November 6, 2017
This is Steve, my fabulous husband. (And who is extra handsome in a hand-tied bow tie, might I add.)
I took this photo in church yesterday morning, right after he made a very special, very happy announcement.
And just what is that announcement? (Just to set your minds at ease, no we are NOT pregnant!) The announcement is that he and I will be traveling to Israel the last week of January. Woo-hoo!
When I look at the word,”Tel Aviv” in the title of this post, my heart skips a beat. It seems surreal to think we will actually be flying to that great and ancient city.
This trip was a surprise gift to us and we are overwhelmed by the generosity that made it possible. We will be traveling with a group of pastoral couples so it will be enjoyable to hang out with colleagues in ministry who we can relate to on so many levels.
When we told our band members/singers about it yesterday before rehearsal, I was touched when they spontaneously began to clap and cheer, sharing in our joy and excitement. The congregation responded much the same way when Steve announced it in the service. The Bible says to rejoice with those who rejoice and the people in our wonderful church certainly have that attribute that down to a tee.
Some of the places we will visit are Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane, Western Wall, Temple Mount, Garden Tomb, Via Dolorosa,Herod’s Antonio Fortress, and Holocaust Memorial. I am definitely need to find a great pair of walking shoes.
You will, of course, be hearing more about this trip in the weeks to come but I just wanted to share the news with you now so that you could anticipate it with us. As always, I am interested in travel tips, especially when going to another country. I’ve only been to Canada, Jamaica and Mexico so travel to such a far away locale (while always on my Bucket List) is something for which I have no frame of reference. Feel free to leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments.
Some of you long time readers may remember that Nathan lived in Jerusalem for eight weeks when he was in college; he absolutely loved the experience and found it to be life-changing. Since I don’t have any Israel pictures of my own to share (yet!), I will share a few photos from his trip. (Some were taken by Nathan and some of them by a talented student/photographer, Myles Shank.)
THIS is currently happening at our house.
Yep. It’s the annual Smith Home Improvement Project. In this case, the project is to paint the living room, dining room, hallway and stairway. The downstairs was in desperate need of paint when we moved in eight years ago and the passing of time has done nothing to assuage its aesthetic shortcomings.
So this is the week we have chosen to bring a painter in. We made sure to schedule it well before Thanksgiving so we can get everything back into place before hosting the Dare Challenge guys for dinner. This is the post from last year’s dinner. It shows some of the painting mess we were dealing with right before the big day.
So that’s your Smith Scoop for the day. Happy Monday!
What about you? Where have your travels taken you? What is your favorite place to be–apart from your own home?
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.