A video of the parody Bethany, Lacey and Kaity wrote for our Sukkot Talent Night/ Variety Show.
This year we celebrated Sukkot with our Congregation. We made a sukkah together- super fun! For the roof everyone cut down branches, some of the little boys went so far as to cut down small trees. We used chicken wire on the top so the branches wouldn't fall through.
Sherman helping with the sukkah
After putting on some dried peppers, fake pomegranates, lemons, grapes, branches and lights the sukkah was done.
There were a lot of hickory trees at the camp and the ground was covered in nuts! My friends and I collected some to take home so we could crack them open and eat the meat . There was a lady there who lived at the camp ground, she collected nuts too. She said she makes cakes, bread and pies with the hickory nuts.
Pranking got a little wild when someone decided to start a game where you get a cup full of water and find a victim to dump it on. It was even more fun when somebody got out a pitcher and poured it on people. One of the nights some of the kids got totally drenched in a water fight. You always had to be on the look out, cause the splash would come when you least expected it.
Hanging out around the camp fire is one of the things we did almost every night. We told stories, sang songs and roasted marshmallows (kosher :). It's heat also dried us off from the water fights.
Every morning we learned a new dance and had a worship service. The girls took turns teaching the dances and putting the Power Point for service.
Some of the other activates we did for Sukkot include; A talent show, reading stories, community meals, chili cook off, shooting at the range, slept in the sukkah and had a lot of fun. It was awesome just to get a taste of community. One of the things I really enjoyed was story time. some of the books we read were; The Squire And The Scroll, The Princess And The Kiss, The Keeping Quilt, Something From Nothing, The Boy And The Ocean, Martina The Beautiful Cockroach, The Mysterious Guests, and The House on the Roof.
I definitely hope we do our own sukkot again sometime!
Next year in Jerusalem,
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Today I’m answering a question that was asked in August.
Here’s what was asked:
Do you all wear skirts full time?
In a short answer; no, we don’t wear skirts full time. We wear skirts about 85.6% of the time.
Let me expound on this subject of skirt/pant wearing.
Modest, feminine skirts are a lot easier to come by then modest, feminine pants- if you’re a thrift shopper. Because of this we wear skirts most of the time; also, our dad likes us to wear skirts, rather than pants, whenever appropriate. When I do wear pants I like to wear a short skirt with them (or wear a long shirt).
Now I'll share some example of activities that are easier to perform while wearing pants.
Mowing or Gardening: I prefer to wear jeans with a knee length skirt overtop for mowing and gardening. If the bees are particularly friendly one day then I’ll ditch the skirt for fear of getting a bee caught in it.
Exercising: Skirts work well for a leisurely walk but when I go running my skirt gets caught between my legs and it looks weird, so I prefer pants or sports shorts. As far as other forms of exercise- I have trouble weight lifting or doing aerobics in a skirt. Skirts don’t provide the ease of movement I like and the extra material can get caught in the exercise equipment. Safety and range of motion are important to me; this is also why I wear pants to ride my bike.
Sledding: Maybe you can sled in a long skirt but I think it’s dangerous. Try it and you will know what I’m talking about. For sledding I like to wear pants and a short skirt. Snow pants are ideal but I don’t own any (That’s half true- There just aren’t enough snow pants to go around and I’d rather wear jeans than take turns wearing snow pants).
Rock Climbing: I don’t like the idea of people below me looking up my skirt, even if I am wearing pants underneath. Plus there’s the challenge of putting the harness on. I don’t rock climb because I get disoriented at high altitudes but Emily loves to climb and she wears cargo pants.
So again, no, we don’t wear skirts full time. We wear skirts when it’s appropriate and we wear pants when it’s appropriate. It depends on the situation. What about you all? What are your thoughts on pants vs. skirts? Do you base your belief on scripture or opinions? Or both?
Sayonara and Shalom,
Let me give you a look into the wedding from my perspective.
The brides wedding dress was hand made, by our mom, using 100% white linen, as was her head covering. She also made us girls green dresses using cotton.
The anticipation rose as everyone made their way outside to wait for the bridegroom. We were waiting for the bridegroom to come for his bride. As we stood waiting we heard the sound of the shofar! The excitement grew as we looked for the direction from which the Bridegroom would come. After what seemed like forever we saw him coming. The bride started to walk (quickly) toward her bridegroom.
Joe and Naomi had not seen each other for 113 days, She got to her bridegroom, then they stared walking back to the building to start the rest of the ceremony inside.
The ceremony was wonderful, it included; a speech from a friend of our family on betrothal, Joe and Naomi told their story of how Yahweh led them to each other, they read their Ketubah, we watched a slideshow (pictures from when they first met in Kansas, Joe's visit in Indiana, their betrothal and their time of separation). Mr. Fox closed with a prayer. Dinner included lasagna and cheesecake which is significant because it was also what Joe and Naomi had when they first met. After dinner we had dancing and celebrating. It was a wonderful time of laughter and making good memories.
There is a slideshow and some other pictures below. Feel free to comment and tell us what you think!
Joe and Naomi with their Ketubah(Written wedding vows). Their Ketubah was hand written by themselves and signed by witnesses.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures.
Blessings and Shalom,
It's been nearly a month since Joe came to get his bride. Naomi's things have all been moved to Arkansas, her presence is missed and her cooking is too but this is the new normal. Our family is glad to see Joe and Naomi happily married and we have adjusted quite well to Naomi's absence. Now that Sukkot is over we are getting into a new routine.
I haven't made the time to write an article about the wedding, wedding feast or Sukkot yet but here is a short video that a friend put together. AskYah interviewed Joe and Naomi after the wedding and this is the finished product!
Joe gives a bit of their background story and Naomi shares about what it was like to wait for Joe. More pictures and articles to come soon!
Thank you Ask Yah for making this video! :)