For those of you who follow me on social media, you probably know where I've been i went three weeks ago and why I went radio silent on a lot of things.
In July I was home for maybe a week, and when I wasn't home I was out of town on vacation, house-sitting, or some other thing. But this last week in July I got to experience something special. I got to go to Israel and experience the Holy Land, and then see Rome on the way home (Like !!!!!)
Why have I not said anything about this trip? Any normal person would be like I'M GOING ON A TRIP!!! and I wanted to, but didn't. Why? Because I wasn't sure it was going to happen.
Let me back up a bit. Over a year and a half a go I got an email from a Biblical Fiction author, Connilyn Cossette, who shared that she was going to Israel for an INSANELY LOW price, and it covered everything. To say my eyes grew big and my wanderer's heart beating faster is an understatement. I started my research, looking into the program (Good Battle Tours) and once I was prepared I brought the info to my parents. After a lot of talking, my dad decided he'd go with me. That was in Dec of 2016.
Well, come the summer of 2017 our trip got canceled due to some things going on over there. My dad and I got our refund, and I thought that was the end of it. But my grandmother ended up going on one of the trips in Dec 2017, and a week after she got back the tour posted that they had some slots for 2018 open.
Again, I felt that butterfly of hope flying around inside me. I had 3 days to decide if I could go before the price went up (to a still INSANELY low price). I signed up. I talked to a few people, and in the end I knew about ten of the people going on the May trip, including my grandmother who went in Dec (can you tell she loved it?) Come this spring, and I'm nervously excited, but not saying much in case something happened...aaannnd something did happen. Our trip was scheduled the day that the US was moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, which probably wasn't a good time for a giant group of tourists to be in the holy sites and other areas that can sometimes heat up. So my plans to go to Israel get crushed again. There were no dates in 2018 that worked for me, so I was beginning to think that I wouldn't be able to go until the summer of 2019 ( or if I would go at all because out of all the trips that got cancelled, I was on 2 out of the 3 from the past two years -_-).
I prayed a LOT, and then the tour posted that they would be doing rescheduled trips in July for those who hadn't been able to go this year (this time, only four out of the ten were going). So the countdown began yet again. One month before: silence. Two weeks before: silence. Six days before: earthquake right where we're staying for three days. Four days before: attack; there were some 200 rockets launched from Syria into Israel. And by this point we still didn't have our tickets and I was like "It's going to get canceled." I knew that if I made it, it would only be because of God.
Nothing else major happened, and a couple days before we were supposed to leave, we got our tickets (cue excitement). And to tell you how anxious I was to get the tickets once the tour said "We're sending tickets out now," I kept refreshing my email for almost an hour. I went home and told my parents about it (refreshing it every so often) when I get an email alert and I see and email title "ISRAEL TRIP" and it it said "Not the email you were waiting for? Love, Dad"
But it was all good. I got my ticket an hour after my dad's email, and within no time I was up in the air headed for the Holy Land. There ended up being quite a few people on the plane from our connecting flight in Paris (only a short layover) to Tel Aviv, and it was so cool connecting with people from all over (we had some people from Canada and Mexico in our group of 50+ people).
Our week in Israel flew by, and we saw so much stuff, but I'll be saving that for another time.
If you read through this long post, I'm impressed you made it *hands you a piece of pie and ice cream* I'll be posting pics of the sites in another post soon. :)