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{BLESSING BOOK} Week 48-52 | Hebrew Ninjas, Saran-Wrapped Babies, and Lemur-Sniffing

Wow. I can’t believe it. I DID it. Little did I know that when I started my 52-week {BLESSING BOOK} project a year ago, with simple instructions to post one photo, one blessing, a week, that I would inadvertently  TRICK myself into journaling for an entire year! This has never happened before.

In the past I would be inspired and buy myself a gorgeous journal and manage to fill up a handful of pages, before it joined the journal graveyard with the rest. And it worsened as I got older and busier and then I got married and had children and had pretty much just given up, soothing myself with the thought that it couldn’t be expected of a person as busy as I. But THIS IS THE TIME I want to remember. I NEED to remember. So many moments and blessings are lived and forgotten in a month’s time let alone an entire year.

So I got daring. I said I wanted to remember just ONE BLESSING every week. Keep it simple so I wouldn’t get overwhelmed. It didn’t have to be perfect or amazing. Just one. Now, as to be expected of me, I couldn’t keep it to just one blessing after a while, as I yearned to have so many more blessings showcased in my year-end book. And then I started adding little captions to my photos, or maybe even whole stories.

When my life got crazy as we left for Israel in August, I slacked in posting weekly, but refused to give up, still chronicling as I went and posting mammoth MONTHLY posts. And as I put together’s this post of December’s BLESSINGS, I had such an amazing feeling of accomplishment. Awe really.

I have the most amazing photo journal of our life in 2011, which sped by like a speeding bullet for sure. I can’t wait to flip through the pages of this Hallmark-type book I will create with the blessing captions and stories.

And I’m TOTALLY doing this again. My aim is to post weekly, but, ya know what, as long as I get it done weekly or monthly, I will still have it. I have to find a way that is very “Heatherish” to get the job done.

If you’re a mama, a photographer, a work-til-you-can’t-think person who wonders where the time has gone, I challenge you to be DARING and start your own ‘me-ish’ project that will catch at least a glimpse of your life. Because, you know, 10 blessings remembered out of 100 ARE STILL MORE VALUABLE THAN NONE.

{{{{If you have your own yearly project, link it in the comments so I can take a look as I’d love to see!!!!!}}}}

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Week 48 | December 4th-10th

{Pofff Herssse}

With both boys and I having a bad case of the whooping cough for many weeks, Asher heard me tell him a lot on how not to make his cough worse. Don’t cry. Don’t whine. Don’t run around too much. So since I used it all the time as a REASON he shouldn’t do certain things, he thought this was a dandy thing to use for his own purpose as well. So anytime I told him something he didn’t want to do, he would tell me  “No. Mama. Pofff Hersse” in a very dramatic serious tone with furrowed brow. It usually was used when it came time to clean his plate, or take some vitamins but could get pulled out when he didn’t want to get dressed.

{Having a Aunt Around (and an extra pair of hands!)}

Jesalynn was quite the blessing for the two weeks she was here, even more so because we were in the middle of moving/transitioning to a new home and routines and my hands were full with very sick babies. Here we went on our first walk in our new neighborhood to find a playground and get the boys some fresh air. And as you can see the boys are very fond of their Aunt Jesalynn!

{Zevi’s First Lemur-Sniffing}

Our new home was only a 20 min walk to the JERUSALEM BIBLICAL ZOO, so one day Jesalynn and I decided to take the boys. Asher had a blast feeding birds in the atrium and talking to monkeys, but Zev was a little young yet to be too overly enthused. I think the animals were more fond of Zev than visa versa.

{Just Our Little Family}

Over the prior 4 months, we had been living in pretty tight community, sometimes in upwards of 50 people in one house. So when the other family that was supposed to move in with us, wasn’t, I realized suddenly that we were going to have our first Shabbat dinner with just our family in many months. So I made some Butternut Apple Bisque drizzled with Coconut Milk which was paired with a Savory Patte on a bed of Succulent Greens (that’s the way to make pumpkin soup, liver and onions, and salad seem very upper class. I have to try).

