Thursday, September 15, 2011

Jerusalem Morning

Our hotel in Jerusalem was fabulous!!
And look at the beautiful day that greeted us on our first day in Jerusalem! 
I was so overwhelmed when I first saw the city that I couldn't stop taking pictures.

These were all taken from the perspective of the Mount of Olives.

In this photo, the East Gate is toward the right front portion and the Temple Mount is where the mosque with the gold dome is.

This area is the southern part of Jerusalem and I believe the tall pillar almost in the center back of the photo is near the place traditionally identified with the Last Supper.

The area to the left in this photo is the "City of David", the older part of Jerusalem.
Almost right in the middle -- just to the left -- you may notice a red tile roof peeking out.  That building is near Caiphas's home, where Jesus was tried.

In this photo toward the back just right of the center, you may notice a dominant cypress tree.  That tree is near the place where the Garden Tomb is located.  We ventured there later, but this helps to see it in the context of the entire city.

This church is situated on the Mount of Olives and is over the traditional site where Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem:
41 As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it,
42 saying, "If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
43 Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side.
44 They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God."
Luke 19:41-44 (NRSV)

This tree is situated in front of the church and is likely the type of tree from which the soldiers crafted the crown of thorns.
Behind our tour guide, Dan, is a large Jewish cemetery adjacent to the Mount of Olives.

The wall in front is the Eastern wall of Jerusalem.

Even as I type this, I remember why it was so difficult for me to smile in this photo.  The reality of arriving at the city where my Lord was crucified was setting in.  I knew I would in no way be able to prepare myself for the experience I was about to have.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The "Eyes" Have It!

So last week, my friend Erin came over to do a makeover, so I could enter to win a fabulous prize that her company is sponsoring -- a trip for two to NYC!!  Love it!  Well, as I was trying to tidy up before she came over, I ran across a smoky eye-shadow inspiration photo that I had torn from a magazine.  I thought that it would be a fun look to go for, so when she came over, I showed it to her and she was game to try it.  Yay!!  I love trying new things with my eye makeup, so here is the final look!! :)

Pretty close, huh?!

We used a creamy silver all over the lid and then the smoky part is a dark navy.
I've enjoyed playing with this look all week!
Thanks for such a fun makeover, Erin!! :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

There's a Chill in the Air!

And I mean the very best kind!  I haven't even looked at the weather report for fear that this lovely coolness may evaporate as quickly as it arrived, but oh, I hope it stays for a bit. :)  After so many straight days of triple digits, a high of 95 seems down right cool to me.  I even wore long sleeves today!  I have so many posts in my head swimming around, but haven't quite gotten them written down, so bear with me.  I think I might try one of those Home Organization Notebooks that so many people in the blogosphere have been posting about.  I'm just a family of one, but boy do I need to get organized with my own chore lists!  :)

Another part of the Home Organization Notebook that I've seen and need to use is a blog planning list.  I promise I will finish my Israel posts within the year!  My cousin Will teased me in June about how much he would enjoy reading about the rest of my Israel trip in October and I thought he was kidding -- who knew the guy has, among his many gifts, that of prophecy!!  :)  I also can't wait to fully update about the past two weekends -- too much fun!  Until then, hope you are having nice weather wherever you are.  Oh, and finally a little shoutout to my very favorite Baylor Bears!!  They played so well in their season opener on Friday and are currently ranked #20!!  Sic 'Em!