Saturday, April 10, 2010

Easter, Petra & Child Bearing

Judging by the title, this post is gonna cover a lot of ground... let's see, we got your ancient cities (check!), your ancient religious customs (check!) and your ancient birthing processes (hoping we don't have to experience any of THAT!).

We celebrated Easter on the same weekend as the western world.  On this side of the globe we follow the Orthodox calendar for holy days and most of the time we're a bit different than our friends across the pond.  Our Easter service always includes a multi-national selection of songs, the kiddies come out and do their thing and everyone has a general good time.  We're really grateful to have Jonathon and Sherry Dewey on board thru the end of the summer.  They're good Canadian folk who can cook, sling a hammer and have a darling set of kids, Matthew & Shaylyn.  I mention them here because Sherry took the picture of me and Dammi preaching Friday afternoon.  You'll be seeing a lot more of them.  Sunday afternoon we had the absolute pleasure of a fine Easter lunch at the Ashkar home.  For those who know that 1st Circle haven, it was all you'd expect: a ham from Lebanon, green bean casserole, real mashed potatoes, 7 layer salad... you get the picture.

(insert droning, historical voice) Petra is the remains of an ancient civilization that capitalized on the trade routes across the desert sands.  They borrowed heavily from surrounding culture's architecture to create amazing tombs carved into sandstone.  Petra's one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and a World Heritage Site. After 4 or 5 times of visiting this amazing place, I have to agree with the BBC, it's one of the "places you have to see before you die."  I've not been down there this early in the year before.  Seeing it so green (above) before the summer wipes it all away was refreshing. You can see all of my shots from our recent run south here.
And, for our final subject... we've got FIVE DAYS to go!  That's right, boys and girls, soon it'll be Family Picture Day!  In case you're wondering if the desert sun has finally done me in, I was scoping out some FB albums and realized, "We're going to be taking FAMILY pictures!"  I promptly got all cheesy and stuff.  Our visit last week to Dr. Azar was uneventful, but informative.  We've had a visit to the delivery area and met the nurses there.  Jordan Hospital is a respected name in medicine here and we feel confident we're in good hands.  If you haven't stopped by our Parenting Album on Facebook, here's Suzi at 39 weeks!

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