With a hint of sadness, we waved the holidays away. What a fun time it was - yet busy, and absolutely packed with activity - which is why I haven't updated the blog for a week; how time flies! If it wasn't Shabbat or holiday that day, it was to be next day, and so we were preparing for it - or else, visiting someplace or having some family over in our humble little home.
Many times, I blushed with the thought of the limitations and imperfections of our household - such as, you know, too little room, too few chairs, not enough plates and cutlery... but the fun of having people over was so worth it! You don't need to have the perfect home to be good hosts - warmth and hospitality go a long way to make everyone comfortable.
Now we are back to routine, which is delightful in itself, in the normal and ordinary flow of days. There is so much to do - entire areas of the house to clear away and put in order, something that was put on hold during the holidays. For the past few weeks, I had my dear husband at home all to myself, which is a rare treat for us. We were busy spending time together, which means I spent a lot less time on house upkeep than I normally would. Now is the time to catch up.
On one of our free days during Sukkot, we visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem, pictures of which you can see above. Below is a photo of me - I know I look very tired here, after a particularly steep walk uphill - but overall my energy level is more than satisfactory, and I'm feeling wonderful. More photos of pregnant me coming, hopefully, soon.
To all the wonderful ladies who emailed me - thank you so much for your patience! During the past weeks, I watched with concern as I opened my inbox every day how the number of new emails grows, and grows, and grows... I know many of you have been waiting for a reply for weeks now, and I hope to catch up with you soon.
In the meantime, I send you the warmest friendly wishes for a wonderful day from