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Completed the northernmost leg of the Israel Trail with the mountains of Lebanon as our backdrop πŸžπŸšΆπŸ½β€β™‚οΈ #Χ©Χ‘Χ™ΧœΧ™Χ©Χ¨ΧΧœ

Solo hiking up Mt. Carmel on the Israel Trail. #Χ©Χ‘Χ™ΧœΧ™Χ©Χ¨ΧΧœ

I rarely ever post public declarations of affection. But each day of the four years since I married this womanβ€”and of the three years we dated before thatβ€”I have fallen more and more in love with her. I couldn’t have conjured a more wonderful companion in my wildest dreams. My imagination isn’t strong enough to dream so big. And yet, this is my incredible reality.

These two may be a handful, but they sure bring color and purpose into my life. The next few (quiet) months simply won’t be the same without them. 😒

Adventures in the Galilee.

Rainy Nazareth with the in-laws. And a cat! β›ͺ️🐈

Got to bike a bit alongside this gorgeous Tel Aviv beach today πŸš΄πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ

The first three horsemen of the apocalypse have come to Armageddon. The fourth one is taking the picture.

Hikes and ancient tombs. In our very own backyard! β›°πŸ’€

As much as my wife and I have enjoyed invitations to dinner with fellow teachers in northern Israel, it’s our son who has most enjoyed the farm animals at the various kibbutzim. πŸ„πŸŽπŸ‘πŸ πŸ¦ƒ

Nothing like enjoying a nice, juicy apple at church.

Gave a workshop about teaching and learning vocabulary to a group of Masa Israel Teaching Fellows near Tel Aviv. Had some great comments, questions, and general engagement, both during and after the workshops. Thanks for coming, everyone!

Family outing in Caesarea. Visited a magnificent Roman aqueduct, hippodrome, and amphitheater, not to mention the place where Paul stood trial before Felix. But the best part of it all? Collecting seashells on the beach. 🐚 🌊

Spent a beautiful afternoon in the hills surrounding the Sea of Galilee. What a magical place! And to think that this is the countryside that Jesus called home.