Journey to Israel - Lunch by the Lake

After an exciting morning of exploring, it was finally lunchtime. A ten-minute drive from the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes brought us to Saint Peter’s Restaurant.

The establishment is named for a special breed of tilapia that inhabits the Sea of Galilee. After a St. Peter’s fish lays eggs, she gathers them in her mouth. The eggs remain there until they hatch. The fish commonly gathers other materials from the bottom of the lake in its mouth. Fishermen may find bottle caps, stones, or coins in these fish’s mouths.

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Journey to Israel - Caesarea Philippi

Our second day in Israel was even more amazing than the first. We enjoyed a surprise stop in the Golan Heights Tuesday morning. Afterwards, we drove another forty minutes to Banias.

Originally, the name of the site was Panias after the half-man, half-goat god Pan. The Greeks and Romans built temples next to the Grotto of Pan, which they considered to be the gates of hell. The city here was also known as Caesarea Philippi.

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Review of White House Holidays Unit Studies

I am a big fan of any curriculum that requires little preparation time. Give me a curriculum that I can read to my kids, or they can read and study on their own, and I am in my happy place! The White House Holidays Unit Studies from Silverdale Press LLC really are this simple:

  1. Download the study.
  2. Read it to the kids.
  3. Complete a related activity or two.

My twelve-year-old twins were excited to learn about Veteran’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Labor Day using these studies.

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Journey to Israel - Mount Carmel

After growing hot, thirsty, and sweaty while exploring Caesarea, we relaxed on the bus, enjoying cold water and air conditioning during an hour long drive to our next stop, Mount Carmel.

Nearing the mountain, my husband recounted the story of the power encounter between Elijah and the prophets of Baal on that very mountain. Could the Canaanite god Baal send fire from heaven to burn up their sacrifices? Clearly, only the true God could accomplish such a feat.

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Journey to Israel - Atlanta to Tel Aviv

It started like any other Saturday. I got up, went for a long walk, and met up with the rest of the family for breakfast, then came home, showered and prepared for the rest of the day. But this day would mark the beginning of a nine day journey to Israel and back.

My husband and I packed a few last minute items then played Skip-Bo with the kids before grabbing a quick bite to eat and catching a ride to the airport. There we met up with other members of our church and boarded the aircraft. Our overnight flight landed us in Paris, where we switched planes and were bound for Tel Aviv, Israel.

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