Given that the invitation went out only several hours before the party, I knew that most people would not be able to make it. So I invited the whole world, which was great, since I hate excluding people. I did not have to choose who to include, as circumstance did that for me!
Around 20 friends stopped by over the course of the evening and the dynamic seemed perfect to me
I sat on the couch, like a queen bee, and welcomed my friends.
I even had a chance to talk with all my guests!
I am grateful to all those who made it happen, because I never would have pulled it together, and to everyone who showed up, despite no advance notification. I had a wonderful time!!
Special thanks to Sarah for inspiring the party by celebrating her own Aliyanniversary and to GS for graciously offering to organize and host an Aliyanniversary part for me -- she did everything, all I had to do was show up.
GS also offered to invite all the guests but I figured it would be easier to just post to my list.... It did not seem foolish at the time.
And, speaking of time, I absolutely LOVED the timeline!! (Thanks GS & AZ!!)
I was so weak and tired yesterday, but I am so glad to have marked my "half-life" in Israel and to have shared my celebration with such wonderful friends.
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,
Gaza and Shabbat
8 hours ago