Saturday, August 29, 2009

More Videos

Slowly but surely I will get all of our videos up here. Its hard to believe that we have been back for over 5 weeks now...which is how long we were in Israel. Adam is enjoying his seminary classes and I am blessed to have the job I have.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

And even more videos ( I love lazy Saturdays)

Once again, I really do apologize for the videos being sideways...anyone know how to fix that?
We have a laptop so we just turn it :)

This is as we were walking up to the Church of the Nativity in in Palestinian Controlled Areas.

Walking up to the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem

Saturday, August 8, 2009

More Videos and Goofa Awards

So here are some more videos and ....THE GOOFA AWARDS that were given out..some of our Israel sidekicks wanted a list of what everyone got...what a good time!!!

Goofa Awards ( in no particular order)

Ryan L-Undercover Tour Guide
Jason- Prepared for Zombie Attack
Savannah-Most Likely to Move to Texas
Jessica- Heal Jason's wounds
Sam-Most Athletic
James Kent-Lifeguard at Neve Shalom
Jared P- Best Abs
James Knight- Sweetest, Polite, Tenderhearted Man
Duane- Best Personality
Heather- Best Vocabulary
Dan W-Most Likely to call you by your T Shirt Color
Paul- Best Tummy Tan
Adam (supervisor) Star in the next Scorpion King
Ghassan- Best Tan
Jared C- Miss Congeniality
Julia- Best Laugh
Ryan D-Cleanest Tel Worker
Jordan- Best Eyebrows
Cameron- Suck your toes
Willie- Best Hair
Jon S-Best Legs
Lynn-Most Likely to put Kellie in time out
Katy- Will fall off stage during her Broadway Debut
Jon- Use underwear as a goofa
Dennis- Open up a T Shirt Kiosk in USA
Leslie- Most Patient
Jim- Most Punctual
Allie- Find the most "pot"
Terri- Wheep a Bedouin child
Marcella- Most likely to be called Leslie by Dan
Steve- 4 year acheivement award
Gary- Make Sarah pee her pants
Jake- Will find his pants on a Bedouin child
Boon- Keep Bullfrog in business
Robin- Make a goofa line in a grocery store
Kerri- to be confused with Kirsten
Ken- Find Iron Age coins in Hellenistic fill
Kirsten- be carded at 80
Gerri- Future Denim Model
Linnea- Best Offer for Marriage
Dave- Find poop in 2 mile radius
Radu- Sweatband ( Best Accessory)
Valerie- Become the next Israeli tour guide
Anthony- Most Dedicated :)
MC- Most Musically Talented
Roy- Most Likely to adopt Dan
Kelley- Best Dressed
Dan- Save your life
Eddy- Best Chef
Adam Harvell- Luckiest Man Alive ( DUH)
Adam B-Will Correct Alex Trebek
Joey- Best Ensemble

Those will only be funny to those who went on the trip.....otherwise not.

Here are a couple more videos...i have to warn you..I didn't know that you had to keep the camera oriented in one direction...but you still get the gist of where we are at.

This is looking towards Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives

This is the stone believe to have been used to prepare Jesus for his burial.

and this is the traditional tomb of Christ

Some Videos!!!

Long Ride Home

That night after the Talent Show we all stayed up pretty late ( knowing we could sleep on the plane the next day) and played games, hung out and spent time saying good bye.
We also were allowed to go through the Dig House and check out everything that we had found over the last 5 weeks. We of course could take pictures of it all but I can't upload them all on to the internet. Our conservator Heather, worked hard to get everything cleaned and laid out for us to see.
The next morning we woke up and went to breakfast which was weird because we ate normal food and it was already light outside. I am sooo used to cramming tons of food in whenever I can that I ate wayyyy too much ( have to nip that in the butt).
We then took showers and finished packing so that we could leave the airport after lunch. Most everyone else was leaving that night on a group flight so they weren't leaving til eight. We ate lunch, went through an Israel security briefing and headed off to the airport. It was sad to tell soo many good friends bye. However, we are quite sure that we will see some of them again either in Israel, the United States or in GLORY!!
We made it through Israeli security pretty fast and they only wanted to search through two of our bags. We had to show them the plate that Neve Shalom gave us as a gift and they also wanted to check out Adam's textbooks.
The flight from Tel Aviv was kinda weird....lots of people standing around and lots of babies crying....we were glad to arrive in Paris.
We were supposed to go into Paris and head to the Eiffel Tower but the weather was pretty bad and we didn't want to get stranded in downtown Paris, soaking wet, with no where to go. So we got a hotel room close to the airport and slept for about 5-6 hours. It was really like a hostel so the bathrooms were not inside of our room.
Our flight from Paris to Atlanta was not that smooth either. Actually, we both watched three videos and ate some wonderful food....but we started our descent into Atlanta we went through some strong turbulence. The plane dipped three times and that was pretty scary. The women beside me started barfing into a bag and then lady in front her pulled out her rosary. I could feel and hear my heart beating. However, we landed safely and were off to meet both sets of parents who had come to get us.
Then we were off to our Hotel to hand out souvenirs, show pictues and eat some good ole NON KOSHER food!!!

