So it’s been 7 ½ months since we moved to Israel and let’s call a spade a spade. I’ve pretty much been on vacation since we got here. Well, I have been extremely busy with life- wife, mother, household, volunteering, blogging…but I haven’t needed to answer to anyone, i.e. a boss. No one is demanding that I get into the office by 8am. I am on my own schedule- at least just for this year. And I am so grateful that I have had this opportunity to really acclimate the family to life in a new country.
Something pretty amazing happened recently. I started a blog (yes, the one that I’m aware of you reading right now) and I didn’t actually think people would read it or notice it. But then I started to get recognized- on the bus, walking through town, in the bakery- no, I was not buying the pastries for myself. It got to a point where I thought it was just in my head- but then I was walking up the street with my kids towards the mall, while FaceTiming with a friend back in New Jersey. There was a man walking behind us, he caught up and said, “Excuse me, but are you ‘Tova in Israel’?” My friend on the phone was in shock. And I was happy people witnessed that- so I would know it isn’t just in my head. My kids started jumping and laughing, yelling out loud, “My Mommy is famous.” Sorry to disappoint them- I’m really not- just in my imagination. Maybe.…Continue Reading
Ninja Turtles, Spiderman, kings, princesses, pirates, minions.. the list of costume choices can go on for pages. Purim is in the air. It’s the Jewish holiday that teaches us that even though God’s name isn’t mentioned in the Megilla and He seems hidden, in reality God and His miracles are ever present. This is one of the reasons that kids and adults of every age, get dressed up in costume- masked, cloaked, veiled. It’s the day that you can have fun with your imagination- and dress like someone you only normally would dream of dressing like- or not.
Helicopter Mom. I haven’t been called that in a long time. I’m trying daily to give up that title bestowed on me by loving, caring friends and family members. I’m not embarrassed that I was a helicopter mom when the kids were younger. In some aspects, I still hover too closely.
My 1st birthday in Israel is quickly approaching. When I say it like that, I sound so young- but really I am not feeling so young. I know to many reading this, they will scoff at me for saying that. The truth is, I actually love this age. I love who I am at this age. I am so lucky every morning to be given the chance for another day. To be better than the day before. And how lucky I am to be celebrating this 1st birthday in Israel- and not just on a vacation- but actually living here. I still have to pinch myself as a reminder that it’s real life and not just a dream. It’s really amazing to be living my dream though!…Continue Reading