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Anne Hartman
Haifa, Israel
I'm a Christian, wife, mother, nurse, part-time medical missionary, and I dabble in mixed media art and jewelry making. Blog: http ://
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It is hard to believe that a week from today, we will be on a plane on our way home. We have been showing the apartment to future renters, planning for our stuff to be shipped home, scheduling final inspections, and doing things and seeing people "for the last time."... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
Last weekend, Don and I celebrated 28 years of marriage. On Friday, we went to a zoo and safari park near Tel Aviv. It is huge - 250 acres, and similar to the African Savannah. Here you can see how close it is to the city: The animals roam freely... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
One of the things we are enjoying about living here is the beautiful flowers that grow in a tropical environment. It is so different from Iowa! Earlier in the Spring, I noticed this tree in our park There were no leaves on the tree, but the branches were covered in... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
On Saturday, Danni and I went on a tour with a nursing supervisor and a group of nurses from England. Don didn't join us because he was recovering from having a root canal on Friday - he's feeling better now. :) We met at the hospital and our first stop... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
Last week I met with 3 nursing faculty at Haifa University. I did a Google search to find nursing programs in Haifa, and I found a webpage that listed the nursing faculty – in English! I emailed the program director, introduced myself, and asked if we could meet. She set... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
I’m sharing this story because I think it demonstrates some of the challenges of living here, some of the everyday, simple tasks that turn out to be harder than we expected. The fun part is, we never can predict what will be simple and what won’t. Part of the frustration... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
Danni has been feeding the street cats here, and one of her favorite cats disappeared for a few days last week. On Thursday we saw Scarlet (named that because of the scar on her face), weak, limping on a hurt leg and bleeding from a few cuts. We walked to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
This weekend we found a church! We went to worship with a Messianic Jewish congregation, which is a branch of Judaism that believes Jesus is the Messiah. It felt a lot like our worship at home at the Vineyard church. Worship is on Saturday mornings, because Sunday is a work... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
We had a good trip back to the US and are settled in here in Haifa for the second half of our stay. This week Israel celebrated 2 holidays. Yom Hazikaron, the Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day, began Sunday at sundown with a one-minute siren blast.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
I had a great birthday this year! We went to the Druze village of Daliat al Carmel, visited several art galleries and had Druze bread, made by a local woman at a streetside stand, for lunch. It is a huge, thin bread similar to a tortilla, spread with soft cheese... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
We have been blessed to have visitors staying with us for the last 4 weeks! First our pastors Marty and Sandy Boller were here, and then the day after they left, our daughter Mackenzie arrived. A week later, on the night that Mackenzie left for home, our oldest daughter Vanessa... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
We drove to Jerusalem on Saturday with Marty and Sandy, after short stops at El Muhraqa and Caesarea. Thanks Marty for letting me use your great photos! (Photo by Marty Boller) Jerusalem is an amazing city! So much history, a mix of ancient and modern, a mix of so many... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
We are so happy to have our friends Marty and Sandy Boller here for a visit! Yesterday we drove to Nazareth, less than an hour from our apartment. We visited the Basilica of the Annunciation, which commemorates the site where the angel Gabriel visited the virgin Mary and told her... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
Today is Purim, a Jewish holiday that commemorates a story from the Old Testament Book of Esther. An evil man named Haman had a plot to kill all of the Jews, and Purim celebrates the Jews' victory over Haman. It is a fun, festive holiday, and Danni and I went... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
Danni and I went exploring yesterday while Don was at work. We decided to take the bus to the Haifa Art Museum, the Baha'i Gardens and the German Colony. The gardens are the world headquarters of the Baha'i faith, and the German Colony is located at the base of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
We arrived in Israel one month ago today. In some ways, the time has flown. We have so much to learn and to see and do while we are here! Yet it also seems like so long ago when we left Cedar Rapids. I think that our stay here is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
It’s been an exciting week! Several things have happened since I posted last: Our daughter Vanessa got engaged! We had a FaceTime chat with her and her fiancé Dan at about 4:30 am our time last Sunday morning. We are thrilled for them! Dannica started her online school (finally!). She... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
Today we visited the site where the old testament prophet Elijah challenged the prophets of the god Baal to a challenge. Elijah and the prophets of Baal each offered a sacrifice to their God, but didn't light the fire. They each prayed for their God to set fire to the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
Dannica is on a mission - to feed all of the hungry street cats in Haifa! And there are a lot of them! We see cats everywhere we go - in the mall, the grocery store, restaurants, the zoo, and around our apartment building. The city rounds them up and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
Another beautiful day! We worked out this morning at Hecht Park, right along the beach: Then we went swimming, and had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants here, Abu Yusef. It's not fancy, but is popular with local residents and is welcoming to Arabs, Jews and Christians. It was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
I have been wanting to figure out how to get around town on the bus since we got here, but honestly I was a little bit nervous about it. Danni and I have explored our neighborhood as much as we can by walking, and that is great - we have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
Today was election day in Israel, and it is like a holiday - most people get the day off work, but stores and restaurants are open. Public transportation was free so that everyone could get to their voting place. We rode the Carmelit - the underground subway that goes down... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
Shabbat, or Sabbath, begins at sundown on Friday and continues throught sundown on Saturday. And everything here closes down! The Israeli workweek is Sunday - Thursday, and stores, restaurants, everything closes Friday afternoons about 3:00. It really is a day of rest. And so this is our first experience with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
When I heard that I would be living in a 2-bedroom apartment in the middle east, this is not what I had imagined: That is my living room and dining room. And this is my kitchen: The apartment is clean and modern and bright! I have a washer and dryer,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer
When I saw this giant coffee cup next to a street sign, I knew I could live here :) We did a walk-through of our apartment today, and are hoping to move in tomorrow. Our relocation consultant also took me to the grocery store and gave me some hints on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at Anne's Blog - Come Closer