Almost a week has passed, and I have taken photos and written blogposts in my head, but none on the blog… We had a lovely Shavuot here in Jerusalem, and we ate plenty of cheesecakes.
And our little gardener even decorated one of the cakes with strawberries from his own “field”!
This year my brother and his family were visiting for the holiday, and they offered to stay with the kids so my husband and I could go out to hear shiurim (teachings) on leil shavuot together. How nice for us! I think it is always a blessing to be out on the streets of Jerusalem on this special night. To walk along and meet plenty of others out there during hours when most of us normally are fast asleep. Most people dressed in white, all wishing each other Chag Sameah, a Happy Holiday. And the views of Jerusalem are just fantastic! The wall around the old city all lit up, it is just beautiful. I am sooo blessed to get to live my life right here!
The children have been so excited to have two of their Norwegian cousins visiting for the last week or so. Here are the two girls matchingly dressed in white for Shavuot:
The two boys are not as close in age, but they sure had a great time together. The little one looking so much up to the older one, and wanting to do everything he did. And the older one totally loving it!
On the day of Shavuot I had the joy of hanging out with these guys, and as we walked to a neighborhood park, we had a perfect view of the mountains of Moab. What a perfect setting to talk about the story from the book of Ruth! – Naomi and Elimelech left with their two sons from Bethlehem right over there, because there was no rain and hardly any food in the land. They walked all the way to over there, to the mountains that you can see right over there. And so on and so on. Again, – I am soooo blessed to get to raise my children in this place!
Guess if the four cousins had a great time having their erev Shavuot meal together all of them together on one bench! Very good times indeed!
And a few days later, Friday, the 17th of May we celebrated the Norwegian independence day together. Us Norwegian Jerusalemites were very happy to have other Norwegians to celebrate with, – and our Shabbat table probably looked a lot different than most other Shabbat tables…
We have had such a great time with our guests! Now they have just left, and we are very much missing them already. But we are thankful for lots and lots of wonderful shared memories.
My brother is exceptionally good with children… And they all know how to take advantage of it…!
Yeay for family!