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Welcome to Home Shalom and Shalom Farm. We pray your visit here be blessed. We are learning to walk in the Ways (Torah) of our Father YHWH and follow Y'shua, His Messiah until He returns to "set things straight". We call it a "Messi-Life". Our walk is neither tidy nor perfect, but it is filled with passion, devotion and desire to serve our King. We are learning to be humble servants, and to be good stewards of the things that He has entrusted to us: His Word, our marriage, our children, our family, our community, our health, and our farm. Hitch your horse and stay a while--our door is always open!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Yom Teruah Family Recap

We looked for two nights and did not see the moon. But did see a beautiful sun set (as we often do) on our farm - as we watched and waited. That planet in the distance is Venus (do not be mislead).

The next evening we arrived in Chattnooga just before the sun had set and raised to an overlook to see if we could spot her. It was very foggy and we could not, but we blew anyway, because we had confirmed the siting in Israel earlier that day. (The whole time difference thing.) Gideon is only 4 but he gets a strong sweet sound out of the Shofar! So much so, it actually brought a tear to my eye and made me ask YHVH if He is annointed in this area. He has a gentle and sweet heart, yet has a warrior's spirit. A momma can't help but wonder how the King will use her children as they grow!

The next day, we hiked in gardens and in Creation. It was a wonderful day together as we reflected on YHVH's majesty together as a family.

We couldn't resist a picture of a " formerly rich man" enter the eye of a needle. :-) Halleluyah!

More Blowing ensues......
This was one shot of where we went in the mountains of Chattanooga TN. As you can see it was a foggy couple of days. We were there the night before at sunset to welcome the Shabbat and watch for the moon, but did not see it. However, we had confirmed the sighting in Israel at the beginning of our treck to the mountains (the whole times zone differnce thing), so we blew as the sun set and all the next day!

This point we were at in the mountains was at the intersection/overlook of 7 states. It was a real joy to blow His blessing over such a territory. It was kind of wierd in a public place...but...we have laid down that fear of man long ago. :-)

Blow Papa Blow!

Blowing over 7 US States to declare the soverighty of our Lord!

Elijah blowing over the States. He was the first of the kids to learn to blow a couple years ago. He lead the way for them.

Eliana was so proud of herself. She is 3 and can finally blow after a year of trying, spitting and watching us. It is the funniest thing to watch, becasue she is SO tiny and this roaring sound comes out of her shofar now. This is the small horn here, but is especially a site to behold when she blows the Yemanite, it is as long as she is tall!!!

Above: We tried to get a picture of Eliana blowing over the moutains as we stood behind the wall (like the picture of me) but all you could see was a shofar peeping up from behind the wall! Can you see the little horn sticking up behind the wall there, next to my hand? Eliana is down there blowing!!

I was sad to realize we didn't get a picture of Naomi blowing this time. :-( But she did!

Now...whenever we travel on a Shabbat we like to make sure we have a full tank of gas before taken care of on Preparation Day and we always pack the big cooler full of food for our travels, so that we don't eat at resturants; It helps us keep the day "set apart". We have done this many times...so you think I would be an old pro, right? Well this time, the zip lock back of silverware that was prepared was accidentally left behind on the counter at home. So this meant we were eating bean salad (our main dish for lunch that day) with our fingers! We also had endulged in a rare treat of store bought cake. The kind that is super fluffy and crumbly and heavily frosted...Yep...we ate that with our hands too! We managed to be creative by digging out "The Spoon" that we keep in the car (if needed for "corrections" away from home)...so that is what daddy used to dish the sloppy cake. Other than that - it was all fingers!!

Things don't always turn out how we might plan...but it's what we "so with it" that counts! Of course we all had a good laugh over it!

After our trip to Chattanooga we arrived home on the farm and looked for the moon again (3rd night) after having blown all day...to see if we could actually spot the moon with our own two eyes (we still like to look 'til we find her). And there she was ever so faint in the back ground. Can you see it? It is above the power line in the picture above Hailey's head. We all blew (again!). :-)

Gideon - The Tubal Warrior

Much Love ~ from the Tribe of Ben!


Christine said...

great post Pamela! lovely to see a glimpse into your family life!

Moira said...

Great pictures, thanks for sharing!!! It looks like you are having an awsome time!!!!