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Jennifer Miller Jewelry obsession

If you have not heard of Jennifer Miller Jewelry, I’m about to ruin you like my friend An Infertile Blonde ruined me.

I think she has the most fabulous accessories going right now. And if you don’t believe me just ask the newly married and pregnant Bethanny Frankel (RONY).

These are my three favorite designs she has on her website right now. I may or may not have ordered them all…and then some.

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Journey to the Dead Sea


The Dead Sea is the most salty body of water in the entire world and is also the lowest point on earth. It has a salt content of 33%.

Many visitors to the Dead Sea enjoy the unusual buoyancy that one can experience. I did not swim in the Dead Sea but I did take a few stones, put my hand in the water, take pictures of fellow travelers, and enjoy the beautiful rainbow that broke through the clouds that day.


Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
Genesis 9:16

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Baptism in the Jordan River


I was raised Catholic, which meant that I was christened as an infant. When I was a sophomore in high school I was invited to attend a First Baptist Church with a friend. It was there that I truly learned about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and accepted him as my personal Lord and Savior and was baptized.

On our Holy Land Tour we stopped at the Jordan River, where we were each invited to renew our baptism. I’ll admit that at first I was less than enthusiastic. I have what you might call high maintenance hair and I wasn’t looking forward to wandering around for the rest of our tour sporting a frizzy afro, or returning to our hotel exhausted only to have 1 1/2 hours of blow drying and flat ironing ahead of me.

As my luck would have it, our Pastor was encouraging couples to participate in the baptism together so that the husbands, as spiritual leaders of their home, could participate in the baptism of their wives. Since my husband is a new believer and Jewish convert, I especially didn’t want to deny him this opportunity—-frizzy hair and exhaustion be darned!

Since the Jordan River is the site of where Jesus himself was baptized by John the Baptist it is considered a Holy site, and modesty is required—along with five sheckels to rent a gown and use the bathroom facilities!

Below is a short video of my baptism. There was so much going on in my head that I hope to share with you very soon. In the meantime I must say the water was colder than any drink I was ever served in Israel…


…after coming up out of the water, it just didn’t matter though!


We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Romans 6:4 NIV

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iMom

I recently became an iPhone owner.

I have never felt the call for an iPhone. Maybe it was the hype. Maybe it was the line around the building at 2am or maybe I just didn’t get it.

But Big Daddy made the switch 3 days before me and before I knew it, I was following suit!
Now, I don’t know what I was so afraid about.

What I love about my iPhone
- I love the voice mail feature. How cool to play the messages in whatever order you want!

- I have to admit, I like the apps…No, I’m obsessed with the apps!

- I love the touch screen. Easy to navigate, type…a mini computer. Love it!

- I love how my subfolders in Outlook sync up on the iPhone. My Blackberry didn’t do that.

What I wish they could improve
The battery drains fast. I have solved that for the most part by getting a mophie, but Big Daddy had to get three to just get through a business day without recharging. The battery needs improvement.

My top favorite apps
words with friends
Bookworm
Scrabble
TripTracker
Things
Grocery IQ
iBird Plus
Shazam

If you have an iPhone I’d love to hear what your favorites are.

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- Our Holy Land Tour- Visit to the Western Wall (Wailing Wall)

During our recent trip to Israel we stopped at the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall. The Western wall is located on the western side of the Temple Mount, in the heart of old Jerusalem.

Men pray on one side. The bigger side.


Women pray on the other, much smaller side.

Coming here was bitter sweet. I had many mixed prayers to place in the wall, but one in particular I was not able to place. For the past 8 months my dear sweet neighbor battled Pancreatic Cancer, and she stopped her fight just weeks before my trip. I had wanted to place a prayer in the wall for her and to bring her back something from my tour to the Holy Land. I had wanted to hold her hand and tell her about my trip. I wanted…Yet, He wanted her more.

She is now in Heaven holding the hands of our Father and so I placed a prayer in the wall for her family instead. I know they find comfort in her having eternal life, out of a body that is no longer riddled with cancer and subjected to chemotherapy—yet I know they miss her dearly and so I pray that they continue to find comfort in the fact they will see her again.


I found a hole in the wall. I reached my arm in as far as it would go, and then I found it went in a bit more to the left. That is where I tucked my prayers. The prayers I promised my friends. The prayers I never allowed anyone else to pray for me.

Our guide Asher shared with us that there is a special person appointed to pick up any prayers that fall to the ground and take them to the Mount of Olives where they are buried. The Jewish people have such respect for the prayers placed in this wall.

Would you like to place a prayer in the Wailing Wall? You can send your prayer here or here by email or by mailing it to:
Western Wall Plaza
Jewish Quarter
Jerusalem,
Israel


Telephone: 972 2627 1333

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