Day 13: Wednesday, July 20 Travel day to Amman. Departing Wadi Musa, we will visit Kerak Castle, one of the largest crusader fortresses in the Holy Land dating to c.1140. From there, it will be a scenic drive back to Amman for check-in at our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Amman.
On our drive to the hotel that we were going to stay in for our (Israel time) 3AM flight, we drove through where some Bedouins were held up.
“Bedouins, a semi-nomadic group of desert dwellers who traversed the sands are the oldest inhabitants of the Arabian desert. Known for their resourcefulness and hospitality, the Bedouins survived harsh weather conditions and lived in difficult environments.”
Crazy that people still live like this!
Also saw some camels out in the wild.
I missed out on riding one in Petra… Just ran out of time.
Next we had Mass in a super sketch part of town.
I was surprised there was even a Catholic church over here.
After Mass we went and toured a Crusader Fortress!
No one coming up this wall.
One part of the kitchen…
More halls… So cool to imagine knights and other medieval folk walking down these halls just going about their daily life!
The prison… As a Criminal Justice major I thought this was SUPER cool!!!!
This would have been the chapel area!
The views though! Still a little confused as to how this place got taken over…
Not the worst place to spend a birthday! 22 today!
A couple of the guys in our group offered to buy me a drink to celebrate.
Great way to spend our last night overseas!
Day 14: Thursday, July 21 Departure day for the US: early morning transfer by our private bus to Queen Alia Airport for the return flight home.
After 3AM Mass we headed to the airport to leave for the U.S.
Wwwelp… due to delays, our group missed our connection in San Francisco.
I want to be home already… As I have learned multiple times on this trip tho,
“In all things give thanks!”
First time in Seattle… (that I remember)
Finally touched down in Spokane around 7 (Pacific Time) – Glad to be HOME!
Just as the Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land, we “wandered” the airports for about 40 hours before arriving home… If that doesn’t complete a pilgrimage I don’t know what does!
Thank you to everyone who played a part in making this possible, whether by your prayers or financial support! After the generous gift from my godfather, my parents, and all the additional gifts from your generous support through Go Fund Me, Venmo and PayPal, I ended up only $2,217 short from being able to pay for the pilgrimage, and that was able to come out of my summer jobs/college funds for this school year! Between working hard these past few summers, my scholarships, grants and need-based aid, work study, and a lot of help from my parents, I’ve made it to senior year without having taken out any student loans, so if I end up with one small loan for second semester of senior year it shouldn’t be too hard to pay off after graduation!
Such an incredible once in a lifetime experience! I will never forget this trip!
Hope ya’ll enjoyed following along with me!
I really enjoyed being able to share it!!!
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.
Hi! I'm Jessica, a Roman Catholic wife and home educating mother to our nine children. I was home educated myself, along with my eleven younger siblings. I have a special devotion to St. Therese, through whom I have been given much help and many blessings--the beautiful "Shower of Roses" that she has sent my way! Here I will record a few of the blessings I treasure. Please remember that what you see here is just a little glimpse at our lives, so please say a prayer for us, as we continue to strive for holiness.