Category: passover

Dogwood festival and Easter weekend

My last two weekends have been vastly different, but equally wonderful.  Two weeks ago I went to the Atlanta Dogwood festival.  A huge collection of artists and performers, this event only comes around to Atlanta one weekend a year.  Last year it was miserable and rainy, and so I decided not to go, but this year the weather was absolutely incredible.  And add to that the fact that I was surrounded by people I love, and it made for a perfect first time visit to the dogwood festival.  There were music and dance performances from people and styles all over the world, vendors selling yummy food, exquisite art on display, and even some dog racing and performances.  My only regret is not wearing enough sunscreen :).

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The next weekend, Easter weekend, I went home to Albany to celebrate Passover with my family.  Passover is one of my favorite days of the entire year.  It’s a lot of work to prepare for, and it’s always over in only a couple of hours; but taking the time to remember and celebrate what God did for His people so many years ago is just really special to me.  It was even more special this year, because I got to bring home Amy and Michael with me.  And Chris and Julia and Julia’s parents were also able to come down – we had a full house, but full hearts, as well.  I found the days leading up to Passover quite amusing – I kept getting messages from Amy, Michael, and mom telling me how excited they all were.  I must admit, I shared their excitement.  And once we got there, I found myself just randomly bursting into smiles on multiple occasions.  I was just so happy to be surrounded by so many people that I loved so much.  Despite the stress of school, the job hunt, and everything else, I have been very blessed, indeed.

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Spring Break 2013

Much has happened in the nearly two months that Sinbad has been silent.  Two of my roommates moved out, leaving only 3 of us left in the house.  I’ve ramped up my dancing, visited friends and relatives, gone to a few plays and performances, gone to a wedding, and many other things, as well.  However, in the interest of keeping a somewhat logical progression to my thoughts, I’m going to stick to Spring Break for this entry…subsequent events will hopefully follow shortly!

Lina Maria, my sweet roommate from Columbia!  Both she and Amanda moved out to do mission work in the Amazon Rainforest 

I had all sorts of grandiose plans for Spring Break this year – I was going to go to the beach, going to go visit friends in either Texas or Oregon, going to go to Costa Rica….but then, I ended up scrapping all of them and going home to study for a week.  Being in grad school is no joke, man…I spent at least 6 hours every day studying, and still had tons to do when I returned.

But that’s not to say that I didn’t have any fun.  The highlight of the week was definitely Passover.  Every year, my family celebrates the feast of Passover, the festival that God commanded the Israelites to celebrate, in remembrance of His delivering them from their Egyptian captors.  It’s one of my favorite days of the entire year, and it was made doubly special this year because I had missed it last year when I was in Korea.

There were a few things this year that made it especially wonderful.  One of our guests brought her harp and played for us during the meal.  I had never seen – nor heard – a harp in person before, and it was absolutely mesmerizing.  My good friend Rachel’s father, Mr. Jim, was also in town, and he was able to join us for most of the ceremony.  It was great to see one of my many adopted fathers :).  The last special thing was that my sweet friend Elizabeth was able to come down with me.  She spent the weekend with us, and then drove back up to Atlanta, while I stayed longer and took a bus back the next weekend.  It was so special to see her interacting with my family – she fit right in, and we really had a blast.  The only bad thing about the weekend was that it went by way too quickly.

Cooking up a storm!

Elizabeth fit right in!! 🙂

A stolen moment between Hope and Elizabeth 🙂
Passover!!

I also got to “babysit” Matt and Hope (which, at their ages, really just means hang out with them), while Josh went to his first Spring Formal!  Hard to believe he’ll be starting high school in the fall!!  Mom and Dad went too, as chaperones – the three of them got all dressed up and went dancing, and we had pizza and a movie, and I think that everyone enjoyed themselves.

We also spent a lot of time in the kitchen over Spring break – mostly cooking with mom and baking with Hope and Elizabeth.  Matt, Hope and I also took a shot at making pysanky, traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs.  They were sooooo time consuming, but looked pretty darn cool at the end!

Best pineapple-upside down cake we’ve ever made!!

Making pysanky!

It’s a very complicated endeavor…

But the results are incredible!

Josh tried to fix the stove.  Somehow he ended up behind it.

Oh, and also, my mother is famous!!  She has a regular spot on the local TV station, and I got to go and watch her in action. It was so much fun!  So, even though I was mostly working that week, I did get to do some fun stuff too, and the investment in school was worth it for the easier schedule that I had once I returned to Atlanta.  Spring semester 2013 catching up part 2 coming shortly!