

IMG_7459.JPG

IMG_7460.JPG

IMG_7448.JPG
80% of what you read in the gospels happened around the Sea of Galilee.

Pastor Johnny preached on Jesus being in your storm with you. Good stuff!

We saw “the Jesus Boat” at a museum…it dates back to the 1st century. We watched a video on how they found it and moved it out of the water.

IMG_7462.JPG

IMG_7465.JPG

Our guide then told us he was going to show us why Jesus brought The disciples to Caesarea-Philippi to ask them, “Who do you say that I Am?”

IMG_7485.JPG

IMG_7486.JPG

IMG_7487.JPG

IMG_7484.JPG

IMG_7488.JPG

IMG_7491.JPG

IMG_7492.JPG

There’s a lot to the answer, but he explained that it was here that they would have been surrounded by the pagan shrines. We saw places cut into the mountain where they would have placed pagan idols.

IMG_7511.JPG

IMG_7498.JPG

IMG_7503.JPG

IMG_7510.JPG

We saw so much as we drove from place to place as well. I could hardly keep up!
Josh and many others in our group got baptized in The Jordan.

IMG_7516.JPG

IMG_7518.JPG

IMG_7513.JPG

<a href="https://

I think that was all we did that day. It was enough! And we settled back into our room overlooking the Sea!

IMG_7536.JPG

IMG_7534.JPG

IMG_7527.JPG

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 675 other followers