Well, I guess the "traveling the world," "running the NYC Marathon," and "Bekah dancing her 10th year as a Rockette" things was pretty cool. For photos of our travel, just look to the previous posts as those were the last posts that were made. Sorry about the drastic reduction in blog posts after our return to the United States. :O)
To answer the stock questions regarding our trip...
Q) What was your favorite place?
A) We do not have ONE favorite. The most powerful place was Israel... to walk where Jesus walked was beyond words! The most surreal was Africa... to see those animals while we were the ones in the cage was fantastic! And Australia is the place that continually draws both of us back to it!
Q) Where was the best food?
A) Bizarrely, our safari in Africa ranks on this. At our tented camp, we enjoyed absolutely mouth-watering food! The best steak that we have had... EVER! Also ranking, Thailand did not disappoint! And the Bavarian cuisine of Munich and Salzburg was fantastic as well!
Upon our return, we immediately dove into catching up with friends and family, helping at church with their sports and summer camps, helping move a dear friend half way across the country, traveling back and forth from NY for various dance rehearsals and performances (I'll let you guess which of us was doing that!), getting the resume ready for to start a job search in a swell market, and the big and not-at-all pleasant task was going through all of our belongings and down-sizing considerably!
All the while, I was training for a very silly venture I had signed up for... to run the NYC Marathon. I was able to finish the marathon in under 5 hours despite major cramping in my legs and feet. It was a fun race and it was a fantastic first marathon as there are so very many spectators, bands, and refueling stations to keep you motivated as you go! I enjoyed running for AUTISM SPEAKS and thank everyone who sponsored me from the bottom of my little heart!
Actually, I was on the bottom of the bridge for this part of the run.
We moved out to NY for the Rebekah's 10th season as a Rockette at the end of September and we cannot believe that the season is over already! Time flew by! We enjoyed a couple months of having drawers and closets, over a month of "just us" time, and then 6 magical weeks of super fun visitors who came to visit and watch Bekah dance so beautifully in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular!
The job hunt is going as I expected it would... difficultly. Steady as we go! We stand blessedly assured of God's very generous provision as the search continues!
We have commented many times as we have recalled the events of 2011, that we are absolutely overwhelmed by the beautiful friendships we have! Thank YOU so much for offering your guest bed, your time to help us out, your time and interest reading of our journeys on this blog, and your prayers.