Return to Jerusalem

It has been over six months since my last post… so let me quickly bring you up to date on our ongoing pilgrimage of life:

We arrived in Tacoma June 1 and settled back into our little apartment in Tacoma. We looked forward to summer time in Washington state, and we weren’t disappointed! It was one of the best summers ever, a time of re-connecting with family and friends, and entering back into service with our fabulous church family at Freedom River Outreach in Tacoma. Serving at the food bank on Thursdays, serving out on the street with our “Street Corner Commission” buddies on Saturday mornings. I got several kayak trips in this summer, camping overnight and getting my mind blown by the beauty of God’s creation.imageAbove, my family at the Spencer Lake cabin, below, kayak trip with friends in the San Juan Islands

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Our camino hit the road toward the end of October, heading down the coast, seeing brother Kim and his family in Oregon, and other precious friends and relatives all the way down. The first of November we crossed the border into Baja California, Mexico to spend the month in a little apartment on the ocean that Julee found on Airbnb.com. We celebrated a 40th anniversary, explored the north Baja a bit, and made new friends, both locals and expats.imageAbove, Julee on the beach in La Mision, Baja where we stayed, below a picture of the “wine country” about an hour east.

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We took a detour on the way back, east to Arizona City to hang out with my amazing Mom and Dad for 3 fabulous days of “Mom-food”, pinochle, and their swimming pool.

We arrived back home in the Seattle area in time to spend a couple of days with son Cameron and his wife Ruthie, Carrianne and Jeff and our grandsons, and with Julee’s Mom and Dad Fred and Jeanne. On December 8 we flew to New York and had a little holiday with Carly and her boyfriend Eric, and then it was on to Jerusalem.imageLast night’s lighting of the Hannukah menorah at the Western Wall,  Jerusalem.  It is wonderful to be here once again in this absolutely amazing and miraculous place. Stay tuned for more to come…

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5 Responses to Return to Jerusalem

  1. Bev Loop says:

    Once again enjoying your journey through your eyes, pictures, and comments. Love it. The first picture of the ‘family’ looked so serene taken in the wood setting. Very peaceful in such an unsettled world, Hugs to you and Julee
    Bev

  2. Jon S says:

    Yes, thank you for the update. It was wonderful “catching up” with you. May the LORD Continue to bless you abundantly.

  3. diana evander says:

    thanks for the updates, be safe and secure! love you, diana

  4. Nancy c. Ellis says:

    God Bless you both. Keep us all updated. Remember that I live close enough to your folks to help if someone lets me know when they are home. Merry Christmas to all of you.

    • artnicklaus says:

      Thank you so much, Nancy.

      Stephanie has been there for the past 8 or 9 or 10 days, I believe she is leaving today, but then Michele (Kris’s wife) is due to arrive in a couple of days. And their neighbors are tripping over one another to help them too, so I think they are in good shape in that way.

      I spoke to Mom about 12 hours ago, she sounded very weak, hard for her to speak, but she asked that we pray for strength for her. So we have been doing so, and not just physical strength, but also mental, emotional spritual strength.

      Thanks again, Art Jr.

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