Sunday, May 21, 2006

And on the Third Day...

He rose again.

We went to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre today which is in the Christian quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem. I was not expecting any experience like the one I had. I knew that the church was one of two possible places of Jesus' crucifixion and burial, but the experience of visiting this place caught me completely off guard. I was in complete awe from the moment we walked into the church. Seeing the bedrock (a type of hard limestone) where Jesus was crucified was unbeliveable. I grew up hearing these stories, and so until this trip these were all just that - stories.

The most amazing experience on this trip thus far - for me - was going to the supposed tomb that Jesus was buried.
This picture is of the tomb from the front. As I waited in line to enter, I was getting very anxious, knowing that I was approaching a very HOLY place. When I entered the first part of the tomb, I was awestruck and slightly weak in my knees.

When I entered the place of the tomb where the body of Jesus was laid (right through that door in the picture above) and go to my knees, I think I truly began to understand what it was really what that Jesus had done for me and for all of us by dying on the cross. I understood why it was so important to dedicate all of my life to Him and while I knew this before I do not think I truly understood how big of an idea this was. Tears came to my eyes as I knelt before the bench. I am not one who usually cries, and yet I was filled with an emotion that I could not really control.

This is an experience I don't think I will ever forget. I will pass this story on to my children and on to my grandchildren.

*These pictures were found off the internet as I have not been able to upload mine to a computer yet*

Monday, May 15, 2006

The Promised Land

I'm here! It's 4:08 pm here... so that means its 9:08 am Eastern time. We had some down time before dinner, so after emailing my mom I thought I'd come post and let you all know I arrived saftely. Please continue to keep me in your prayers and thoughts. I will hopefully be able to update more, so maybe it wasn't a complete "temporary" goodbye afterall. The computer room is a short walk away from my bedroom... I just don't know how much time I'll have on my hands.

In the mean time, I'm going to take a really quick nap before dinner at 5:30.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

It's not Goodbye...

...it's just a temporary goodbye, until we meet again.

In six and a half hours my three lovely ladies will be receiving their undergraduate diplomas. In the next few hours they will be growing up, entering the real world, and doing big theings with their lives. It's scary to know that I am just a semester behind them. I don't know if I am ready to move on with the rest of my life quite yet. The idea of them not being at Gordon has really hit in me in the last 36 hours since I've been away from them. I will see Lina and Holly, one more time before they enter this "real world" and I am going to try to get them to change their minds, but it won't work. The idea of growing up is a scary one. I couldn't even pack my own suitcase without my mom watching over me and giving me moral support. Yes, I am packing my suitcase because I am going to that Holy Land.

I will be boarding a plane in 31 hours. I will be flying 12 hours accross the Atlantic Ocean and an entire continent before reaching my destiantion - Israel! I still don't believe it's real. I am in awe at the idea that I will be going to the middle east, to the promised land, the land that Jesus walked on. That's a crazy thought, isn't it?! Well... I'm having trouble grasping the idea, even if you aren't.

Like I said in my last post, I probably won't be able to update while I am away. Instead, I ask that in these three weeks while I am away, in that time when you would normally be chcking my blog, that you think of me and say a little prayer for my saftey. And I promise, there willbe a post shortly after I get back.

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May those who love you be secure." Psalm 122:6

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Today I love secrets!

Knitting News

I feel like it's been a very long time since I've written an entry about knitting. So, while I have things to say about other subjects, I will begin with talk of knitting and then if you are one of those readers who only care about the yarn and needles you can exit quietly to the rear of the auditorium.

I met a new friend the other day. His name is Dave. And he fell in love with my knitting. I gave him one of my buisness cards and he was so excited that he wanted me to make some felted purses for his cousins and mom. For Mother's Day, I made his mom this change purse.

I have never met this lady before so I hope that she likes it. It was a nice little project to make and finish in a day. Quick satisfaction. i also felted the pink and blue purse that I was making for Laurel, but it needs to go through the wash one more time I think, so I will wait to post a picture of it for you to see.

I received my One Skein Secret Pal exchange pal yesterday. The person assigned to me (hi, I know you are reading this!) emailed me very quickly after getting my name. She must be as excited as I am about this! I emailed her back with answers to the questions that all of us participating in have to answer for their secret pal. I also emailed the person to whom I am playing secret pal for. She is 24 years old with one boy and another on the way. From reading her blog it sounds like she has just picked up knitting after a break - not sure how long of one. I know I couldn't go too long without my needles and yarn!

Little Birdie

I came home today from school. Leaving my girls was hard today. Fortunately, I'll see a few of them right before I leave for Israel. After my mom had helped me carry my stuff up to my room at home she saw a bird in our house...yes, in the HOUSE! I don't know if you realize this... but wild birds are not supposed to fly in and out of our house. He was trapped in between the chair and the window. My mom and I couldn't figure out how he could have got into the house. And then Mom remebered that there was a nest on our chimney... and the chimney was open. He fell down our chimmney into the house. Silly little bird.

Israel

Tomorrow is going to be spent getting all the last minute things done before I go to Israel. I have to get my hair cut, pick up a few things at the store, and put the suitcase together. Tomorrow may be my last entry until I get back, although I might be able to squeeze one in on Saturday depending on how things go. I don't think I will be able to update while I am in Israel. There is internet access available, but I don't want to make any promises.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

I'm a Survivor!

