Sukkot in Israel, Day 8, The Shuk, Jaffa Gate and the Wailing Wall


An old lady walking in the Jewish Quarter in the Old City

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Maggie and Isaac went out to the garden to have breakfast before Hadassah and I. We were taking a bit longer to get ready because the shower situation in the room was a little difficult. I had to hold the shower head over her as she showered. It reminded me of being at the tipi. I would have her stand in the galvanized tub outside the tipi and while she scrubbed herself I would pour warm water over her that I had heated on the woodstove. I would always get a little wet with her. I was doing the same thing here except the tub wasn’t galvanized…

Here at the Jerusalem Garden home the bathroom took up almost half the entire place. The wall-to-wall sliding glass doors of the bathroom divided it from the bedroom, but they didn’t go all the way to the ceiling. So there was probably 2 to 3 feet of open space above. There was a curtain that you could pull shut  outside the glass doors, but it didn’t reach all the way to the floor. The combination of the two made it not very private.

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Sukkot in Israel, Day 7, Fauzi Azar Inn and the Nazareth Village

IMG_4756Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

The Fauzi Azar Inn was one of the most beautiful places we stayed in Israel, but the light and the noise (as it is a hostel) made it a struggle for Isaac and I to sleep. I don’t believe I have had a solid sleep yet, which has made getting better from my cold nearly impossible. I will admit that the bed was the softest we experienced in our travel to Israel. We have discovered that Jews tend to like harder mattresses and Arabs like softer ones. At least by the end of our trip that is what we deducted. Continue reading

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Sukkot in Israel: Day 6, An Olive Oil Press, Nazareth and an Arab Mansion



The cows above Kibbutz Kadarim

Monday, Oct. 9, 2017


I woke up early and went for a small hike up the hill behind the Kibbutz. The sky was dark and cloudy. It looked like it was going to rain. I didn’t care. I just wanted to try to make some room for my heart to experience the land I was in. Can’t do that inside. Gotta get outside. Some really cool looking cows were grazing on the hill. I loved their colors; they matched the scenery of red rock, stone and dirt. I don’t think I am familiar with their breed. They seemed more like an “heirloom” kinda cow.I  think they were beautiful.

I didn’t feel so good. I’ve been struggling with a cold, so I walked really slow. I walked almost slower than the cows. They didn’t know what I was doing up this early and so they looked at me weird, but finally they went back to what cows do best wherever they live…grazing. Continue reading

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Sukkot in Israel: Day 5, Rimon Winery in Northern Israel and Tzfat (Safed)


IMG_4084 (1)Sunday, October 8, 2017

Today was an awesome day compared to yesterday! We didn’t get up as early as we thought we were going to. I guess Derek had a hard time sleeping outside on the deck in our “sukkah” because of the noise of the neighbors. Bummer! But nevertheless we were glad he was here to spend another day of Sukkot with us!

The shower situation here at the cabin was a little awkward. The bathroom was small mostly because it had a very large jet rub taking up most of the room. The shower head was over the tub. Maggie ran a tub last night and turned on the jets. Immediately a ton of dirt and bugs blew into the water. She drained the tub and took a shower instead. Continue reading

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Sukkot in Israel: Day 4, Kibbutz Kadarim, the Sea of Galilee and Tiberius



Filming the sunrise over Kibbutz Kadarim


Shabbat, October 7, 2017

This was a day of mixed feelings.

To start off the day, Isaac and I got up early and walked up a hill behind the Kibbutz to watch and photograph the sunrise. We could see the full moon of Sukkot above the hill and we walked towards it. We looked at the different plants that grew there, we looked out over the hills where we could see the Sea of Galilee and lots of different Arab villages nestled (more like crowded) on distant hills. Continue reading

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Sukkot in Israel: Day 3, Caeserea National Park, the Aqueduct and Mager


Shuki’s cabin (Czarina Cabin) in Caesarea

Friday, October 6, 2017

Our internal clock was completely off today. We all seemed to wake up around 2 o’clock in the morning. All at the same time. Shuki’s garden lights were on so from my bed I thought it was daytime, but when I peaked out the window the sky was black.

To us it was daytime.

We turned the lights in the cabin on and sat in bed. While we talked we ate Shuki’s chocolate wafers and his milk (which tasted sour…not sure if that’s how Israelis like it) and talked about how hard the trip over here was on us. Continue reading

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Sukkot in Israel: Day 2, Arriving in Israel


Tel Aviv Airport going towards Immigration

Arrived in Tel Aviv – Thursday, October 5, 2017

I don’t know when Wednesday ended and Thursday began. All I know is that we landed in Tel Aviv at 4:15 pm on Thursday, Israel time. After 2 months of planning, 20 hours of traveling and 1 day before the Feast of Sukkot this family of 4 arrived half way around the world from our little log cabin in North Idaho to explore Yahweh’s land.

There was a small clapping from everyone in the plane when we landed and then relief. After pausing to catch our breath in the concourse we stopped by a glass wall that circled a central area of the Tel Aviv airport. It was beautiful. A huge rainfall shower in the center of the pavilion and dozens of round tables where people were eating. All this under a huge skylight in the ceiling. We never found our way back there again. It wasn’t part of the exiting process. Continue reading

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Sukkot in Israel: Day 1, Traveling


By the end we didn’t look as happy and fresh as this!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

We left our warm beds in our little log cabin in North Idaho at 2:30 am. Our flight left at 5:45 am 1 hour away. Noelle was going to come early this morning to the house and doggie sit for us during our 2 week trip.

In 2 days it would be Sukkot. And this year we were going to Israel for the Feast! All 4 of us! We couldn’t have even dreamed of that becoming our reality a few months ago. Many might not understand, but Papa Yahweh has lots of Feasts (Mo’edim / appointed times) that he asks his people to assemble for, celebrate and observe. For three of them he says we are to travel up to Jerusalem for those appointed times. We’ve been keeping his rhythm for 10 years now. But we’ve never had the money to go up to the Feast…until now. Through a series of events that took 7 years to complete, this Fall Papa provided the tithe we needed to travel to the Promised Land. Continue reading

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The Real Meaning Behind Christmas

May Yahovah give Scattered Israel eyes to see and ears to hear the Truth about this wicked holiday. May Israel repent and turn from following the traditions of men to celebrating things that please the Creator!


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We all know that pagans, witches, seculars, and Satanist all celebrate Christmas. They’ve been doing so for many years, way before the birth of Christ.  We can see on Jeremiah 10:3 that this custom was practiced during Jeremiah’s times throughout the Old Testament, way before the birth of Christ.  Jeremiah 10:3 describes in detail the custom of the so called “Christmas tree.

For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. (Jeremiah 10:3 KJV)

Now, history tells us that immediately after the death of Christ, the Roman Empire was seeking to persecute and kill all of the believers of the Lord Jesus Christ. They were unsuccessful in doing so, because this…

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Make Homemade Bread with me!

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-12-00-57-pmI can’t write a recipe for the life of me. I have this “what-do-I-need-to-use-up?” and let’s throw “a-little-of-this-and-that-into-the-bowl” method to my kitchen madness. It’s hard when you have an artistic approach to baking and cooking to “share” a recipe, because for me baking and cooking isn’t mechanical. I feel it. Therefore, because many of my friends have asked for my homemade bread recipe, instead of writing it down LOL, I made a video! Watch and I’ll show you how to make my mom’s homemade bread! It is literally the best bread in the whole world! I modified it a bit from my mom’s…. but heck! No one makes better bread than mom — right? WATCH HERE.

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