Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sukkot

  Hey all! I'm sorry it has been so incredibly long since I have posted. I keep meaning to do it but things keep happening that make me have to put it off (school, shopping, cleaning). So, we have had a busy few weeks. First off we started babysitting every other week, that has been a cool experience, and we just recently went on a 10 day camping trip for Sukkot/ Feast of Tabernacles.
    Our excitement started about 2 weeks before Sukkot which was when we officially decided were we were going, we like to do things last minute, leaves room for more excitement :-) Anyway, we Sukkot-ed in Comer, Ga at Fort Yargo State Park with my Grandparents, and our good friends the F.s from Family week. Actually there were two groups of us, our small group and then another group that stayed at our friends the H.'s house. We had met the H. family at Family Week but hadn't really gotten to know them, so it was a very exciting opportunity! There were 2 or 3 family's staying at the H's house and many more that would come throughout the day to visit. So like I said, we were staying at the campground and would drive to the H's house every day to spend time with everybody.
    Our trip started out great, we got up early and left at around 7am (Thursday the 13th of Oct). Well, right off the bat things got bad. There was a really bad car accident on I85 and it was backed up for miles. The trip from North Carolina to Georgia is only supposed to be 4 1/2 hours but it took us that long just to get out of NC! Our trip all together ended up being about 7 1/2 hours long, so we arrived at the campsite and had just enough time to set up before it started raining! But, what would Sukkot be without rain, right?? ha ha.
    We were to tie rd and had to many things to do to go visit the H's and everybody that night, so, after the rain let up we had a nice fire and welcomed in the Shabbat that marks the first day of Sukkot! The next day we went over to the H's house and started off with some singing and playing instruments, I didn't bring my guitar because there wasn't enough room in the car *teehee, I always over pack* but it was a lot of fun. We spent a all of our time dancing, playing games, singing and playing instruments, talking, bible study, and more!



Oh, did I mention we brought my cat with us? Yes, a cat camping is quite a funny thing to see, but he loved it! Sleeping in the tent on the bed at night, hanging out by the fire, having everybody want to hold and cuddle him. He never forgave us for bringing him back :-)




We were playing a really fun game called Sheep and Shepherds, one person is the narrator and everyone else is either a sheepdog, sheep, or wolf. I don't remember exactly how it goes, but we played it a lot and it was fun :-)





Sheep and Shepherds again.


A group of the kids sitting downstairs talking, I think we were telling jokes :-)



Aliyah, Ella, and Savannah. They went everywhere together!


This was the Shabbat before we left, we were outside doing praise and worship and bible study before a potluck dinner.



Apparently the guitar is popular!! They did great :-)


Some of the Kids dancing to "Father Abraham" on the last Shabbat. It was cute to watch!


Eating dinner on the last Shabbat.


Downstairs playing instruments again!


And then everybody moved upstairs and started playing.


That's Delany and me in the front and then the 6 H. girls.
Amdis, Atalie, Ariana, Amara, Azalea, and Aliyah. It took me a couple days to get everybody's name down!


We did this in height order..... Does it remind you of something?
Aliyah, Azalea, Amara, Tammy, Ariana, Delany, Amdis, and Atalie.


One of my favorite parts was the night that everybody went outside with there instruments. We all gathered around a huge campfire (courtesy of Mr H) and were singing and playing instruments! I was cool outside and the fire and singing was really pleasant. Another fun time was when everybody cam to the campsite and we had a fire and played these really cool games. One was called "One up one down", and the other was called "Umbrella". The goal of the game was to figure out how to play the game! I know it doesn't really make sense, but it was to cool :-) We played a lot of cool games with the H. Family including Taboo, Basta, and Grab.
Well, Sukkot flew by and before we knew it, it was the last day and we were saying goodbye :-( But we had a wonderful time, the H family were a wonderful example and a great encouragement to us and we hope to see them again soon!



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