The most wonderful is the day of
the Holiday evening. There's a different and festive atmosphere in the air, you
can already feel it first thing in the morning when you wake up.
The radio plays Israeli songs that I
love, I call my Mom to ask her how things are coming together with the
preparations and cooking (she won't have anyone help her…) and what's for
dessert…Munching on a sandwich for lunch because I know the evening meal is
going to be a huge dinner with the tastiest delicacies. The best part is the afternoon
nap with all of us on the big bed, hugging, kissing and tickling. Then a Phone
call to my sisters to coordinate arrival time, excited about seeing each other
soon, giving each other small presents bought with love, dressed with our festive
clothes and on our way.
Driving past cars filled with families dressed for the
holiday dinner always excites me. It's great to know there are so many people
going to their families, to celebrate together, eat well, laugh and wish
everyone a wonderful new year.
The holidays at my family is not something
of little importance…the planning begins with my Mother two weeks in advance.
She plans, buys, designs the table as only she can. She cooks, cooks and then
cooks some more, oh her food is so delicious! And the atmosphere she creates is
so special. (Take a peek to see part of her work; she has a style of her own)
This time she designed and decorated
the table so beautifully it was a shame to take it apart at the end of the
The centerpiece was a beautiful
wooden planter (custom made for the occasion) and inside she planted flowers
and plants in shades of purple, blue and white.
Each plate had a lovely personal
honey cakes delicately wrapped and next to it a small plate which was divided
into three: a pomegranate, apple and honey according to the custom of the
holiday. The cutlery was tied and wrapped with a piece of lace with a heart and
a personal dedication for a happy new year.
So much love in that table…
My darling Mother – I love you, your
dedication, your creativity and the family that you gloriously raised.
For the New Year I caught a glimpse
of my Geffen's first tooth. What joy. It surprises me how it moves me. It won't
be too long before we won't be see that toothless smile that I love so much.
Things change so quickly…
Here is the sweetest smile there is –
the toothless smile
These are days of festivities, days
of joy, days of blessing, days of gratitude for everything I have.
Yes, this is going to be a little
sentimental….it usually happens to me on my birthday. I celebrated my 34th
birthday yesterday and this year it fell on Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) so
These are days of reflection, the
past year so much has happened and changed my life.
In the past year:
·I was pregnant. it was amazing, exhausting,
exhilarating,difficult and blessed.
·I gave birth. a perfect labor, moving to tears,
painful, natural and wonderful, through which I realized the power of Reiki and
how much it is part of my life.
·We started renovating the old house on the farm and
turning it into our dream home. After years of deliberation and hesitation and
various obstacles we decided that here is where we want to stay, surround by
acres of arid land just asking for love, creation and new energy.
·I spent six months of intense, daily work in the
studio and another six month where I barely stepped foot in the place.
·I watched my little girl grow and blossom like I never
saw before. She made new friends; fell in love with the
world of fairies and fairytales as well as with a boy in her kindergarten..
She's growing and changing and is so wonderful.
·Gefen was born and we began our journey together. The
first year of her life. I learnt to know her, her needs, her sensitivities and
her need to always be close to Mummy. I love her with all my heart.
·I tried to keep my Etsy store up and running. but it
was different, the lack of time spent in the studio was taking its toll and
sales were understandably less than before but I have faith things there will
go back to how they were before.
·Gili and I dealt with two huge "projects".
Raising a little baby (certainly life changing) and renovating the house which
Gili did by himself. It's exciting, challenging and mostly difficult.
·There were moments I just wanted to leave everything
and take off to the mountains for a day or two. On my own.
·I found myself on quite a few occasions with tears in
my eyes. Tears of gratitude to the universe. For everything it has given me.