Saturday, November 15, 2008

Good and bad

Okay, I'm going to admit something...even though I try hard to stay positive, I have my good days and my bad days here in this strange place called Jerusalem.

I don't like not being able to buy what I want (or need) at the store.

I don't like it when people are rude to my kids.

I don't always feel like walking almost an hour to church, just to do it again after three long hours of meetings.

I wish I had a couch.

It's hard to hear stories like I did this sweet man, Mohammad, who suffers so much because he's an Arab living in Israel, and says with pain in his eyes, "That West Bank wall is way worse than that one they had in Germany - and it's NEVER coming down." Or to hear about the two cute little Spanish men in our branch who were almost shot to death in their car the other day. I love Israelis, I really do...but hearing these sorts of things gets to me.

But on to better things.....

It's easy-peasy to walk down to the Garden Tomb on a lazy Friday afternoon (after days of my 4-year-old pleading, "I want to go to the place where Jesus was RESURRECTED!!!").

I have special angels watching over my family - it has been said in priesthood blessings, AND I feel them - regularly.

I feel my heart growing and growing, and growing some more, for people of the Middle East.

I appreciate things that I never have before.

I rely on the Lord more (does "compelled to be humble" ring a bell for anybody? Yeah, that's me)

Who else gets to sit and look at a panoramic view of the Old City and the Dome of the Rock during sacrament meeting?

My daughter's favorite thing to do is go see places where the Savior has been - could a mom ask for more?

And no matter where we live, my husband is still cute....

And my to-die-for-adorable kids still like to wrestle.....

At the end of the day, I really do love that we're here. If I suddenly found out that I had to leave tomorrow, I'd be heartbroken (even if do wish I could hang out with my sisters or go shopping at Target every once in a while).

Just sayin'.


Megan said...

When are people rude to your kids?? And I didn't realize you had to walk that far to church! I love the pictures where I can see Jackson's teeth, by the way!

Shaun and Cyndy said...

I was going to say the exact same things as Megan! Also, what is the story about the two men in your branch nearly being shot? Did the Israeli police think they were Palestinian?

Amy J. said...

Hey, you're a much better woman than I am because I would have told my husband, "see you in two years." So, I think it's perfectly fine for you to vent a little about being out of your comfort zone. I couldn't do what you're doing! You're one tough cookie!
What do you need that you can't get?

Chad and Kristine said...

I love looking at your blog and your many adventures. I'm sure it is so hard to be in a different culture and not have the luxuries of home. i would love to have your address so we can send you a few things from home. Shoot me an email with it.