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Monday, December 31, 2012

Year in Review

Since there are only a few hours left before the clock strikes 12, it's the perfect time for an obligatory end of the year post.

2012 started off slow and normal. It was the daily humdrum of school and work. It was routine, but it was pleasant. In May, sophomore year came to an end and summer break was happily welcomed. During the summer, my family took a vacation down to sunny Palm Springs and attended the Resolved Conference with our church.
At the end of August, summer came to a close and I boarded on a flight to Israel, and that's when the best memories of 2012 began. The semester in Israel was amazing, and adventurous, and stressful, and testing, and wondrously memorable. The people, places, and stories of the Bible came to life and the Lord taught me about His sovereignty, faithfulness, and goodness. I was blessed to spend three and a half months in the Holy Land with a great group of people friends {the Fall '12 crew is pretty amazing}. And in the middle of it I flew off to Europe and cruised the Mediterranean for a week...another incredible experience. I don't think it's possible to encapsulate my Israel semester in a paragraph, but when I think about it, I am overwhelmed by God's grace.
2012 ended with a pretty grand bang.

And with that another year has come and gone. Cheers to 2013. Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas celebrating Jesus, who gave up the glories of heaven to come to earth. Amazingly grateful for Him who brought light to the darkness and endured death on the cross so that we could have life eternal. How great a gift and reason to celebrate!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Reminiscing Israel: Power Outages

There are many memories from Israel that I never had a chance to write down, which is such a shame because now some of them have fluttered off into oblivion. In an attempt to savor the ones that remain, I'm going to try them down slowly but surely {and sporadically}. So without further ado, let the reminiscing begin!

We love our magnum bars!
#1. The time the power went out for a good 6 hours. It was during the festival of Sukkot (a Jewish holiday also known as the Feast of Booths). I remember all of us gathering into the sukkah, or booth, that we had built. Drops of rain were coming in through the leaf ceiling and it was pitch dark because we had no electricity. We ate our apple crisp dessert in the dark while our teacher gave a message via the light of a headlamp.

Around 11pm later that night, a couple girls and I were sitting in bed watching The Hunger Games, after all we couldn't do any homework without the electricity, right? All of a sudden we hear some voices yelling, "Free Ice Cream!" You'd of thought there the world was ending or something because everyone ran out of their dorms and up to the reception lobby to grab an ice cream bar. The reception had decided to give away ice cream because it was melting from the power outage. That night, mass gluttony ensued. 

#2. The time we heard a loud pop, saw a spark, and our room went dark. I looked over at my friend and she was laying on the bed her head buried in her arms. Turns out, our room was the only one in the dorm to fall prey to the black out. And ya want to know what caused it? Our fellow dormmate's hairdryer!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


I am officially back home in America!

It feels so good to be surrounded by family and back into the regular routine. Back to familiar streets, my college campus, McDonalds egg mcmuffins that are anything but kosher, back to my fluffy bed, the Christmas season, my phone {I haven't heard a telephone ring in over 3 months!}.

Yet I miss Israel too. I never expected it. If you'd have asked me if I would miss it, I would have definitely said no. But I take it back.
I could not have asked for a better group to spend the last 3.5 months with. It's only been 2 days, but I already miss these people so much.

I'm so thankful to have experienced the sights and smells of the Holy Land, the lessons learned, and for the friendships made there.

"Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel, and whose power is in the skies. " Psalm 38:34

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Moshav

Countdown: 2 nights and 2 days left in Israel.

I finally made the time to snap pictures of the "moshav" where we've been living for the last three months.

It's going to be sad to leave this little place, but I can't wait to get back to the comforts of home.

Welcome to the dorm.
Here's our humble little abode. We each got a third of a desk, two shelves, and half a closet which we miraculously managed to fit all our things into.

Our beautiful bathroom adorned with flowers growing through the window. After our week long trip to Galilee the branches had grown across the ceiling. It looked like a forest in there.

This is the dining hall where we eat all our meals. We've had our fair share of fish, kabob, cucumbers, and potatoes in this here restaurant.

The one, the only...classroom. We've written many a' notes on those tables, listened to 4 hour lectures, and memorized all the cities on the satellite map hanging over there on the left hand wall.

Last but not least, I just had to include our laundry "room." It's more of a laundry cave that sits underneath the dorm.

Oh, the moshav. Whether it's eating kabob & hummus every.single.day in the restaurant, or cramming into the dorm room and singing "22" at the top of our lungs, so many memories have been made on these grounds. I might miss this place after all.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Last Week

The semester is winding down. How can it be possible that this semester is almost over?

{western wall & temple mount}
 On Friday, we had our last field trip trough Jerusalem. We walked through the city at night and retraced the steps that Jesus took on the night before His crucifiction.

This week I'll be dominating finals, or they'll be dominating me. Either way, I'll be happy to get them over with, although let's hope the former proves true.