January 1, 2012 – Caesarea, Har Megiddo, Nazareth

4:30am lulled me from a surprisingly restful sleep without much grace in allowing me to return to another hour and a half of slumber. But it was nice having a slow-paced morning before our 7:45 start time. And I got to watch my mom ring in the New Year on Fox News!!!! Although I have [...]

December 31, 2011 – Detained in Customs, Joppa, Tel Aviv

My great aunt Ann Smith, who is perhaps the most Godly and wise woman I know, once challenged me to Live life with expectancy and not expectations. That phrase is at the forefront of my mind often, but especially as I embark on an international trip or new experience. And as this pilgrimage of sorts [...]

distressing disguise

One of my closest friends and mentors, who also has an affinity for quotes, shared this Mother Teresa quote with me many years ago (emphasis mine)... loving as He loves helping as He helps giving as He gives serving as He serves rescuing as He recues touching Him in His distressing disguise However I didn't [...]

Beirut – January 13, 2011

(Realized this post has been sitting in my drafts for months - whoops - haha) I've never been in a race car; however, the sensation must be similar to what we experienced today with Sammy Andretti, as Kimberly has accurately named our dear Sammy 🙂 Although there were a few more near-death experiences while travelling [...]

Tyre & Sidon – January 12, 2011

Greeted by the sun pouring into our stone-walled room this morning, I awoke with much expectancy for the trip ahead to Tyre and Sidon.  However, after beginning to get ready, something diverted my plan slightly - the feeling perhaps akin to a circus troupe of miniature acrobats performing some remarkable tricks in my belly - [...]

Syria/Lebanon – January 10, 2011

Today, we made the trek back to Syria.  However, before we left, we did get to stop at a few more sites including the place where scholars believe that Paul escaped the city of Damascas by being lowered in a basket through the wall. After having a good dinner once we arrived 'home' at the [...]