Wednesday, April 22, 2009

til we meet

The Call
Regina Spektor

It started out as a feeling
Which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word

And then that word grew louder and louder
'Til it was a battle cry

I'll come back
When you call me
No need to say goodbye

Just because everything's changing
Doesn't mean it's never
Been this way before

All you can do is try to know
Who your friends are
As you head off to the war

Pick a star on the dark horizon
And follow the light

You'll come back
When it's over
No need to say good bye

You'll come back
When it's over
No need to say good bye

Now we're back to the beginning
It's just a feeling and no one knows yet
But just because they can't feel it too
Doesn't mean that you have to forget

Let your memories grow stronger and stronger
'Til they're before your eyes

You'll come back
When they call you
No need to say good bye

You'll come back
When they call you
No need to say good bye

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Heather, Dad, and me reenacting the road to Emmaus scene...don't we look legit in our levis and everything??

Friday, April 17, 2009

hope you've got a camera nearby

here are the rules:
once you're tagged, you must take your picture right
then and there.

no editing.
no changing clothes.
no adding makeup (Rich, this includes you.)
that's right, we wanna see the real you.

take 1


take 2

...that's better. not that Kim doesn't have a beautiful neck,
but her face is pretty cute too :)

If you read this, consider yourself tagged. (ha I wonder how many of you will actually do this. one? two? maybe more, considering it's finals and no one wants to do what they're supposed to be doing... he he.)

no title needed.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

jerusalem fun

what a good lookin bunch

the first glimpse of the sun during the Easter sunrise service on Mt. Scopus

During Passover, which ends tomorrow, the Jews aren't allowed to eat anything with leaven in it. And they mean business. Enforced obedience - in Jewish grocery stores they literally cover up merchandise that is against the rules for the 8 leaven-less days of the holiday. (It doesn't matter if you aren't Jewish. You still can't buy it. In fact, one of my friends tried to buy a certain kind of chocolate before we leave. Turns out this chocolate was banned for the week of Passover! (leaven...?) The shopkeeper took pity on this obviously non-Jew and snuck her into the back and sold some under the counter while no one was looking!!!) Anyway, check this out - in this grocery store they completely blockaded the cereal/cracker etc aisle with a plastic sheet and stacked toilet paper in front of it (what, in case I get an urge to buy crackers I might get distracted with the rolls of TP??) Ha!

Rules? huh, what? (he always was the rebellious one..)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

it's crunch time

I'm writing a paper that's due tomorrow for my Ancient Near Eastern Studies class. Now, I enjoy writing - for my blog. Creative writing is fun, especially because I do it when I feel like it and I don't do it when I don't feel like it. On the other hand, I do not enjoy writing papers. They stress me out. I never feel like I have anything to say. I do not feel original. I cannot collect my thoughts. I often discover my thesis is pointless (or that I don't have one) and have to start over. I usually procrastinate them until the last minute. All these combine to give me a negative, sinking feeling whenever I discover I have to write a paper. (Miraculously, I didn't have to write a single one last semester! Heaven on earth. But of course I didn't become a better writer because of it.)

Anyway, here's the paragraph that I'm proudest of at the moment - if only the entire paper were like it! (I even read it aloud to Heather. I think she thinks I'm a little weird but I know she loves me in spite of it. :)

The temple was central to Israelite culture as well. The Lord gave very specific instructions to Moses as to how the tabernacle should be constructed and the ordinances and procedures conducted therein. Later Solomon built a magnificent, expensive temple; Israelite culture basically revolved around this house of the Lord. Men were commanded to go to Jerusalem to the temple for the major feasts at least three times a year, if possible. Under the Law of Moses there were also three types of sacrifices which were offered in the temple: sin offerings, burnt offerings, and peace offerings. Israelite culture revolved around the temple and the temple in turn elevated Israelite culture. According to class lecture, the building of the temple in Jerusalem elevated Israelite society to the level of Egypt and other temple-building societies. Simply put, the temple was an integral part of life. With this backdrop, it is no wonder that the Jews were devastated when the temple was plundered by Nebuchadnezzar II, ecstatic when Cyrus sent them back and encouraged them to rebuild the temple, and enraged when Antiochus IV later replaced the temple with a gymnasium in 167 BC.

Monday, April 13, 2009

He is not here: for he is risen

Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

heather's trigger finger

I have a great photographer, don't I.
And, I couldn't decide which photo I liked better so I opted for both of them.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

But [the Jews] cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no King but Caesar.

Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.

And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

Where they crucified him, and two others with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. …


Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

Verily I say unto thee today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Woman, behold thy son! … Behold thy mother!

I thirst.

Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? (My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?)

Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.

Father, it is finished, thy will is done.


Thursday, April 09, 2009

galilee round 1

Sea of Galilee



Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

a picture a day keeps janel pacified :)

I love my dad.

a video clip

Check this out. This is without doubt the BEST video I have taken (and will take) all semester.

(It's also the first time I've tried to upload video footage so we'll see how it works. You might have to wait a couple minutes for it to upload.)

So, how was it? Sound like a random old lady singing in a weird language? Try again. Actually, it's an Armenian woman singing the Lord's Prayer. In Aramaic. ie the language Jesus Christ would have spoken it in originally.

That said, you may want to listen to it again.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Good Palm Sunday!

People here actually celebrate Palm Sunday! It's a tradition I want to keep when I get home and for the rest of my life. We walked (part of) the traditional route of Christ's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem today. Definitely one of the most interesting parades I've ever been in (my T-shirt and sandals were much more comfortable and cooler than those darned THS marching band uniforms...) It was a great experience to be there to march with and watch thousands of believers commemorating the beginning of the last week of the Savior's life, especially when Christians are becoming more and more the exception here in Jerusalem. (Only 4% of Jerusalem is Christian now.) If I had lived back then, would I have been one to grab a branch from a palm tree, signifying victory, and put it in the street to welcome the Savior? Would I have cried, "Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!"? I hope so.

But, dilemma. I live today, in 2009. What can we do to honor and welcome the Savior, to proclaim his victory in our day and age? If we go around throwing palm fronds around on the sidewalks and shouting "Hosanna!", we will probably just get lots of weird looks. But we can triumphantly proclaim the good news of the gospel and the miracle of Christ's death and resurrection for us by sharing our testimony and beliefs with our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, peers, and even strangers. The processional/walk/parade today was cool and fun, but let's be honest: what better way is there to celebrate Palm Sunday and Easter than to talk with others about our love for and dependence on the Son of God, the Bread of Life, the Good Shepherd, the King of Kings.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Snorkeling Part II

(it's hard to smile with the mask on, okay?... least it was for me! Heath and Kim seem to have it down pat)

Oh bother...will we ever learn? Well, at least I won't be pasty white when I come home anymore!
(though I might have skin cancer)

Friday, April 03, 2009


We're back from Galilee. :( I have some awesome pictures, and even better experiences stored away in the memory books (and a journal to be caught up on tomorrow :). I'll post those pictures pronto.

TODAY, however, I went snorkeling!!!! for the first time in my life! It was incredible. And, I swam in the Red Sea while doing it. Holy smokes!!!! Anyway, we took two buses and drove south from Jerusalem for four hours (ick) until we got to Eilat, which is the southernmost city in Israel, right next to the Israel-Egypt border and on the Gulf of Aqaba (aka Red Sea). Eight hours in a bus today was SO worth it. Boo ya I wished I had an underwater camera. However, I do have friends with underwater cameras so maybe I'll have some of me getting up close and personal with these cool beyond cool fish just an arm's length away. Oh and I touched probably hundreds of jellyfish today. Yeah, no biggie. Ha! Seriously, though - the baby jellies don't sting you and they were all over. Literally we swam through them and they tickled our legs and such. I felt like I had stepped (or swam??) into Finding Nemo. Anyway, that was awesome. From above the water it just looked like a regular ocean, nothing special. But dunk your head in the water and it is a completely different world. And the colors and variety of the fish is absolutely amazing. I'm sure there's some lesson I should learn from that. Don't judge a book from it's cover maybe??? Or maybe that each person has their own story and sometimes you just have to put in a little effort - you may not even have to dive very deep - to discover some true gems (or, in this case shall we say, pearls).

What a great day it has been. And tomorrow is Conference! (And it's extra special b/c it's the only session we get to watch broadcast live from Salt Lake because of the time difference.) AND we don't have choir practice in the morning. It's going to be a great day tomorrow too.

Oh and, for the record, in the past 48 hours I've been to the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, and the Sea of Galilee. And we drove past the Dead Sea. Beat that. :)

**note: Unfortunately I do not have any of the pictures of us in our snorkeling gear on my camera. But I wanted to post this tonight, so here are some boring ones of us; check back in a day or two and I'll have the real deal for you. :)

Kim, me, Heather on the beach

Sunrise over the Dead Sea