Wednesday, September 3, 2014

April Down South

After Trey and Deborah's betrothal we headed down to Colorado to take Dayton and Abigail home. We spent a day on the slopes with them. Thankfully the kids picked up on skiing quickly and had a blast.

Abigail and Sarah taking a break.
Next we went to North Little Rock to visit my brother John Mark, his wife Sandy and their daughter Catherine. We celebrated Paul's 52nd and Anna's 15th birthdays there. Sandy had an awesome cake waiting for us.
The next stop on our trip was Family Week in Kentucky.  We had a great time reconnecting with lots of the friends we met on our trip to Israel and celebrating Passover and Unleavened Bread with them.  
We got to do lots of dancing.
It was raining on Passover so we headed to the Tennis Center to have our supper.

After Family Week we headed to North Carolina for the Versteeg family reunion.
We got to stay for a week with my parents and had the opportunity to help out with a few odd jobs. In the picture above and below the kids are planting grass plugs in the front yard.
Paul and Quentin spent some time working on the motor home.
We also got to spend some time with my brother David, his wife Misty and their kids Makayla, Maris and William.  Here Caleb is holding William. 

My Dad harnessed up the mules to the wagon and gave rides.
Quentin driving the mules with Grandpa by his side.
Dayton and Abigail going for a ride in the wagon.
Before we left we gathered at Grandad's for our annual family picture. This year Ronen was in Abigail's tummy so this is a five generation picture. Every year I wonder if this is the last time I will get to see my Grandad whom I love very much.  He will be 103 this year. I never dreamed it would be the last time I saw my Dad. But it was and I'm glad we got to spend that time with him.

Tennessee and the Lupinacci's was our next stop. Kenny and Diane are a lot of fun and we love being around them. Their son-in-law Caleb, took Paul and the kids to a swimming hole and caves while Kenny and Diane and I swung on the rope swing. Their daughters Tali and Kendra fixed us supper and we enjoyed a good time of fellowship together.
Diane couldn't quite reach the rope swing seat but her gallant husband lay down so she could step on him to climb up. It was very cute and I did capture it on film, you can watch it here.

The music and the clips of their music video are of Kenny and Diane's daughter Angela's singing group Teshuva.  You can see the rest of it here
(Abigail, Dayton, Will, Sarah, Barrett and Devin are all dancing in the video.)
Kenny taking his turn.
Our next stop was to visit the Fleming family.  They were also a lot of fun.  The are so hospitable and so creative. We loved checking out all their inventions and projects.

 The kids got to help the Fleming girls exercise their horses.

We ate supper and fellowshipped in the back yard as we watched a storm roll in.


Jamileh Waid said...

Shalom Susan,
As always it's so great to see your family and all the goings on. Thank you for sharing your life with others. I have a question and it is not a question that is meant to offend....that is not my heart. A lot of the boys have long beautiful hair. Is this a biblical conviction? If so would you mind sharing? We can always learn and glean from one another as everyone is always learning different things at different times in their walk.
P.S. If you guys are ever in North Pole our doors are always open!

Susan said...

I don't mind sharing and no offense taken. The long hair is for historical but mostly theological reasons. We believe that the whole Bible is relevant for us today and that Yahwh's instructions (Torah) haven't changed. However, we have come so far away from His instructions in our dispersion that none of us have much of a clue how to follow them any more. As we search out scripture, we try to figure things out the best we can. In Leviticus 19:27 it says not to round the corners of your head, nor mar the corners of your beard. We have been trying to figure out what that means. In our research we found that the Israelites appear to have had longer hair in the past than we do now. As they became Hellenized (changing to the western culture) their hair got shorter. As the back got shorter and shorter to conform to the culture around them, many of them would leave the front long and tuck it behind their ears so it wouldn't be so noticeable. Today some orthodox Jews still do this and it is called a pe'ot. The puritans were called "round heads" because they cut their hair short around their heads. This was considered rebellious in their culture as longer hair was the norm. Throughout history longer hair has been considered both rebellious and normal. So, we are left with what does the Bible have to say. We believe that we shouldn't round the corners of our head and right now we are thinking that means we shouldn't cut our hair short or taper it much. It is hard to get used to because it has rebellious connotations in our culture and it's not as easy to manage. But for now this is where we are at :)

We would love to visit you, but as you know it's a long ways. We've been to the North Pole once about 6 years ago. If we ever make it up that way again we'll be sure to look you up. We'd love to have you visit us in Nondalton if you ever come down this way.
Do you celebrate Sukkot with anyone in Alaska?