Jenny and I are getting ready to head out on an exciting trip: Israel. Jenny’s uncle is the pastor of the English-language community at the Lutheran Church in the Old City of Jerusalem, and they are generous enough to share their apartment and knowledge of Israel with us.
We’re planning to spend a few days in Jerusalem, a couple days in Galilee, and take some day trips from Jerusalem to the Masada/Dead Sea and Bethlehem (leading to a very cute question from Matthew: “Are you going to the real Bethlehem? But isn’t it in the sky?”). It should be great to see all the history and culture.
But there’s a war going on.
Of course we’re nervous about the fighting going on, but we think we’ll be ok. The State Department hasn’t upgraded their travel warning in light of the conflict, and Jenny’s relatives aren’t telling us to stay home. Both of those are reassuring. More importantly,we’ll be staying in the middle of Jerusalem – I can’t imagine that Hamas would risk sending a rocket anywhere near us when we’re staying less than 2 miles from the third holiest site in their religion.
So, this trip will be exciting, but I don’t think we’re in danger.
I hope that I’ll be sharing lots of pictures soon.
Finally, big thanks to my parents for coming in from Montana to watch the boys and the house while we’re on our trip. We’ll miss Douglas and Matthew, but we know they’ll be in good hands.