Friday, October 22, 2010

Suncatchers and Shabbat

Shabbat Shalom!

It's been a busy week. I kind of knew it had been a busy week but didn't think anything about it until my son informed me sometime around 3p.m. that Shabbat was starting tonight and on Shabbat, Mommy is not allowed to work. Okay......I get the hint.

So, we made tonight a little extra special.

Did you ever make suncatchers as a kid? It's a kit that has a metal framed design and you pour colored crystals into it, then bake it in the oven. I used to make them with my family as a kid but have never been able to find them as an adult...until now. Much to our delight, our local Hobby Lobby store is carrying them.

Tonight, we lit the candles....ate our Shabbat meal, cleared the table and created suncatchers!

Our little girl creating her crown jewels...

About here is where the memories of frustration of trying to keep the colors separated came flooding back. I resorted to tweezers.

An hour and a half after opening the packages, the works of art are in the oven...baking amidst an audience.

And, the final product. They weren't ready before the kids went to bed so I can't wait to see their faces when they find them in the morning.

(it's a butterfly, dolphins in the water, a crown, and 2 frogs on a lily pad)

Oh, and an extra - extra special treat. Tomorrow, we are manning the Rosh haShanah table for the Holiday Module in Shabbat school, so me and the kids baked up a couple of honey cakes for our presentation. I'm absolutely amazed they remained intact as every other phrase was ,"No, it's for your class."

At least they got to lick the bowl.

On November 1, the next issue of Rooted Living will publish. I stand in awe at what the Lord is doing... If you haven't signed up for your email subscription of the magazine, click here to do so. The subscription link is on the right side of the page.

Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Our Little Friend

About five weeks ago, we had a guest pop up in the back yard. It was around 7pm in the evening and he started patrolling the back yard for food.

We have four bird feeder set up and he found and emptied everyone.

In an attempt to get him to quit eating the bird seed.....I put out some cat food.

Now, he lives in our back yard and is pretty much losing all fear of us. He'll still run up a tree if we come out, but if I call him -he'll come down and get some food.

It probably wasn't a good idea to start feeding him, but he's so cute! We have since named him Prince Seymour and, well, I'm just not quite sure what to do with him. Thoughts?

Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Simchat Torah

On October 2, we celebrated Simchat Torah at Synagogue.

It's a day of celebration and a time to roll the scrolls back.

The Torah is broken down into parshat readings that are read in synagogues around the world every week. It's broken down in such a way that the entire Torah can be read in one year. At the end of that year (Simchat Torah) the last scriptures in Deuteronomy are read and then we "roll back" to the beginning and read Genesis 1:1, thus starting the cycle over again.

During this service, we celebrate the Torah, knowing it is the divine scripture given by Adonai himself. There is singing, dancing, shouting, laughter and tears of celebration. It's a downright party and Adonai's word is the guest of honor.

As tradition holds, everyone is given the opportunity to carry/dance with the scrolls. Here's Bug carrying the Haftorah scrolls. Yep, I cried. It made such an impact on him that he's still talking about it.

And, here's our fam after carrying the scrolls.

Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Sukkah Pictures

Hello Blog!

Sukkot ended last Wednesday September 29th and I'm just now updating my pictures.


Because I was caught up in the throws of publishing a magazine. Rooted Living's October issue is now up for viewing, and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome. I'm going to try to put a link in my sidebar. We'll see how tech savvy I can get. LOL!

But, for now.....the long awaited Sukkah pics.

Brief back story. Sukkot is the Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Booths. It is a holiday that commemorates the time when the Israelites fled Egypt
with Moses and wandered in the desert for 40 years while waiting to enter into the Promised Land.

It is also a time to celebrate the harvest from the earth (crops).

As a family, we build a Sukkah and then for the 7 (or 8) days of the holiday we eat our meals outdoors inside the Sukkah. Typically, a Sukkah should be made of natural materials and at the minimum have a roof that is made of natural materials but still open so one can see the stars through the roof.

Some very observant Jews sleep in the Sukkah as well. That is not the case with us, as I'd have to get over some "issues" first like bugs....our pet
raccoon sneaking up on me....etc.

So, here are our pics!

Stage 1: Building the structure

Stage 2: The roof. We used wood lattice

Stage 3: hang the "walls" and deocorate

More Decorating

Finished Sukkah

Undoubtedly, this is the kid's favorite holiday!

Shalom, Spring M Fricks