It has been one year since we packed up all our belongings and drove to the airport with a one-way ticket to Israel.
We look back at the most interesting and probably the best year of our lives. Firstly, 2018 was the year we got to meet our handsome baby boy, Sela, – a gift from heaven that gives us so much joy and laughter. It was also the year where we started a new life far away from everything we were used to. We had to adapt to a completely different lifestyle, mentality, and climate. New home, new job and new people.
3 weeks before Christmas, we started packing up our apartment. We sold most of our furniture, put aside some things in a small storage, and the rest was shipped in a container.
A moving company came and picked up our things in Denmark, and delivered it at our door in Amirim two months later.
Caring neighbors and friends
We arrived at our apartment on the evening 7th of January (exactly one year ago) and was thrilled to finally see how our new home would look like in real life. The apartment was small and cozy with big windows turning towards the most magnificent view. From the kitchen, you were even able to see the Sea of Galilee. The previous owner left us a bed, a fridge, and a small grill oven, and the house-lord had brought in an old sofa, a coffee table, a set of red chairs, and an old washing machine that a kind neighbor contributed. Happy for all the things we had received, it didn’t take long before we realized that we hadn’t thought everything through.
How were we supposed to manage one and a half month without our things, cooking equipment, beddings and our beloved Mocca Master?
We later opened our fridge and saw, that our friends had filled it up with food and snacks. They had also brought us warm blankets and a boiler so we could make coffee and tea. We were overwhelmed with the love and care we experienced from the people around us. And even though we didn’t have much, we felt we had all we needed.
A few days later, the house lord gathered in some basic things for the kitchen and soon we were able to live more or less normally.
The next couple of weeks we spent on practical issues and on renovating the apartment. When our belongings finally came in February, we had completely forgotten the value of our things. It suddenly felt like Christmas, opening boxes with things we had forgot all about.
Ready for another year
The rest of 2018 continued to be a wonderful year, with friends and family coming for visits, exploring and traveling in Israel, watching Sela grow up way too fast, learning more about this country’s culture and traditions, and simply enjoying every day.
We are very happy here, and through this last year, we felt very safe in God’s hands. We see clearly God’s grace in our lives, and we are so grateful that we can live a life where He has the lead.
2018 was also the year we started this blog, and we are so happy to be able to share more knowledge about Israel. We want to continue to develop the content and subjects we write about, and we are excited to see where it will bring us.
We have a lot to look forward to this year. Loads of our friends and family will come to visit us this spring. We have started planning our trips to Norway in the summer, and we are already talking about what we should do for Christmas this year.
We are looking forward to seeing more of Israel, and learning even more about this country and its people.