Sunday, March 22, 2009

what, a pictureless post?

We're on the home stretch. With a month left in the Holy Land, I'm starting to get stressed over leaving. But then I realize that tomorrow we're going to Galilee for 10 days. And we're going to chillax on the beach of the Sea of Galilee. Boo ya. I am looking forward to this trip in ways that I didn't for Egypt and Jordan. I love how centered on the scriptures this field trip will be. We're going to study the scriptures where Jesus spent the majority of His ministry. I didn't realize until I came here that He actually didn't spend a whole lot of time in Jerusalem. His country was Galilee.

This week we went to Bethlehem. I held a bleating lamb in my arms when we were in Shepherds' Fields (picture forthcoming). We sang Silent Night while we looked at the lights of Bethlehem. It would have been about the same time of year - we were just a couple weeks early from the actually time of the Savior's birth. Today we went to a Bible park/museum place and we made our own pita (they tasted gross) and attempted (unsuccessfully) to separate goats from sheep! Yesterday I had lunch with some friends just down the street, and they welcomed us with open arms into their home. What wonderful people. Typical Arabic food is an experience (ha), the salad concoction was interesting, but their strange-looking vegetable-rish dish was pretty tasty. I'll maybe post some pictures sometime if I get around to it. In the meantime, I'm still obsessed with taking photos of the people here and I'm racking up quite the collection.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

18 Mar

Cool picture, wouldn't you agree?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

bec

I remember getting into a fight with Kim over who got to sleep next to Becca in Grandma’s couch bed. All three of us slept in the bed, but Kim and I both wanted to sleep next to Bec, who loved us more than she didn’t want to sleep in the middle, so she of course got the lame end of the deal along with our elbows and knees poking into her all night long from both sides. And it was the same in the car – or any place we were or went, for that matter – everyone wanted to be by her. Whoa! How is that possible to be that much of a favorite? After thinking about it, I realized Becca has the personality that everyone is drawn to. Simply put, she edifies others. And that’s the reason we all gravitate toward her. Because she lifts others up. (And because she has the awesome middle name of Fern.)

Love you Becca. Thanks for being so positive and supportive and eager to help me when I’m feeling down, and even when I’m not! I hope Jord and Micah realize how lucky they are.

Hope your 24th year is bomb.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

12 Mar 2009

Just for the record, I'm not obsessed with the upcoming holiday, although my blog may be misleading. I just don't want you to get pinched. :)

1 midterm and 1 final down, 1 final and 1 midterm tomorrow, and 3 finals next week! Woot woot I'm learning so much. With any luck the retention will be as high as my (hopefully) test scores??!

Aunt Shirley and Uncle Gordon are here. You all should come visit too.

The weather here is absolutely beautiful. It was a balmy 68 degrees today ... We studied outside, and the minarets serenaded me while we did it. Boo ya I love this place.

New Testament starts tomorrow. I finally am taking the long-awaited New Testament class from my dad in the Holy Land. What more could I want? (Oh, right - an A perhaps... :)