Ozzie is here! He arrived Friday the 13th. We are all doing well, 2 toddlers and a baby are quite the adjustment. He had his bris 8 days following his birth. It was a bit traumatic for me to be honest, I cried… A lot. I think it was mostly the hormones and medications making it so hard than the actual bris. Temple also plants a tree in Israel for every baby, I thought that was pretty awesome. I think I’ll get Thad and Marnie a tree on the 1 year anniversary of their conversion.
A few weeks ago I officially joined Temple. They sent this lovely welcome basket
It’s been almost a month since I have been to Shabbat at temple and I’m really missing it. Unfortunately they don’t usually do childcare during summer services since it’s a slower time at temple, and toddlers sitting through a service is a no go, so I most likely won’t be able to go for a while :( updates will probably be sparse here too, I’m hoping to be outside with the kiddos a ton this summer. That is if it ever stops raining here.
I’m now a member of the tribe! :)
Today was such a great day! I started getting a little nervous this afternoon before meeting with the Beit Din (In my case it was 2 Rabbis and the Cantor from my synagogue) , but once I sat down to meet with them all the nerves faded away. They asked questions and we talked for about 20 minutes, they took a few minutes to talk together before we headed to the mikvah. The nerves started kicking in a bit then, but having to get the kids and myself ready as quickly as we could helped me forget I was nervous. Rabbi Brown also told me I could take my copy of the blessings in with me, which made it much easier. I must say, I think I did pretty well with the prayers. Since the kids were converting with me I said them for them also. I practiced and practiced the prayers so I wouldn’t botch them too bad :) Thad enjoyed practicing them with me and both kids tried to recite them with me. It was amazing! Both kids loved the mikvah and didn’t want to leave. Basically the complete opposite of what I thought would happen! Instead of bribing them to get in, I had to bribe them to get out :) Then we met back with the Rabbis and Cantor afterwards. It was all so great and everyone really made it easy and comfortable. There was some paperwork to fill out afterwards and then it was over! At the end of this month a couple other new Jews by Choice and will go up in front of the synagogue and be blessed and say a little something about our jewish journey. It’s amazing how positively Judaism has effected my family, and it’s only been a year! I’m so excited to see what’s ahead for my family and me.
A few hours left until I’m no longer a shiksa :) so excited!!!
I really can’t think of anything more cute or heartwarming than my kiddos playing Shabbat. It’s absolutely adorable.
I’ve been blogging about my journey to Judaism for a year now! Happy anniversary to me :) it’s amazing how far it feels I have gotten in that time. I’ve learned so much, yet have soooo much more learning ahead of me. It’s all so exciting!
My last meeting with Rabbi Brown is Friday, it will be such a bummer to not meet every few weeks anymore :( but in a week from Tuesday the kids and I will officially be Jews! Something I would of only dreamed of when I was younger.
I am very thankful to Rabbi Brown for helping guide my journey and for my kids for igniting that spark I needed to realize being a Jew was an attainable dream. Also I am very thankful to my family for supporting me. Especially to my Aunt Karen, she’s a blessing for sure! My mom has been great too. It must of been a bit hard for her to see me leave Christianity, but she’s been very supportive! My wonderful husband has been amazing. He’s been so supportive and involved, he has gone above and beyond any expectations I had.
Now, off to work on my essay for the Beit Din I’ve been procrastinating :)