As you can guess, Adam and I do plan on returning next year. Adam is going to take part in a survey around Tel Gezer for two weeks which will once again be through Southwest Seminary.
I think I will join him for the second part of his trip which we think may be digging up the old Water System. They want to find the water table and any diagnostic pieces in the system. We will wait and see what we can afford and where the Lord leads.

So now, on August 8th I am sitting in Fort Worth Texas. I have started working at Southwest Seminary ( which allows Adam to go to school for free) in the Housing Department. I like the people I am working with and am thankful for my job. Adam just got hired at Eddie Bauer for a part time job while he starts his Masters Program. We are living in Seminary housing which I have to say I am rather impressed with. Its a 2 bedroom, 1 bath duplex. We have wood floors and the biggest pantry I have ever seen. We only brought what we could fit in both of our cars ( mattress and clothes) and drove 17 hours to get here on Monday. I interviewed Tuesday, and started working Wednesday.
We left everything else in our house back in Johnson City, since it still has not sold. We are hopeful that someone will buy it before long so we can bring the rest of our furniture down and only have one house payment. Until then we are trusting in the Lord to provide for us....He hasn't let us down so far.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Last Days of Digging

First, I AM SOOO SORRY that I haven't finished the trip. As I type, we are in Fort Worth Texas in our new duplex at Southwestern Seminary. We have been looking for jobs, working on getting our home packed up and visiting people since we got back. All of my internet time was spent filling out job applications and looking for us a place to live here in Fort Worth. However, let me talk about all that later.
So, when I left off (two weeks ago) I had just described our last weekend. On Monday we were told that this would be the last day to do actual digging with tools and that we needed to start shutting down and cleaning up squares. This means that people had to to trim bulks, put sandbags on the bulks and smooth out anything that may cause someone to fall into our pits. Mariah and I spent the whole day retaking levels for our drawings and finishing up any paperwork left to do. We also took down shadecloths at the end of the day...which made us all wish for clouds on Tuesday :)
And guess what, God answered our prayers. The one day we worked without clouds was the most overcast, windiest day on the Tel. We spent the whole morning cleaning off the Tel of all debris and footprints. On Wednesday they hired a hot air balloon to fly over the Tel so that they could take aerial photographs. We had to wipe away our footprints as we walked out and pick up anything that had any color to it at all. A conservator from the IAA ( Israel Antiquities Authority) came and 4 people worked with him to preserve the things we found so that nothing would knock them down ( mainly walls). Adam and Boon worked with the Conservator which was great since they are Archeaology majors.
For lunch the Lower Sandage got a big treat. Dan and Paul took us to ELVIS for lunch. Elvis is a diner close to Jerusalem that is owned by Elvis's biggest Israeli fan. The whole diner is decorated with Elvis decor and there were at least 10 Elvis sculptures. They served non kosher guess what we all had? CHEESEBURGERS....they were huge and we stuffed ourselves!!! Afterwards we went back and did the last bit of pottery washing for the season. Adam took his exam that afternoon for the two classes he took while here....he had to write three essasy and fill our a map on the geography of Israel.
Wednesday was a work day, just not at the Tel for everyone. Some people were gazelles- which means they ran around and were used as scales for the aerial photographs. They wore bright color shirts and had to make sure that they were fast but not clumsy enough to knock something over. Another team went out and put up more sandbags. Mariah and I spent 5 hours redoing some drawings, drawing some new stratigraphy plans and backtracking through our top plans..making sure everything was ready to hand over when we left the following day.
After one, everybody was pretty much free to pack, wash clothes and/or get ready for the Talent Show and Goodbye Party.
The Talent Show was wonderful...Adam and I were part of an act that gave out Goofa awards to everyone on the dig. Each person got an award based on either an inside joke from our time in Israel or something that we could poke fun at them for. I colored small goofas full of dirt and CC, Mariah and Sara helped us come up with awards and present them. It went AWESOME....everyone was laughing ( mainly at Adam, who wore one of my skirts and used an accent that I have never heard him was kinda feminine).
Two people left right after the Show...Savannah and Ryan ( thats when it sunk in that the trip was coming to an end).
More on Returning Home and other things I left out later!!!

Pictures of Last week and Talent Show