Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Peace With Sirens

Our summer has been somewhat "normal" this year. The days are busy keeping up with our five little ones, playing outside, cooking and cleaning. But there have also been days or nights when we've had to rush down into our bomb shelter {I'll save that for another post} because of missiles being shot near our home. Last week was the most intense time for us and the area we live in, in Israel.  So far this week it's been more "quiet" other then hearing "booms" in the distance, which unfortunately has become so normal to listen to.

Please continue to pray for Israel, especially the Southern parts. Pray for our family, for the families with loved ones in the IDF, for the IDF and for wisdom in our leadership in Israel. Pray for the innocent people in Gaza, for protection over their sweet families and children. Thank you for your prayers. We truly appreciate being covered in prayer.

Here is a video I took with my phone on the first night last week when the sirens went off. The lady screaming was our neighbor. We were all surprised to actually hear the missiles so close to us.


Psalm 91 has been so encouraging to us. Especially when the sirens sound, and we have 60 seconds to grab our five children and run down to flights of stairs to the bomb shelter. Then to sit with our children in the shelter and together as a family pray and count the "booms" of missiles outside...one, two, three... we have counted up to seven! Praise YHVH for HIS protection! We do not live in fear, but trust in Yeshua. HE is so good to us. He is so faithful.

Psalm 91
א  יֹשֵׁב, בְּסֵתֶר עֶלְיוֹן;    בְּצֵל שַׁדַּי, יִתְלוֹנָן.1 O thou that dwellest in the covert of the Most High, and abidest in the shadow of the Almighty;
ב  אֹמַר--לַיהוָה, מַחְסִי וּמְצוּדָתִי;    אֱלֹהַי, אֶבְטַח-בּוֹ.2 I will say of the LORD, who is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust,
ג  כִּי הוּא יַצִּילְךָ, מִפַּח יָקוּשׁ;    מִדֶּבֶר הַוּוֹת.3 That He will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
ד  בְּאֶבְרָתוֹ, יָסֶךְ לָךְ--וְתַחַת-כְּנָפָיו תֶּחְסֶה;    צִנָּה וְסֹחֵרָה אֲמִתּוֹ.4 He will cover thee with His pinions, and under His wings shalt thou take refuge; His truth is a shield and a buckler.
ה  לֹא-תִירָא, מִפַּחַד לָיְלָה;    מֵחֵץ, יָעוּף יוֹמָם.5 Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flieth by day;
ו  מִדֶּבֶר, בָּאֹפֶל יַהֲלֹךְ;    מִקֶּטֶב, יָשׁוּד צָהֳרָיִם.6 Of the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor of the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
ז  יִפֹּל מִצִּדְּךָ, אֶלֶף--וּרְבָבָה מִימִינֶךָ:    אֵלֶיךָ, לֹא יִגָּשׁ.7 A thousand may fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; it shall not come nigh thee.
ח  רַק, בְּעֵינֶיךָ תַבִּיט;    וְשִׁלֻּמַת רְשָׁעִים תִּרְאֶה.8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold, and see the recompense of the wicked.
ט  כִּי-אַתָּה יְהוָה מַחְסִי;    עֶלְיוֹן, שַׂמְתָּ מְעוֹנֶךָ.9 For thou hast made the LORD who is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation.
י  לֹא-תְאֻנֶּה אֵלֶיךָ רָעָה;    וְנֶגַע, לֹא-יִקְרַב בְּאָהֳלֶךָ.10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy tent.
יא  כִּי מַלְאָכָיו, יְצַוֶּה-לָּךְ;    לִשְׁמָרְךָ, בְּכָל-דְּרָכֶיךָ.11 For He will give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
יב  עַל-כַּפַּיִם יִשָּׂאוּנְךָ:    פֶּן-תִּגֹּף בָּאֶבֶן רַגְלֶךָ.12 They shall bear thee upon their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
יג  עַל-שַׁחַל וָפֶתֶן, תִּדְרֹךְ;    תִּרְמֹס כְּפִיר וְתַנִּין.13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and asp; the young lion and the serpent shalt thou trample under feet.
יד  כִּי בִי חָשַׁק, וַאֲפַלְּטֵהוּ;    אֲשַׂגְּבֵהוּ, כִּי-יָדַע שְׁמִי.14 'Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he hath known My name.
טו  יִקְרָאֵנִי, וְאֶעֱנֵהוּ--עִמּוֹ-אָנֹכִי בְצָרָה;    אֲחַלְּצֵהוּ, וַאֲכַבְּדֵהוּ.15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him, and bring him to honour.
טז  אֹרֶךְ יָמִים, אַשְׂבִּיעֵהוּ;    וְאַרְאֵהוּ, בִּישׁוּעָתִי.16 With long life will I satisfy him, and make him to behold My salvation.' {P}

Monday, July 7, 2014


Our Ezra Fields Rosen turned 6 years old today. WOW, so hard to believe he is this old already! Ezra is such a joy to raise. He is truly a little man of BIG faith. He is gentle, kind, strong, fun. He loves his sisters and if there should be an argument between them, once his behavior is corrected, you can be sure he will cry real tears of repentance... every single time. It is amazing. We are so thankful for our son. Our warrior, our "helper", our Ezra.

Born At Home 7/7/2008
Ezra - 9.5 Lbs

Wow, I haven't seen my husband without a beard in five years!! He is so handsome, with or without!


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Terrific 2's :: Happy Birthday Racheli!!

We had a wonderful time a couple weeks ago, celebrating our dear friends Richard and Katharine's daughter's 2nd birthday. A very sweet time celebrating Racheli with with moms and tots!

Sydney {left} and Racheli {Right}

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Gefen turned three on June 25th. It's hard to believe how fast these years have gone. She was born, here at home two weeks after we moved to our home just outside Jerusalem. We had NO furniture, no fridge, no oven NOTHING! Our other three children sleeping on camping mats on the floor. Someone gave us a bed the day we moved! She was born into an empty home, FULL of love. That's all a home needs. A home of peace and joy. A good reminder for me on very hard days, now that we do have everything we need. 

Shai and I spent the morning, baking, cooking and cleaning. We had a special birthday breakfast with Gefen. We took turns asking her questions about herself. What is her favorite color... etc...
I re-told her birth story and then we sang "happy birthday" for the umpteen time that morning:)  

Gefen's simple birthday party was a butterfly theme. Shai really enjoyed helping decorate the cake. Shai made paper butterflies and we hung them from our nine foot ceiling. This was so fun for the kids! Special memories made. 

This is also a bitter-sweet evening, since this was the night Gefen and I began five days with major food poisoning. We both got sick from eating raw cake batter. Yes, cookie and cake batter is my weakness. Yet, we learned a HARD lesson and will never eat or taste raw batter again. 

"how old are you...?"

Birthday breakfast... homemade biscuits, poached eggs, fruit.

Ezra and I had fun hanging Shai's beautiful butterflies!

We were both proud how the cake turned out! 

All the kids had a present to give to Gefen. Ezra's gift was a little wooden necklace. So, here he's putting the necklace on Gefen, he was proud of his gift.

Sydney's Gift was stickers.

I joined in the dress up fun {red scarf}

Gefen was very sweet passing out all her butterfly stickers.