I was originally nervous for this night, my first Christmas Eve I wouldn’t be setting up stockings and putting gifts from Santa under a tree. I thought I might feel some sadness or emptiness abstaining from any Christmas celebrating in our home. No tree, no red or green decorations, no Christmas cookies. I am pleasantly and surprisingly shocked to say I don’t have one bad feeling about it at all! I feel very relieved and peaceful about it actually. No big tree to take down, not a zillion gifts to wrap, no Santa pressure, no fancy Christmas meals to make, or cookies to set out. I just gathered up a small amount of gifts to take to the grandparents homes tomorrow and now I get to relax in bed. It’s wonderful! We still get to enjoy spending time with our family and help them celebrate their holiday and then come home, take a nap, play some board games, and go out for Chinese.
I am so grateful for all this year has blessed me with and so excited for a new year! I will officially be a Jew in the beginning of May, along with my children being converted then too. Then come June we will be welcoming our 3rd baby! So many great things are happening and I feel Judaism really helps me see every blessing in a whole new light, everything is just a bit brighter now. Shalom and Happy New Year!
Hope you all have a lovely Hanukkah and for those in the US, a great Thanksgiving too!
I’d also like to express my gratitude for the people who have helped make my 1st thanksgiving extra special!
Some gifts from my family and friends. It really means a lot that you guys cared enough to think about me and help me celebrate.
Decorated cookies with the kids
Rabbi Brown let me pick out a menorah as a gift from Temple Israel! I’m so excited!
Intro to Judaism class is still going awesome and I’m starting to learn more about some classmates, which is nice. I’m really hoping to make some Jewish/ Future Jew friends soon.
There is a Hanukkah dinner the day after Thanksgiving which I’m hoping to convince Kyle to go to and hoping we can get a sitter for. I really wish I could get more involved in synagogue stuff, but it’s hard with a lack of babysitters :/
Kyle and I went to a Pew study panel with the rabbis in town a couple weeks ago. It was very interesting and I’m really glad we went. Very interesting to see the different views and ideas from the different denominations.
Today was my first Intro to Judaism course at the Jewish Community Center. It was awesome! I really wish it was longer than just an hour once a week. I’m kind of surprised to be the only convert in the class. This class we discussed what it means to be a Jew. Basically there are many things that’s make up Jewishness but we went over 5 main ones. Culture, people, family, religion, and history. Jews can’t be defined by just one or two of those descriptions, it’s often a mix of at least a few of them. Such a great class! Can’t wait for next week!
My Introduction to Judiasm class starts tomorrow! It’s taught by the wife of the Rabbi at the Orthodox temple. I’m excited and a bit nervous. I have a lot of trouble focusing and remembering things so I hope I can keep up. It’s been forever since I’ve taken a real class.
I kept meaning to update about my experiences with all the holidays that recently passed, but time seems to get the best of me lately. It was a great learning experience this past month. I wish life could slow down more so I could have more time to reflect and absorb everything.
Kyle and I attended Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur services along with a fun Sukkot celebration. The Sukkot barbecue was family friendly so we brought both kids. Thad was excited to meet Rabbi Brown, which for some reason he always associates him with Mickey Mouse. For an almost 3 year old though, I’d have to say that ranks pretty high up there on Thad’s scale of cool.
During my last meeting with Rabbi Brown he said if he did tests, I would of passed the first big one. Basically I’ve moved on from Judaism 101 he said, and he knows I’m really serious about converting and out studying will be for focused from here on out.
I have lots going on this month so I’m sure I’ll get behind again with updates. I’m so excited fall is here and hope the weather stays cooler! We have a bunch of Halloween decorations out and I’m starting work on my kid’s halloween costumes. Can’t believe the husband and I are celebrating out 5th anniversary this Halloween! Each year just keeps getting better and better!