Ahhh, love coming home after “roughing it” with the kids for a week. We had a zimmer in a small village called Had Nes in the foothills of the Golan Heights. We drove there, via Tiberias. It was Karen’s first time seeing the Kinnereth (Sea of Galilee). I had my new iPad with me, and it would have been Eden had it not been quite so hot, 43 C, about 109 F!!!!

We were there with another couple and their two, beautiful children. All four of our kids are adopted from Ukraine. They have become good friends of ours through our four adoptions, and were our biggest cheering pit while we were in Ukraine to adopt Matan. It’s nice to have a close connection to another adoptive family and it’s good for our children who get along like siblings, playing and fighting, but loving every minute of it.

We were very aware of the border tension as fighter jets practiced over our heads during the day. Each village is enclosed and gated at night, but otherwise life seemed very calm and slow paced, exactly as a vaction village should feel.