Maccabiah Games- Day 5-6

Thursday, July 18-Friday, July 19, 2013

I think I mentioned already that while we were in Israel, the Maccabiah games were going on.  These are the Jewish Olympics.  Jewish athletes from all around the world come together to compete in the games.  It basically functions just like the world Olympics, with opening and closing ceremonies, but on a smaller scale.  Well, the Baptist Village where we stayed during the week and worked the kids camp, was also the site for the baseball games for the Maccabiah games.  USA, Canada and Israel were the 3 competing teams this year.  The games started on Thursday, but before then the fields had to be prepped.  Luckily we had Matthew and Keith with us on the trip, and Keith is a statewide recognized baseball referee for Alabama, and Matthew has grown up playing baseball his whole life.  So they had the field prepping on lock-down.  Greg helped hang all the tarps which provided shade for the spectators.  And all the guys chipped in doing whatever else Callie told them to do 😉  By Thursday morning, everything was set and ready for the first game!

Canada vs. USA.  We did great 😉  Go team USA!  We got to watch the game for just a bit but then had to hurry back to the kitchen to start working on the next meal preparation.  And actually on Friday, they had an official kickoff for the games where they sang both the national anthems for USA and Israel (since they were playing that morning).July17 (54) July18 (9) July18 (12) July18 (14) July18 (16) July18 (18) July18 (20) July18 (21) July18 (22) July18 (34) July18 (36)July19 (1) July19 (2)July19 (25)July19 (13)July19 (29)

Oh, and check out those little parakeets!  They just live in the wild in Israel, and there were so many that lived in the trees at the Baptist Village.  So cute!

Flash Forward

Helloooooooo readers.  Is anyone checking my blog anymore??  Let me dust off the ole’ keyboard here and get this baby back on track.  It’s pretty bad when you have to write 2 “catch-up” blogs in a month’s time.  So, since my last entry, I flew to Texas for a dear college friend’s funeral, and grad school started.  Doesn’t sound like much, huh?  Well, let me just tell ya, the latter of those two is sucking up alllllll my free time.  I’m purposely taking the night off tonight to catch up on other things in my life.

I want to take time to dedicate a blog entry solely to our dear friend Christina.  So for now, I want to just focus on everything else that’s been going on around here.  Oh, and I’ll be sure to go back and finish out those last few days of Israel (don’t worry, I didn’t forget!).

So like I said, grad school has officially started.  It’s all online right now, until I get to the point of adding clinicals to my schedule.  So on August 26th, I logged onto the online system and have been playing catch-up ever since.  I literally spent the first whole day just getting all my test dates and assignments organized on a calendar (or two) and figuring out how this whole thing works.  I’m still actually trying to figure out this grad school thing.  Having never taken an online class before, I’m having to learn how to work “Blackboard” which is basically my home-base for all things school.   It’s confusing, and I constantly feel like I’m check and double checking to make sure I don’t miss things.  There’s also a LOT of ready for grad school.  I’m gonna be honest, there’s no way I can read all the resources they provide for us.  I’ve been reading the textbook chapters and taking notes but they literally give us probably another 20+ links, videos, articles, etc, etc.  It’s great but SOOO overwhelming.  And considering I’m having to balance my full-time job in additional to all of it….oh boy.  Let’s just say I’ve had a meltdown or two in the the past few weeks.  I have a long way to go in all of this, and don’t even ask me how I’m going to add clinicals to this kind of schedule next summer.  I just pray daily that the Lord helps me through it.  That He takes away my stress (cause I don’t handle it well).  And so far He has taken care of me.  One day at a time.

My time is so precious these days.  I feel like I don’t get as much time with my husband as I would like (although let’s be honest, I think I could spend 8 hours a day, every day, with him and still feel like it’s not enough!).  I don’t get as much time to study as I should.  It would be nice to work some extra shifts at work lately (because they desperately need help, and they are paying some good money right now to those who can work extra).  But there just aren’t enough hours in a day, or enough days in a week.  And I just have to take deep breaths, and remember that each morning is a new day.  No matter how bad the day before may have been, I get to start over with each new morning.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.”  Philippians 4:6-7

In other news, our house in still in construction mode.  Remember that laundry room we’ve been building?  Well, Greg has been making some good headway on it, but it’s still very much in progress.  The floors have been laid, walls are up, the door and window trim is up, and we are close to the point of actually installing things in the room (cabinets, washer and dryer, shelving, etc.)  I haven’t taken pictures in a while, but I’ll try to get some posted.

My garden was a bit of a flop this year.  The cucumbers did well.  I canned lots of pickles and gave away a lot as usual.  The tomatoes did ok.  We had SO MUCH RAIN this year that so much of our produce just rotted before it had a chance to fully ripen.  We didn’t get a single good watermelon or cantaloup.  I was quite disappointed.  They would start to grow, and get bigger and bigger, but before they could ripen enough to harvest they would rot from the ground up.  The last time I remember it raining this much was in 2011 shortly after I got Lily as a puppy.  I remember going through a spurt where it seemed to rain every single day for weeks at a time (because as a new puppy owner, having to stay cooped up in a house with an energetic puppy was not cool). 😉

At this point I’ve quite tending to the garden.  Things are still growing, like the bell peppers right now, but I’m not babying the garden.  The weeds are going crazy, but I’m not weeding.  Our pear tree has been doing well, but I’m actually still eating pears that I canned from last year from time to time.  So I just told my good friend Christine and her sweet little family to come over and they could pick and take home as many pears as they wanted!  Her little kiddos had a blast picking pears and I was just glad to see that they wouldn’t go to waste.

So there you have it.  Another whirlwind of a catch-up.  Hopefully these won’t become the norm.  But unfortunately, I feel like I can’t make any promises.  Don’t give up on me.  I hope you’ll keep checking in!  🙂