Monday, June 17, 2013

Gifts from the Holy Land

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Last week I received a really exciting package in the mail.  It was a little bit of a surprise because even though I knew it was coming eventually, it had been long enough that I had forgotten about it.

Jessa from Shalom Sweet Home had very sweetly offered to send me an item from the location of my favorite Bible story since she lives in the Holy Land with her husband.  We've enjoyed writing each other back and forth and sharing thoughts on living in other countries and becoming Catholic (she converted as well).  We even prayed a novena together!  When I tried to tell her my favorite Bible story I had a hard time narrowing it down and sent her a loooong list.  For the record, I did tell her I did not intend to make her play Bible bingo and that I did not expect something from everywhere.  But when the package arrived, her enclosed card read, BINGO!

Here's what I got:

 This is olive wood from Gethsemane and flowers from the Holy Land

 See the postcard of the mosaic?  That is for the feeding of the 5000.  There are only 4 loaves of bread--the mosaic is under the altar and the 5th loaf is to be the Eucharist.  The long postcard is the Mount of Temptation in Jericho.

 The top right is the Church of the Ascension and the bottom long postcard is Gethsemane.

 This is a leaf from a sycamore tree!  Zaccheus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he....
There was also this Jericho rose which she told me to put in water.  I think maybe she expected it would bloom, but perhaps the journey was too much for him.  It got bigger, but no real sign of blooms or anything.

 An olive wood Rosary and icon of the Annunciation

I'm not sure who this is and everything written on it is in Hebrew.  I don't think Jessa mentioned so I will have to ask her.
 And, being super awesome, she included two flavor of Ritter Sports that my husband has not yet tried or reviewed to encourage him to continue his Rank the Ritter Sport page!

She must have had to send a huge box for all of this, right?  Nope, it all came in this little but beautifully decorated envelope.  We were very impressed that she got it all in there.

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Head over to Shalom Sweet Home sometime and say hello to Jessa.  Her most recent post on the different version of the 10 commandments is really great!


  1. Wow! What an amazing package! You must have loved discovering each item. And she even sent candy for your husband. Such fun. And so wonderfully thoughtful.


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