Right now my Dad is somewhere over the US on a plane heading home. We had a great week and a half together and are so thankful for the special time we got to spend with him here in the land of the Bible.
During his time with us we got to go on several hikes...
...and thoroughly enjoyed some dearly missed foods he brought from Texas, like chips and salsa.
...and blessed our Sabbath meals with his presence. We loved "breaking bread" with him, especially during our Shabbat meal of lentil soup, challah, hummus, olive oil w/ roasted garlic, and wine. He even dared the challenge of reciting the Hebrew blessing for bread and wine with us. Shabbat Shalom, indeed.
He fit right in with our joy of scampering along piles of ancient rocks.
Even though $8 a gallon for gas and our work responsibilities kept us close to Jerusalem during his stay, we were still able to get out to explore several nearby sites, of which there are many to choose from.
He experienced a taste of the current political tensions, seeing the wall of separation and hearing stories from those hurt by it, a few burning tires, and delays by military at checkpoints.
Oh, and if you haven't noticed, we managed to get about a zillion percent more photos of Geoff and I together than we've had here in the land of the Bible.
We even sorta-kinda reproduced a photo taken of us back in 2006, that some of you may recognize from our wedding invitations. This (left photo) was the first picture we ever took together, right before we began dating. It was taken at the Sea of Galilee. The recent one was taken at Ein Gedi. It's close, but I still want to get up to the original spot at some point...
While traveling down memory lane, we visited Hebrew University where Geoff was going to school when we "met". It was fun to go back to visit and for Geoff to retrace his old study grounds.
During my Dad's visit we enjoyed lots of good food, thanks to the hospitality of many. The photo above was taken during a wonderful meal we enjoyed after hiking through Wadi Qelt into Jericho. Someone dear to our family gave a generous gift to my dad before his trip to splurge with us on a special meal together. So thankful for the community of friends and family, near and far, that bless us richly in love. Thankful that my Dad got to come visit and see this land we are so passionate about learning and experiencing. Good times.
Travel with us as we explore new lands, engage cultures, and learn to better love each other, those we encounter, and the Lord Jesus Christ at every crossroad of life.
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