{Saran-Wrapping Your Babies}

Funny, when I think of the fun bedtime routines I would have with my children, saran-wrapping them never came to mind. But none-the-less this became a nightly ritual that was a LIFESAVER and both boys usually enjoyed (Asher acted like it made him a super hero!). The main danger of whooping cough is all the mucus that pools into your lungs, even long after the bacteria are dead, which is especially hard for a small baby to move. So I would make wraps/poultices of onion and salt and castor oil and would put them to bed with warm rice socks and was AMAZED at the results at breaking up their deep congestion. Just as amazing is ground flaxseed and castor oil. O the things you learn out of necessity!

{My Baby Buddy 24/7}

I think I literally had Zevi plastered to me 24/7 over the time that he was really sick. So I had to figure out how to do every task throughout the day, whether cooking dinner, doing laundry, replying to emails, with a baby attached. I think I’m the fastest one-hand typer in the world and I don’t I could’ve lived without my ERGO.

{Two Resilient Little Boys}

My babies are tough cookies, let me tell you. From crazy schedules, tight living quarters, random travelings, and bad sicknesses, they are real troopers who still remind me to smile at the end of a hard day.

Week 50 | December 11th-17th

{Friendly Produce-Man= Free Strawberries}

I have to say I was a little intimidated in our new home. I think I was feeling very wore out the first couple weeks with little sleep, the boys sick, no car, and Jacob gone most of the day. I felt overwhelmed at how to get the boys out of our apartment to the parks, how to get groceries, how to use the buses and trains, just how this country girl is supposed live a city life with 2 littles. But when I did get up the gumption to go exploring we found a produce store just up the street, owned by the most delightfully friendly man who made me feel right at home. He sent us off with free strawberries which Asher couldn’t have been more ecstatic over! And Zev got to first taste strawberries in Israel!

{Finding Parks to Have Adventures In}

In more of our exploring, I found a handful of different parks within 10 min walking distance of our apartment building. And this one is best of them all. Yes is has various playgrounds and such, but more importantly it has big rocks and trees and bushes and hillsides that Asher has great adventures on. It makes me o so happy to see my boy play like a boy in the ‘woods and brush’ even though we are living in the middle of a big city!

{A Bow to Go Hunting With}

To go along with the boyish terrain, we made Asher his own little bow to go hunting with. This ‘toy’ has gotten more use than any other.

{A New Coat}

My Jacob is a super-practical man. When we got married I helped him broaden his wardrobe from 4 tshirts and 2 pairs of jeans, to include at least a little variety (variety= 8 shirts of DIFFERENT colors. ooooh). Before leaving for Israel, he needed some new tshirts, so he bought 3 gray ones. Yes. 3 gray ones. And he’s had one main ‘coat/sweatshirt’ for the past 3 years – his American Eagle hoodie sweatshirt. But recently he realized he was due for a for a new coat for those chilly and rainy Jerusalem days. So needless to say I was MORE than ecstatic when he came home with this fabulous (and practical!) black jacket that he only paid 100 shekels for! (did I tell you he’s thrifty too?!) And it FIT his long arms and torso, which nearly NEVER happens.

Just look at that man. Sigh. That handsome, wonderful, practical hunk-of-a-man is all mine. ;o)

{Successfully Feeding Himself. Most of the Time}

Zev’s gotten pretty good at feeding himself, but every once and awhile you have that pesky piece of banana that is just attracted to your eyelid.

{Asher Discovers Flash}

Yes, Asher still loves taking pictures with the little Lumix and one day he discovered how to pop up the flash. So he used up an entire memory card playing with this new-found love of his. Maybe he’ll learn off-camera lighting soon so he can teach me.

