Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

David's Birthday

David had his 7th birthday in Jerusalem. 
He was pretty excited about it.  All day in the vineyard he wanted to carry crates like the big boys instead of pick grapes with Mom and Dad.

There are three Sarah Elizabeth's in the house right now.  Here're two of them plus Asher.

The Vineyard - Part 2

Each one of those square things down there holds half a ton.  They're pretty big and we have to pick about 10 tons every day.

After a hard day a picking we sit around and play chess and killer uno:)
Right next to where we pick some times are the ruins of Ai.  (The story of Ai starts in Joshua 7.)  While I was playing a very good chess game:) everyone else went and crawled in the caves.

Eli's Spring

A couple days ago we went to Eli's Spring for lunch.
Check out the GREEN water.  At first no one was going to get in,
but then Caleb and Kendra jumped in so of course I had to follow.
It didn't take long for everyone to start jumping in.

Even Sarah and Asher had to get in.

Hezekiah's Tunnel and Ben Yahuda

A few days ago we went to Hezekiah's Tunnel.  It was pretty awesome.  The water went up past my knees for a few feet then stays around your ankles the rest of the time.  It was pitch black and only a few people brought flashlights so every once and a while you run into the side.

Sarah had fun.
Everyone who went.

After we got done going through the tunnel we went to Ben Yehuda street where Jasey, Devin, and Leah played.  They got about 150 shekels in a hour and half.  It was fun watching them.
They had a pretty big crowed watching them.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Rosh Hashanah and The Mediterranean

This weekend was a three day Shabbat.  Rosh Hashanah, the Israel new year, was Thursday and Friday.  We had a big party at our house with all the people from our group living in Jerusalem.  

This picture's for you Aunt Carole:)  I don't have a good one of us in the vineyard but it's with Lindsey.
We had a movie night afterwards.  After the boys went to bed the girls stayed up and watched two more movies:)
On Friday our family went to the Mediterranean Sea.  

Then we drove down to Sde Boker to spend the night with some of our friends.  We slept outside in a big tent.  It was fun but we don't have any good pictures from when we were there.

Barrett and Devin

We've had quite a lot of excitement in the house the last couple of weeks.  Barrett, the oldest son in the Warren family, was betrothed to be married a couple of nights ago.  Barrett first approached his father concerning Devin over 2 years ago.  They decided he needed to wait until she was 18.  Six months ago Barrett approached Devin's father and they corresponded over the summer.  A few weeks after they arrived in Israel, Devin's father gave Barrett his permission to propose.  Devin had known about Barrett's intentions for several months and let her father know that she approved of the plan.  Barrett proposed in the old city of Jerusalem.  They announced their intentions the next day in the vineyard.  They are both playful characters and they came up with an elaborate skit to announce their coming betrothal.  They had us all pretending to pick grapes in the vineyard while a group of young ladies danced and musicians played.  Someone announced that Barrett should go and choose a wife, and so he did.  
He led her off quite willingly by the hand and then brought her back to let us pray for them.  He also told us the details of how God had brought them together.  The idea for their skit came because we were picking in the region of Benjamin where the tribe of Benjamin had lost all their wives and they choose new ones from the vineyards.
They had a beautiful betrothal ceremony.  Here we are posing for a family picture before the ceremony started.
Family Picture
Worship team.
Eddie blowing the shofar to start the betrothal ceremony.  You can just see the moon at the top of the picture.
Barrett washing Devin's feet.

They fed us all a fancy dinner.
Then we did LOT's of Israeli Folk Dancing.  The Warren's are awesome dancers so the kids have gotten in lots of practice since we've been here.  They had a great time.
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