Anyway, enough about what's coming up, what about the past year? The highlight of our year
|At King Solomon's Copper Mines|
|The Garden Tomb|
Before heading south again toward Nazareth, we hiked the Horns of Hattin on Mount Arbel and the trail Jesus would have walked to Capernaum. After a quick stop in Nazareth, we toured the water tunnels of Megiddo and headed to Jerusalem. Jerusalem can't be covered in a few sentences, but among the highlights were the Western Wall Tunnel, a tour of the newly excavated David's City (including the Great Stone Structure believed to have supported his palace and the recently discovered Pool of Siloam -Magnificient!) and a wet walk through Hezekiah's Tunnel. We held NATHAN'S BAR MITZVAH at the Southern Temple Steps (we had planned on a Bat Mitzvah for Keziah, but it wasn't permitted).
|Nathan's Bar Mitzvah|
|Archeological Dig at Tel Maresha|
Since we spent all our vacation money in Israel, we decided to go camping for our summer vacation, never expecting we could actually find spots at Yosemite, but we did and had a blast. We biked, tubed, hiked and had a great week together. This was largely a success due to Nathan's deep involvement in Boyscouts where he is mastering knot tying, packing, and preparation skills that made him a super valuable asset in prepping to go.
We also had a couple boy/girl split trips this year:
Nathan and I went to Boyscout camp just outside Yosemite for a week following our family trip, so needless to say, I was excited to see my bed. I was also a chaperone for his 6th grade science camp near San Diego.
Carolyn and Keziah travelled to Washington DC and New York with Keziah's 8th grade class for a week in October. What an amazing opportunity to see monuments to our nations history.
We travelled to Colorado over Labor Day weekend as I was invited to speak at a Family Camp at a beautiful resort there. It was a great and unexpected way to end the summer. I am so grateful they asked me to bring my family with me. On the way, we had a last minute reunion with a long lost cousin who lives just off the road from where we were heading, and his wife and sister. I look forward to reestablishing that connection.
|Fly fishing on the Rio Grande|
Both Keziah and Nathan continue in orchestra at school playing violin and bass respectively. Keziah took a significant role in her school play this last year in the Seussical Jr. and has already landed a part for this next year. She also has been playing piano and guitar in her spare time and knitting like crazy. Nathan's sport seems to be Lacrosse, which is a winter sport, so we are just getting ready to dive into that for a few months. Fortunately, their activities don't overlap seasonally.
We are grateful for the opportunities God has given us and realize that this is a season to be slow and intentional with as our children are both now in middle school. We hope to spend every moment we can with them.
Please pray for us if you get a chance. We are trying so hard to not be so preoccupied with activity that we miss God's best for us. It is hard in this culture. How can we pray for you? We are getting better at praying together as a family and we could use some fuel for the fires.
Thanks for the role you play in the life of our family! We do appreciate you!
Love and blessings,
Ric, Carolyn, Keziah and Nathan