Week 51 | December 18th-24th

{Quiet Babies = Mischief}

Some mornings when I’m just aching to lay in bed a few more minutes, so one Shabbat morning I lowered Zev to the floor to play while I lingered under the covers. And he was so good and quite for a long time. And then I saw why. He had found a jar of Nutella and a bag of pretzels and was hoarding and scarfing them down like this would be the only chance in his life to eat them. This is his ‘caught in the act’ face.

{Nutrition to Crave}

My dearest friend Mary spent a fabulous 5 days with us this week and we had splendid time experimenting in the kitchen. Among the tasty and successful experiments were a Velvet Chocolate Cake made from beets with chocolate avocado frosting (above), raw Pudding made from coconut milk and chia seeds (MAJOR WINNER WIN!!!), and flourless Brownies made entirely from BEANS. It was all so fabulous we’ve been inspired to prepare more food ‘outside the box’ that is healthy for you! (because you want to eat another brownie knowing it’s GOOD for you!)

{Always New Forts to be Found)

A new park means new romping grounds for Asher to explore!

{1st Night of Hanukkah)

We made the hour-long journey via bus and light-rail across town to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with friends

Week 52 | December 25th-31st

{Cheap Citrus}

Clementines have been very cheap at the Shuk, which Jacob happens to pass every day. So that’s our big snack food lately. Asher expects there to be at least 2-3 clementines in the stroller to eat at the park. It’s just become an unspoken rule. Even 10 mo Zev can spit out the seeds with ease.

{Plenty of Hebrew “Studying”}

After being advised by an Israeli friend, Jacob has been looking for familiar movies dubbed in Hebrew to help absorb the language better. He found the mother-load multi-pack. And, truly, it has been one of the best tools to get a language to ‘stick’. There is no shortage of Hebrew “studying” going on in this house!

{Lighting All the Candles By Himself}

On the last night of Hanukkah, a fully-lit Hanukkiah is just plain pretty. Especially when you know what it represents. When you know how important this Land of Israel is to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and to our Messiah Yeshua. So this is why we celebrate Hanukkah: Because we serve a God who doesn’t care about ‘odds’, Who is TRUE to keeping everlasting covenants despite what the rest of the world thinks, Who provides opportunity for us to STAND for Truth and Light – so who wants to be a MODERN-DAY MACCABEAN?!

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Stay tuned for the first installment for 2012! And while you wait there’s always some bonus photos!

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Melanie - January 8, 2012 - 4:36 pm

Yay, Heather,
You did it! Congratulations on your stick-to-it-tiveness!

Priscilla - January 8, 2012 - 5:02 pm

Richness!
(as always, am so thankful for your heart to share = TODAH!)

Sarah Rankin - January 8, 2012 - 5:14 pm

Beautiful ~ Beautiful & thanks for sharing your life with us! I am glad you made it to the other side of the Whooping Cough with these lovely memories all in tact!!! Shalom

Naomi - January 8, 2012 - 5:16 pm

I’ve loved your blessing book posts. I feel like I can get a glimpse into your life. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Shanice - January 8, 2012 - 6:08 pm

Thank you Mrs. Heather for all the posts and pictures that you hav done.
I feel like I’m there experiencing it with y’all :) Can’t wait for what the new
year has in store for you and your little family :)

Grace - January 8, 2012 - 6:44 pm

I’m so glad that you’re continuing with your Blessings posts!!! They are such an inspiration for me to live every day as an adventure!

Eva - January 8, 2012 - 9:59 pm

I have been loving this all year! Congrats on all 52 weeks!! My goal is to do something similar to this for this year. (Granted, my pics will not be as good, but I’m still gonna try!) :) Many Blessings!!

Isaiah - January 9, 2012 - 4:37 pm

Great Job!!! Glad you are going to keep this going :)

Jessica Fike - January 10, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Jacob could totally be a model! His model face is amazing!!!

heathermeyers - January 12, 2012 - 8:40 pm

thank you all for all your wonderful feedback! it’s so great to see who all is ‘watching’ our lives!

Eva – i’d love to see your ‘blessings’ in this next year!

Jessica – haha, Jacob was impressed with your insight ;o)