In the words of Destiny's Child:
I'm a survivor (what),
I'm not gonna give up (what)
I'm not gon' stop (what),
I'm gonna work harder (what)
I'm a survivor (what), I'm gonna make it(what)
I'm a survivor (what),
keep on survivin' (what)
Despite still have three papers and one more exam, I feel relieved. This may sound like a lot to you, but the stuff I had to do before this, was ridiculous. The end is approaching and I am not ready for it. Today, Polly gave each of the girls in the apartment a copy of a poem she had written about our times this past year. She is FANTASTIC!
The end of this week is coming so fast. I leave for home for two days on Thursday and then its off to Israel on Sunday. I'm trying to decide which knitting project would be best to bring along with me on the plane. I don't know if I have anything that is really small enough right now. Maybe I'll have to find a knitting project just for the plane ride. Any suggestions?

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Three Finals Tomorrow!

I have three finals tomorrow so this is going to be a very short post. Under such circumstances I normally wouldn't be posting right now, but I couldn't let today go by without reminding you all that a week from TODAY I will be here:

Yup, that's right! I will be in Jerusalem! And I am so excited. You have no idea. I can barely sit still in my seat to study, which is a huge problem because I have sooo much studying to do! Ahh!

Talk to me tomorrow... after these finals are over!

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Secrets are a Girl's Best Friend

This is Laura: I just found out that she's been hiding something from me. She's known I've been a knitter for almost as long as she's known me and yet she neglected to tell me this very important piece of information. If you are hiding this same secret from your knitting friends, I suggest you tell them, immediately. This is Laura before I knew her: Yes, that is a sheep in the picture. She and her family only have two sheep now but they used to have seven or so. I found this out a few days ago. Doesn't she know that sheep = wool = yarn? She knows my love for sheep. She gave me that beautiful card the other week. She even wrote on the card "Sheep are for wool! Wool is for knitting! Therefore, Sheep bring happiness to Aileen!" Why then didn't she tell me about how her family OWNS sheep? I don't know. All I know is that I have convinced her to give me the wool from her sheep when they are sheared this spring. They aren't breed for their wool, but they still have it. So I have decided that will the "bad" wool that I get from Laura I am going to teach myself to spin. That way when I do have sheep of my own that I breed for their wool, I will be excellent at spinning wool by then. Are they not the cutest little things you've ever seen? They are Olde English Babydoll Miniature Southdown sheep and don't grow taller than 19-23 inches.

I am going to have three or four of them and they are going to mow my lawn and give me yarn. And I will be the happiest girl around.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Do as the Romans Do

The purse that I started way back in March is finally finished. I never thought the day would have come. I knit (with dpn's). I grafted. I conquered.

Yes, it does look a little huge, but that's because I haven't felted it yet. Because we have a side loader here at school, and because it costs $1.00 to use the washer, I am going to wait to felt it until I go home for the summer (which is in only ten days!).

I may have conquered this purse, but I have so many more projects lined up. I just found out that one of my cousin's are pregnant with her second child. We just found out she was pregnant, so I have some time, but I plan on knitting two little things for the little one. Both patterns are taken from One Skein by Leigh Radford.. It just came out last month and I strongly recommend that you buy it. This is a little bib for the baby to be. I have already begun three rows on the project. The green of the yarn that I am knitting it with is not quite accurate. I am really excited. It looks like it will be a neat project. I am also going to be knitting this cute little hat: The yarn is a real light yellow called limon. I am excited for both projects. I do, however, have a dilema. I have that purse that I had wanted to make for Laurel that I should knit. I am also leaving for Israel in eleven days and I don't know which project would be best to cart halfway across the world with me. I think, unless you can convince me otherwise, that I am going to work Laurel's purse and the Petal bib at the same time (well, not the same exact time, but you get the idea). They'll be nice breaks for in between studying for finals (which begin on Monday for me).

Wish me luck. There is so much to do in the next couple of days. But I will conquer!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Finals are coming, whether I like it or not. Last day of classes are tomorrow. I still have 3 papers, 3 exams, and a presentation to get through even after classes are finished. I want the work to be finished. I want the work to be finished so badly. But I am not ready for the school year to be over. I don't know if I'll ever be ready for the school year to be over. Holly said it well when she said, "In spite of what i know, my instinct is to run away and start again." I know that we can't be in college forever. I know that we have to grow up and enter the "real" world, but why did it have to happen so fast? Three of my closest friends (left to right: Polly, Holly, and Linda) are graduating in eleven days. Are they not three of the most gorgeous girls in the whole entire world (sorry, I didn't have 1 picture that had the three of them in it)? You wouldn't want them to be leaving you either, now would you?

Polly is Brazilian. Tonight she made us a traditional Brazilian dinner. she told us that we shouldn't plan on cooking our own meal for tonight by putting this notice on the bathroom mirror - the one place that she knew we would look!She made for us Feijoada, arroz, cole ( collard greens), Plantainas, and Guarada (a type of delicious soda). It was delicious. And I'm not just saying this in case she reads my blog. I stuffed my mouth til I could stuff no more. I will say it again, it was delicious. Fortunately, Polly won't be too far away after she graduates and maybe she can even teach me how to cook a few Brazilian dishes (although I won't guarantee they'll taste as good).

The sidewalk is ending here, whether we want it to or not. We can try to run away and try to do it the way we wish we had. But we will always end up at the end of the sidewalk.

I love you girls.