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December 17, 2010
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72 more hours and I’ll be in Tel-Aviv, Israel.  I just wanted to say thanks for all of your prayers & support.  I’ve been a bit frustrated this year’s end, but I know Israel will fix that.  The semester wrapped up nicely today with candy throwing in the classrooms and fire-crackers in the streets.  My ears are still ringing.

I’m looking forward to a new year.  I’m ready for change, growth, & progression.  I look back & I feel like I’ve been having a quarter-life crisis – for 4 years.  It has nothing to do with religion, a bit to do with marriage/divorce, & everything to do with turning belief into action, all while taking a road less traveled.  I’m tired of being tired of being afraid.  The end of 2010 & 2011 are the years for faith.  And it couldn’t come at a better time, what with the world ending in 2012 & all.

God bless us.  Every One.


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101 days & counting

December 11, 2010
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Today is day 101 without a nicotine fix.  I quit the day before I got on the plane to Georgia.  It’s been tough, but it’s definitely getting easier and it’s probably a good thing I didn’t learn that they were 60 cents/pack until after I’d been here awhile.

Unless someone is smoking right beside me or I eat McDonald’s(that was when I enjoyed a Marlboro most), it doesn’t really phase me.  I can’t stand secondhand smoke so when someone does light up & I breathe it in, it makes me desire smoking in general less & less.

Just thought I’d share that.  I’m the most addictive person I know & I’m proud to say I’m substance free(unless you count chocolate, but you won’t).  I’m okay & I’m on my way.


see  21 days of healing (below). I still need your help!

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21 days of healing (Dec. 21 – Jan. 11)

December 4, 2010
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I did not get the job & I’m sorry for Georgia because I do believe the boy who did get it was the least qualified.  No skin off my back, though.. or nose.. or any other parts.

Tbilisi twice actually turned out to be Tbilisi thrice due to a ‘malfunction’ with my glasses.  I’m finally back in Kutaisi, hopefully for at least a week before heading off to the big city again. If I’m lucky, I’ll get to see all the friends I made during orientation week. I’ve visited with most, but there are some I have not seen in 3 months!

Obviously the Christmas holidays are fast approaching and I wish everyone a wonderful time of rest and spiritual renewal. I am also seeking a spiritual renewal of sorts by traveling to Jerusalem for a few weeks over the Christmas holiday. I am extremely excited about and grateful for this opportunity.

They say it takes 21 days to break a habit. It is for this length of time that I’ll be in Jerusalem. I’m hoping to break a couple bad habits as well as develop my good ones, better. Fortunately, my travel fare to and from Israel is covered by the English-teaching program I am currently involved in, but I do need to somehow cover the cost of my stay while in Israel and it is for this reason that I seek your help.

I plan to make my experience in the Holy Land as fulfilling as possible but also live within the constraints of my limited budget.  I’m confident God will provide. I am so excited to be able to do this and look forward to telling you all about it. I will be keeping a journal and taking photos to let you know how my trip to Jerusalem goes.

With love and all best wishes for your Christmas and New Year

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I'm currently teaching English in the republic of Georgia. I started this blog so that those I love & those interested can read all about my experience.